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    Rafting in Rishikesh

    The glistening Ganges is a charmer, the chants of Hindu prayers touch the soul, the scenic backdrop refreshes the senses and the adrenaline-pumping adventures wrecks the nerves the way it should. Often found as a highlight in most Uttarakhand tour packages, Rishikesh is a fusion of piousness and thrill, which is why the city has two names- Land of God, and The Adventure Capital of India.

    Thanks to the endless opportunities in this little city of Uttarakhand there are numerous things to do in Rishikesh, for people of all ages.

    This list will get you in acquaintance with best things to do in Rishikesh. River rafting, parasailing, kayaking, camping, bungee jumping and flying fox are among the top adventure activities in Rishikesh.

    Pack your bags now and leave for a vacation to try the listed activities in Rishikesh.

    1. River rafting- The most popular thing to do in Rishikesh

    Feel the adrenaline pump as you try river rafting in Rishikesh

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    Rishikesh and river rafting complement each other in such a way that today one word cannot be thought without the other. Your trip is incomplete if you don’t try your hands at river rafting in Rishikesh. It, in fact, is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. If you’re an adventure-junkie, then this Rishikesh tour package is crafted just for you!

    Best time for river rafting in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time for river rafting in
    Rishikesh, except monsoon. October to June is the ideal time to try river rafting in Rishikesh (except Jan).

    Grade levels for rafting in Rishikesh: Basic (Grade I & II), Standard (Grade III) and Expert (Grade IV)

    Rishikesh river rafting stretch: Kaudiyala to Lakshman Jhula (36 km)- with 13 major rapids

    River rafting routes:

    • Kaudiyala- Marine Drive (10 km with grade III & IV)
    • Marine Drive- Shivpuri (11 km with grade II & III)
    • Shivpuri-Brahmpuri (11 km with grade I & II)
    • Brahmpuri-Lakshman Jhula (9 km with grade I)

    Rafting charges in Rishikesh: Rs 400-1300. (Charges for river rafting in Rishikesh gets cheaper in packages)


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    2. Bungee Jumping

    Lose yourself while bungee jumping in Rishikesh

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    An adrenaline junkie’s fuel as we can also call it, Bungee Jumping is yet another of fun things to do in Rishikesh with friends. Feel your heart pound as you kiss gravity losing yourself in the air from a height of more than 80 meters above the ground.

    Where to do bungee jumping in Rishikesh: Jumping Heights, Mohanchatti

    Age limit: Minimum 12 years

    Weight requirement for bungee jumping in Rishikesh: 35-110 kg

    Timings: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

    3. Camping and Bonfire

    Camping in Rishikesh

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    When the rapid pace of city life takes away the peace away there are serene hideouts to get yourself together, camping in Rishikesh being one of those. As the Ganges flow right beside you, and stars start to twinkle above you, you can grab your guitar and hum a tune you love. The flicker of bonfire will further keep you company.

    Best time for camping in Rishikesh: The best time is from February to May and September to November

    Best camps in Rishikesh: Camp Aquaforest, Camp Rapidfire and Camp Gold Coast.

    4. Mountain biking

    Swift through the varied terrains trying mountain biking in Rishikesh

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    For those who love to take the road less traveled on their bicycle, Mountain biking in Rishikesh is something that will leave them in awe. Peddle through the rocky terrains, mud and woods and let the adrenaline flow through you.
    There are various bicycle/bike renting companies in Rishikesh from where you and your friends can avail. Many camps and tour agents also provide mountain biking as one of the activities in Rishikesh.

    Mountain biking route: Rishikesh and surrounding areas are all yours to explore

    Best time for mountain biking in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time. Try to avoid in monsoons.

    Suggested Read: Top 15 Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

    5. Flying Fox

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    With a harness tied to you, you roll down with the wire up to 7 meters from the ground at the speed of about 160 km/hr, and then go back up. Usually flying fox in Rishikesh is done by 3 people together, but if someone wishes to do it alone it is possible by paying extra charges.

    Minimum age requirement: Minimum 12 years

    Weight requirement: 20-130 kg

    Charges for flying fox in Rishikesh: Rs 1199-1399

    Where to try flying fox in Rishikesh: Shivpuri

    6. Cliff Jumping

    One of the popular activities in Rishikesh is cliff jumping

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    As Rishikesh falls in Shivalik region there are cliffs with varied heights, cliffs that are embraced by holy Ganges, this geographical phenomenon led to the introduction of cliff jumping in Rishikesh. Like many other adventure sports in Rishikesh, this too can be done by beginners as well as experts as they like.

    Average height of cliffs: 20 feet (10 feet if the water level rises)

    Where to do cliff jumping in Rishikesh: 2 km before Lakshman Jhula from Brahmapuri

    7. Body Surfing

    Lose yourself while bodysurfing in Rishikesh

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    Letting yourself loose while in the water is always a relaxing experience. Body surfing in Rishikesh is easy and fun!

    Charges for body surfing in Rishikesh: Mostly, you can enjoy it for free when trying river rafting in Rishikesh

    Best time to for bodysurfing in Rishikesh: Try body surfing in Rishikesh during February end to June and October to November

    8. Trekking

    Explore Rishikesh while trekking

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    There’s a whole treasure trove for trekking-enthusiasts in and around Rishikesh. From easy to expert level, trekking in Rishikesh is meant for everyone. One can opt for easy waterfall trek and enjoy around the glistening waterfall.

