Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram where they had practised meditation here for weeks and created some beautiful songs. Ashram (was closed til Dec 2015) has been reopened to the public. It comes under Rajaji Tiger Reserve. The town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Entry fees to ashram complex ₹600 per person for foreigner, ₹150 for Indian, ₹75 for senior citizen, ₹40 for students (they must carry certificate from their institution).
Along with nearby Dehradun and Haridwar, Rishikesh is a useful gateway to the Uttarakhand Himalayas. The Northern Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh.
Most accommodation options and restaurants are in Laxman Jhula, High Bank and Swarg Ashram.
You can stay at Paramarth Niketan, Banaprastha Ashram near Ramjhula.
By planeRishikesh is about 15 km from Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport, which offers four flights from Delhi. The runway is being extended and will possibly handle flights from other metros. At present there are flights only from Delhi.
By carDelhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a good option for hassle-free traveling, especially for foreign tourists who are traveling to India for the first time. It's a 6- to 7-hour journey. Prices vary from US$85 for an air-conditioned compact car to US$125 for an air-conditioned SUV (but rates are much higher if you get these services from prepaid taxi booths at the airport).
By trainThere are many trains from Delhi to Haridwar. Some of the better are: Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, Mussoorie Express. A quiet branch line connects Haridwar to Rishikesh, but there are only about three slow trains daily. Normally, it is better to take the train to Haridwar and continue by bus (45 min, ₹20), by taxi (30 min, ₹650) or by shared auto-rickshaw (40 min, ₹25). However, travelling by train is recommended in peak seasons or during a 'mela' (fair) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar whereas trains often run empty and the fares are low (just ₹4 for a passenger train service). You can take share rickshaws (vehicle brand name Vikram) towards Laxman Jhula (₹15) from Rishikesh station. You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram on the other side of the Ganges.
- Passenger trains from Haridwar to Rishikesh (approximate travel time, 1 hour):
- Haridwar–Rishikesh 05:20
- Haridwar–Rishikesh 10:30
- Haridwar–Rishikesh 17:25
By busFrom Delhi, Rishikesh is about 230 km away and is well connected with buses. A bus journey may take about 5–7 hours (depending on the traffic) and costs you ₹130–350. An AC bus will cost ₹200–500. The right time to visit would be February, March, August-October. In July there is a festival called Savan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.
From Dehradun ISBT, a bus to Rishikesh costs ₹56 (as of Jan 2019) and takes around 1.5 hour.
Auto-rickshaws (vikrams) are useful from the bus/train stations to get to either of the bridges (₹8) and for the southern side of the Ganges. Swargashram is pretty much pedestrian only, but it's compact and walkable (as is the whole of the town). For other auto-rickshaw journeys you should expect to pay around ₹15/km.
To visit eastern bank of Ganges, you have to walk across the suspension bridges or take ferry from Ram Jhula. Near the bank of Ganges, share jeeps and taxis are available to drop visitors at Neelkantha temple and waterfall. Overall, it’s more than 16 km run by road to go from one side of river to another.
Bharat MandirOne of the temples set up by 'Adiguru Shankaracharya' during the 12th century. This temple is a real tribute to Lord Vishnu, the idol of which is carved from a sole piece of Saligram.
Gita BhavanPlace of Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji (the great thinker of his time) and popular among the Hindu Brahmin community. Twice a year people gather at this ashram to read the Ramayana together.
Laxman JhulaBuilt in 1939, Laxman Jhula is a long iron bridge suspended over the Ganges River near Swarga Ashram.
Neelkanth Mahadev MelaOne of the most sacred temples in Rishikesh. Located on hill over Swarg Ashram at a height of 1675 m. A religious fair is held during July–August when many disciples from different corners of India visit.
Parmarth Niketan AshramOne of the few ashrams left in India where children get the Vedas education. A must-visit in the evening for the Pooja/Aarti, at 5PM in winter and 6PM in summer.
Swarg Ashramaddress: Shri 108 Baba kali Kamli Wale Swami Atam Prakash JiSwargashram (Heavenly Abode), as the name connotes, is a beautiful place situated in picturesque surroundings at the foot of Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh and Laxman Jhula. It is the spiritual “ground zero” of Rishikesh, filled with a concentration of ashrams and temples. The areas is known for its healthy and satwik living environment. It is this spot where from ages of yore the famous yogis and rishis have been doing the Tapasya. Numerous mentions of this spot occur in the holy scripture Puranas.
