Tapovan Rishikesh: 7 reasons to visit Tapovan

The scenic Tapovan area in Rishikesh is nestled amidst the majestic Shivalik range of the Himalayas and is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, making it a highly sought-after destination for both domestic and international travelers. This charming town is located on the banks of the river Ganges and is enveloped by mountains.

For those seeking a vibrant and distinctive stay by the Ganges River, Tapovan Rishikesh is an ideal choice. It is renowned for its yoga ashrams, adventure tour operators, and upscale resorts. You can unwind at one of the many terrace cafes offering stunning river views while relishing a cup of coffee and pancakes or exploring the small shops selling unique clothing and crafts.

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Tapovan in Rishikesh

I have visited many serene locations, but none compare to the captivating beauty of Tapovan Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, particularly the Tapovan area. The Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula bridges over the Ganges river are simply awe-inspiring, offering a mesmerizing view of the tranquil Ganga. Walking across these bridges is a unique experience that is perfect for meditation and reflection. Additionally, the area offers an abundance of delicious and budget-friendly Indian cuisine to savor.

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Rishikesh to Tapovan
Tapovan Rishikesh

Rishikesh to Tapovan

Tapovan is situated in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, just 4 kilometers away from Rishikesh via the road near Lakshman Jhula. It attracts a considerable number of visitors all year round, particularly during the winter months from November to March. Many travelers choose to stay in Tapovan to achieve a sense of tranquility in their bodies, mind, and soul.

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Brids eye view from Patho Village
Brid eye view from Patho Village

Places to visit in Tapovan Rishikesh

1-Satsang at Tapovan

Tapovan is an ideal destination for travelers seeking affordable lodging and recreational options. It serves as a perfect hub for attending lectures by some of the world’s most distinguished spiritual gurus, such as Mooji near Rishikesh, Prem Baba at Sacha Dham Ashram, Kriya Yoga Ashram, and Shantimayi at Aranya-Kutir. Additionally, Tapovan boasts numerous yoga-teacher institutes, making it an ideal location for yoga enthusiasts. These events take place between January and April each year.

Om Home Stay In Rishikesh
Om Home Stay In Rishikesh

2- Homestay 

Tapovan homestays provide convenient and comfortable lodging options in Rishikesh, situated in proximity to popular tourist attractions such as Laxman Jhula and Kriya Yoga Ashram. These homestays are also conveniently located near the Tapovan Auto stand, as well as offices for Bungee Jumping and rafting, making it an ideal choice for adventure enthusiasts.

3- Patho Village Trek

The Patho village trek, situated near Tapovan in Rishikesh, is a highly sought-after hiking destination. This half-day trek is renowned for its verdant green paths, picturesque valley, meandering river, and breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Rishikesh.

The Patho village trek is a beautiful and scenic trekking route in Rishikesh. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas and takes you through picturesque landscapes and charming villages. The trek is relatively easy and suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers.

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Secret Waterfall
Secret Waterfall

4- Secret Waterfall

The mesmerizing sight and sound of a rushing waterfall is a true wonder to behold. The Rishikesh area is a must-visit for those seeking such natural beauty. One waterfall, known as the “Secret Waterfall,” is a bit of a trek to reach, but the effort is well worth it. As you follow the pathway, the sound of rushing water grows louder until you finally reach the waterfall itself. The sight that awaits you is truly mesmerizing and unforgettable.

5- Yoga Training  Course

Tapovan in Rishikesh is a hub for yoga enthusiasts from all around the world, offering a variety of yoga classes and retreats. It’s a great place to learn and practice yoga, with courses in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Kalaripayada, Kriya, and meditation.

There are over 1000 yoga schools and meditation centers in the Tapovan area alone, making it one of the most popular destinations for those seeking to deepen their yoga practice or become certified yoga instructors..

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Mahadev Cave
Mahadev Cave

6- Tapovan – Kunjapuri Trail 

The Tapovan Kunjapuri birding trail is becoming increasingly popular among tourists, just like the bird sanctuary in Rishikesh. People from all over India and even abroad are attracted to this trail for birdwatching.

7- Mahadev Cave 

It is a natural rock formation in Tapovan. It is for  Shiva Temple and holds great significance in Hindu mythology as the place where Lord Shiva meditated. The cave is adorned with offerings made by devotees such as stones, flowers, and threads, creating a beautiful and spiritual atmosphere.


Tapovan is a small hamlet located in Rishikesh town. This place is one of the most profound spiritual locations in the Himalayas The place is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges. The divine location of Tapovan is an ideal place to visit if you want to get a taste of the serene and peaceful nature.


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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