Must Places to Visit in Rishikesh in One Day
This “Abode of Lord Shiva”, so pristine, serene and filled with adventure, is a mecca for river rafting in India. Located 20kms from Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganga, the tranquil town of Shivpuri beams with life, laughter, adventure and nature’s bountiful thrills.
River rafting is not only thrilling but also extremely picturesque with the white rapids below, lush dense forest on either side and a view of the spectacular mountains in the distance making Shivpuri one of the favourite tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.
While river rafting down the Ganges right up to Ramjhula Rishikesh for around 16 km of toss and turn and skipped heartbeats, you can witness the famous river rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Tea Off, Golf Course, Clubhouse, Cash flow, Initiation, Double Trouble, and Hilton.
While you’re here and need more adventure you can also try your hand or rather heart at other adrenaline packed activities like Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping and Rock Climbing.
You can indulge yourself in other activities like Jungle Walks, Beach Camping, Mountaineering and Jungle Trekking. A day trek to the beautiful Neer Waterfall followed by campfire and roast veggies by the beach is the perfect end to a day.
Among other experiences, Shivpuri is the place for all those on the lookout for peace and rejuvenation. During your stay in Shivpuri, you will have the opportunity of learning the techniques of yoga and meditation. You can enjoy early morning yoga and relaxation sessions at Yoga Camps or even at the sacred Shiva Temples.
According to the legends, the water of this ghat has the magical power of purifying one's heart and soul, and make it free from all the sins. Devotes from every corner of the country throngs Triveni Ghat and takes a dip with utmost devotion and faith. Come morning, you can witness them offering milk to the river, performing 'Surya Namaskar' and feeding the fishes around the ghat. By evening, this auspicious ghat turns into a riot of colours as it is time of the 'Maha Aarti' or the aarti to Mother Ganga.
Priest and the devotees perform several rituals during this sacred event, and offers lamps clad with flowers and incense stick to the Goddess as mark of their gratitude and devotion. The melodious hymns of the temple bells and the shanks can be heard everywhere, and the entire vicinity turns into a plethora of colour during this time. The peace and devotion that exists during the aarti makes Triveni Ghar one of the must visit Rishikesh tourist places.
Also known as the 'Shivananda Jhula', this magnificent bridge was built during the late 80s by the regional government; the contribution of Shivananda Ashram Divine Life Society is very significant in the construction of Ram Jhula. Like the Lakshman Jhula, it was also once a jute bridge and serves as an important name in the list of places to visit in Rishikesh.
While crossing the bridge, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Ganges and for the nature photographers, it serves as an ideal destination to click some amazing pictures!
The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.
However, the bridge got washed away during the epidemic flood of 1924, and later, a pillar-less suspension bridge was erected at the same spot. The architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula and its proximity to several sacred places make it one of the most visited tourist places in Rishikesh.
Also check the detailed guide of rafting through the Ganges !
Following this phenomenal visit, the ashram gained instant popularity and was named as the 'Beatles Ashram'; the visit also made it one of the renowned places to visit in Rishikesh. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, though the ashram was abandoned in 1997, the complex buildings and the stone-huts can still be found standing strong in their place. It is one of the very few places in Rishikesh that are pretty tough to find.
According to the recent plans of the regional government, the ashram will soon reopen as a museum that will showcase its delightful history and contribution to the society. To add more, one should know that the span of time Beatles group stayed in this ashram, is considered as one of the most productive periods for the band!
Tucked between the pictorial valleys of Manikot, Brahmakot and Vishnukot, the heart-warming surrounding of this sacred temple owes to its popularity among all the Rishikesh tourist places. With Lord Shiva, who is also known as 'Neelkanth' or the 'Blue Throated One' as the main deity, the peak of the temple is adorned with sculptures of both the Gods and the Asuras.
It is said that during 'samudramanthan'; or while both the Gods and Asuras were churning out the ocean bed to obtain the holy 'amrita' or the 'nectar of immortality, Lord Shiva drank the poison that evolved from the sea. This turned his throat blue, and thus he was named as Neelkanth, and is worshipped in this temple in the form of a 'shivalinga'. Devotees visit this sacred temple throughout the day and takes a bath in the natural spring in the main complex before offering puja to the main deity.
