What is Rishikesh all about:
Rishikesh is located on the banks of river Ganga.Traditionally it is a sacred historical place known for temples. Nevertheless well known across the globe as a Yoga hub.
Besides the traditionally rich culture with Ganga river, Rishikesh is the hot spot for thrilling adventure sports which gives it the grand title of ‘Adventure Capital of India’. Thus making it an ultimate destination for “Adrenaline junkies”-100% thrill and happiness with the adrenaline rush.
You can reach here by Flight, Train or Road.
The nearest airport is -Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun.
The nearest Railhead is located in Haridwar.
Once you reach Delhi by flight from any corner of the world, there are overnight buses from Delhi. These broad network of bus connectivity are the cheapest and best way to reach out to Rishikesh.
There is a broad network of buses connecting from Haridwar, Dehradun, Delhi and other cities.
Three Main Things to Do In Rishikesh:
- RISHIKESH RIVER RAFTING:
The gurgling and revving water in The Ganges and its beautiful tributaries makes Rishikesh River Rafting the most adventurous sports for all sports junkies. It is guarded by the grand and majestic Himalayas. The surroundings of lush green vegetation make the sports very exciting. The holy pilgrimage is just 43 Km from Haridwar.
The rugged and uneven settings, the beauty of the flow of Ganges with its tributaries gives some of the best herculean rapids making Rishikesh the best destination for River Rafting.
If you have the adrenaline rush for an engrossing encounter with high-speed waves, with any you should go for it.
No doubt River rafting is a unique experience in itself. No comparisons with any other adventure sport.
Yet a few tips before you go for it are:
- Don’t eat before rafting.
- Always wear life jacket and helmet tightly.
- Trust your guide and you’re all set to go.
- Age criteria being 12 years and above,
- Rafters are provided a 5-minute training session before they start their adventure.
- Safety equipment is provided to avoid any mishaps.
- Charges range on the distance you cover.
- You could choose your distance of rafting from 8Km, 16km and 26km stretches.
- Monsoon (June-September) may not be the perfect time for river rafting.
- The Rafting starts at Shivpuri and ends near Lakshman Jhula.
It is such a lifetime experience. One needs to be very daring if someone doesn’t know swimming yet doing it the first time.
“River Rafting…. Reviews:”
This is must do activity for anyone who goes Rishikesh, well-trained people, clean water.Just go for it….It is adventures…it’s amazing…it’s awesome….If you are going to Rishikesh and don’t go for rafting….it means you are missing the real fun…
2. RISHIKESH BUNGEE JUMPING
Rishikesh is one of the few places in India that offers bungee Jumping.
You’ll have your safety well buckled to jump into the valley from an altitude of 83 mats.
Age limit here is above 12 and below 40 years and a person cannot weigh more than 110 kg or less than 40 kg.
You can always check out for more details.
More sports activities:
This is a milder or subdued version of base jumping.
Here what you have to do is, you climb up the Maggi point which has a jumping platform 5 mats above the river level and jump into the river.
Rappelling is just the opposite of Rock climbing.
Your waist is tied up with a rope and you are climbing down from a mountain peak.
It is easier than Rock climbing and requires less energy comparatively.
There are popular spots along the Ganges where you can enjoy body surfing.
It has no age bar or prerequisites.
Body Surfing is simply being in the water and sometimes going in the rapids by holding the raft by its side.
You’ll be harnessed to a wire which moves down at 140 kph.
This here is Asia’s longest Flying Fox destination. This activity is done by three persons at once or can be done alone by paying extra.
This is done from the same platform of the Bungee Jump.
This also is India’s highest Giant Swing at 83 mths.
A harness is fixed to your chest and a seat, both of which are connected to a wire rope.
After your jump, you will be moving like a pendulum in air.
For requirements and more details, visit Jumping Heights.
If you are on a budget and can’t do all of these, we recommend you to do the Giant Swing. That’s the most fun.
- YOGA IN RISHIKESH
Yoga and Rishikesh are complimentary and incomplete without each other. So deep-rooted is the ancient spiritual science and experience at this holy place. This is what makes it the ‘Yoga capital of the world’.
Yoga and meditation Ashrams keep Rishikesh’s sanctity alive. Foreigners throng in big numbers to Rishikesh for the only purpose of the feel of Dip in Yoga alone. So divine and blissful is the sanctity of this science.
One can stay in Ashrams and study Yoga. Else simply stay elsewhere in the place of their choice and enjoy the peaceful vibes of Rishikesh.
You can search for the Ashrams according to your plan and budget.
If you see the beauty of Ganges how can you go without the milky waterfalls?
Besides all the adventure and spirituality, Rishikesh holds beautiful scenic waterfalls.
- Patna Waterfalls’
- Neer Waterfalls
- Phool Chatti Waterfalls
The famous Lakshman Jhula of Rishikesh. It is one of the most talked about places in Rishikesh.
Lakshman Jhula is a bridge that lies suspended over the Ganges. It is 450 feet long and connects to various Ashrams and Ghats.
This is also the end point of rafting and offers panoramic views.On either side, there are shopping stops where you can purchase idols, semi-precious stones, and other novelties.
Ram Jhula, like the Lakshman Jhula, is also a suspended bridge that joins the two banks of the river Ganga.
Although little crowded, Ram Jhula offers an amazing sunset view. This connects the Shivananda Ashram with Swargashram.
GANGA AARTI AT RISHIKESH
Ganga Aarti is an everyday evening ritual also known as Maha Aarti- a prayer performed on the banks of the Sacred Ganges.
The Ganga Aarti echoes with choruses of bhajans and illuminates you from within.It is being chanted with bells and illuminated lamps. These add a wonderful splendor of the sight.
Visitors can buy divas and everything required for the Aarti. They can be a part of this grandeur ceremony that is very peaceful, majestic and enlightening.
Aarti at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar is much talked about.It is the most ancient and famous aarti.The best Ganga Aarti is perhaps the one at Triveni Ghat, around Rishikesh Town.
“Camping In Rishikesh”
Rishikesh has an awesome location, the weather is amazing, and the fresh breeze of Rishikesh is very blissful.
That camps are very well versed with all modern amenities.They facilitate nicely.People are very generous, the food provided is very delicious.
The trip becomes even more memorable and enjoyable with bonfire and light music in the evening at the camps.
Once can enjoy every part of nature when you visit Rishikesh.It’s an amazing trip and amazing experience.This is India’s best place for rafting and it’s safe also. If you can swim also no issues. Make sure that you take a good raft and a guide.