Rishikesh proves to be an ultimate holiday destination in North India with a plethora of things to offer. Whether you are a peace seeker or an adventure lover, there are innumerable activities you can do here. Not many people are aware of the fact but it is also a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, who want to come face to face with the flora and fauna that thrives amidst the high mountains of Uttarakhand. Take a look at all the amazing experiences that await you in the idyllic land of Rishikesh.
Rafting on the Ganga River
Undoubtedly, the biggest draw of Rishikesh is the mighty Ganga River, which presents white-water rafting opportunities to adventurers. The rapids here range from Grade 1 to Grade 4; therefore, whether you are novice or skilled, you can find a suitable spot here to enjoy the sport. The Ganga and its gurgling tributaries give you a rafting experience like no other, and leave you asking for more.
Go for Trekking and Camping
For an enthralling hiking venture in the Himalayas, you need not necessarily head to Himachal Pradesh or Ladakh. There are numerous Rishikesh packages
that allow you to indulge in trekking and camping. Besides these, there are many other adventure sports that you can try while camping out here. For instance, you can go for rock climbing and try summiting a vertical cliff with your bare hands. Furthermore, you can also try rappelling, and descent a waterfall as the water plummets under your feet.
Try Bungee Jumping and Zip-Lining
The myriad thrilling activities that can be tried here explain why Rishikesh is considered the adventure capital of the nation. Another adrenaline-pumping sport you can try here is bungee jumping, and this experience in the city is unlike anyplace else in India as the 83-metre high bungee jumping platform here is the highest in the country. Zip-lining is another way for you to get the adrenaline rush and admire the picture-perfect landscape of Rishikesh from tens and hundreds of feet in the sky, simultaneously. Giant swing is one more activity you can try here.
Attend a Yoga Session
You cannot call your trip to Rishikesh – the Yoga Capital of the World – complete without attending a yoga session. The ancient Hindu discipline is rooted deep into the culture of Rishikesh
, and you will find numerous health centres here teaching it. Additionally, while exploring the city, you will also come across a host of ashrams, working towards promoting yoga as a lifestyle. Do make it a point to attend at least one yoga session, if not join an entire programme spread over many days.
Take a Dip in the Ganga and Attend Evening Aarti at Triveni Ghat
A dip in the holy Ganga River is believed to wash away all the sins of a devotee, and if you are also looking to pay homage to Goddess Ganga, then you should head to the sacred Triveni Ghat. Every evening, hordes of devotees come to this spot to do aarti. At this time, the entire atmosphere gets filled with chants, and spirituality refreshes the soul. Whatever may be the idea behind your visit to Rishikesh, you must attend an evening aarti at this ghat.
Go on a Wildlife Safari in Rajaji National Park
About 30 km from the centre of Rishikesh is Rajaji National Park, where you can admire the intriguing biodiversity of the Himalayas. During a wildlife safari of the 820-sq km property, you can click pictures of a tiger, elephant, leopard, deer, bear and wild boars. More than 300 species of birds have also been recorded in the park, making it a must visit for every bird watcher.
Take a tour of its Temples and Ashrams
If you look at the map of Rishikesh, you fill find it dotted with a number of temples and ashrams, where you can seek peace of mind. One of the most popular such place in the city is Trimbakeshwar Temple or Tera Manzil Temple. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is about 30 km from the city. Besides, there are numerous ashrams, such as Parmarth Niketan, Himalayan Yog, Sivananda and Swami Dayananda that are worth a visit. Also, the sacred Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula can be explored during a Rishikesh holiday.
No matter if you are travelling to this magnificent city with your family and friends or all alone, you are sure to have a whale of a time here.