Are you planning to visit Rishikesh, the ‘Adventure Capital of India’? Then do not think twice, as Rishikesh is a beautiful place to visit and a delight to adventure seekers. This place offers you a long list of adventure sports and some of the most beautiful locations to spend quality time on. From witnessing the Ganga Aarti on the Ganga Ghats to visiting famous iron suspension bridges Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, and Janki Setu to exploring major attractions including Triveni Ghat, Shivpuri, Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh have so much to experience and to make beautiful memories.
Take a look at our 25 best places to visit in Rishikesh list, which you should not miss when visiting.
Neer Garh Waterfall is the best place to visit with your friends. If you are an adventure enthusiast and someone who loves trek, you can enjoy a beautiful hike to the Neer Garh Waterfall by performing a one-day tour from Shivpuri. The fantastic and serene view of this cataract will leave you happy. Tourists consider this a must-visit place in Rishikesh. It would be a good, fun experience to spend some quality time in the lap of nature and make some beautiful memories with your loved ones.
A place famous for adventure enthusiasts located just 22 km from the main town of Rishikesh. Mohanchatti offers three exciting adventures: Bungee Jumping, Giant Swing and flying fox. You can enjoy these activities on India’s First Fixed platform, and that too at the height of 83m. This activity can be enjoyed from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening. Undoubtedly, this would be an unforgettable experience for you.
One of the beautiful places to visit, Kaudiyala is a small village located around 40 km from Rishikesh. It is on Badrinath Road and is a very famous rock climbing destination. It is also trendy among tourists as a favourite and one of the best white river rafting and camping sites. This is a favourite abode for people loving adventurous stuff. It would help if you tried Beach camping here, as it is considered the best location for the same. March to June and September to November serve as the best season for tourists to enjoy the beauty of Kaudiyala.
The abode to “Maa Kunjapuri”, Kunjapuri has spectacular views and mesmerizing landscapes. Thousands of travellers visit and worship this temple as one of the 52 “Shaktipeeth” in Uttarakhand. The place is filled with tranquillity and peace. It is located just 20 km from Rishikesh. Kunjapuri temple is well-known for its sunrise view, and there is also the famous Kunjapuri Temple Sunrise trek.
Known for its confluence of “Alaknanda” and “Bhagirathi” rivers to form the river Ganga, Devprayag is one of the best places to visit nearby Rishikesh. Devprayag is also one of the “Panch Prayag” located in Uttarakhand. One can reach Devprayag within a 2 hours drive from Rishikesh.
Visiting and exploring Shivpuri comes under the best and top 10 things to do in Rishikesh. Being one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh, Shivpuri is a beautiful town located 12 km from the main city of Rishikesh. The tranquillity of this serene place will fill your souls with peace and solace. It is also the best destination to enjoy the thrilling activity of River Rafting in Rishikesh. You can perform many adventurous activities here, such as Cliff Jumping, Body Surfing, Rock Climbing, Jungle Walks, Beach Camping, etc. Read more about Shivpuri Uttarakhand!
The Beatles Ashram is an excellent destination to explore on your Rishikesh Trip. It stands among the favourite tourist places in Rishikesh. The Beatles lived here in 1968 and performed meditation, and wrote some of their songs. You can visit this Beatles Ashram from 10 to 4 in the evening. This is also known as Chaurasi Kutiya and is just 1 km from the famous Ram Jhula. You can visit this place late in the afternoon to see the Ganga Aarti, and it would prove to be a stunning view too, during sunset.
The yoga capital of India, “Rishikesh” offers you another beautiful bridge to explore and enjoy – “Ram Jhula”. Tourists find it the easiest and a lovely spot to spend Time in Rishikesh. Ram Jhula is 450 feet long, joining the Sivananda Ashram with Swarga Ashrams. It is just at a distance of 3 km from the main city. To have a mesmerizing look at the Holy River Ganga and a bird’s eye view of Rishikesh, you must visit this bridge and be sorted. You can also explore the local markets on the Ram Jhula and shop for souvenirs.
Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple is a very popular tourist attraction in Rishikesh. It is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This sacred temple is located around 32 km from Rishikesh. Being one of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva worldwide makes it a must-visit destination for tourists around the globe. Your Rishikesh trip would be incomplete if you would not visit this spiritual beauty surrounded by three valleys – Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot.
One of the most renowned attractions of Rishikesh is Triveni Ghat. Being the biggest Ghat in Rishikesh, “Maha Aarti” / “Ganga Aarti” is performed every evening, attracting a massive crowd of tourists. This Triveni Ghat is also very significantly mentioned in Hindu Mythology. You can visit this place from 5 in the morning to 9 in the evening. Perform holy dips in the sacred river Ganga and refresh your soul. Around one to two hours are enough to explore this Ghat. However, the rest depends on you.
The Lakshaman Jhula is a famous and popular tourist destination in Rishikesh. It would help if you did not miss looking at this beautiful bridge connecting two villages across the river Ganga. This gigantic bridge is made up 70 feet above the Ganga River. But, the authorities have permanently closed this bridge, concerning it as a risk to safety and security. However, pedestrians are still allowed here so that you can enjoy it here. Bikes or any vehicle are strictly prohibited on this bridge, so act and enjoy accordingly.
