Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
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Best time to visit
Feb - May, Oct - Nov
3 - 4 Days
- Ideal For Family
Weather in Rishikesh
Wed, Mar 20 2019
22.28ºC | 7.25ºC
Rain in morning and afternoon and clouds from evening to night
Thu, Mar 21 2019
22.1ºC | 4.65ºC
Clear from morning to night
Fri, Mar 22 2019
22.27ºC | 7.75ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and night and rain in evening
Sat, Mar 23 2019
22.31ºC | 6.49ºC
Clear in morning , evening and night and clouds in afternoon
Sun, Mar 24 2019
22ºC | 4.96ºC
Clear from morning to night
Best Time To Visit Rishikesh
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Although it is an all-year-round destination, the best time to visit Rishikesh is from February to mid-May when the weather is very pleasant. The peak season to visit Rishikesh is during the summer season when people can indulge in white water rafting and other adventure activities along with attending Yoga Festival that falls in March. However, the winter season can also be a good time to enjoy snowfall in Rishikesh.
Best Time to Visit Rishikesh for Tourist Activities:
Rishikesh has earned a reputation for being one of the best camping and rafting destinations in the world. The best time to visit Rishikesh for river rafting is October-November and March through May. Between June and September rafting in Rishikesh is closed due to monsoon. Rafting season in Rishikesh resumes every year when river level comes back to normal after the monsoon season. The weather in Rishikesh in December is not ideal for rafting as the water level is too low. Make sure to follow instructions while rafting to avoid any kind of rafting accident in Rishikesh.
Take a look at our month-wise classification to know the best time to visit Rishikesh.
March - June (15°C to 40°C):
It is quite hot and humid during the summer season in Rishikesh, i.e. March to June. Though, one can indulge in adventurous activities during the early summers, i.e. at the month of March; April and June months experience high temperature, making it not a good time to be here.
However, yoga enthusiasts flock here to attend the Yoga Festival and partake in adventure sports at this time of the year.
July - September (25°C to 35°C):
Albeit, due to religious events, there is a rush of tourists during the months of June to September, i.e. the monsoon season, it cannot be an ideal period for a tour to Rishikesh. For. August is the hottest month, and thus, one cannot enjoy adventurous activities, like: trekking, hiking and rafting.
October - February (20°C to 6°C):
Here comes the best time to visit Rishikesh, i.e. during the months of October to February. Though, the month of January is the coldest one, the weather is quite pleasant and not severely chilly to resist tourists from enjoying sightseeing and adventure activities, like rock climbing.
Climate in Rishikesh
Summer Season in Rishikesh
Summer is the best time to visit Rishikesh, both for those in pursuit of spiritual guidance and thrilling experiences. The snow on the mountains begin to melt, filling the rivers, and creating rapids and streams which are an attraction point for adventure lovers.
The flora and the fauna during these months are in full bloom, making the town a gorgeous backdrop and this period as the best time to visit Rishikesh for honeymoon. Be it the spiritual believers or adventure seekers, this is certainly the best time to go Rishikesh as one gets to have all kinds of experiences.
Monsoon Season in Rishikesh
The monsoon brings with it many festivals, which take place in the temples around Rishikesh. Festivals like Sawan make it the best time to go Rishikesh for those who visit with an aim of soaking in the colours and the flavours of the town.
Since the rivers begin to flood, adventure activities during this season close down leading to a decline in tourism. And so, the hotels and resorts drop their prices or offer varied discounts, which makes monsoon in Rishikesh definitely a must visit time for budget travelers.
Winter Season in Rishikesh
The winters in Rishikesh are an ideal time to witness the natural beauty of the region, especially for rock climbers and trekkers. Those who have a brave heart can venture into the freezing waters to indulge in rafting on the rapids dotting the Ganges. Rafting in Rishikesh in December is not recommended as the water level recedes in the winter season.
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The town is virtually run by auto rickshaws and shared jeeps which are the local modes of transport in Rishikesh.
Delhi – Ghaziabad – Modinagar – Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh, this is undoubtedly the quickest and the best road route from Delhi to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is one of the top tourist destinations in India. Thus, there are numerous ATMs at various places spread across the city to cater to the financial needs of both tourists as well as the residents.
The International Yoga Festival, Beatles Festival and Science Festival are some of the festivals in Rishikesh that are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm.
Since Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Shivalik range, the weather generally remains pleasant throughout the year. Still, the ideal time to visit the place is February-March and August-October as May and June are quite hot.
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