What are the best things to do in Rishikesh India?

Rishikesh is a city in the northern state of Uttarakhand by the foothills of the Himalayan and beside the Ganges River.  It is said that the river is holy, and the city is known for yoga and meditations. There are also temples lining the eastern bank of Swarg Ashram. 

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    #1Yoga

    Yoga

    Yoga is just about the best thing to do in Rishikesh. They have tons of yoga centers that they are now nicknamed as the Yoga Capital of the World. Where tons of people travel to their city to learn yoga and be a certified instructor. 

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    Lu Sun
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "My yoga teacher told me this is where she went, she said it was an enlightening experience. I tried it and went here too, and she was right. The city just felt holy all over. This is a must try for anyone visiting Rishikesh. "
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    #2river rafting

    river rafting

    River rafting in Rishikesh is a must for everyone visiting the city. There are different grades for different skill levels. Ganges is considered as the living mother Goddess of India. 

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    Samantha Wade
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "Of course, I had to try rafting in Rishikesh. It was amazing!!!!! Scary, but a good kind of adrenaline. "
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    #3Ganga Aarti

    Ganga Aarti

    The holy Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, also called the Maha Aarti, is an evening prayer at the banks of River Ganga. It is a ritual where people light oil lamps and set them afloat on leaf boats to release in the river. 

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    Gerald Reed
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "There's just something serene about watching everyone pray all at the same time. It's like watching those paper lanterns on the air, except these are on the holy river. Although there could be a lot of people too so expect it to be warm. "
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    #4Lakshman Jhula

    Lakshman Jhula

    The Laskhman Jhula is a suspension bridge across the river Ganges. It connects the villages of Tapovan, and Jonk from the east and west bank of the river. It spans for 2 kilometers and is an iconic landmark of Rishikesh. 

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    Han Han
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "This is like a really huge hanging bridge! I didn't know the bridge was like 2kms long, but it was big enough that even if there were a lot of people, it was okay to explore. "
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    #5Neer Waterfalls

    Neer Waterfalls

    Neergaddu waterfalls is named after the Neergaddu village. There are ascending treks along the banks. The waterfalls is located 5 kilometers from Rishikesh, and it is the biggest waterfalls close to the city. 

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    $20

    Olivia Ferguson
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "uhhh, not too sure about this one, waterfalls are all amazing, but they just tend to look similar with every other waterfalls there is. This is my personal opinion. Tho it is a good and refreshing place to explore. "
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    #6The Beatles Ashram

    The Beatles Ashram

    The Beatles Ashram also known as the Chaurasi Kutia. Located on the eastern bank of the Ganges river. The Beatles studied meditation here in 1968, it became the setting for the band's most productive period. 

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    Heather Nichols
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "just to make sure, this has already been abandoned. But the art and th peacefulness of the place is still there. I liked the graffiti and art that was written everywhere. It has a certain eerie but beautiful and relaxing feeling. "
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    #7Parmath Niketan

    Parmath Niketan

    The Parmath Niketan is the largest ashram in Rishikesh India with more than 1000 rooms. It is the biggest and most famous ashram and yoga center. It is siituated by the bank of the river Ganga. 

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    Héctor Solano
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "More yoga places yay! But this is indeed the biggest. Despite the huge number of people it draws in, it is actually a very peaceful place. :) Come down here to relax and unwind and energize yourselves for the next days. :D "
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    #8Rishikesh to Kunjapuri trek

    A trek thru the picturesque Rishikesh trail would take more than 5 hours to cover the distance of 7 miles to temple of Kunjapuri which is situated at a height of 5500 feet. It has gentle slopes and a stunning view of the Himalayas. 

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    $34.49

    Abel Baltazar
    Written on May 30, 2019
    "HAHAHAHA THEY SAID 5 HOURS IT TOOK ME HAHAHAHA 6 HRS. But the view was breathtaking. Do the whole sunrise trek. It would definitely be worth your while. "

Summary

Best What are the best things to do in Rishikesh India
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1YogaOther 18 Free
2river raftingOther 15 Free
3Ganga AartiOther 6 Free
4Lakshman JhulaPlaces 3 Free
5Neer WaterfallsPlaces 2 Paid
6The Beatles AshramPlaces 1 Free
7Parmath NiketanPlaces 1 Free
8Rishikesh to Kunjapuri trekOther 1 Paid
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