Rishikesh Yoga And Adventure City - City Guide of Rishikesh - Travel Guide Of Rishikesh


Rishikesh in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is one of the most Adventures centers of India. Rishikesh is the gateway to the Chardham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri. The name of this city is taken from Hrishikesh, which is another name for Lord Vishnu. River Ganga flows in Rishikesh city and Himalaya is surrounded by three sides. It is believed that when Raibha Rishi had self-indulgence, he was incarnated with the name of God "Rishikesh" and hence this place is known by this name.

Rishikesh has always been famous for yoga and meditation centers around the world, people from all over the world gather in Rishikesh to learn the lessons of meditation and yoga at this holy place. It is also full of astronomical places, adventure places, meditation centers, beautiful guest houses, Dharamshala, and ashrams.


Rishikesh Geography

Rishikesh city is placed at Uttarakhand on the Tehri Garhwal area. Rishikesh city lies on the banks of river Ganga and is bounded by the Himalayas. Rishikesh is located at a height of 356 m above sea level. The geographical position of Rishikesh is 30.7 North Latitude and 78.42 East. It is only 25 kilometers away from Haridwar.

Cuisine of Rishikesh

People of Rishikesh city are strict vegetarians. Non-vegetarian food has been banned in the city for several years. North and south Indian cuisine is broadly offered, and there`s no shortage of multi-cuisine backpacker cafes. There are scrumptious Ayurvedic and health food restaurants that serve quality food.

Demography of Rishikesh

As per the 2001 census, Rishikesh had a population of above 59,671. Males constitute 56% of the population and females 44%. Rishikesh has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Here 80% of the males and 68% of the females are literate.

Attraction Rishikesh City

Rishikesh city is the best to wander and travel around on foot. The flowing water, the chime of the bell is constantly heard. Triveni bathing ghat is perfect for taking a dip in the Ganges River and offering prayers. The twilight prayer is spectacular and adventure lovers can enjoy rafting and trekking opportunities.

Rishikesh city travel guide informs you about the popular places liked by tourists. Some top ashrams include Shivananda Ashram, Yoga Niketan, adventure sports like rafting, camping, trekking and many old and new temples, many yoga and meditation centers.

Rishikesh Excursions

Rajaji National Park: Rajaji National Park is situated 25 km far from Rishikesh. The park is extended across 820 sq. km. There are 500 elephants, 12 Tigers, 250 Panthers, 400 bird species and so many animals found here. Jungle safari is also organized at the park. Best place if you are interested in wildlife. During monsoon, it is closed.

Vashistha Cave: Vashistha cave or Vasistha cave is a beautiful cave 25 km far from Rishikesh. Vasistha was a sage and Guru of Lord Ram. Vasistha meditated here for a long period. Small Shivlinga is also located inside the cave. Cave has a very peaceful atmosphere. Not So many tourists visit here so you can easily spend some time inside the cave for meditation.

Kunjapuri Devi Temple Trek: Kunjapuri is a temple of Goddess Durga near Narendranagar (26 km far from Rishikesh. The temple has an amazing view of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks. This temple is located 1640 meters in height. To reach the temple you have to walk more than 350 steps. The temple is very famous among the local people.

Tribal Tour in Rishikesh (Village Tour): Tribal tour can be done near Rajaji National Park or in Garhwal/Kumaon villages. At Rajaji National park you can meet Gurjar Tribe which lives in their dera in small groups. This place is around 50 km far from Rishikesh. Lunch with Gurjars at their home or Jungle visit with these tribal people can be booked in advance. The best option is to know how people in remote areas spend their lives. Village stay or homestay in Garhwal or Kumaon region is also another option.

Neer Garh Waterfall (Neer Gaddu Waterfall): Neer Garh Waterfall is also known as Neer Gaddu waterfall. This waterfall is located on a 3.5 km jungle trek from Laksman Jhula. Amazing place inside the jungle if you want to spend time with nature and just yourself. A wonderful option for a half-day tour.

Jhilmil Gufa (Jhilmil Cave) : Jhilmil is cave near Nilkanth Temple. Jhilmil gufa is situated 06 km far from Nilkanth Mahadev Temple. The place is visited by only a few people. The whole 02 km trekking is inside the Jungle. In a cave, you can meet monks who take care of the cave.

