Start – New Delhi / Haridwar / Dehradun
Finish – New Delhi / Haridwar / Dehradun
Destination – Rishikesh
Theme – Adventure
Duration – 3 Nights 4 days
Category – #adventure #spiritual #religious #leisure #slowtravel #trekking #yoga #meditation
Style – #luxury #comfortable #backpacking #diy #fixeddeparture
Be it trekking across beautiful mountains, zip lining over the Ganges, bungee-ing down to the river, cycling uphill or downhill, white river rafting and kayaking in the river gushing down the mountain slopes, (engrossing yourself in the energy of evening Aarti) praying and participating in the evening Aarti, meditating and practising yoga, or camping and doing nothing yet absorbing the positive vibes while appreciating mother nature and the elements around you. So if you want to tap into your spiritual energy vessel and feel fresh like a spring breeze then Rishikesh is surely the place for you. Rishikesh is indeed the complete package ! Situated in the lower foothills of the Himalayas, this place seldom needs a description because this destination speaks for itself.
- Rishikesh is a complete package in itself. And this place surely belongs to the adventurous souls. In case you have any severe injury then we recommend that you consult a doctor.
- The adventure activities are not suitable for people with heart disease, asthma , pregnant women, any previous or existing bone injury.
- The most suitable age for adventure activities are from 12 years up till 60 years.
- Old age people and women suffering with arthritis should avoid staying in camp as it requires a lot of walking.
And the trip begins! On reaching your designation check into the place you are staying whether it’s a hotel, camp or a resort. Get freshen up and enjoy your lunch and take some rest for an hour or two. In the evening witness the divinity of the Ganga Aarti and engross yourself with thousands other devotees as you experience this spectacular prayer service. Next, you can explore the market area and
some amazing café’s of Rishikesh. Reach your hotel/camp, have some dinner and sleep in cosily as the journey has only started.
Before your breakfast, get ready to witness the exquisitely amazing sunrise at Kunjapuri Temple. It is an uphill trek that will take approximately one hour. And the insane views that you get upon reaching there are worthy of every effort the trek takes. Then have some breakfast at your hotel and get ready for the rest of the day. If you want some spice of adventure in your day the go forward for some crazy rafting experience.
Or if you are looking for some calm and serene vibes then you can surely visit the Ganga beach to meditate or just relax. Check back in your camp or hotel to have some lunch and rest. For those camping ,in the evening enjoy bonfire and snacks. Have some dinner and get a good night’s sleep as we still have a lot to cover.
If you want you can take a small hike to river Ganga or a trek before your breakfast. Next you can visit the Bungee jumping complex to get some adrenaline rushing through you. And after that to relax your body visit the sparkling waterfalls of Rishikesh. (You can also enjoy some chaat and lassi near the ghat .) Check into your hotel ,have some dinner and relax.
The last day in this beautiful city. Have your breakfast and check out of your hotel. Before leaving for your hometown you can visit the Beatles Ashram and enjoy the amazing art work there.
1 dinner (only at camp)
Transport – Train or cab
New Dehi/ Haridwar/ Dehradun – Rishikesh
Rishikesh – New delhi/Haridwar/Dehradun
1 night in camp
2 nights in Hotel/ Resort
Add on activities (Chargeable ) –
1. Adventure activities – rafting/ rock climbing and rappelling/ bungee jumping/ Ganga zipline
2. Beatles Ashram entry ticket.
3. Bike/scooter/ mountain bicycle on rent.
Why you will love Rishikesh –
Yoga capital of the world / Yognagri of India Adventure capital in India Gateway town to many Himalayan treks. Backpackers paradise Sitting by the white sand beaches of Ganges and doing nothing.
Things to do in Rishikesh –
1. Exploring lanes and markets of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula on foot or bicycle.
2. Trek to nearby waterfalls – Patna waterfall, Neer waterfall.
3. Spend a day with the artwork at Beatles Ashram.
4. White water Rafting in gushing Ganges and rapids of grade I to IV
5. Camping by the tributaries of Ganges in the outskirts of Rishikesh.
6. Highest Bungee jump in India – 83 m is a half hour drive from Rishikesh.
7. 400 m zipline above Ganges
8. Rock climbing and rappelling, waterfall rappelling.
Best time to go –
September to March offers good weather and a smaller crowd. (If you are visiting Rishikesh for spending time with your spiritual self then this is the best time as it offers good weather and lesser crowd)
April, May and June – Time for the adventurous souls! The weekends are insanely fun and chaotic due to the rafting and camping crowd. Weekends are chaotic due to rafting and camping crowds.
July and August – Good time to explore Rishikesh in monsoons and even less crowd. Although no adventure activity is open between July and September. Where are the wanderers and explorers? It is the time for you to explore some offbeat places as it is a good time to explore Rishikesh in monsoons and even has a lesser crowd. Although no adventure activity is open between July and September.
September, October – mornings and evenings are pleasant, day temperature can be as high as 32 degree Centigrade.