Trayambakeshwar Templeaddress: Laxman JhulaIt is 13 stories high, with different deities throughout.
Triveni GhatThis is a bathing ghat. Every morning and evening, thousands of visitors bathe here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It is very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.
- Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
- Chota Char Dham season starts in summer and continues till the end of October. The Chota Char Dham is a Hindu pilgrimage route taking in four holy sites within Uttarakhand: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri (all sources of tributaries of the River Ganga) and Yamunotri (source of the Yamuna River).
- Check into an ashram to study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
- Get free yoga classes with top yoga teachers of the world's yoga capital and enjoy free concerts of live classical Indian music at the annual free Yoga & Music Festival.
- Astrology services like personal horoscopes and palm reading from Dr. Gaurav Agrawal and the astrologer B.P. Uniyal. There is also a centre for learning palmistry called "Indian Palmistry Institute" near Police Station Laxman Jhula. You can book a session or ask for course at +91 9358549482 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will have to provide your personal particulars like date and time of birth, city of birth etc. for the calculations and you can ask your personal queries and suggestions as per your chart. Palm reading costs ₹300 and the full chart horoscope cost around ₹500. You can also learn astrology here. You can book an appointment for a palm reading or horoscope session at Ganga Astrology Centre near German Bakery, Laxman Jhula. email email@example.com and phone no is 9897483488. You can also ask for your horoscope to be sent to your email.
Soma Reiki centreRun by soma a local reiki master which is in Gita Ashram
phone: +919373052179address: Near Dharam Raj Temple, Laxman Jhulla road, Paurhi, Rishikesh, IndiaMaayaa offers sound healing, reiki, chakra healing, numerology, Tarot reading, physic counseling, aromatherapy, Kundalini meditation, dowsing, chakra balancing. Also these residential courses: sound healing teacher training course, meditation teacher training course, aromatherapy course, chakra plus crystal intensive program and yoga & meditation retreats.
phone: +919868980101address: Laxman Jhula Road, Near Dharamraj Temple Below Maestro Galleria, Pauri Garhwal, Rishikesh, UttarakhandPanchakarma, sound healing, astrology or Jyotishshastra, Ayurveda nutrition, yoga & Ayurveda retreat.
Outdoor activitiesRishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). September–November and March-May are ideal for rafting. The rafting goes for several kilometres, and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant and moderate trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time, courses in rafting are also offered.
Bungee jumpYou can try bungee jump at Jumpin Heights. It is a unique experience in India, a jump from 83 m just above a natural river and have the time of your life. Bungee for ₹2800 (including ₹300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back) and Fox Flying for ₹1800 (including ₹300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back)
phone: +91 9953636000address: Beach no-17 B, Sing Talli- 7 RishikeshCamp Gold, one of the biggest rafting beach camps on the banks of River Ganges, is around 26 km from Rishikesh. Rafting, kayaking, body surfing, trekking, camping are the major activities conducted in this camp.
- Camping can be enjoyed by anyone who likes to explore new places and likes the beauty and serenity of nature. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga beach offer an environment to wake up with the birds and swim in the fresh water of the river Ganges. Camping in Rishikesh is a very popular activity. The nearest camp is just across Goa Beach adjacent to Laxman Jhula. Call +91 9410540000
- Cliff jumping You are supposed to jump into cold water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing which everyone can brag about back home. Of course you are wearing a life jacket and a helmet but still jumping from so high into the Ganges, which is murky so the bottom can't be seen, unlike jumping into a swimming pool where one can see the bottom and the water is static.
phone: +91 9837258258address: Shivpuri Market, Near Shivpuri Bridge, Badrinath Highway
- Nearby excursions There are many small excursion/sight seeing tours for half-day or one day. Like to Vashishtha cave, Kunjapuri temple (1700 m), Neer Gaddu Water fall, Mussorie, Haridwar. Guides and taxi can be booked in many travel agencies. For more information or booking you can also call at 9927213649 or 0135-2440111.
- Rappelling Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling. The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with proper equipment who set up the gear first and then, one by one, everyone comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions and then it's a lot of fun.
