Rishikesh, known as the Yoga capital of the world is more than this. Placed in the foothills of Himalaya, Rishikesh is an escape for everyone who want to stay away from the hustle bustle of city life for sometime. People believe that pristine beauty of Rishikesh can melt the hearts of gods. With increasing tourism, this mountain city has become a booming centre for all sorts of adventure activites and camping. Every year, thousands of people from India as well as outside India visit Rishikesh for their very own reasons. Some seek refuge from their hectic lifestyle, while others are looking out for adrenaline rush in the form of adventure activities.
If you’re planning out a brief trip to Rishikesh, here is the list of things you cannot miss out on.
1. River Rafting
If you’re active on social media, you must how that river rafting in Rishikesh is a total rager these days. Most of the thrill-seeking youngsters head to Rishikesh every year to get their annual dose of adrenaline rush. The chilly Ganga water with rustic waves add fun to this activity. It costs around Rs 3,900 to Rs 5,000 per person, which is budget-friendly for every one.
2. Bungee Jumping
In this activity, you have to jump off an edge of a cliff while being suspended from a harness. Several safety measures are taken before performing this activity. Rishikesh has India’s highest bungee jumping point placed at a height of staggering 84 metres. You’re not required to be an expert to perfrom this activity. However, faint-hearted people are not advised to do this. The cost of Bungee jumping per person is somewhere around Rs 4,000 to Rs. 7,000.
3. Giant Swing
If you’re not an adventure lover, this activity is not for you. It is quite similar to bungee jumping. It is also performed from a high pedestal. However, in this giant swing, you’re attached to a giant swing which resembles the movement of the garden swing in the pendulum form. You will have to jump when the swing reaches its highest point off the cliff. Also to be noted, you should no how to swim to perform this activity. This activity is priced at Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 7,000 per head.
4. Flying Fox
It is somewhat like zip lining. In this activity, yo will have to slide from two attached points along a horizontal drop. The movements are exactly like a flying fox, hence this activity derives its name from it. In Rishikesh, the ropes are tied across Ganges to add up the thrill quotient. It will cost you approximately Rs 2,500 per person.
5. Camping on Ganga beach
Rishikesh is one such hill station that is blessed with peaceful and green river beaches. The city is a perfect amalgamation of a modern city and an ancient era. You can dwell like the ancient ones used to do in tents alongside river Ganga. Enjoy a relishing bowl of fried Maggi sitting besides the campfire and untwine. The cost of camping ranges from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 6,000 depending upon the type of camp you want to spend the night in.
The picturesque valleys of Rishikesh provides for a perfect site for trekking and camping. You can take a trek to nearby places like Gangotri or head to Kedarnath to explore what Uttarakhand has in store for you. You can go there during moderate summers as well as winters. The trekking cost varies fro Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 10,000 depending on the place you’re trekking to.
7. Cliff Jumping
As the name is suggestive enough, cliff jumping involves jumping off a cliff which is 20-50 metres high from the waters of Ganga. This type of activity is not for faint-hearted people. Cliff jumping is allowed in Rishikesh under strict supervision. The cost of cliff jumping is somewhere between Rs. 1,750 to Rs. 4,000.
8. Experience Ganga Aarti
There’s nothing as grand and majestic as the Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh. When you’re in Rishikesh, you cannot miss the Ganga Aarti. It is performed at the Triveni Ghat every evening, where people offer their prayers to the holy river of Ganges. People set afloat leaf boats in the river, however that is strictly not advisable. Rivers are not meant to be polluted.
9. Visit Beatles Ashram
The Ashram is named after the popular American band The Beatles visited it during their India tour. After their first visit, they made several trips to Rishikesh. The natural beauty of this place drew them here every year. The Ashram is now abandoned and is in ruins, but there are a lot of memoirs and murals on the walls that are witness to the time spent by The Beatles in India.
10. Cafe hopping
Some people find Rishikesh as the religious capital of India with plenty of temples and sages. But you will be surprised to know that Rishikesh is also frolicking with a number of cool gypsy cafes. One of the best cafes in the places is Cafe Delmar which is also known as Beatles Cafe. Cafe Karma and Cafe De Goa is also one of the most visited eateries in Rishikesh. These hotshot cafes are mushroomed around Laxman Jhula so conveyance is never a problem there. Cyclerickshaws are easily available in the vicinity.