Rishikesh Tourism

Ever since the Beatles, the famous rock band from England, visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram in the late ‘60s, Rishikesh became a magnet tour destination for the spiritual seekers. Today it stands as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, and attracts yoga enthusiasts from around the world. Situated beside the holy River Ganges and surrounding green mountains of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh has two faces.

One, for the yoga and spiritual lovers, and the other, for the free-spirited beings. Where the first set of people seek out Yoga ashrams, ringing temple bells, meditation centres, various ghats with their aartis and sadhus, the latter is served by its hippie lanes, laid back cafes, and adventure tourism activities. People from across the world visit Rishikesh for spending holidays filled with learning, crystal healing and mastering yogasanas. While some of them return, many end up staying back in Rishikesh, making it their permanent home. 

How to Reach Rishikesh?

Rishikesh is a travel destination known for its easy accessibility, and can be reached via air, rail or road. The Jolly Grant Airport which is located almost 35 kilometers from the main town of Rishikesh is the nearest airport. Alternatively, one can catch a train to reach Rishikesh Railway Station, and hire a taxi after arriving. For the ones seeking adventure, road trips to Rishikesh are the best option. With good roads, it is a pretty self drivable location. It takes 4-5 hours from Delhi to Rishikesh (without halt). Or, one can always take a private bus to reach Rishikesh.


Best Time to Visit Rishikesh

Though Rishikesh can be visited all-round the year, October-March is the best time for planning a visit. While the summers are pretty hot (April-June), monsoons (July-September) bring relief from the scorching heat. The temperature begins to drop from mid-October onwards, until winter finally arrives in November, and lasts until March.

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    Despite being nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh experiences very hot weather, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees. April and May are best suited for adventure activities like bungee jumping, rafting, etc. The real struggle starts in June, when the weather gets too hot to handle. Summers in Rishikesh lasts until June.

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    Monsoon arrives in Rishikesh towards the end of June, and lasts till September. August is the wettest month, with heavy rainfall making it difficult for tourists. Even though travelling can be a little difficult during monsoon due to occurrence of landslides, you can still visit Rishikesh and explore all the popular tourist attractions. 

  • Winter 

    With temperatures between 6 degrees to 20, winter is the best season for tourists to visit Rishikesh. Cool breeze, hazy skies with the sun peeking out, Rishikesh becomes a paradise during these months. Adventure activities resume to normalcy with rock climbing being the most favourite one. 

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Travel Tips: Top 5 Things to Know Before Visiting Rishikesh

  • Rishikesh is a holy city, and you will hardly find any restaurants or eateries serving non vegetarian food.
  • Always be on your guard against con men.
  • Monkeys are ubiquitous in Rishikesh, and before you offer them anything to eat, remember that they will follow you once you do so.
  • Dress appropriately while visiting a temple.
  • Always carry sunscreen while visiting Rishikesh during summers, as the bright sun can cause a lot of harm to your skin.

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