An iconic landmark, the Lakshman Jhoola bridge over river Ganges

An iconic landmark, the Lakshman Jhoola bridge over river Ganges

The stunning sunset over the serene landscape of Rishikesh

The stunning sunset over the serene landscape of Rishikesh

The magnificent ancient temples of Rishikesh

The magnificent ancient temples of Rishikesh

The holy river Ganges flowing through the hills

The holy river Ganges flowing through the hills

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Adventure Buffs
  • Nirvana-aah
    • Language

      Hindi
    • Altitude

      372 metres (1,220 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
    • Theme

      Mountains, Religious

Beyond the gateway to heaven, embark on a journey to the abode of gods; Rishikesh, the Divine City welcomes you.

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  • Temples

    Adorned with several ancient temples all around, Rishikesh is sure to magnetize the devout. Numerous gods and goddesses reside harmoniously in this divine residency, rightly called Dev Bhoomi.

  • Yoga

    Wish to take the road to healthier living? Then take the road to Rishikesh. It is the best place to rejuvenate your senses amidst peaceful surroundings and there are several ashrams which run yoga camps on a regular basis.

  • Rafting

    If you have a knack for adventure, Rishikesh is the place to be. Apart from the religious humdrum, this getaway is always buzzing with ample opportunities to pump up your adrenaline in a raft while tearing through the white waters of River Ganga.

Be prepared

  • Excessive Commercialisation

    Though gradually, tourism and allied industries are taking a toll on the flora, fauna and calm of Rishikesh. During the peak tourist season Rishikesh can seem overcrowded, particularly if you are seeking solace from your strenuous city life.

  • Religious Scams

    Be wary of fraudulent babas and ashrams eyeing to drill a hole in your wallet with their religious tools. They come with all kinds of scams like pleasing your ancestors, praying to Goddess Ganga, seeking blessings for your children and healing the diseased.

Describing It

A revered region of radical religion, Rishikesh translates to 'Lord of the Senses'. A pilgrim city, which has recently turned into a hub of adventure sports, Rishikesh has its own captivating charm that never fails to impress. Located at a mere distance of 25 kilometres from the holy city of Haridwar and 220 kilometres from New Delhi, Rishikesh is tucked into the southernmost foothills of the Shivalik hills.

One of the biggest religious centres of North India, Rishikesh is situated along the banks of the holy Ganges and surrounded by the verdant Shivalik hills on three sides.

Rishikesh is frequented by Hindu pilgrims as well as westerners who set out to the Ganges to cleanse them of their sins and attain nirvana. Dotted with temples exuding divinity and ashrams soaking in the holistic environs, Rishikesh is a major attraction for those seeking spirituality.

Being a sacred city, the denizens of Rishikesh believe in religiously following a vegetarian diet, and alcohol stands no chance amidst the spiritual highs of Rishikesh. Those looking for a detox session will find the environs of Rishikesh apposite.

Aptly titled the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh has umpteen ashrams organising yoga camps across the year. Thousands visit Rishikesh to relax, learn yoga, meditate and seek spiritual bliss. The ashrams not only offer accommodation but also open up a realm of healthy living.