Rishikesh is a beautiful, scenic holiday destination and a very important pilgrimage destination for Hindus. It happens to be the gateway to the Himalayas and this is what greatly adds to its beauty. Named after the God Rishikiesh, the town is situated on the banks of river Ganga, and whether you want to get in touch with your spiritual side, or rejuvenate yourself with some fantastic adventure sports, Rishikesh offers it all. Known as much for river rafting as it is for meditation and religious purposes. It is one of the best holiday destinations in India.

Travel Tips

  • Dry bags should be taken along with you to carry small stuff like towel, sun protection cream, sunglasses, lip balm, money, inhalers for nose congestion, driver’s license and so on.
  • Basic first aids like antiseptic liquid, cotton, joint pain creams, paracetamols, digestion medicines, anti vomiting tablets should be taken.
  • Snacks and drinking water is a must because no lunch breaks are possible in between the rafting activity.
  • Neoprene boots or old sneakers should be taken for safely of the feet
  • People with cardiovascular or respiratory problems should not try out river rafting.

When to visit

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sprinkles Cold
  • 20.2° Max
  • 6.8° Min
  • 43.6 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen
Route/ Place

There are several rafting routes that are taken by the tourists such as-

  • Marine Drive-Rishikesh: This is a 24 km long rafting route which includes grade I to Grade III rapids. It has wonderful views on both the sides of the river while the rafting is going on.
  • Shivpuri to Rishikesh: This is a 16 km long rafting route and is the most demanded one amongst the tourists. It has fabulous rapids like Golf Course, Double Trouble and Hilton. The views around the rafting route are also outstanding to watch.
  • Byasi to Rishikesh: This is a 30 km long rafting route and has pretty tough rapids like Three Blind Mice, Roller Coaster and so on. This route is preferred only by very well trained rafters.


  • Lifejackets: These are to be taken compulsorily for the purpose of survival in case the individual falls into the rapids.
  • Inflatable rafting boats: Inflatable rafting boats are taken because they are light in weight and strong at the same time. They smoothly flow with the water streams.
  • Carbon paddles: Carbon paddles should be taken for rafting because they are extremely durable, long and ideal to maneuver through the rapids.
  • Helmets: helmets for rafting are a must for saving your skull from any kind of injury.
  • Dry and wet suits: Both dry and wet suits are required for rafting and should be used depending on the temperature of water. After wearing the dry suit inside, the wet suit should be worn above it because the water in Rishikesh is chilling.
  • Tents and rescue throw bags: Tents should be taken for camping purposes on the banks of the river. It is not required if you are going with a rafting travel package of any tour agency. The rescue throw bags containing ropes should be taken to pull in someone if he or she falls in the rapids.

Things to do

There are many places to explore, while at Rishikesh. The Triveni Ghat is a must visit, especially during the evenings when the goddess Ganga is worshipped. The river is sacred for Hindus, and many pilgrims come to dip themselves in the holy water of the Ganges, in order to wash away their sins. It is also rumored that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, the three holy rivers, flow together underground at this spot. Rishikund is another sacred spot you must visit. It was made on the behest of Kubz saint, who had requested the holy river Yamuna to drench this pond. The Shani Mandir is also located here.

Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are the chief attractions of Rishikesh. The latter is a hanging bridge which is 450 feet long, and was made in 1939. It stretches across the River Ganga, where it is said that Lord Rama’s brother, Laxman, had crossed the river using a jute rope. It offers a breathtaking view of the Ganga, and it is a thrill to walk over the bridge. The Ram Jhula is even longer, and is very picturesque.

Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple at Rishikesh. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and it is said that Rishi Rabhya did penance at this spot. There is a spectacular Shree Yantra located here, and Basant Panchami is celebrated with a lot of aplomb over here. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is one of the most important temples here. It is said that Lord Shiva drank the venom of the Sagar Manthan from here, after which his throat turned blue. The Kunjapuri Devi temple is also quite important, for cultural as well as religious reasons, because it is dedicated to the thirteen most important goddesses in the Shivalik Range. The Tera Manzil Temple is also worth a visit, as is Geeta Bhavan. The latter is a very important destination for Puranic and Mythological studies. It is a museum for the same.

