Rishikesh Tourism: Capital of Yoga, Mediation & Adventure

Rishikesh TourismRishikesh is a beautiful town located in the Himalayas, with the Ganga flowing through it. It is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination for people seeking peace. Rishikesh is often referred to as the ‘yoga capital of the world because of the many ashrams here that offer yoga and meditation classes. Some of these ashrams are internationally recognized centers for philosophical studies, yoga, and other ancient Indian traditions of wellness.

The city is surrounded by the Shivalik ranges, which give the city a secluded and peaceful appeal. Hence, it is popular among tourists from other parts of India and abroad. The city is a treasure trove of religious diversity and is an ideal place for tourists to explore their ancestral roots.

Many tourists flock to Rishikesh, as it is home to a vast number of temples, ashrams, and yoga and meditation forums. Many of them are located near the banks of the River Ganga. Furthermore, there are many breathtaking monuments in the city that are worth visiting.

Rishikesh is special because of its energetic atmosphere, supportive community, and beautiful location. These factors create a powerful space for personal growth and transformation.

Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Rishikesh:

  1. Triveni Ghat: It is the most popular bathing ghat on the banks of the river Ganges in Rishikesh. People come here to take a holy dip and perform rituals. The evening aarti ceremony is a must-see attraction.
  2. Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: These are suspension bridges across the river Ganges and offer stunning views of the river and the town. Laxman Jhula is named after Lord Rama’s brother, while Ram Jhula is named after Lord Rama.
  3. Neer Garh Waterfall: It is a beautiful waterfall located near the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. Visitors can take a dip in the pool beneath the waterfall and enjoy the scenic beauty.
  4. Beatles Ashram: Also known as the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, it gained popularity after the Beatles visited here in the late 1960s. It is now a popular tourist spot and offers graffiti art and meditation caves.
  5. Rajaji National Park: It is a wildlife reserve located in the Shivalik range and is home to several species of animals, including elephants, tigers, and leopards.
  6. Yoga and meditation retreats: Rishikesh is known for its yoga and meditation retreats, which attract visitors from all over the world. There are several ashrams and yoga centers that offer yoga classes and retreats.
  7. Adventure sports: Rishikesh is also a popular destination for adventure sports such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and trekking.
Yoga in Rishikesh- Beach Yoga Practice
Yoga in Rishikesh- Beach Yoga Practice

International Yog Festival in Rishikesh

The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board holds an annual International Yog Festival in Rishikesh, which draws yoga enthusiasts from all over the world. There are a number of legends associated with Rishikesh – it is said to be mentioned in the ancient text Skanda Purana, and in the epic Ramayana. According to legend, Lord Rama came to Rishikesh with his brothers to do penance after killing Ravana.


The Beatles In Rishikesh

Rishikesh is best known for its connection to the Beatles. In February 1968, the English rock band visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram to learn transcendental meditation. The band composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi’s ashram, many of which appear on the White Album (and a few from Abbey Road). John Lennon recorded a song titled, ‘The Happy Rishikesh Song‘ after his visit. Many other international artists have also visited the site to contemplate and meditate, including Mike Love of the Beach Boys and Paul Horn.

Beatles Ashram
Beatles Ashram

Adventures in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is an adventure destination in India that offers a variety of activities for thrill seekers, from white-water river rafting to bungee jumping. Just the thought of rafting through the powerful Ganges River is enough to give anyone an adrenaline rush, even those with previous rafting experience.

In addition to rafting, other adventure activities available in Rishikesh include rappelling, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, mountain biking, and rock climbing. With so many options available, there is something for everyone in Rishikesh and travelers are sure to be impressed with all that this destination has to offer.

White River Rafting- Adventure Activity in Rishikesh
White River Rafting- Adventure Activity in Rishikesh


Rishikesh is a city located in two main areas – the downtown area known as Rishikesh town and the other side of Rishikesh which is located 2 km upstream from the popular Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. Haridwar and Rishikesh are the first Indian cities to be given the title of “twin national heritage cities”.


Most tourists visit Rishikesh during the fall and winter seasons. The reason is that the weather is ideal during this time of the year. The average temperature during this time of the year is between 30 degrees Celsius to 13 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Rishikesh is from October to March. The reason is that it has the best climate during this time of the year.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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