Rishikesh

Travel Guide
Lakshman Jhula which includes a river or creek, a suspension bridge or treetop walkway and a small town or village

From ashrams, yoga centers and temples to white-water rafting and bungee jumping, this Himalayan town offers an exquisite mix of relaxation and adventure.

Since the arrival in the 1960s of British rock band The Beatles, Rishikesh has been a favorite hangout of travelers searching for relaxation and spiritual rejuvenation. Today, this pretty town in the Himalayan foothills and straddling the Ganges River is famous as the Yoga Capital of the World. Visit Rishikesh to see fascinating temples, admire breathtaking scenery and participate in challenging outdoor activities.

Discover boundless ashrams and yoga retreats on the riverbanks and nestled amid forested hills. Swarg Ashram is a traffic-free riverside community of bathing ghats, bazaars, temples and spiritual centers such as Parmath Niketan Ashram. Visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram to see the remains of meditation rooms used by The Beatles. For more yoga, check out Sivananda Ashram and Sanskriti Yogpeeth.

Rishikesh’s northern district is great for exploring on foot to find some of the town’s most revered landmarks. Enjoy sweeping views from Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula, two suspension bridges that span the river. Marvel at the 13-tiered Trayambakeshwar Temple. Take a boat ride along the Ganges River and watch sadhus (holy men) cleanse themselves at bathing ghats. Don’t miss Triveni Ghat, where a Ganga aarti fire ritual takes place at dusk.

Find plenty of action for adventurists, too, including river kayaking and white-water rafting. Experience the thrill of bungee jumping and zip-lining at Jumpin Heights. Walk to Neer Garh Waterfall or go trekking and rock climbing in the Shivalik Hills. Hike with pilgrims through thick forest to the hilltop Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.

Local cuisine is based on organic, healthy and vegetarian ingredients. The town is both meat and alcohol free. Try Ayurveda teas and lassis, which are spiced yoghurt-based drinks with fruit.

Intercity trains connect major cities such as Amritsar, Lucknow, New Delhi and Varanasi with Haridwar. From there, regular buses travel to Rishikesh’s main bus terminal. Get around easily on foot or use affordable auto-rickshaws. Although downpours are common from June to September, consistently mild temperatures make Rishikesh a pleasant year-round destination.

HOTEL YOG TAPOVAN
HOTEL YOG TAPOVAN
3 out of 5
The price is AU$62 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lakshman Temple, Tera Manzil Temple and Laxman Jhula. Neelkanth Mahadev and Ram Jhula are also ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Worth of money spent
"Parking was an issue but hotel management was kind enough to arrange the same at their expenses. Every penny you spend on this hotel is worth the money"

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2020

HOTEL YOG TAPOVAN
EllBee Ganga View
EllBee Ganga View
4 out of 5
The price is AU$98 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
This family-friendly Rishikesh hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Bharat Mandir and Triveni Ghat. Ram Jhula and Parmarth ...
4.1/5Very Good! (97 reviews)
Very caring staff
"I stayed for two days . despite travel restrictions and operating with very minimal strength staff took good care of us Rooms were properly sanitized and food was very delicious"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

EllBee Ganga View
Luxury Aloha Apartments
Luxury Aloha Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Badrinath Highway, Aloha on the Ganges, Rishikesh
The price is AU$91 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lakshman Temple and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Ram Jhula. Tera Manzil Temple and Laxman Jhula are ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Was a pleasant stay with good view."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Luxury Aloha Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
WildHawk Adventures
WildHawk Adventures
2.5 out of 5
On Neelkanth Road, Next to Phoolchatti Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
The price is AU$42 per night from 7 Oct. to 7 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Rishikesh campsite is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Patna Waterfall and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Rajaji National Park. Ram Jhula and Neelkanth ...
2/5 (1 review)
"It was a not-so-good experience where we were charged 500 rs for a 'buffet' dinner and did not have an a-la-carte option and the 500 Rs dinner had nothing in it. A total rip-off. The tents were good. Place is not suited for people traveling as a family."

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2018

WildHawk Adventures
The Ayali Rishikesh
The Ayali Rishikesh
2.5 out of 5
The price is AU$62 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated in Rishikesh, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parmarth Niketan and Ram Jhula. Janki Bridge and Rajaji National Park are also within 2 miles ...
3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)
"The property was not clean when we checked in. Liquor bottles and food was scattered around the room. The staff was not supportive. It took 2 hours to get the room cleaned. They have other 2 rooms available whose condition were same."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

The Ayali Rishikesh
Shri Vyas HomeStay-Tranquility & Peace in Elegance
Shri Vyas HomeStay-Tranquility & Peace in Elegance
The price is AU$127 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, and Rajaji National Park. Bharat Mata Mandir and ...
Shri Vyas HomeStay-Tranquility & Peace in Elegance
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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