Top 7 Why You Should Avoid Visiting Rishikesh In July & in August 

The thundering city of Rishikesh is a wonderful city 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.  if you are looking to visit Rishikesh in  July and August, then it is strongly recommended that you rethink it. Why Avoid Visiting Rishikesh in July & in August? ,  What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

Rishikesh in Monsoon -July & August 

Rishikesh is the best avoid Rishikesh in July and in August owing to heavy rainfall.  Rishikesh in August receives 28 days of rainfall and Uttarakhand as a whole receives quite a lot of rainfall that can several dampen your travel plans, all activities in Rishikesh are closed,   thus, making it best to avoid it. The best season for Rishikesh is from October to April months.

Best time to visit Rishikesh

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. Many tourists ask me What is the best time to visit Rishikesh? I say immediately November & March are the best time to go to Rishikesh.

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Rishikesh looks misty during Monsoon
Rishikesh looks misty during Monsoon

Here are the top 7 reasons why you should avoid visiting the Rishikesh weather in July & in August:

1-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 & in August is not ideal. The misty beauty of Rishikesh, flanked with the snow-capped Himalayas by the grimdark clouds.

You might not even be able to see the Himalayas as the clouds veil the sky and hide 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.

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Monsoon..... Rishikesh... Valley
Monsoon….. Rishikesh… Valley

2-Adventure Sports Closed

One of the biggest drawbacks about visiting Rishikesh in the months of July and August is that all the adventure sports including the popular Rishikesh at rafting in July & in August are closed. Rafting Rishikesh price varies as per distance.

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.

Is Bungee Jumping open in Rishikesh- No it is closed during July and August till mid-September. And best time to visit Rishikesh for bungee jumping is from October to June. is bungee jumping Safe in Rishikesh?  yes it is safe

Some adventure sports like bungee jumping, kayaking, parasailing, and even camping are closed. You find yourself sitting in your hotel all day and waiting for the rains to pass.

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3-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.

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4-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.

Landslides lead to close the roads. You can be stuck if such a thing occurs. Even though the roads to Rishikesh remain 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.

5-Jungle Jeep Safaris Closed in Rajaji National Park

The monsoon season during July and August also leads to the closure of the Jungle Jeep Safri Safaris in the Park. If you are driving through the Jungle and to see a stray monkey or deer.

You have to avoid it because the core area and the dense forests are completely closed.

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Summerged the Statue of Shiva during monsoon Rishikesh
Submerged the Statue of Shiva during monsoon 2013 Rishikesh

6-Some Yoga Centres Closed

The months of July and August do not see a lot of tourist traffic in Rishikesh. Thus, you will find many of the yoga centers and ashrams closed during this time.

Since very few tourists venture to Rishikesh during this time, most of the centers 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.

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7-The Bustling Life Is Halted

Rishikesh is not only famous for its serene locales, peaceful yoga centers, and the stunning Holy River but also its city life.

The wonderful hustle-bustle of Rishikesh is full of exciting markets and souvenir shops that start from the road leading Lakshman Jhula.

However, in Rishikesh in 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.  It’s just not the right time to visit Rishikesh in July and August. The heavy rains and floods that the town is subjected to can dampen your travel plans.

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Author

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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