    Best time for trekking in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time! Try to avoid in monsoon season.

    Best trekking route in Rishikesh: Waterfall trek, Kunjapuri Trek and Neelkanth Mahadev Trek

    Trekking difficulty level in Rishikesh: Beginner to expert

    9. Rappelling and rock climbing

    Enjoy rock climbing in Rishikesh

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    Yet another delight for all the adventure junkies, rappelling and rock climbing in Rishikesh is surely something that shouldn’t be missed. And to top it all up, it can be done by beginners as well.

    10. Kayaking

     Enjoy Kayaking in Rishikesh

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    From moderate to challenging the levels of Kayaking in Rishikesh is there to suit anyone, everyone! The trainers provide lessons for beginners so that they can try their hands on kayaking safely and explore their skills as they sail.

    Where to do Kayaking in Rishikesh: Shivpuri region

    Charges for Kayaking in Rishikesh: Charges for kayaking in Rishikesh can vary. One can sign up for kayaking training school (for beginners and experts with multiple duration).

    11. Ayurvedic Massage and therapies

    Indulge in rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage in Rishikesh

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    Ayurveda was born in India, and Rishikesh is nothing less than a holy grail when it comes to the best Ayurvedic practices. This is where your mind and body find utter serenity. Ayurvedic massages in Rishikesh are provided in different budgets.

    Best places for Ayurveda therapies and massages in Rishikesh: Hemadri Ayurveda Centre, Ayurveda Bhavan, Ananda in the Himalayas and Braham Yoga and Healing, among others.

    Best time for Ayurvedic therapies and massages in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time to give it a go!

    12. Parasailing and Paragliding

     Touch the sky while parasailing and paragldiing in Rishikesh

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    Kiss the sky and behold the Land of God from a completely different angle as you try Parasailing and paragliding in Rishikesh. This sport, in particular, is among the best activities to do in Rishikesh with family, as it suits all age group and can be done in affordable rates.

    Best time for Parasailing and paragliding in Rishikesh: Anytime! Try avoiding in monsoon as it is cloudy.

    13. Yoga and Meditation

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    For many, Rishikesh means adventure sports, but Yoga and meditation are the inseparable soul of this city. One can find numerous Yoga and meditation centres in Rishikesh. Just walk in and embrace the tranquility inside you. This is hands down the best way to rejuvenate yourself in Rishikesh.Best ashrams in Rishikesh for yoga and meditation: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sivananda Ashram and Shree Mahesh Heritage School are among the top Rishikesh ashrams.

    14. Cafe hopping

    Treat your taste-buds trying Cafe hopping in Rishikesh

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    Rishikesh’s food culture is varied and impressive, especially when feasted on in a cafe with raw setting and view of the Ganges. Right from Pastas to Dal Fry, the food in Rishikesh comes with several options for the foodies. Most of the cafes and restaurants of Rishikesh are budget-friendly and provide free wi-fi.

    Popular cafes in Rishikesh: Little Buddha Cafe, The 60’s Cafe, Bistro Nirvana and Ellbee Ganga View, among many. These cafes have that chill-vibe, and many of them overlook the glistening Ganges.

    Cost for two: Food is generally of nominal cost. Cost for two varies from cafe to cafe.

    15. Hot air Ballooning

    Hot air ballooning in Rishikesh

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    Maybe one of the easiest sports activity in Rishikesh, hot air ballooning is bewitching in every sense; whether it is the cool breeze up above or view of this incredible city. Hot air ballooning is among the best thing to do in Rishikesh with family, as there is no specific age requirement and fitness prerequisite either.

    Best time for hot air ballooning in Rishikesh: Winters (November to March)

    16. Attend Ganga Arti

    Ganga arti in Rishikesh

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    Rishikesh has two sides, one is rip-roaring and the other is tranquil. To get in touch with the other side of this city, attend the Ganga aarti in Rishikesh and witness the vibrant Hindu culture and customs.

    Rishikesh Ganga aarti timings: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Ganga arti in Rishikesh venue: Triveni Ghat

    17. Live the music in Beatles Ashram

    Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh

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    The popular music band Beatles made their way to India, to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Today, this Ashram is one of the coolest places to hangout in Rishikesh with friends. Since the walls have such cool graffiti art your selfies are going to come out incredible!

    Excited much? Quickly whatsapp your gang and plan your Rishikesh trip today! Take the much-needed break and try out various things to do in Rishikesh listed here. Is there anything out of the box that you have given a try in Rishikesh? We’d love to know! Leave your experience in the comment box.

    Further Read: Paragliding In Bir Billing: Living The Fantasy Of Flying


    Long Weekend Trips Starting @ Rs 3499/-

    Take a trip to spend the upcoming long weekend with your buddies.
    Stay at 4 star rating hotels with local sightseeing, meals and transfers.
    Travel in AC coach round trip (from Delhi).
    All Inclusive Deal– Camping, Jeep Safari & Trekking as per itinerary
    ✓ Sign up NOW to celebrate the long weekend out of town!


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