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Leisure Things to do in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a wonderful place in India to enjoy a great vacation with your family, as there are many fun things that you can enjoy in this place like rafting, camping, and trekking. Here are some things that you must do if you are visiting Rishikesh.

In Rishikesh, you must go for rafting, the most popular adventurous activity, to experience which youngsters visit the city in huge numbers. If you are one of them, going on 16 kilometres rafting expedition on the Ganges must be on the top your list of activities to do in Rishikesh. You will be spellbound to see the beautiful scenes as you sail down the river.

The Shivpuri beach camp is another exciting thing to do in Rishikesh among all visitors. It is an obvious choice for people who want to do overnight camping. The camp is situated near the Ganges, and there is also a stream flowing beside it. The place is quite secured to spend a fantastic night with your family. You can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature from this camp.

You can also go for the 18km rafting adventure from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula that takes almost three hours. You will have to raft through the rapids that make it all the more exciting. You need to follow the advice of the instructor while rafting unless you are experienced in it. The rapids are graded into I, II and III, and you need to take care of your safety, as some of them can be dangerous.

You should obviously go for trekking in Topovan that again is another adventure trip. This place is an Alpine meadow that is situated in the foothills of Mount Shivling on the west of the Gangotri Glacier. You can also enjoy the serene, spiritual and beautiful surroundings on the way. It is surely a worth-it activity to do in Rishikesh.

You can also buy packages that allow you to enjoy both camping and rafting in Rishikesh. Try to reach Rishikesh early morning, then relax and enjoy in the camps. Once you are ready, get all the equipment required for rafting and set out for it. Rafting and camping are the main attractions in Rishikesh that you must go for.

Don’t forget to enjoy the rafting tour in Shivpuri that goes for around 3 hours. It can be challenging for a novice to manoeuvre through the rapids of river Ganga, but at the same time, it will also be a memorable experience. You will get all the safety gears before you participate in rafting, including helmets, life jackets, and paddles, along with an instructor. You need to be above 14 years to undertake this water activity.

If you are a wildlife lover, then you will love to go for a jeep safari in the Rajaji National Park. It is a national park and tiger reserve situated near the foothills of Himalayas. You may also spot some birds at the Eco Wild Camps in Rajaji.

More things to do in Rishikesh

If you want to go through a thrilling experience in Rishikesh, then opt for Bungee Jumping. It is a fun-filled activity that is not easily available in other parts of India. It has been introduced in Rishikesh very recently. People having high blood pressure should avoid it. This obviously qualifies as one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. You should also try out kayaking if you are in Rishikesh. Paddle across the beautiful streams of Rishikesh in a kayak. The best time for kayaking is during the summer and spring season.

Trekking is undeniably one of the best activities to do in Rishikesh. Explore the spectacular mountains and valleys while trekking. If you are a person who is fond of trekking, then Rishikesh is the ideal place for you to visit. Rishikesh offers you ample opportunities for trekking; as it is situated nearby Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri. 

Another exciting activity to try out in Rishikesh is cliff jumping. You have to jump into a water stream from a cliff that is 20-50 feet high. You need willpower to undertake this activity, as it is not for the weak hearted. The water you jump into will also be very cold, but if you can muster a little bit of courage, it will be an experience worth remembering.

One of the compulsory things to do in Rishikesh is watching the Ganga Aarti at the Triveni Ghat. This famous ghat is the perfect place for those who want to experience peace and tranquility. A huge number of tourists visit the Triveni Ghat to witness the beautiful Ganga Aarti each day. You will also see the Ghat lit up with lamps that are set floating in the holy Ganga by the devotees. 

You must experience the famous Ayurvedic Massage in Rishikesh. It will make you feel relaxed after you have travelled a lot around the city. Forget all your workload, tension, stress and quarrels while enjoying the soothing experience of Ayurvedic Massage. Rishikesh offers you the best Ayurvedic Massage centres in India.

You should not miss visiting the famous Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh. Beatles are popular all over the world, but very few know about their frequent visits to Rishikesh. The Beatles Ashram is home to a lot of relics and memoirs from which you will get to know about their stay in Rishikesh and also about their deliberations with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Tourists can visit the Ashram any time of the year.

Next, on your list should be the world-famous yoga classes in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also known as the Yoga capital of the world. It is the hub of different kinds of activities associated with Yoga. People come here from different parts of the world to learn and teach Yoga. Yoga will help in keeping your mind and body fit. It is definitely one of the best activities to do in Rishikesh. 

You can pay a visit to the beautiful cafes in Rishikesh on the weekend. It is the ideal place for couples and youngsters to spend some quality time. They can have a great view of the Himalayas or the Ganges sipping through a cup of hot coffee. One of the famous cafes in Rishikesh is the ‘Beatles Café’, as it is said that the Beatles Band created the lyrics of one of their popular songs in this café.

Other than these, you can go for nature walks in Rishikesh, temple trail in the city, or a walk tour to explore the various ashrams here. Ziplining in Bhukandi is another must-try activity for adventure lovers in Rishikesh.