- Rock climbing This is also included at some of the camps but not everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group is taken to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given a chance to climb the cliff side.
phone: +91 9818995928address: Team 4 Adventure House, besides Seema Dental CollegeThey give a 3-day course in whitewater kayaking, starting near Rishikesh.
- Trekking There are a lot of soft treks in this region and good bird-watching.
White water raftingOffering rapids of Grade-I to V, this place has become a quintessential destination for the water rafting mongers.
YogaRishikesh considers itself to be the yoga capital of the world. It's on offer everywhere, and most styles are represented. Yoga teacher training is offered at several places.
phone: +91 9897654101address: Swarg AshramAkshi Yogshala is a certified school and is registered with Yoga Alliance USA, offering free scholarship 200-hour yoga teacher training course. Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama are few of the methods taught in the courses. Learned & certified yoga instructors, Ayurvedic food and other Ayurveda cleansing practising.
phone: +91 9871858149address: Gayatri KunjOjashvi Yoga Shala is a registered yoga teacher training school with Yoga Alliance USA, engaged in the programmes of yoga teacher training, promotion and coordination of yoga education, in all its aspects.
phone: +91 7906520016address: Ghugtyani Malli Tapovan RishikeshTake the journey of Yoga retreat India that will take you to a world of calmness and peace. Your stay at the Himalayan Yoga Retreat Rishikesh will bestow you with an everlasting experience.
phone: +91 9411394058address: Near Geeta Bhavan no. 3 behind Parmarth Niketan RamjulaThis school dedicates itself to helping people grow spiritually, mentally and physically with the help of yoga, meditation and pranayama, by way of courses like 200-hour yoga teacher training, 3-day or 7-day retreats, etc. Swami Atamganananda Giri preaches the requirement of yoga in our daily lives.
address: Topovan Laxman JhulaTraditional daily Mysore style ashtanga with Louise Ellis. Louise is certified by Sri K Pattbhi Jois.
address: Ombasananda Satyanasana Mandir. Laxman JulaOffers yoga courses which are residential as well as non residential for different durations such as 200, 300 and 500 hours which focus asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, kriya, relaxation and meditation along with yogic anatomy and physiology, psychology and teaching methodology. Yoga teacher training here is accredited by the International Yoga Federation.
phone: +91 9897285813address: Flat number 1 and 2, Ganga Niketan, Swargashram TrustManaged by Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (Central Govt. of India) Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (ABYMT) is dedicated to promoting Yoga & health awareness for the general public. If you are beginner, an experienced practitioner, an athlete or a yoga instructor, you will find a programme to deepen your yogic practice on your individual journey.
phone: +91 -7017185217address: Near Rani MandirHatha yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance USA offers 100-hour, 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training for US$ 665 to 2425 (course fee includes food and accommodation) and also conducts short-term yoga courses for beginners and retreats through the year.
phone: +91-800-64-46-199address: Lakkar Ghat, ShyampurHuge training center in the middle of rice paddies. Yoga teacher training all levels, internationally recognized certification; registration with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International also available. The school has many yoga teachers under one roof – Sri Surinder Singh, Yogacharya Ashish Sharma, Yogacharya Kamal Bhatt, Yogacharya Sonu Yadav, Yogacharya Deepak Vandhavan, among others. The school offers residential and non-residential yoga teacher certification courses and intensive yoga courses at various levels. Himalayan Yoga Academy is involved in various charities. The most important, HYA offers training in methodologically-structured programs where student is at the center and learning is continuous, pedagogically.
address: C14 Ganga Vatika, Phase I, Muni-ki-RetiCertified yoga and meditation classes and Vedic teaching.
phone: +91-9997783875address: Ramjhula RoadHatha yoga teacher training by Yoga School Jivan Chakra Foundation offers 100, 200 Hour Yoga TTC. Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA.
Mahatma Yoga AshramA great little Ashram. It's far enough from the center of things to be quiet but close enough to still be a part of the scene. The staff are all incredibly kind and will help you to arrange anything from taxis to rafting.
phone: +91 9760061076address: 153/4,Shree Mahesh Heritage, Behind Gayatri Resorts, Badrinath Road, Tapovan.
address: SwargashramNada Yoga School provides 200-hour yoga teacher training training courses, yoga retreats, nada yoga courses and yoga intensives with team of professioanl yoga teachers, ayurvedic doctors and nad yogis.
address: Akash Ganga, Ganga Lane, Swarg AshramEnjoy yoga classes and Indian classical music at the annual free yoga & music festival. The festival is a public event in Rishikesh hosting yoga teachers from India and some artists.