If you want to relax and unwind your body and mind, taking up Yoga lessons at one of the many Ashrams here is a wonderful idea. The Himalayan Yoga Gurukul, the Ved Niketan Ashram, the Rishikesh Yoga Peeth are just some of the important Yoga centres in this town. The teachers here are competent and the town lends an atmosphere conducive to tranquil meditation and rejuvenation.  If you want to enthrall yourself with some quality adventure sports, Rishikesh is the perfect place to go to. Cliff climbing, rock-climbing, cliff jumping, camping and kayaking are just some of the thrilling adventure sports which you can indulge in. White-water rafting can also be done here, but only between March-May, as well as September and November. You can also indulge in Bungee jumping from Jumpin Heights.

Places to Stay

High-Range: The Great Ganga as well as the Ganga Beach Resort are two luxurious hotels in Rishikesh. The former has room rates starting from 3,191 INR, while the latter has room rates starting from 3,335. The rooms have all the basic amenities plus indoor and outdoor sports options, and a travel desk. They can facilitate adventure sports option too.

Mid-Range: Green Petal Leisure Palace is an affordable option and a very good one. The rooms are quite comfortable, and there are a variety of them up for grabs. Room rates begin from 2,000 INR. Hotel Ganesha Inn is another very affordable option for a comfortable, spacious, clean place to stay at. The room rates begin from 2,675 INR.

Low-Range: for budget deals on hotels, Hill Top Swiss Cottage is a wonderfully idyllic option. Room rates begin from 983 INR, and the rooms are safe as well as comfortable. The basic services are provided for. Kedia Resorts are another option for good, cheap rooms. Room rates begin from 806 INR.

How to Reach

  • For airways, the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport. There are flights available to this airport from all major metropolitans. Gwalior Airport in M.P and Kheria Airport in U.P are the nearest airports to Shivpuri. Both are above 100 kms away from Shivpuri and so after landing, one must hire a taxi or a bus to Shivpuri.
  • If you go by railways, then the nearest station is Haridwar which lays around 25 kms away from Rishikesh. After getting down at the station, you can hire a taxi or even take bus to Rishikesh. It�s a very economic journey. Shivpuri railway station is the nearest railway station to the starting point of rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh.
  • If you want a free drive through the road ways, then a long drive of 6-7 hours from Delhi is sufficient to make you reach Rishikesh. Apart from cars, you can also book a seat in the bus services from Delhi. There are several buses available from the surrounding places to Shivpuri.

Surrounding Attractions

As the base camp is made near the banks of the river, so the surrounding appears to be away from civilization. This is the greatest attraction for the tourists. Apart from that, there are other sightseeing spots in Rishikesh that are extremely breath taking to watch.

  • The water fall trek: the jungle trek to the Waterfall in Rishikesh is another spectacular event for the tourists. The unforgettable trekking experience down the beautiful routes through the jungle in the rhythm of the waterfall simply can drive you crazy if you are fond of knowing the unknown.
  • The Char Dham: If you are interested in visiting the various sightseeing in this holy place of Lord Rama, then the Chat Dham pilgrimage is ideal for you. This includes, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
  • The worship places of Ram and Laxman: Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are the other places of tourist interest. The fantastic works of architecture and deep devotional ambience is really something worth experiencing when you are in Rishikesh.
  • Rajaji National Park: This is a wonderful adventurous experience through the lush green forest safari. Elephants and beautiful birds are the best attractions in this national park.
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: This is a very old temple of Lord Shiva. People visit here for pilgrimage and the well being of their lives.
  • Triveni Ghat: This is an awesome river bank temple statue of Lord Shiva surrounded by waters. People come here to pray and endorse their souls with the devotion towards God.
Important Numbers
Emergency No.

The following emergency numbers must be kept with every individual who is participating in the Rishikesh rafting activity. It is for their personal safety and also for the safety of his or her team members.


Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula Police Station: +91-135-2430228


Nirmal Ashram Hospital, Mayakund: +91-135-2432215


Bharadwaj Hospital and Maternity Home: +91-135-24321555


Rishikesh Fire Station: +91-135-2430101