With over 1,000 rooms for the devotees, it also offers some of the modern day amenities and facilities. A stay in Parmath Niketan Ashram will not only bring you closer to your inner-self, but will also awaken all your senses along with uplifting the state of your body, mind and soul! Religious and spiritual preaching here is believed to show you the ways to purify yourself and know more about the energy points within yourself. Yoga, meditation, spiritual classes, satsang, kirtan, Ganga Aarti and spiritual lectures are the daily curriculum of Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
The institute offers free food, stay and education to the pilgrims. People living within the bhawan participates in daily prayers and sadhana along with mediation and other necessary activities. Visitors to Gita Bhawan can also participate in all the activities and can also enjoy pure-vegetarian meals and other facilities at a minimal price.
It also offers free boat rides and has a dispensary that offers free ayurvedic treatments and medicines made according to the religious scriptures with the holy water from the Ganges. With ample of meditation places and bathing ghats, it offers a pleasant and soothing ambience to indulge in Ganga dip and other religious activities.
Vashistha Cave or Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where Sage Vashistha and his wife meditated for hundreds of years. According to Hindu mythology, Sage Vashista was a Manas Putra (human son) of Lord Brahma and one of the Saptarishi (great seven sages). The Vashishta Gufa situated in the middle of Gular trees and the sacred River Ganga is a perfect place for peace of mind and positive spiritual energy.
Over the years a small ashram was built near the cave known as Swami Purushottamanand ashram as well as some rooms outside the cave, where many sadhus live there permanently.
Located 25 km from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, all buses going towards Devprayag pass through this place. A flight of around 200 steps and you reach the entrance of the cave which only gets pitch dark as you go deeper.
The cave is properly maintained and the floor is strewn with white mats for about 12 people. The interior of the cave is filled with some aroma of burning oil and sticks making it a peaceful and spiritual meditational sanctuary.
At the end of the cave, there is a Shiv Linga where you normally find priests and other tourists engaged in worship and veneration. There is also another small cave outside the ashram called “Arundhati Cave” and an iron bridge across the river to the small yet beautiful Gular village.
The beach outside the cave is a perfect setting to relax and reflect with nature after a deep meditation and silent introspection.
For some thrill and adventure, you can also go to Shivpuri to indulge in the adventurous flying fox activity.
The narrow stream of blue waters, surrounded by the lush foliage of Himalayan vegetation, Neer Garh Waterfall is a treat for any adventure or nature lover visiting Rishikesh. It is a sheer delight to watch the roaring stream making its way through steep rocks before plunging into a clear water pool.
Apt for relaxation, meditation, and even landscape photography, this waterfall has to be one of the most spectacular places to see in Rishikesh. In order to reach the cascade, one has to indulge in a short trek that has a length of approximately 1 km which is a bonus in itself. Once you reach here, you can lower yourself into the pool and let the pure mountain water heal your body and soul, washing away your fatigue.
Location: Rishikesh-Badrinath Road, 5 km from Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Height of the Waterfall: 25 feet
Best Time to visit: September to March
Entry Fee: INR 30 per person
Rajaji National Park is both a national park as well as a tiger reserve which ranks high amongst the Places to see in Haridwar. The park was created by the amalgamation of 3 sanctuaries- Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. The park is located in the Shivalik range of Himalayas and spreads over 820kms.
The park is famous for its 600 elephants, 250 leopards, and 11 tigers along with other animals, who have been kept in the natural forest environment. It has now become the second tiger reserve of Uttarakhand after Corbet.
Location -Ansari Road, Mohand Range, Dehradun
Timing- 6 am to 9 am & 3 pm to 6 pm. Visitors booking a full day safari can wait at the rest house inside the forest.
Best Time to Visit - Park remains open from 15th November to 15th June. Park is closed during the monsoon season.
Entry Fee - Rs. 150 per head for 3 hours visit. Gypse rate for 3 hrs safari trip is Rs. 2100 and vehicle entry is Rs.250 per vehicle with Indians and Rs. 500 per vehicle with foreigners. The guide cost is Rs. 600 for general guide and Rs.1000-1500 for experience in wildlife.
History of Rajaji National Park
The Rajaji National Park initially started as three separate national parks in Uttarakhand. The pre-existing natural abundance of the area, along with its thriving community of wildlife, flora and fauna and its idyllic weather served as the perfect premise for the establishment of these national parks.