Ved Niketan Ashram
Yoga Study Centre
phone: +91 9412029817address: Ram Jhula, Swaargashram, near Ram Jhula BridgeRun by a sitar player Bhuwan Chandra. Travelers can learn and buy sitar, tabla, harmonium, mantra chanting, and improve vocal skills.
Mukeshji's Jungle Vibesaddress: Shisham JhariMake Australian didgeridoos, African djmbes and other musical instruments under the guidance of Mukeshji, while he regales you with his hilarious stories and takes you along with him in his Himalayan journeys.
Pankaj Music Schoolphone: +91 989 7108154address: Ganga Vatika, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137Extremely proferssional artist Pankaj teaches sitar, harmonium, tabla and bansuri in different styles in a slow-paced, yet intensive way.
Temples and monasteries
Shatrughan Mandiraddress: Muni ki retiOne of the oldest temples in Rishikesh, established by Adi Sanchracharya in the 11th century. The only temple in India dedicated to lord Shatrughan, brother of Lord Ram.
- Sivananda Ashram, Ram Jhula, (on the north side of the Shivanand Jhula bridge). Sivananda Ashram does not offer guest accommodation to tourists, but is highly restrictive in its selection process (see its online guest accommodation application form at www.sivanandaonline.org). Sivananda Ashram is a highly-reputed monastic institution designed to perpetuate the spiritual teachings of its illustrious founder, Swami Sivananda, who in the last century sent his disciples all over the world to propagate the ancient tenets of Vedic philosophy. Sivananda Ashram has an outstanding library of spiritual and philosophical works in almost every language; its own press; four main temples in which pujas are performed several times a day; a charitable hospital and a home for the destitute and distressed; daily silent meditation from 5-6am, and evening satsang. Almost all religious festivals are celebrated and most programs are open to the public.
As with most holy cities come tourist destinations there's a plethora of religious paraphernalia, cheap clothing aimed at foreigners, incense, bronze Shiva statues, etc. Unlike many other similar towns in India prices here are usually reasonable and you won't have to haggle hard for a good price.
Maayaa Eco Friendly Storephone: +9193730 52179address: Near Dharam Raj Temple, Laxman Jhula RoadMany kinds of organic clothing made in India for men and women. Many types of devotional, spiritual, yogic, sattvic items. Wide variety of essential oils for aromatherapy and Himalayan rock salt lamps and artifacts. A lot of books and music about yog and sadhna.
- Chotiwala in Swarg Ashram claims to be the original, and serves up great Indian food including 5 different thalis. Meals starts from ₹100.
- Ganga Ayurvedic Food Place, (out beyond most of the ashrams, just past VED Niketan Ashram). Delicious food, lovingly prepared. One of the cleaner kitchens around; don't be afraid of the good salads. Also great for breakfast.
Ganga View RestaurantProbably the best cooks in town, these guys will serve you any food you like. Be prepared to wait 40-90 minutes as the place is extremely popular.
Little Buddhaaddress: Laxman Jhula RdOne of the best known cafes in town. Here you can get delicious Nepali, Indian, European, and Thai food for under ₹100 per dish. Three storeys, nice Ganga view.
- Little Italy, Swarg Ashram, (in the Green Hotel). Good pasta, pizza, etc. Mains from ₹30.
Moon Dance Cafeaddress: Ramjhula Swargashram AreaItalian, Mexican American, Indian, Tibetan, Nepali, Israeli cuisine with all food prepared with fresh water. Great choice of delicious meals. Be prepared to wait for at least 40 minutes.
- Mukti's Health Food, (a few hundred metres west of Shivanand Jhula bridge, overlooking the taxi stand/parking lot). A tiny place in a strange location, but very popular and excellent food at very reasonable prices. Homemade green pasta, Indonesian gado-gado, and homemade frozen yogurt, apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert.
- The Office. Has sweet samosas filled with mango, apple, banana and/or chocolate as well as tasty masala chai.
Pundit g ka rajasthani restaurantHas a very good variety of north Indian food.