Haridwar: Haridwar is a city near Rishikesh which is 35 km far from Rishikesh. A minimum full day is required to visit the city properly. Haridwar Ganges ceremony (Ganga Aarti) at Har Ki Pauri is very famous all over India. Some other places are Mansa Devi Temple and Chandi Devi Temple. Haridwar is one of the holiest places of Hinduism where more than 15 lakh people visit every year to take a holy bath in the River Ganges.

Mussoorie: Mussoorie is a hill station that is 80 km far from Rishikesh and located at 6580 feet above sea level. Gun Hill, Kempty fall, Company garden, candor, and Lal Dibba are places that you can visit. This hill town can give you tremendous views of the snow-clad Himalayas. Mussoorie is well known as the queen of hills.

Devprayag: Devprayag is an ancient town located 75 km far from Rishikesh. Devprayag is the confluence of River Alaknanda and River Bhagirathi. After this confluence, the river is known as River Ganges (Ganga). The ancient temple of Lord Ram is also famous here. The whole route (from Rishikesh to Devprayag) is a hilly area and has very beautiful sceneries.

Other Places to see near Rishikesh: Dehradun, Dhanaulti, Kanatal, Chamba, Chakrata, Lansdown, Tehri Dam, Devoprayag, Auli, Nainital, Corbett, Ranikhet, Kausani, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Hemkund Sahib, and Valley of flowers.

Yoga Ashram In Rishikesh

Kailash Ashram: Kailash Ashram was started by Swami Danaraj Giri Ji Maharaj in 1880. This Ashram is well known for teachings of Hindu Philosophy especially Advaita Vedanta traditionally (In Hindi Language only). The Ashram is well known for its famous lecturers which are eminent in the field of teaching Hindu philosophy. There are limited rooms only for students & devotees only.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram: Parmarth Niketan Ashram is situated in the Swarg Ashram area. This ashram is started by Swami Shikdevanand Ji. The Ashram is one of the only few Ashram where still children can get Vedic education (Gurukul). The ashram is near the river Ganga & has a very spiritual atmosphere. Various everyday activities are organized here. Parmarth Ashram is a host of the International Yoga Festival every year. One of the most popular Ashrams for yoga among beginners. Everyday yoga classes are organized twice a day except weekends. Meditation classes are also available. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is located in the Swarg Ashram area.

Sivananda Ashram: Sivananda Ashram is located near Ram Jhula. Swami Sivananda stayed here for more than 03 decades & had started this Ashram. The organization is also known as the Devine Life Society. Swami Sivananda was a physician in their early life. He came to Rishikesh at the age of 37 years & started this ashram in the small cowshed. Sivananda Ashram (Devine life society) has also everyday yoga classes except Sunday. Ashram has separate timings for men & women. Morning classes are for men & evening classes are for women. Reservation is required for classes. Two-month courses are also available. Meditation Classes & Pranayam classes are also available. Sivananda Ashram is located near Ram Jhula. An ashram is specialized in Iyenger Yoga.

Dayananda Ashram: Dayananda Ashram is situated at the bank of the river Ganga. This Ashram is famous for its studies of Vedanta & Sanskrit. Dayananda Ashram is unique in way of teaching because their classes are conducted in the English language. The ashram was established in 1960 by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Sadhana Mandir Ashram: Sadhana Mandir was established by Swami Rama in 1966. The Ashram is focused on meditation. The ashram is located near River Ganges in a peaceful atmosphere away from the main city. Ashram has various activities related to meditation, Art of Living & other spiritual activities.

Beatles Ashram: The Beatles stayed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in Rishikesh. The Ashram is also known as Beatles Ashram. The ashram is closed now & under the forest Department. Still, the buildings are there. Sri Ravishankar Ashram: Sri Ravishankar Ashram is located near the Dayananda Ashram. Ashram belongs to Sri Ravishankar well known for his Art of Living foundation.

Omkarananda Ashram: Omkarnanda Ashram is founded by Swami Omkarnanda Saraswati. The Ashram is conducting many activities such as spiritual, educational & yoga & cultural activities. Ashram has also temples of Kamakshi Devi & Mahakala Bhairava. The Ashram is located in Sivananda Nagar (Muni Ki Reti).

Nirmal Ashram: Nirmal Ashram is located in Mayakund near Triveni Ghat. Nirmal Ashram is famous for its various social services. Nirmal Ashram Hospital, Nirmal Ashram Eye Hospital & Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute is part of this Ashram.

