Rishikesh Travel Guide

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Rishikesh Highlights

  • Pro
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     Fresh air, clean river 

  • Con
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     Gurus try to hustle you into yoga classes and what not... too many braindead hippies trying to show off how spiritual they are by hanging out... why don't they just go to Goa and get it over with? 

  • In a nutshell
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     mountain / river / rafting and gateway to land of GOD!!! 

Rishikesh Things to Do

  • Ganga Aarti- Worshiping Holy River...

    The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus and is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshiped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism everyday.The Ganga Aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshiping the Ganga river. Every evening you can watch near Ram Jhula at Parmarth Niketan is...

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  • Beatles/transcendental meditation ashram

    The Ashram of the famous Maharishi Mahash Yogi who started here the Transcendental Meditation movement. The Beatles came for a few visits putting Rishikesh on the map of western tourists. Nowadays the ashram is abandoned. it just sits there covered by the jungle making it a mysterious and beautiful place to walk around in. The impressive stylish...

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  • Awesome yoga training!

    I was on a journey to the holy city of rishikesh in the last two months and stayhovering over with my trip to different parts of India, i spent longest duration of weeks in there. There is a charm in the city and the when you look over the whole valley being carved out with a divinity, you get enchanted with divinity. This was an amazing experience...

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Rishikesh Restaurants

  • I just loved the name

    It's undoubtedly the most famous restaurant of Rishikesh and started off some 40 odd years back as a very small eating outlet. It has expanded greatly over the years and there are now two "Chotiwala's" (partition between brothers). It now offers normal as well as AC dining and has a wide range of Food cuisine at offer from Indian to Garhwali to...

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  • Ask for Khir, a traditional indian...

    A very good place to get pure veg Indian food , famous for food quality for over 20 years.it has its own trade mark as you can see in photo attached....it's funny!!there are two restaurents with same name.........same trade mark.........welcome guy with painted face..................ha.ha.ha. all north indian dishes.

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  • Ambience, spirit and great variety

    I was looking for a buddhist or tibetan restaurant and found Lhasa which is that and so much more - various Asian and western varieties to choose from, wonderful view of the Ganges, beautiful energy, unusual and interesting music, great company and excellent personal service.Located near the bridge, it's a real find reasonably priced.. go find...

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Rishikesh Nightlife

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    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Rishikesh is not a "Clubbers" destination but has a vibrant Cafe Culture, with a fine choice of places with views of the Ganga, to pass the night away. None of the cafes will close while there are customers to meet and serve. Rishikesh is alcohol free, which we thought might be a drag but the ambience of the town is enough to keep you high. The Moonlight Cafe plays very atmospheric music, which keeps you in that exotic mood. There are some excellent Internet Cafes, with very cheap and fast connection. They can also get hold of a very wide range of downloadable music in just about every genre.

    Dress Code: Very casual.

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Rishikesh Transportation

  • Trip to Rishikesh

    For all those who is looking for budget travel this can be the best way of transportation. There're direct buses from Delhi main bus station to Rishikesh.And already there you can enjoy walking. Or can take taxi.

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  • Auto rickshaw from Haridwar

    There are no private cars allowed in Rishikesh, only especially ordered tourist taxis and shared jeeps, which provide local transportation. There is an auto rickshaw stand at the foot of High Bank, about a fifteen-minute walk across the Lakshman Jhula Bridge. To get to Rishikesh we took the train to Haridwar, a small auto rickshaw to the edge of...

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Rishikesh Shopping

  • Spices near Swarg Ashram

    Some stalls near Swarg Ashram sell pretty high quality spices at low prices. Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and caraway come to mind. Though the bags sit in the open all day they still pack a punch to the olfactory nerves. They sell per tiny glass, around Rs20-30. You can bring it down if you buy more.

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  • good daily wear in Rishikesh

    Ethnic trendy clothes from street side stalls. You can shop a lot for 1000 bucks provided you know how to bargain!

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  • Support the local community!

    Around Lakshman Jhula Bridge (both sides) there are many shops and stalls.They sell local craft, clothing and shoes. Lots of brassware is also on sale everywhere. Trinkets and ornaments , religious and otherwise, were for sale at really cheap prices.There are also quite a few shops that sell Ayurvedic medicines and oils. Clothing HAGGLE

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Rishikesh Local Customs

  • Evening Ganga prayers

    After seeing all three, here's what I think of the basic difference in the evening Ganga prayers.1. Haridwar: Big, bass boosted, tight, kind of a spectacle for the eyes with all the human energy and little temples bustling together. 2. Rishikesh, Triveni Ghat: More quiet, subtle, payers directly next to the river almost touching the water; no steps...

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  • Dry & Vegetarian

    There is no alchohol for sale in Rishikesh, and the city is strictly vegetarian.The lack of alchohol has obviously not been a problem- the supply of other forms of relaxing substances makes up for that. Chillums are for sale in every side stall.There is a place nearby, 11kms south on the Haridwar Road, that sells meat and alchohol if the need for...