- Red Night Restaurant, Open air, river-facing restaurant and terrace. 0135- 2440094
- Shiva-resort, a nice place away from the bustling market of Ram-Jhula towards Neelkanth road in Jonk village. A great place to have organic food and you also can stay there in a silent and pleasant place.
- The Welcome Center, (about a 10-15 minute walk towards Haridwar from the Shivanand Jhula bridge). Hidden down off the road (but signposted), this is a little oasis of calm from the busy street. Great Ayurvedic food and teas. They also offer cooking classes, several types of yoga, etc. and sell natural incense, neti pots, yoga mats and the like. If you like the atmosphere, enquire about staying here as well.
phone: +91 98164 92921address: Near Dharam Raj TempleServes Indian, Italian, Chinese, cafe-style, Tibetan and Israeli food. Vegetarian-friendly with vegan options, to eat in or take out. Outdoor seating with view of the Ganges. No smoking, child-friendly.
There are two Italian-style/Seattle-style cafes focusing on coffee.
Alcohol is banned and inappropriate, as Rishikesh is a holy city, although you can buy beer (8% alc) with your meal in one of the finer hotels.
- Tripti Restaurant is on main the Badrinath highway and is a good place to visit. It has a beautiful view and an airy restaurant area to sit and relax. The food is healthy and fresh and tasty. It is a common place for foreigners and vistiors to have a calm and quite break. Sitting on the terrace is another thing that you don't want to miss at "Tripti"
Freedom Ganga CafeOffers strawberry smoothies, thick mango juice (ask for no ice), strawberry lassi, thick fresh pineapple juice. Drinks are served in 500 ml mugs.
Rishikesh is filled almost entirely with budget hotels, with a few mid-range thrown in for good measure. Lakshman Jhula is popular with backpackers and has the cheapest accommodation, while Swarg Ashram is where the majority of the ashrams are located, and is a nice alternative. There's also a handful of accommodation options available in High Bank.
It's wise to book ahead in the peak tourist season, and during the Kumbh Mela in neighboring Haridwar.
Hotels in this range start at price as low as ₹100.
Ananda Guesthousephone: +91 9758164982address: SwargashramClean and comfortable, new rooms with attached bath. Good value for the money and the owner is a great and helpful host.
address: swargashramNewly built neat and clean rooms with kitchen facilities in some rooms. Comfortable homely stay. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Service with smile.
Green Hotelphone: +91 135-2431242address: SwargashramA large, popular place with a good restaurant.
phone: +91 9258743996, +91 8126526646address: Badrinath Road Tapovan Laxman JhoolaClean, comfortable and a safe place to stay. AC and non-AC rooms with attached bathrooms, 24 hr hot water, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lessons, river rafting and other adventure activities are also available on request. It's family-owned, and the host is very helpful and kind and stays in the same property.
Hotel Hill Topphone: +91 135-2434583address: Laxman JhulaRooms over looking the river and the mountains.
Hotel Ishanaddress: Lakshman JhulaDecent rooms with Ganga views and balconies. From ₹200.
phone: +91 135-2440922, +91 135-2440822address: SwargashramThey claim to have neat and clean rooms and good service.
Hotel Surya Palaceaddress: Village Joink RamjhulaOpened 2010. Wifi. Rooms are big, clean and very comfortable.
Jaipur Innaddress: Laxman JhulaNice rooms, some with a view and a good restaurant on the top floor that overlooks both the Laxman Jhula and the Ganges River.
phone: +91 135-2440193address: SwargashramRoom price of US$20 per night includes 3 meals & free wireless internet. Also offers short term yoga and ayurveda courses/retreats (including Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour yoga teacher training) and budget car and taxi rental services from Delhi airport to Rishikesh.
Laxmi Yellow Guest Housephone: +91 9760506761address: Near Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, Badrinath Road Tapovan Laxman JhoolaGuest house with clean and comfortable rooms with attached kitchen, common kitchen and attached bathroom with 24 hours hot water, mountain view, in-house salad lounge & cafe. In-house reiki and crystal macrame workshops available. In-house salon for haircut by professional stylist. Yoga lessons, river rafting and other adventure activities are also available on request. The host is very helpful and kind and stays in the same property. The same owner also owns Yash Paying Guest House, which charges ₹400-500 for rooms and also offers them for monthly rentals. Contact info for Yash: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 9412146858, Mr.Yash, +91 9997887794
phone: +91 98717 99693address: Laxman Jhula, Distt. Tehri Garhwal, TapovanHostel with a rooftop and several terraces. Dorm, single and double rooms with all new beds and bedsheats. Staff sometimes takes tourists out on small daytours outside of town. Has Wifi.
address: Lakshman Jhula8-room hotel on the banks of the Ganges with a river view. A restaurant serving Indian and Chinese food is under the hotel.
