Rishikesh- The Adventure Capital of India

Rishikesh- The Adventure Capital of India

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Popularly known as “The Yoga Capital of the World” has been on my bucket list for long. No, no not to learn yoga but to explore and experience the other side of it – its adventurous side. I later learned that Rishikesh is also called the “The Adventure Capital of India” because of the extreme adventures that it has on offer.

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Zostel Rishikesh

My Journey

My first ever solo trip in India was to Rishikesh, all scared and had no idea, how it will be. I flew from Pune to Delhi and took an overnight bus from Delhi to Rishikesh.

Luckily, I met three England girls on my bus. I realized the perks of traveling solo, we interacted so much and it was fun hearing their traveling stories. We then reached Rishikesh at around 5.30 AM and the city was already busy. A lot of sadhu babas (saints) were walking around the city early in the morning. We then took our ways off, wishing each other many more trips and adventures.

After a while, I set off to explore the city on foot. I really enjoy strolling around the streets because it lets one explore and learn about the place more. The city instantly gave the village vibe with so much of positivity. And after having breakfast, I was good to start the city tour all by myself.

Places to see in Rishikesh

Ram Jhula

Entry Fees: No Charges

Visiting Hours: Open and Accessible 24*7

Visiting Duration: No particular duration

The city and Ganga views were just mesmerizing and intently made me feel in love with Rishikesh. Either side of the swing, there are ample of ashrams and temples. Also, near the swing bridge, there is a local market, many eateries, agents, etc. I booked myself for rafting from one of the local agents here.

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Ram Jhula, Rishikesh
Ganga and City Views from Ram Jhula

Lakshman Jhula

Entry Fees: No Charges

Visiting Hours: Open and Accessible 24*7

Visiting Duration: No particular duration

Another popular destination yet again giving a different and beautiful vibe of the city, I reached here after finishing my rafting.

I was keen to know for what reason the bridge is given this name. I learned that according to Hindu mythology, it believed that Lord Lakshman had once crossed the river Ganga on the jute ropes exactly at the same place, so a suspension bridge was made and honored.

Tera Manzil (13 Storeys) Temple

Entry Fees: No Charges

Visiting Hours: 6 AM to 7 PM Daily

Visiting Duration: Around 30 mins

The symmetric architecture of the temple and serene location is way to mesmerizing which is just above the Ganga river. The temple has Tera Manzil (13 storeys)  and each storey has several idols of Gods and Goddesses. The temple is located on either side of the Lakshman Jhula.


Distance from Ram Jhula to Shivpuri – 15 km

It is a place where one can find hundreds of adventure seekers and people who just want to relax or camp near the riverside. The place is really pristine and pure. The sand near the beach is white in color, adding more charm to the place. I had done my white water river rafting here.

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Shivpuri, Rishikesh

Triveni Ghat

The Ganga is worshipped at various ghats but Triveni Ghat is the best place to see the Ganga Aarti. I missed seeing it but, definitely, I will be going there on my next trip.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

After my river rafting, I had gone to the Ashram to find some peace, I then went to attend the famous Ganga Aarti which is a daily ritual here and performed every evening on the banks of Ganga. It is another famous spot for Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh.

Lord Shiva Statue at the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh
Lord Shiva Statue at the banks of Ganga

While the Aarti preparations were going on, I went to explore Parmarth Ashram which is just opposite to the Aarti place. Also, a lot of people and pilgrims from around the world come and stay here to learn yoga, attend prayers and to find some tranquility.

Lord Shiva Statue at Parmarth Ashram

At the sunset time, saints and devotees started gathering near the feet of Ganga. Some people also took a dip in the Ganga water for spiritual cleansing. After the Ganga Aarti started, the atmosphere absolutely turned festive and spiritual.

Adventures I did in Rishikesh

Amidst ample of temples, ashrams, snow-capped mountains lies the spirited side of Rishikesh- the daring and adventurous side of it!

Now, it was time to tick off my two bucket list adventures: Ganga White Water Rafting and Cliff Jumping. I had already done Bungy Jumping in New Zealand, so I skipped it here.

Whitewater River Rafting

River Rafting and Cliff Jumping Cost: 300-500 INR per person depending on the agent (Pick-up from Ram Jhula or other location to Shivpuri included).

The distance of Rafting Available: 16-18 km/32 km

Duration of Rafting: 2-5 hours

We group of random 6 people then boarded a Sumo car, after an hours’ drive, we all reached Shivpuri (rafting spot). With white sand around, the place was filled with colorful rafts and ample thrill-seekers. I chose the one with 18 km rafting with 16 deadly rapids. I purposely kept it moderate to save energy for my Himalayan trek – Pangarchulla Peak Trek which was starting the next day.

