Rishikesh is the gateway to the Char-Dhams. The city is flooded with thousands of pilgrims, who continue flocking the city. There are ample of activities that you can do in Rishikesh. Some of the things to do in Rishikesh are river rafting, rock climbing, paint balls etc. Some of which are given below:
Things To Do In Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is famous for yoga and it is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. The yoga centers of Rishikesh always being an attraction point for visit. It has numerous ashrams for yoga such as Sivananda Ashram; Omkarananda Ashram; Swargashram; Anand Prakash Ashram; Andhra Ashram; Himalayan Yog Ashram; Madhuban ashram; Nirmal Ashram; Phool Chatti Ashram; Osho Ganga Dham Ashram; Sadhaka Grama Ashram; Swami Dayananda Ashram; Vanprastha Ashram; etc. It also believed that performing yoga at Rishikesh brings one closer to moksha’s attainment.
2. Adventure sports:
Rishikesh is a major spot of adventurous activities like River rafting; Backpacking; Bungee jumping; Hiking, Kayaking; Mountain biking; Rock climbing; Rappelling; Zip lining etc. The adventurous session starts from March and ends in September.
From Rishikesh tourists generally buy the items of devotion and inexpensive ornaments. Garments are the other major attraction for tourists. There are loosely fit Indian clothes that you will be able to find in the market.
4. Ganga Aarti:
The Ganga aarti at Triveni Ghat involves a congregation of devotees singing hymns and bhajan praising River Ganga and floating flowers and lighted diya into the river water. The aarti happens every day at 6 am and 6 pm. It’s the way of worshiping the Mother Goddess and seeking g her blessing. Ganga aarti has been performed on the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh. Ganga aarti is a peaceful, serene, personal & respectful experience.
5. Goa Beach:
The nickname given to a place on the river banks, it is often referred to as Goa Beach by foreign backpackers. The only advice is not to go to this place when the current of the river is strong. Tourist come here for the meditation, books reading, chanting etc.
6. Visit of Local Temples
There are many temples in Rishikesh to visit like Bharat Mandir, Risikund, Ragunath Mandir, Hanuman Mandir etc. Every Temple has a story and famous for its significance.
7. River Rafting
Rishikesh is the most popular centre for river rafting which attracts thousands of adventure seeking travelers every year. There are multiple rafting points from where you can start and enjoy rafting. Adventure lovers can choose a grade according to their preferences and expertise.
8. Paint Ball
Paintball is a game of guts, grit and glory of speed stealth and strategy. Paintball Adventure Activity is a modern version of peek-a-boo. It is a team building activity in which group of players shoot balls of paint at another person to get a goal.
9. Bungee Jumping
It has been designed by David Allardice of New Zealand. Jump Masters flown in from New Zealand to operate the Bungee. It is the most challenging activity for all those who live life without fear. One has to dive from an altitude of about 120 to 160ft. After the jump, one can relish capturing pictures of beautiful surroundings on the camera. The jumpers also get dare to jump certificates and their video of doing Bungy Jumping.
10. Flying Fox
Flying Fox is carried out by three people at one time. The entire tour takes 45-60 minutes. You are harnessed to the wire and on release by gravity roll down the wire upto 7 meters above the river level and then going up. Finally returning & settling down at the lowest point. Accelerate upto speeds of 160.
11. Cliff jumping
All those who come in Rishikesh for river rafting never miss cliff jumping. Generally, the sport involves jumping from a 30-40 ft high cliff. The sport will let you know your bodily strength. Depending upon the physical abilities, you can also grow your cliff jumping abilities.
12. Air Safari
It is a latest addition to the adventure in Rishikesh which consist of an eco friendly flying over the town of Rishikesh. It is way of exploring the natural beauty of Rishikesh from the sky with the help of a number of equipments such as Para-motors, trikes, Para-gliders and powered parachutes, etc. Enjoy the panoramic view of Shivalik ranges on hot air balloon ride in Rishikesh or aircraft ride, starting from just rupees 2500.
The adventure of kayaking in Rishikesh has gained much popularity among tourists from all corners of the world. These boats are designed with a view to performing on fast moving river waters. The Ganga River provides perfect platform to learn and attempt Kayaking as the river is relatively safe.
Hiking is also among the things to do in Rishikesh. It is walk for a long distance nearby areas of Rishikesh such as Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat. Geeta Bhawan, Ram Jhula, Neelkanth mahadev etc. Tourist also explores nearby villages of Rishikesh through Hiking during staying in camps.
15. Rock climbing
Rishikesh is not only about river rafting but here you can also do Rock Climbing. Rishikesh is surrounded by steep rock surfaces and cliff of The Great Himalayan range. It is a perfect way to test you physical as well as mental strengths. In order to complete the task successfully all you need is stamina and faith in yourself and once you are done you will be filled with the pleasure of achieving your goal.
16. Water Rappelling
Water Rappelling is among the another things to do in Rishikesh. It is a controlled drop with a rope from a particular spot of a waterfall. It is very thrilling to descend from a rock of the waterfall and is one of the most daring adventure activities offered in Rishikesh.