Mount Valley Mama Cottageaddress: High BankThe friendly hostess, Mama, makes wholesome breakfasts and scrumptious thali. Nice Ganga views and a good shower.
Patanjali Yoga Centeraddress: Ram Jhula Taxi StandIyengar Yoga lessons are available in a studio with modern equipment.
phone: +91 135-2434165, +91 9412917323address: Badrinath Road TapovanClean and comfortable AC/non-AC rooms with attached bathrooms, hot shower, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lessons, river rafting and other extras are also available.
Rishikesh Sadan, the Spiritual Retreat Guesthousephone: +91 9897810055address: Near RTO Checkpost, Aamkhala, Tapovan, Badrinath HighwayClean and comfortable valley facing rooms near spring.
Sai Ganga Cottageaddress: Tapovan Badrinath Road Laxman JhulaFamily operated, beautiful rooms A/C and Non A/C available, water heater, delectable restaurant, cyber cafe, rafting and trekking packages, bus, air and train ticketing services available.
phone: +91 9897270905, +91 8958302149, +91 135-2440157address: SwargashramReported to be clean and comfortable.
address: SwargashramOpen rooms with balconies and garden. Also offers yoga lessons in the morning (7:00AM to 8:30AM ) & evening (5:30PM to 7:00PM), in-house pool, Internet cafe, Ayurvedic treatments and panchkarma centre.
Shiv Shakti Guesthousephone: +91 9756697614address: Laxman JhulaClean and comfortable rooms with attached bathroom. Some rooms have Ganges views and free Wi-Fi. There is also a travel point at reception.
phone: +91 135-2430212, +91 9897544408address: TapovanClean and comfortable. The owner is a great guy and helpful host.
phone: +91 135-2440029address: SwargashramClean and safe place to stay with air conditioning, television, water heater, attached bathroom facilities.
Yoga Niketan Guest HouseYoga classes take place in their main ashram above - a five-minute uphill walk. Clean rooms on ground and first floors have private sit out with good view of the Ganges. Basic veg meals available on request or at the Ashram for ₹200 per day. Non Ac ₹500; AC ₹990.
Many ashrams also offer cheap lodging.
Nirmal AshramMayakund, Nirmal Ashram is famous for its service to humanity. Free food, medical treatment, education to poor people are a few of the services which Nirmal Ashram provides. Free food is served to everybody who comes to the ashram.
Sant Seva Ashramphone: +91 135-2430-465address: Laxman JhulaBudget rooms on the banks with a great view from ₹250-700. Long stays allowed. Booking can be done only 1 or 2 days in advance. Homely restaurant attached.
Sri Ved Niketan Ashramphone: +91 9456710941address: Swarg AshramSpacious yoga hall of the International Vishwaguru Meditation and Yoga Institute and huge and serene lush green court yard offering hatha yoga, meditation, teacher training course 200 hours and 15 days intensive course of hatha yoga, etc.
phone: +91 9917289990address: Ratta Pani Neelkanth Road Rishikesh (UttarakhandNakshatra Resort offers a wide variety of carefully designed, fun-filled adventurous expeditions. Our portfolio of outdoor activities includes Camping, River Rafting, Trekking in the Himalayas, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, etc.
There are two Government Tourist Lodges. Their rates range from ₹600 to ₹2000.
- Bharat Bhumi in the town.
- Sisham Jhari on the banks of the Ganges.
address: Badrinath Road, Village ShivpuriAC/Non-AC rooms with attached bathrooms, hot shower, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lessons, meditation or massage, trekking trips, water sports, river rafting are all available.
address: Laxman Jhula Road
Hotel Ganga Viewphone: +91 999720244address: 355 Haridwar RoadSituated on the outskirts of the city with a river view.
phone: +91 8954482001, +91 7310794646address: Village Bhawani, Tehri Garhwal, Shivpuri Badrinath RoadA 3-star hotel with a garden; also has a decent restaurant. Rafting, camping, trekking and bungee jumping can be arranged. Also arrange school and business day trips, Haridwar day trips, etc.
phone: +91 9837055578address: TapovanA small boutique family guest house, away from the hustle and bustle. Located peacefully on the edge of the reserve forest in the lower Himalayas overlooking the town.