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White Water River Rafting place, Shivpuri

This adventure isn’t restricted only for swimmers but for everyone who wants to experience it.

Ganga White Water Rafting @Rishikesh – The Adventure Capital of India

After learning some basics in the calm water, we kick-started our rafting. In our 3 hours rafting, we jumped through some deadly rapids, we screamed, laughed, experienced wilderness, at times skipped a heartbeat but rejoiced to the fullest.

Every rapid has been given a name but for some reason, I could only memorize one out of 16 names. I only remember the Roller Coaster, maybe because it was the deadliest one. Majorly, jumping off the bone-shaking rapids was the fun and the best part.

Swimming in the river Ganga

To add-on more thrill and adventure we all jumped off the raft multiple times. I was shivering badly because of the extremely cold water but relished every second of it.

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Jumped off the raft 😀

Cliff Jumping

After three hours of rafting, tired, we finally reached our cliff jump point. Now it was time to jump from that cliff and finally tick off another bucket list item.

Standing at the edge of the cliff, I really was a bit scared more than I thought I would be, but then adventures are meant for it. 3..2..1…. and I plunged without thinking much and giving any second thoughts. And yes! I did it and survived too!! 😀

Cliff Jumping


Again after jumping through rapids and cliff twice, we stopped at a maggi point to relax our nerves and enjoy some tea and maggi on the raft. It too was a totally different experience eating maggi on a cold wet afternoon in the midst of rafting expedition.

Maggi Point Amidst River Rafting, Rishikesh
Maggi Point Amidst River Rafting

We then reached Ram Jhula again and bid everyone goodbyes, yet again wishing each other many more adventures.

So witness how adventurous you are at the adventure city of India, Rishikesh. One can try other extreme adventures like Rappelling, Flying fox, Swing, Gaint Swing, Bungy Jumping here as well.

How to reach Rishikesh?

Flight – There is no airport in Rishikesh, the nearest airport to Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun approximately 35 km away. (Skyscanner)

Train – Rishikesh Railway Station – RKSH is not well connected to the major cities. One can find trains from New Delhi, Bhopal, Mumbai, Lucknow, Agra to Haridwar Railway Station – HW. (IRCTC)

Bus – Many private buses ply between the cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai Agra to or nearby ISBT bus stand. (Redbus)

Rented Bike/Car/Scooty Options

Stay Options

Places to Eat

After this, I searched for a good eatery option and had snacks and dinner at Chotiwala Restaurant and Madras Cafe.

Also, you can curb your hunger pangs at Beatles Cafe, Oasis, Ganga Beach Restaurant, Little Buddha Cafe, Devraj Coffee Corner, etc.


How much a trip to Rishikesh may cost?

Best time to visit Rishikesh

Other Details about Rishikesh



Zostel, Rishikesh

It is a hotel plus hostel concept chain and is so plain, simple yet beautiful. I met so many backpackers, travelers, tourists from different cities, countries and different backgrounds. It gave a completely different vibe, a very positive one. Also, those beautiful dorms, open terraces, eatery, reading zone, paintings on the walls, the sitting area made this place and my stay somewhat different.

Cost: 400-500 INR per night/per person

Booking Details: www.zostel.com

Zostel, Rishikesh
Sitting Area in Zostel, Rishikesh


So, if you are looking for a perfect place to indulge in religious or adventurous activities or want to learn Yoga, Rishikesh is the place! But it is beyond it too, one can experience it themselves.

A trip to the city may turn out to be a life-changing experience like it turned for me! In a days’ time, I got so much attached to the city and Ganga. Because Ganga is not just a river, she is truly a divine mother, the soul of India.


Keep Wandering! Keep Wondering!

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. The way you described the city that was beautiful. Indeed I have to ride to rishikesh now .

  2. Archita

    More power to you girl. Keep it going..
    Wish to explore more with you ?

  3. Anamika

    Hey Ashita! felt the true essence of Rishikesh and of course the adventure thrill too.
    Keep it up.

  4. Arpit varshney

    superb..well done!!


    Ashita proud of you dear… keep rocking to this beautiful life…

  6. Bist

    Well done babes!

  7. Ipsy

    Great read! Would love to do everything like this…

  8. Pritika Gupta

    A Beautifully portrayed blog with the essence of city. Worth reading:).
    Keep updating us with your travel diaries.

  9. Yogesh Almale

    Super Ashita ! Awesome experience… Nice write up.. Keep it going.. Proud of you !!

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