Rishikesh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Rishikesh

The world capital of yoga, Rishikesh is at the crossroads of the Ganges River, with imposing, grand mountains and a modern pace of life that slows down just a little in the presence of religious devotion. Rishikesh is the place you go to rediscover the wonder of nature, trace the steps of Indian history and relax while exploring.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rishikesh

1. When in Rishikesh, Make Like the Yogis

There are many yoga teacher training camps known as "shalas" or "ashrams" that invite devotees to strike a pose in deep meditation. Join fellow visitors in a peaceful vinyasa flow. Om!

2. Revisit the Mystery of Nature

Whether you love high-adrenaline white-water rafting, mountain climbing or soft treks and trails for peaceful bird watching, communing with nature is a viable activity in Rishikesh.

3. Visit the Holy Temples

Because it lives so close to the Ganges, India's holy river, you can't help but get swept up in the sacred temples all around you. Notable in particular for the beauty and grace are Trayambakeshwar Temple and Swarg Ashram.

4. Tuck into Healthy and Cheap Eats

From yummy, roadside food-stalls serving up friend sweets and spiced meats, there are plenty of traditional thalis, western food like pizza and pasta as well as healthier, organic meals like salads.

5. Travel During Festival Season

Besides local religious festivals and fairs known as "melas", Rishikesh is the spot for the celebration of "Saavan", which means "rain" in Hindi. Expect to see thousands flock to the tiny city in July for celebrations and parades.

Where to Eat in Rishikesh

If you're in the mood for some classic Indian thalis, Chotiwala in Swarg Ashram is your spot. Meals start at ₹100.

When to visit Rishikesh

Rishikesh in March
Estimated hotel price
$23
1 night at 3-star hotel
Rishikesh in March
Estimated hotel price
$23
1 night at 3-star hotel

Rishikesh's climate is on par for Northern India, with cooler winters, from 46°F to 68°F, and warm summers, between 68°F to 95°F. July to September is officially monsoon season.

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How to Get to Rishikesh

Plane

Rishikesh is serviced by Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport, which is 9.3 miles away. From the airport, grab a taxi for around ₹650 to ₹975.

Train

There are lots of different services of trains, like the Shatabadi Express or Mussoorie Express, depending on the city of origin. Haridwar to Rishikesh on the Shatabdi is ₹650.

Car

Book a prepaid car rental or taxi cab from companies like Saavari. Day rates start at 2,427 for a journey from Dehradun to Rishikesh.

Bus

Traveling by bus from Delhi, fares start at ₹130-₹350 for a standard bus and ₹200-₹500 for an air-conditioned bus.

Airports near Rishikesh

Airlines serving Rishikesh

United Airlines
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Air India
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IndiGo
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Vistara
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SpiceJet
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FlexFlight
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GoFirst
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Air India Express
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Where to stay in Rishikesh

For a luxury stay, there's no better place than the boutique Hotel Ganga Kinare. Wake up to morning yoga at Hotel Prasanna Inn. Budget-conscious travelers enjoy Ananda Guesthouse.

Popular neighbourhoods in Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula - The 450-foot iron suspension bridge is also a signifying feature and the name of this district. It is home to many hotels for tourists and ashrams.

High Bank - Up-river from Lakhsman Jhula is the quiet and serene High Bank. Several locals and travelers alike stay here for access to the Himalayan foothills and banks of the Ganges.

Gangapar - Is home to the Swarg Ashram, the epicenter for all things yoga and meditation.

Where to stay in popular areas of Rishikesh

Most booked hotels in Rishikesh

Rishikesh Sadan A Yoga & Spritual Retreat
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How to Get Around Rishikesh

Public Transportation

Get around on foot or grab a autorickshaw. They're noisy but at ₹8, they're cheap. You can also get regular rickshaws for ₹24.3/mile.

Taxi

Taxis in Rishikesh must be booked in advance from companies like Rishikesh Car Rental Service for ₹5,500 in Tapovan.

Car

Book car rental packages from operators like Shubh Yatra Tours. Trips around Uttarkhand start at ₹5,000.

Car hire agencies in Rishikesh

The Cost of Living in Rishikesh

Shopping Streets

There's not much in the way of shopping but there are plenty of open air kiosks and stalls as well as pop-up markets on the weekends for local crafts, spices, food and yoga gear in Swarg Ashram.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs ₹11.25 and a dozen eggs are ₹12.40

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