November to March – mornings and evenings are cooler with December and January the coldest months. Day time temperatures are pleasant.
April – June – Mornings and evenings are pleasant. Day temperature is quite high. Places near rivers and waterfalls are recommended to pass the day time.
July and August – Time to grab a book, sip some coffee and enjoy the pleasant and cool weather with little humidity and lots of rainfall and clouds.
How to reach Rishikesh –
By road – Delhi to Rishikesh is around 250 km. Self drive vehicles, cabs, overnight volvo take 6-7 hours to reach Rishikesh. The road is a national highway 58 and is maintained by NHAI. Some stretches of this section are busy due to local towns and traffic.
By train – Rishikesh has a railway station but there are no direct trains from Delhi. The nearest railway station is Haridwar and has several trains from Delhi. Haridwar to Rishikesh is only 30 km which can be done in local transport buses, private cabs, or autos.
By air – Jolly grant airport, Dehradun is only 25 km away from Rishikesh.
Other places nearby which can be done in one day –
Kunjapuri temple – Situated 30 km from Rishikesh, Kunjapuri temple can be reached by a trek of 2 km. Sunrises and Sunsets are not to be missed at Kunjapuri temple.
Neelkanth temple – Neelkanth temple is 30 km from Rishikesh and is a famous lord Shiva temple. The ride to the temple is quite scenic.
Devprayag – Devprayag is a holy town where the River Ganges is formed after the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. It is 75 km from RIshikesh.
Tehri Dam – The highest hydroelectric dam in India, is located 85 km from Rishikesh. A number of water sports adventure activities such as jet skiing, kayaking, etc. can be done at the dam.
Where to eat – Nirvana Café, Madras Café, Uttar Dakshin restaurant, 60’s Green Hills
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the places you are visitingand when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and
make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances or up
or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the
trip without having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.
You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, swimming suit, hiking shoes and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.
Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:
INDICAFILA ULTIMATE PACKING LIST
Due to the diversity and breadth of our trips, our ultimate packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list to suit every trip.
What you bring will vary according to the trip style you’ve chosen, the places you’re visiting and the time of year and the weather when you’re travelling. Please check the Essential Trip Information of your
chosen trip, which will detail any specific requirements for your trip and is tailored to suit your needs. It will also cover the type and size of luggage that can be taken, as for some trips there may be certain weight (ie. for trips with included flights) or size (ie. for trips using safari vehicles) restrictions for your luggage. Some packing guides for some of our most popular destinations are also listed at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions about what to pack, please get in touch with our customer service team.
● Passport/ country specific id card
● Visas if required
● Travel insurance policy if taken
● 24 hr emergency travel insurance contact and policy number
● Flight/ train/bus e-tickets
● Your travel itinerary
● Photocopies of important documents
● A print out of your trip's Essential Trip Information
● Spare passport photos
● Youth/student/seniors cards for travel discounts
● International driving licence if needed
● Diving licence if needed
● Cash/credit cards
● 2500 INR contingency fund in cash
● Money belt or pouch
On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage. Most travellers use a
small, wheeled suitcase although the type of luggage most suitable will vary depending on your trip and
destination. Please refer to the packing section of your Essential Trip Information for any specific
luggage requirements. You will also need a daypack/bag to use during the day.
● Main luggage
● Padlocks & keys
● First aid kit
● Personal medication/prescriptions
● Glasses & sunglasses
● Contact lenses and solution
● Lip balm
● Insect repellent
● Antihistamine/insect bite cream
● Antibacterial gel/wipes
● Motion sickness tablets
● Travel vaccination certificates
● Aspirin and/or paracetamol
● Rehydration powder
● Anti-diarrhoea pills
● sanitary pads
● Travel hair dryer
● Shaving equipment
● Small travel towel
● Small sewing kit and safety pins
● Consult your doctor for detailed advice on any medications
● Electrical adapter
● Camera and equipment
● Spare batteries/charger
● Portable games/playing cards
● Something to read
● Water bottle
● Travel pillow
● Cloth/reusable shopping bags
● Water purification method
● Photos or postcards of your home country/family/pets to share with locals
● DVT socks
Please check your Essential Trip Information for details on appropriate clothing for your itinerary and
destination. On some trips access to laundries may be limited so you may need to plan to hand wash
your own clothes while on trip. For longer trips we recommend you choose clothing that is easy to wash
and fast drying.
● Sun hat
● Windproof jacket
● Long-/short-sleeved shirts
● Thermal underwear or base layers
● Warm hat
● Hand warmers
● Waterproof boots
● Warm socks
● Beach towel
● Reef shoes
● Reef-safe sunscreen
● Raincoat/waterproof jacket
● Waterproof bags for rain protection
● Waterproof trousers
Walking or hiking:
● Walking/trekking shoes
● Trekking/leech socks
● Hiking poles/walking sticks
● Inner sleep sheet
● Travel pillow
● Camping mattress
● Sleeping bag
● Head torch/lamp