In 1964, a stretch of the Dehradun Forest spanning 90 square kilometres was declared as the Motichur wildlife sanctuary. The Rajaji Wildlife sanctuary had existed since 1948 and the Chilla sanctuary since 1977 in Shivalik and Lansdowne respectively.
In 1983, these three parks were combined to form the Rajaji National Park as it stands today, which covers an area of over 820 square kilometres. In April 2015, Rajaji National Park received the status of a tiger reserve, making it the second reserve for tigers in Uttarakhand.
It remains one of the most picturesque and well-maintained national parks in the country. The government decided to name the park after one of the most renowned freedom fighters of the country- C. Rajagopalachari, who was known as Rajaji.
After playing a pivotal role in fighting for India’s independence, he was also the last Governor-General of post-independence India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna for his services to the nation.
Located within a close proximity to the Triveni Ghat, the most commonly believed story behind this holy pond narrates that it was once a havan kund. During the ancient times, as the holy Ganges was not flowing nearby, it created a havoc among the people. To please Mother Ganges, few pious devotees performed yagna at this place and at their request, Goddess Yamuna appeared and stayed here forever.
Other stories also says that it was once the bathing place of Lord Rama; dedicated to the lord and his wife Sita, Ragunath Temple was built beside Rishikund. On a clear day, you can witness the reflection of the temple on the surface of the pond. Devotees from various parts of the world flocks this Rishikesh tourist place and offer their prayers to the Goddess Yamuna and seek blessings of the other Gods as well.
Even till date, devotees flocks this temple on the same day of the Hindu calendar and attend a grand procession wherein the idol of Lord Hrishikesh is taken out for a dip in the holy water and reinstalled in the temple. Believed to be named after 'Bharat', brother of Lord Ram, the main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, and has an idol carved from a single piece of black stone.
Legends also has it that after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandava brothers while on their way to heaven, took shelter and also offered their prayers to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan in this temple.
Symmetric architecture, pleasant location and the sanctity that fills in the ambience makes it one of the pious temples in the entire vicinity. Also known as the Trayambakeshwar or Trimbakeshwar Temple, one can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings from the temple top. A short walk from other landmarks of the city like Lakshman Jhula will get you to this devout temple in Rishikesh.
This small village haven located 40km away from the Rishikesh Valley between Rishikesh - Badrinath highway with beautiful landscape and foothills is famous for the roaring sounds of the most dangerous rafting rapids.
The 36 km stretch of River Ganges from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh offers some of the world's most fun-filled and challenging Grade III and Grade IV river rapids along with Grade V rapids where rafters come across the most daring and toughest zone called “The Wall” and ‘Daniel’s Dip’ Rapids.
The total time taken to complete the expedition is around 8 hours and is not recommended to first-time river rafters since they feature some serious obstacles while sailing along.
While having magnificent landscapes and toughest Rapids, Kaudiyala is also known for having the finest and best beach camping locations in Rishikesh, surrounded by greenery, mountains and perfect weather(between mid-September to April).
Various sports like volleyball, football, jungle trekking and bird watching can be enjoyed while taking in the warmth of the fiery wood barks by your beach tent along with freshly cooked village food.
Being located about 380m above sea level, the place is surrounded by dense forests making it the place for rock climbing. Visitors are enthralled with a rare view of so many wild animals and endemic flora in their natural habitat making Kaudiyala a scenic and adrenaline pumped destination.
You can reach Kaudiyala by bus or a hired taxi from the Rishikesh Railway Station(40 km) or the Jolly Grant Airport (56km) away.
Adventure Things to do in Rishikesh in One day
Activity Location: Taliyal Gaon, Rishikesh
Check-in Time: 12:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM
About Beach Camping in Rishikesh with Rafting:
Surrounded by blossom green mountains and located at walking distance from the nearby waterfall, the campsite is nestled cozily on a hilly ridge that overlooks the alluring waters of a river stream.
Activity Location: Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh
Activity Timing: Between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
About Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh:
Experience a thrilling Bungee jumping experience at India’s first fixed-platform bungee jumping at Mohan Chatti, a beautiful location tucked in the divine Shivaliks. Buckle up because this adventure sport is going to pump up your adrenaline and let you experience an unforgettable adventure.