Madhuban Ashram: This ashram is located at Muni ki Reti. The Ashram follows well known Iscon tradition (Vaishnav). Madhuban has a very beautiful Lord Krishna Temple. The guest house is also there for a stay. Annual Rath Yatra is also organized every year.

Aurovalley Ashram: Aurovalley Ashram is located is just 15 km far from Rishikesh at Raiwala town. The Ashram has a beautiful world temple. The ashram is conducting various activities. Aurovalley school is also here for local children. People can stay here and participate in various activities (Karma Yoga).

Yog Niketan Ashram: Yog Niketan Ashram provides yoga classes from October to February. Classes are generally once a day in the morning time except for weekends. Meditation Classes & Pranayam classes are also available. Yog Niketan Ashram is located near Ram Jhula.

Omkarananda Ganga Sadan Ashram: Omkarnanda Ashram is located near Muni ki Reti taxi stand. Omkarananda Ashram has Iyenger style yoga classes at their Patanjali Yoga Kendra. There are regular yoga classes at their center as per their schedule. The Ashram has their own ghat at River Ganges.

Phool Chatti Ashram: Phool Chatti Yoga Ashram is located 05 km far from Lakshman Jhula. Yoga classes are organized in the spring & autumn season. For yoga classes, you must have to stay at Ashram. Phool Chatti Ashram teaches not just yoga asanas but also Ashram life. The Ashram is located near the River & has very beautiful surroundings.

Anand Prakash Ashram: Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is located in the Tapovan area (Near Lakshman Jhula). Classes are organized every day except the weekend. Ashram has special Akhanda Yoga. The ashram was founded by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2007.

Mahatma Yoga Ashram: Mahatma Yoga Ashram is located at Lakshman Jhula. Mahatma Yoga Ashram has everyday yoga classes twice a day. Mahatma Yoga Ashram is small compare to other Ashram but has yoga classes as well as meditation classes, Ayurveda Massage, Panch karma & Reiki.

Sri Ved Niketan Ashram: Sri Ved Niketan Ashram is located near Ram Jhula in the Swarg Ashram area. Regular classes are organized twice a day. An ashram is just on the way from Ram Jhula to Lakshman Jhula. Meditation & Pranayam classes are also available.

Sri Sant Seva Ashram: Sri Sant Seva Ashram is located near Lakshman Jhula. This is more guest house than Ashram. Rooms are budget category. Yoga classes are as per the ashram schedule.

Other Yoga Ashrams in Rishikesh: Himalayan Yoga Ashram, Swami Dayananda Ashram, Vithal Ashram, Bharat Hermitage Ashram, Sri Swami Balyogi Premvarni Ashram, Swami Ram Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Yogahut Tapovan Ashram & Kriya Yoga Ashram.

Yoga Centers in Rishikesh: Being the Yoga capital of the world Rishikesh is full of various yoga centers. Local people and tourists join these centers to learn & practice yoga. Some people also take courses in Yoga Teachers Training. This course helps them to become yoga teachers & later they can teach other students. Some centers also provide accommodation & meals with the course. Please check the below information.

The Yoga Study Centre: The Yoga Study Centre is very famous. Yoga is conducted in the Iyengar style. Students are a mix of local and foreign. The teachers here are very strict in classes. The center is closed from mid-December to mid-January and for March, May, and June.

Other Yoga Centres in Rishikesh : Himalayan Yoga Academy, Gyan Yog Path Yoga Center, Ajarya Yoga Academy, Sanskriti Yogpeeth, Saffron Rose Yoga Academy, Shiva Yoga Valley, The Shushil Yoga School, Chandra Yoga International, Global Yoga India, Dharam Yoga School, Pooja Yoga, Spirit of Yoga, Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Vedic Yoga Centre, One Love Centre of Yoga & Healing Arts, The Rishikesh School of Yoga, Avtar Yog, Yoga Village, Alakh Yog, Apporva Yoga Academy, Sattva Yoga Foundation, Yogant Academy, Incredible Yoga Art, Om Yoga Rishikesh, Rishikesh Yoga Institute, Ayur Yoga School, Vedangas, Yogantar, Svasyoga, Rishikesh Yoga Retreat, Mahatma Yoga Ashram, Bodhi Tree Yoga International, Atri Yoga Center, Jeevmoksha Institute of Yoga Studies, Tribe Yoga, Himalaya Yoga Family, Yoga Dhyan, Saptrashmi, World Conscious Yoga Family, Vyasa Yoga Peeth, Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh Yoga Dham, Yoga Yug International School, Shiva Yogapeeth, Rishikesh Valley, Rishikesh Yogshala, Saraswata Yoga Alliance, Himalayan Yoga, Braham Yoga, Rishikesh Yoga Center, Indian Yogshala, Rishikesh Yog Shala, Surinder Singh Yoga, Association of Yoga & Meditation, Chandra Yoga International, Himalayan Yoga Gurukul, Ashtanga Rishikesh, Maa Shakti Yoga Centre, Yoga Chakra, Sidharth Yoga, Tattva Yoga Shala, Om Shanti Om, Indian Yoga Association, Devine Eye Yoga Center, Transformational Hath Yoga, Soma Yoga Centre & Anand Lok. (We do not recommend any center).