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  • Ganga dip

    Bathing in the Ganga is one of the main reasons for Rishikesh's existence, though the water is Himalayan cold, it is clean and not as lethal to tourists as the river becomes in Varanasi. Aarti, the floating lantern ceremony is performed every evening at the main ghat, in downtown Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is not the place to witness this as the...

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Rishikesh Warnings and Dangers

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    Missing tourists update

    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    One very cautious word, particularly if you're a solo traveller, people go missing here. During the eight days we were in Rishikesh, two young Australian boys were posted missing, just a few days apart. The Lonely Planet warns of, "Wolves in Sadhu's clothing", there are a few bad types about who use the orange robes as a disguise, the Ganga is 300meters deep at one point and very fast flowing, and a body can disappear in seconds in that current. They befriend lone travellers take them to the waters edge, a wallet grab and push is all it takes. The truth is that real Sadhus are so deeply involved in their own spiritual journey that they will ignore you completely. The people who live and work in Rishikesh will be very happy to befriend you, only too happy that you've made the effort to travel up to see them.
    Another promised caution, from our Restaurant section, DON'T EAT SPINACH DURING THE RAINY SEASON. It's a low growing leaf that gets easily contaminated by sewerage bubbling up in the afternoon floods. Pauline and Sam shared a small portion, in a Lonely Planet recommended restaurant, in downtown Rishikesh which made them both very ill. The local Ayurvedic doctor picked up on the problem and soon put them right.

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Rishikesh Tourist Traps

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    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

    Rishikesh is primarily a town for pilgrims, rather than tourists but the photographers waiting to snap you and your pilgrim family, give the first impression of a holiday resort. The temple acolytes in their Hanuman and Lakshman costumes, along with some of the less than holy men, will happily pose for a photograph, as long as a bill is folded into their hand. The genuine Sadhus are happy for a small coin to be dropped into their bowls and don't want to be photographed. Giving to the Sadhus is the accepted custom as they are dependent on charity to help them onto the road to enlightenment. There are many temple style stalls, selling votive tablets, postcards, viewers and flashing, Hindu miniature shrines for your car but don't expect a holy dispensation for buying any of these, they're just hangars on. Spend your money by all means though; we all have to make a living by selling something or other.

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Rishikesh What to Pack

  • Spa provides casual closthing for the...

    The spa provides crisply ironed white cotton kurtas to wear during your stay. I quite liked the idea. It is pleasing to the eyes to see all people dressed in whites rather than find somebody dressed in florescent green or yellow. It integrates well with the natural green environment.

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  • Get most things locally

    This really depends on the time of year, it does get very cold in winter but snow is rare. We were here at the end of the rainy season, hot and wet, so a folding umbrella would be useful. Sandals make for sensible footwear; it saves you ringing out your socks on a daily basis, as the rainwater can get quite deep. We didn't take much in the way of...

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Rishikesh Off The Beaten Path

  • visit Vashisht Guha ( cave )

    Most of the tourists, who visit Rishikesh miss this place due to distance. Its located on 22km further up hill on badrinath road from Rishikesh. many saints & sages lived here. every person has different experience. it is under the Purusotamananda Asharam. Swami ji is very kind & sweet spoken always find time for visitors.

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  • The Monkey God of Rishikesh.

    We came across this man disgused as our Monkey God Hanuman, who was friend and deciple of Lord Rama. For a small sum usually one or two Rupee coin this man will wish goodluck for you and your family. I think this is how he runs his family. Being a Holy town lot of Pilgrim visit this place.

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  • white-water rafting amidst the...

    White-water rafting amidst the Himalayan foot-hills around Rishikesh on the river Ganges...Rishikesh and the region around, is known for its adventure sport activities.

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Rishikesh Sports & Outdoors

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    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

    Almost everyone comes to Rishikesh for the Yoga lessons and meditation classes. There are a mind-blowing number of places to study and a thousand Gurus to study under. We spoke to a Hindu businessman, on the train to Haridwar; he told us it took him seven years to find the right guru for him. Apart from the spiritual improvement, Rishikesh is on the edge of the Garhwal Himalayas and offers fantastic walking, climbing and terrifying white water river rafting.

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Rishikesh Favorites

  • Learning Yoga & Music with Bhuwan...

    You can study yoga and music with sitar guru, Bhuwan Chandra at his gurukul near the Ram Jhula Bridge, next door to Swargashram police station. People travel from all over the world for personal study with the maestro. He is most welcoming and very knowledgeable about the history of the sitar. His brother, Kamal, gives daily yoga lessons in their...

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  • Room options at Ananda

    The Property is spread over a couple of hills. It has a Palace ( once a residence of Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal. You can either choose a deluxe room or Viceregal Palace (rooms in the palace cost twice as much). Every Deluxe room has a Balcony which promises a view of the valley or of the Palace.

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  • Take plenty of time

    Spend as much time in Rishikesh as you can afford, it's a serendipitous place with contrasting surprises around each corner. There's even an ATM machine next to the Shiva garden in Swarg Ashram, it is a bit of a congregational point for the local beggars though. It's a bit tough leaving the ATMs air-conditioned booth, stepping over limbless...

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