Activity Location: Rishikesh
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Taking a leap of faith from an astounding height of 83 m - as you then swing in the cool breeze of Mohan Chatti - with a river flowing beneath and nature's beauty all around - is an experience you would not want to miss. Head out for this adventurous activity under the guidance of a trained professional and immerse yourself in the thrill of "feeling alive".
Activity Location: Rishikesh
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Does the idea of gliding through the mesmerizing mountainscapes, several meters above a rippling river excite you? Well, then flying fox in Rishikesh is just the right activity for you. Soar right above the white water rapids at Mohanchatti tied onto a series of extremely strong steel cables, which are attached by a harness and pulley. There's no better way to challenge your family and friends while you are at it.
Camp Location: Shivpuri, Rishikesh
Camp Duration: 2 Days and 1 Night
About River Rafting in Rishikesh:
Situated in the backdrops of mountains and with a mesmerizing valley view. The campsite offers a once in a lifetime experience for travelers who are nature lover, with a vast swimming pool you can relax and have view of might garhwal mountains and river stream from the campsite.
Activity timing: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
- River rafting in Rishikesh is something to experience gliding on the rapids of River Ganges.
-When the river enters the city of Rishikesh, it dawns on a raging form, creating rapids (high-speed waves) that make this rafting experience full of excitement.
- In this river rafting in Rishikesh package, you get to choose from options in the length as in how far you want to raft down the river. There are 3 stretches ranging from 9 km to 26 km, with a varying number of grades from II to IV.
- Apart from this exciting adventure, you also get to experience activities like Cliff Jumping and Body Surfing. You will experience the cliff jumping from the height of 20 to 25 ft.
- You will be going to enjoy these activities with an experienced instructor cum guide. First, the instructor will give a brief lesson about safety precautions and activity. After that, you will be going to enjoy your rafting experience.
Rafting for 9 km:
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 3 rapids of Grade II ( suitable for beginner or a non-swimmer) and above, which will be covered in a duration of 2 hours.
Rafting for 16 km:
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 3 rapids of Grade III (suitable for non-swimmers who want more thrill), which will be covered in a duration of 3 hours. Also, this package includes cliff jumping and surfing.
Rafting for 26 km:
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 5 rapids of grade IV (suitable for experienced as this grade is difficult and have high irregular waves), to be covered in a duration of 4-5 hours including cliff jumping and surfing.
How to reach:
The activity will start in Tapovan and you need to reach here. Tapovan is just 7 km away from Rishikesh. You can easily reach here by public or private cab.
Kickstart your day early at Kunjapuri Trek by getting picked up from your hotel and driven to the temple of Kunjapuri which is located in the Shivalik Range. From here you can enjoy the views of many high mountains like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba.
After spending some time at this temple located at 1650 m above sea level, follow a 14 km long trail through the forests back to Rishikesh. Passing through villages, paddy fields and forests, you will get a good chance to see the Himalayan wildlife like Barking Deer, Leopard, Civets, and Marten, and numerous Birds and Insects.
The experience comes to an end at the Neegard Waterfall, where you can relax and unwind amidst misty beauty for a while before walking for 1.5 km more to get picked-up in the vehicle which will drop you at the hotel.
As a part of daily hygiene protocol, proper care of hygiene and sanitation is maintained all through to ensure the utmost care and personal safety of the guests.
Min Number of people required: 4
Quite contrasting to its stature as being one of the holy shrines of India, Rishikesh is also known for the pool of adventure it offers. And among all of them, missing out on the powered paragliding while you are in Rishikesh would leave your trip incomplete.
It is an activity which takes your adrenaline for a ride. Imagine yourself in an open cockpit, cruising through the cool air with the mighty mountains on all sides and a stunning bird’s-eye view of the lush green valley along with the rippling river below. Surreal?
Gliding through the blue skies, in a parachute propelled by the help of a motorized fan, is a lifetime experience. This is when you can truly say that ‘sky is the limit’.
Location: Kaudiyala, Rishikesh
Check-in Time: 01:00 PM
Check-out Time: 10:00 PM
About the Campsite:
The campsite is nestled in an area of 2 acres on a lush green foothill with river Ganga flowing on the other side. It's a secluded campsite set in leafy surroundings and combining luxury facilities with a truly relaxed atmosphere.