Other Ashrams in Rishikesh: Van Prastha Ashram, Sadhan Sangha Ashram, Hari Har Kailash Gyan Peeth Ashram, Bankhandi Ashram, Bhagwan Ashram, Shri Swami Narayan Ashram, Mastnath Ashram, Bharat Milap Ashram, Kripalu Yoga Ashram, Sachha Dham Ashram, Phool Chatti Ashram, Om Anand Swami Ashram, Vedanta Ashram, Bhagwan Giri Ashram.

Music schools & classes in Rishikesh

Vina Maharaj Music School: Vina Maharaj Music School is situated near Ram Jhula. The Vina Maharaja Music School concert on music is arranged every day in the late evening before dinner. Different participants play various Indian classical instruments as well as one can have the opportunity to listen to singers. The Vina Maharaj School of Music is well known for its expertise in the instruments such as Sitar (Plucked string instrument), Harmonium, Shehnai or Bansuri (Flute) & Tabla (Drums) institution. Bhuwan Chandra Prasad is managing the Vina Maharaj school. Bhuwan Prasad is well known for his sitar playing in India & abroad.

Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes: Mukesh Dhiman is an artist who makes musical instruments. His workshop is known as Jungle Vibes or simply Mukesh's Jungle Vibes. Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes means Jungle vibes of Mukesh. Mukesh is well known for making Australian Didgeridoo (One of the oldest musical instruments in the world) & African Djembe. The Didgeridoo is a wind instrument that was made by the aboriginals of Australia. The sound of Didgeridoo is known as the traditional sound of Australia. Some people say Jungle Vibes "Mini Australia in Rishikesh." Mukesh also trains people for this. Some people know this hand-made musical instrument is "Himalayan Didgeridoo." The Djembe is the type of drum of the Mandinka tribe of Africa, and its origins date back to the Mali Empire in the 12th century. The place is located at Shisham Jhari.

Festivals in Rishikesh: International Yoga Festival: International Yoga Festival is organized in Rishikesh every year during February or March since 1999. International yoga festival is generally a week-long festival. In 2013 International Yoga Festival was organized from 1st March to 07th March 2013 at Parmarth Niketan. International Yoga Festival provides an opportunity to learn 60 hours of yoga classes from world-famous yoga teachers. Registration is required for the festival. International Yoga Festival also provides an opportunity for discussion with the teachers on multiple types of yoga.

Holi: Holi is a famous festival all over India especially in North India. Holi is a festival of color. Holi festival celebrated in Fagun month as per Hindu calendar & generally it comes in Feb - March. Holi is celebrated with colors. People put colors on each other. Holi is an amazing festival with lots of fun.

Diwali: Diwali is a major festival in Rishikesh similar to all over India especially in Hindu people of the north region. During the Diwali festival, Rishikesh is totally decorated with various lights, earthen lamps, Rangoli & other things. People greet each other & share sweets.

Other Festivals in Rishikesh: Vasant Panchami & International Yoga & Music Festival.

Ghats in Rishikesh

Ghat is the structure of steps where people generally take a holy bath or sit near the river. Rishikesh has so many ghats. Triveni Ghat is one of the most popular ghats in Rishikesh.

National Parks near Rishikesh: Rajaji National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers, Nandadevi National Park, Gangotri National Park & Govind National Park.

Wildlife Centauries near Rishikesh: Kedarnath wildlife centaury (Kedarnath), Vinog mountain quail sanctuary (Dehradun), Govind wildlife centaury (Uttarkashi), Malan wildlife centaury (Pauri Garhwal), Sonanadi wildlife centaury (Garhwal), Ascot wildlife centaury (Pithoragarh) & Binsar wildlife centaury (Binsar).