After Triveni Ghat, the Parmarth Niketan Ghat is the second most popular and famous destination to enjoy Ganga Aarti. This Ghat also attracts a large crown wave to witness the calming Ganga Aarti. The chanting of mantras by young monks will fill your soul with peace and tranquillity. This is within walking distance from the famous Ram Jhula. You can also try some of the most authentic Indian cuisines and satisfy your taste buds.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram is one of the most popular and favorite tourist destinations when it comes to exploring ashrams in Rishikesh. This serene and calm Ashram provides an abode to many tourists and patients. You can learn about traditional Ayurvedic practice treatment, meditation, yoga, and other natural healing techniques. If you decide to stay for some time in this Ashram, you can participate in several activities here, which are performed daily. Spiritual talks, yoga sessions, kirtans, bhajan sandhya, daily Satsang, meditation classes, prayers, mantras chanting and more are the activities you can participate in.
Tera Manzil Mandir is considered one of the best tourist places to explore in Rishikesh. It is one of the most renowned temples of Rishikesh, popularly known as the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This temple has eye-catching architecture, made up on the banks of the river Ganga. You can visit this spiritual place from 6 in the morning to 7 in the evening. It is situated near the very famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh.
Shri Bharat Mandir in Rishikesh is solely dedicated to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan. People refer to this architectural beauty as one of the oldest temples of Rishikesh. In Rishikesh, you can visit this temple on the Ghat Road, Mayakund. This temple holds many mythological stories related to it. You should undoubtedly see this place and feel some positive vibes.
If you want to explore an offbeat place in the beautiful Rishikesh, then explore Byasi Village. It is a small village at a distance of around 30km from Rishikesh. You can experience some thrilling adventurous activities here too. Camping, River Rafting, and Boating are the most famous adventure activities tourists try here. You can visit this village at any time of the year. And if you are someone who wants to stay at a local place, far away from the chaos of the central city, then you can also accommodate in homestays made here.
Ragunath Temple in Rishikesh is one of the best and must-visit places in this spiritual city. It would help if you did not miss a chance to visit and have a memorable time here. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and his wife, Goddess Sita. It is located near the Triveni Ghat, so after visiting this temple, you can witness the Maha Ganga Aarti at the Triveni Ghat.
Lakshman Temple is a very popular and ancient temple in Rishikesh. This is situated near the famous and loved Lakshman Jhula in Tapovan. Dedicated to Lord Lakshmana, this spiritual beauty is one of the favourite destinations of tourists for its paintings, sculptures and ancient carvings. You can easily reach this temple by enjoying a ride in the local sharing autos from the Rishikesh bus stand.
Vashistha Cave is a beautiful and peaceful meditating spot in Rishikesh city. It is widely believed that Saint Vashishta made this place his abode and meditated here at the end of his life. People seeking calmness in their lives make it mandatory to visit this beautiful hidden location/place on their Rishikesh Trip. You can explore this peaceful cave and meditate inside the premises too. It is located on Badrinath Road, and the times are: 9 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm.
Located on the ghats of the river Ganga, Baba kali kamli Vanprastha Ashram is blessed with greenery and peace. It is also one of the best budget Dharamshala in Rishikesh. The surroundings are clean and filled with trees, making it a perfect place to visit in Rishikesh. The Ashram has many amenities for travellers.
The Omkarananda Ashram is one of the best places in Rishikesh to gain some spiritual experience. This visit will leave you enlightened for the rest of your life. This Ashram is situated on the banks of the river Ganga, and it was constructed around 50 years ago in Ganga Vatika.
Jhilmil Gufa is a set of three caves situated on the Manikoot Parvat. It is located just 4 km from the famous Neelkantha Temple and 21 km from the Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh City. To reach these caves, one needs to hike for around an hour, but the best part about this hike is that senior citizens can do it. This is a very peaceful and serene location which will fill you up with tranquillity. You can also spot cute elephants in Manikut Kajri Van if you are lucky.
One of the most beautiful offbeat places to explore in Rishikesh has to be the Garud Chatti Waterfall. The best view of this mesmerizing waterfall is seen during the monsoons. You need to hike around 1.5 km to reach this waterfall. It is one of the must-visit places in Rishikesh with its pristine waters and undisturbed natural beauty. You can visit this small but stunning waterfall while visiting the Jhilmil Gufa, as they are not far from each other.
One of the best places to travel in Rishikesh to spend some leisure time has to be the Marine drive or the Astha Path. This is a beautiful artificial path along the holy river Ganga. It is located at a distance of around 7 km from Rishikesh. This is the favourite location for joggers, meditators, walkers and yoga lovers. You can take leisure walks here, spend quality time with your loved ones, or explore this beautiful place. This is the perfect spot for you to relax your mind and body.
A trip to Rishikesh is incomplete if you don’t explore the local markets. The beautiful and famous main market of Rishikesh is a must-visit place. One should not miss visiting this market to shop and experience the local vibes of Rishikesh city. Rishikesh Main Market is situated near the Triveni Ghat, so after exploring the market, you can also participate in the Maha Ganga Aarti at the Triveni Ghat. You can shop for souvenirs from here and the popular jhumkas, bangles, and necklaces.