Top 7 Why You Should Avoid Visiting Rishikesh In July And August
The thundering city of Rishikesh is filled with wonders that will enchant you every time you come here. From its raging evening Aarti at the Triveni Ghat to its serene yoga retreats. Rishikesh is stunning from all sides. However, if you are looking to visit Rishikesh during July and August, then it is strongly recommended that you rethink.
Rishikesh is the best avoided during July and August owing to heavy rainfall. Rishikesh and Uttarakhand as a whole receive quite a lot of rainfall that can several dampen your travel plans, thus, making it best to avoid.
Even though the lucrative discounts at hotels might tempt you, the months of July and August is not the best time to venture out to the holy city of Rishikesh.
Here are the top 7 reasons why you should avoid visiting the Rishikesh weather in July and August:
Beauty Is Hidden
Even though Rishikesh looks quite surreal when the clouds roll in, the mountains turn into green meadows and waterfalls start popping up at every nook and corner. The Rishikesh weather in July and August is not ideal. The misty beauty of Rishikesh, flanked with the snow-capped Himalayas and dreamy locales are hidden by the grimdark clouds. You might not even be able to see the Himalayas as the clouds veil the sky and hid the wondrous beauty of the mountains. Everything looks quite dark and dull, and even the stunning Ganga reflects the dark sky.
In July and August in Rishikesh, you will be privy to some lush greenery, however, the overall scene will be a little dull and dark, so it is best to avoid Rishikesh during this time.
Adventure Sports Closed
One of the biggest drawbacks about visiting Rishikesh is the months of July and August is that all the adventures sports including the popular river rafting is closed. One of the most popular tourists activity in Rishikesh is braving the mighty currents of the River Ganga and feeling the lovely splash of water. However, this is not possible during the monsoon season.
Other adventure sports like bungee jumping, kayaking, parasailing and even camping is closed during this time. You might find yourself sitting in your hotel all day waiting for the rains to pass.
The Current Of The Ganges Is Too Strong
With the advent of the monsoon season, the current of the holy river- Ganga also starts to get fierce and fiercer. The water level can rise so much that it might get dangerous to even stroll at the Ghats. During this time you cannot even dip into the holy river or walk by the river. The timing of the famous Evening Aarti also changes and is conducted only if the rains are not too heavy then.
The Landslides Are Dangerous
The months of July and August not only bring heavy rainfall in Rishikesh but all over Uttarakhand. This can and does lead to dangerous and unexpected landslides. Due to this several roads get closed, you might even get stuck if such a thing occurs. Even though the roads to Rishikesh remains open, it is quite risky to traverse that mountainous road by car or any other vehicle. The roads also get slippery due to the rain and accidents are quite common as well.
The Jeep Safaris Closed in Rajaji National Park
The monsoon season during July and August also leads through the closure of the Jungle Jeep Safri Safaris in the Park. While you can still drive through the reserved areas and hope to see a stray monkey or deer, the main safaris through the dense forests are completely closed.
Some Yoga Centres Closed
The months of July and August does not see a lot of tourist traffic in Rishikesh. Thus, you will find many of the yoga centres and ashrams closed during this time. Since very few tourists venture to Rishikesh during this time, most of the centres in the fear of incurring losses close down completely. Thus, you might not even be able to head off to a lovely yoga retreat during this time.
The Bustling Life Is Halted
Rishikesh is not only known for its serene locales, peaceful yoga centres and the stunning Holy River but also its city life. The wonderful hustle-bustle of Rishikesh is marked by exciting markets and souvenir shops that start from the road leading Laxman Jhula. However, during July and August, the shops also pack up owing to heavy rainfall and few customers. You will perhaps miss the culture of Rishikesh entirely during this time.