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Rishikesh

Rishikesh (India)

Practical information on Rishikesh

  • Spa and massage
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Place or Religious Monument
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
16hrs by train from Varanasi
When to go
From October to April
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Rishikesh

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

This northern Indian town is both peaceful with strong spiritual affiliations that place it apart from other Indian destinations.   

My suggestion:
If you like yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, tradtional medicine, dance, cuisine and so forth, then this is the place for you. Rishikesh is the perfect place if you want to take a course in pretty much any subject. An enjoyable way to combine learning with travel.
My review

It's a touristy town that attracts a bohemian crowd. I really enjoyed the ambience, which greatly differs from other towns I'd visited in India.

Rishikesh is divided in two by the sacred River Ganges. What's more it's close to the river's source. So the water is cleaner than in other parts, such as Varanasi for example.

It was here that I had the best cup of chai ever, in a restaurant called 'The Office' - you must go there! I tried my best to get the recipe off the cook, but had no luck; it was a secret he wasn't going to share. One day I'll return for another dose of this perfectly prepared spicy drink. Apart from its chai, this little restaurant benefits from a balcony that overlooks The Ganges; it's a great place to spend time meeting and sharing stories with other travelers.

Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

Rishikesh is a small village on the banks of the Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas.

My suggestion:
Head up the Ganges to find hidden beaches.
My review

For anyone traveling in India, particularly in the north of the country, Rishikesh is an essential stop. This charming village, scattered around the Ganges, is famous throughout the world. You will meet many tourists who go there to learn yoga and meditation.

The village has dozens of yoga centers, guest-houses, small restaurants, bookstores, stores, and cafes and it's a good place to spend a few days soaking up the atmosphere and meeting travelers from all over the world.

The village is a good starting point for pilgrims and travelers who want to go higher, to the sacred source of the Ganges.

Tours and travel ideas Rishikesh

  • Off the beaten track
A journey of wellbeing and culture for solo travelers 
Length 9 days Approx. $2,190
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