The Yoga Capital of the world - Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of Himalayas. The hub of ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports, Rishikesh attracts pilgrims and international travelers.
The best time to visit Rishikesh
is throughout the year due to its pleasant weather. However, peak tourist season to visit Rishikesh
is around autumns (August - October) when the river rafting season starts. People also find the best season to travel to Rishikesh
is winters when the temperature varies from 8 degree Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. It is also an ideal time to indulge various water sports such as kayaking. In winters, the town also organizes International Kayaking Festival where professional kayakers take part in the competition. The competition is divided into three parts - Boater Cross, Down River Race, and Mass Boater Cross.
In summers (March to June), Rishikesh experiences hot summer heat with temperature shooting upto 35 degrees Celsius. It is the best time to book hotels in Rishikesh
. Since the crowd is less and one can enjoy a peaceful vacation in the quiet atmosphere and also attend famous International Yoga festival.
During monsoons (July - August), Rishikesh experiences a heavy blast of rains due to which most activities are suspended. It is not advisable to visit this town in monsoons as the water level increases.
Rishikesh is not just the adventure capital of India. The famous Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula- the iron suspension bridges over Ganga, Parmarth Niketan, Muni ki Reti, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Tera Manzil Temple, Vashisht Temple, and Beatle's Ashram are few of the many Rishikesh tourist places
that you must visit.
From the month of November to the month of June is also the best time to visit Rajaji Tiger Reserve. Spread over 820 km sq, Rajaji National Park is a protected region nestled between the Shivalik ranges and the Indo-Gangetic plains. This plain is home to plenty of flora and fauna. It predominantly dense jungles are habitat for elephants, tigers, the mountain goats, chitals, barking deer, hog deer, nilgai, wild pigs, sloth bears, Himalayan black bears, leopards, Sambhar, Wild boar, Rhesus macaque, Indian langur, Indian porcupine, Monitor lizard, Python and King Cobra.
There are over 315 birds found in this region, and over 500 including the migratory including peafowl, vultures, woodpeckers, pheasants, kingfishers, barbets, great pied hornbill, pied kingfisher and the fire tailed sunbird.
If you are a nature lover, then you must head to the Valley of Flowers. Rishikesh is also the gateway to the World Heritage Site- The Valley of Flowers National Park - The 8th Wonder of the World. An ideal time to visit this place would be immediately after the melting of snow (mid-July to mid-August). Over 300 species of wildflowers blossom giving myriad shades of colors to the valley. The park is open only in summer from June to October and should be visited from your trip to Rishikesh.
Whether you are a nature lover, adventure enthusiast or just a regular traveler, you must visit Rishikesh for an amazing vacation! To avoid any difficulty while traveling, it is advisable to book Rishikesh tour packages
well in advance.