Research Institutes near Rishikesh : (A) Forest Research Institute Dehradun (B) Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd, Rishikesh (C) Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi (D) Higher Altitude Plant Physiology Research Center, Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal (E) Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee (F) Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun (G) Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (H) Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, (ARIES) Nainital. (I) G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora (J) Bedupako Institute of Himalayan Arts and Folk Music, Manan, Almora (K) Herbal Research & Development Institute & Gopeshwar.

Mountains near Rishikesh

Gauri Parvat (25443 feet), Nar Narayan (20380 feet), Chaukhamba (20000 feet), Nanda Devi (25660 feet), Nandakot (23144 feet), Doonagiri (23144 feet), Trishuli (23406 feet), Tungnath (12071 feet), Bandarpoonchh (20731 feet), Yamunotri (20938 feet), Srikanth (20140 feet), Satopanth (23660 feet), Swargarohini (20295 feet), Gandhmadan (22840 feet), Badrinath (20380 feet), Kedarnath (11759 feet) & Gomukh (13200 feet).

Lakes near Rishikesh

Deoria Tal (Ukhimath), Vasukital (Kedarnath), Satopanth (Badrinath), Roopkund (Bedni Bugyal), Vishnutal (Badrinath), Benital (Adi Badri), Sukhtal (Ghat), Jhaltal (Ghat), Chaurabadi Tal (Kedarnath), Birahi Tal (Birahi Ganges), Bhenkal Tal (Badhan), Masartal (Tehri), Sahastratal (Tehri), Aachharital (Valley of flowers), Lingtal (Valley of flowers), Yamtal (Tehri), Dodital (Gangotri), Nachiketatal (Dhanari), Kanatal (Gangotri), Dugdhtal (Dudhatoli), Rispanatal (Rispana), Kansarotal (Raiwala), Chandbadital (Dehradun), Manibhadra (Birahi), Bindulake (Bindumati River), Divya Sarover (Bilva Mountain), Nainital (Nainital), Bhimtal (Nainital), Naukuchiatal (Nainital), Sattal (Nainital), Khurpatal (Nainital), Shymalatal (Champavat), Sartal (Uttarkashi), Kedartal (Uttarkashi) & Hemkund (Chamoli).

Burials (Alpine Meadows) near Rishikesh

Bedni Bugyal (Roop Kund), Dayara Bugyal (Uttarkashi), Nandadevi National Park Bugyal, Valley of Flowers, Sarson Patal Bugyal, Lata Kharak bugyal, Belta Kharak Bugyal, Panwali & Kush-Kalyani, Munsiyari Bugyal, Chhati Bugyal, Rikhade Bugyal, Jiolingkong Bugyal, Chaudas Bugyal, Dayara Bugyal, Baun, Panwali Bugyals, Tali Bugyals, Ali Bugyal, Chhiplakot Bugyal, Byans Bugyal, Darma Bugyal & Har ki doon Bugyal.

Caves near Rishikesh

Vasistha Cave (Shivpuri), Roberts Cave (Dehradun), Vyas Cave (Badrinath), Ganesh Cave (Badrinath), Skand Cave (Badrinath), Muchkund Cave (Badrinath), Ram Cave (Badrinath), Gorakhnath Cave (Srinagar), Smar Cave (Pithoragarh), Sumeru Cave (Pithoragarh), Bharat Cave (Girsa), Hanuman Cave (Girsa), Shankar Cave (Deoprayag), Bhim Cave (Kedarnath), Brahma Cave(Kedarnath), Swadham Cave(Pithoragarh), Pandukholi Cave (Almora) & Pandukeshwar Cave.

Waterfalls near Rishikesh

Neergaddu waterfall (Rishikesh), Garudchatti waterfall (Rishikesh), Nilkanth waterfall (Rishikesh), Sahastradhara (Dehradun), Kemptyfall (Mussoorie), Tiger fall (Chakrata), Vasundhara fall (Chamoli) & Munsyari fall (Pithoragarh).

How to Reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun (Capital of Uttarakhand).

Rishikesh By Rail: Rishikesh is well-linked by railway network to the major cities of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and North India.

Rishikesh By Road: Rishikesh is conveniently connected by roads to the major cities of Uttarakhand and neighboring states. It is connected with cities like Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Joshimath, Delhi, etc.