Hotel Prasanna InnNear the river line, in some quiet and serene surroundings. Rooftop yoga.
phone: +91 9990234386address: Shivpuri, Rishkesh
address: Laxman JhulaA newer hotel with good rooms and a garden. Also has a decent restaurant.
Vna Tapovanphone: +91 8449100888, +91 8449300888address: Laxman Jhula Badrinath RoadA quiet hotel with an informative, helpful staff. Rafting, camping, trekking and bungee jumping can be arranged.
address: Shesdhara, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula RoadExquisite setting on the Ganges, surrounded by forested hills.
phone: +91 8447404441-2-3address: 237 Virbhadra RoadOn the banks of the Ganges, with a private ghat (bank), this boutique hotel overlooks Rajaji National Park. A couple of rolling lawns host morning yoga sessions and spiritual lectures. Various heads of states and celebrities have stayed here. The hotel houses a riverside cafe 'Rangoli' and a multi-cuisine dining lounge. Some years before it used to be the venue of international yoga week also.
Watch where you step: After sundown it is pitch dark, so bring a light. Watch out for the sometimes brash food stealing monkeys too. They mostly "operate" on and around the foot bridges, and if you look them in the eyes they become aggressive, but rarely/never attack unless you carry food. Sadhus and police officers carry sticks to keep monkeys and cows/oxen at a distance. The brown monkeys are aggressive; the grey big languors are nicer. The greys sometimes steal food from tourists (not on the bridges), but mostly because their size scares the tourist, they don't bite you to get food.
Be alert if an ox is on your path: They are mostly harmless, but after dark they are sometimes nervous. Especially on the narrow foot bridges, you should try to read their body language before a close encounter.
Try not getting involved with any local guide who is offering you services. They are mostly con men and goons.
By trainTravel agents in Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula can book train tickets for onward journeys; much easier than going to Rishikesh railway station to buy a ticket. Some may sell you a ticket from Raiwala, a small stop between Rishikesh and Haridwar, but this station, while closer, is tiny and trains only stop for a few seconds - better to board at Haridwar.
- Ordinary / Passenger Trains from Rishikesh
- Rishikesh–Delhi 07:00
- Rishikesh–Haridwar 08:55 ₹10/-
- Rishikesh–Bandikui 12:20
- Rishikesh–Haridwar 15:20 ₹10/-
- Rishikesh–Haridwar 19:30 ₹10/-
- Rishikesh - Jammutawi 16:15
By busSeveral travel agencies scattered around Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula can book luxury buses to common destinations like Delhi (₹250-₹500), Jaipur, Pushkar and Varanasi. Public and private buses from Rishikesh to other destinations in Uttarakhand and on the plains leave from the main bus station on the south side of Chandrabhaga bridge.
Buses to northwest destinations including Devprayag, Srinagar and Kedarnath may pass through Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, however you will be more likely to get a seat at the bus station in Rishikesh town.
By shared taxiShared taxis to destinations within Uttarakhand leave from Natraj Chowk, 1km from the Rishikesh bus station.
- Dhanaulti - 84 km away, offering an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. If you want to get away from the city crowd then just head towards the Dhanaulti.
- Mussoorie - 77 km away, it is one of the most visited hill stations in India. Mussoorie is surrounded by green hills and rich in flora and fauna. For that reason Mussoorie is called ‘queen of the hills’.
- Rajaji National Park - 20 minutes' drive. Founded in 1983, it was created by integrating three different sanctuaries: Motichur Sanctuary, Chilla Sanctuary and Rajaji Sanctuary. The park is nicely placed in green hills and foothills of the Shivalik mountain ranges.
- Shivpuri - one of the most visited places around Rishikesh, 10 km away. It is the hub for adventure sports like river rafting, camping and trekking.
- Yamunotri - Yamunotri is 215 km away from Rishikesh. One of the major tourist attraction is Yamunotri temple at a height of 4,421 m above sea level.