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Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. The original Rishikesh lies in Ruru- Palpa district of Nepal. Still people call it Ruru Rishikesh. There was a time (because of dense forest, malariya, plague) when Indians could not visit Ruru Rishikesh (the birth place of Lord Krishna)they made a duplicate Rishikesh in Uttarakhanda.Puspkunj is situated in Rishikesh which is residence of famous writer and poet Dr Harish Yadav .

Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh.


The center of town where the train and bus stations can be found is of little interest to most travelers. Further north-east are 2 bridges spanning the Ganges, Ram Jhula [80] and Lakshman Jhula [81], at either end of these bridges are the main hubs of activity and interest.

Most accommodation and restaurants can be found near Lakshman Jhula, High Bank and Swarg Ashram.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Rishikesh is in close proximity of Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport [15 kms] a recently renovated airport. There are multiple direct flights from Delhi which is the nearest metro airport. Flight options have increased dramatically and prices have dropped sharply making it both affordable and faster to fly to the area.

Flights from New Delhi (DEL) to Dehradun (DED)
6:20 am → 7:15 am DEL-DED S M T W T F S Air India AI9645
11:20 am → 12:05 am DEL-DED S M T W T F S Indigo 6E964
11:45 am → 12:30 am DEL-DED S M T W T F S SpiceJet SG124
1:00 pm → 1:55 pm DEL-DED S M T W T F S Indigo 6E6408
1:15 pm → 2:15 pm DEL-DED S M T W T F S Spicejet SG2936
4:25 pm → 5:20 pm DEL-DED S M T W T F S Indigo 6E246
5:35 pm → 6:20 pm DEL-DED S M T W T F S SpiceJet SG2327
5:45 pm → 6:45 pm DEL-DED S M T W T F S Air India AI9609

Flights from Lucknow (LKO) to Dehradun (DED)
8:00 am → 9:30 am LKO-DED S M T W T F S Air India 9691

Flights from Jammu (IXJ) to Dehradun (DED)
10:05 am → 11:25 am IXJ-DED S M T W T F S SpiceJet SG2935

By car[edit]

Delhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a good option for a hassle free traveling specially for foreign tourists who are traveling to India for the first time. It's a 6 to 7 hours journey. Prices vary from US$ 85 for an air conditioned compact car to US$ 125 for an air conditioned SUV (but rates are much higher if one avails these services from prepaid taxi booths located at the airport).

By train[edit]

A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are only about three slow trains daily. It is better to take the train to Haridwar and continue by bus (45 min, Rs.30-70 depending on the bus), by taxi (30 min, Rs.800) or by shared auto-rickshaw (40 min, Rs.35). However, travelling by train is recommended in peak seasons or during a 'mela' (fair) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar whereas trains often run empty and the fares are low (just Rs.4 for a passenger train service). You can take share rickshaws (vehicle brand name Vikram) towards Lakshman Jhula (Rs.10) from Rishikesh station. You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram on the other side of river Ganga. There are many trains from Delhi to Haridwar. Some of the better are: Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, Mussoorie Express. Travel agents in Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula can book train tickets for onward journeys; much easier than going to Rishikesh railway station to buy a ticket. Some may sell you a ticket from Raiwala, a small stop between Rishikesh and Haridwar, but this station, while closer, is tiny and trains only stop for a few seconds - better to board the train at Haridwar.

  • Trains from Rishikesh
    • Rishikesh - Delhi 07:00
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 08:10
    • Rishikesh - Bandikui 14:10
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 14:20 Rs 4/-
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 18:35 Rs 4/-
  • Express:
    • Rishikesh - Jammutawi 16:20

Hemkunt Express(14610) 13:25 2A-1055, 3A-735, SL-270

  • Passenger Trains from Haridwar to Rishikesh, Approx travel time 1hr.
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 05:20
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 10:30
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 17:25

By bus[edit]

From Delhi the city is about 230 km away and is well connected with buses. A bus journey may take about 5-7 hours - depending on the traffic - and costs you about Rs 130-350. An AC Bus will cost about Rs 250-700. In Rishikesh, there are several travel agencies scattered around Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula that can book luxury buses to common destinations like Delhi (Rs 250-700), Jaipur, Pushkar and Varanasi. The right time to visit would be February, March, August-October. In July there is a festival called Saavan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.

Get around[edit]

Auto-rickshaws are useful from the bus/train stations to get to either of the bridges (jhula) and for the southern side of the Ganges. Shared autos (Vikram) ply the Haridwar-Rishikesh main road till Tapovan, and easily flag down from the Rishikesh town to either of the bridges (Rs.5-10). Swargashram is pretty much pedestrian only, but it's compact and walkable (as is the whole of the town). For other autorickshaw journeys you should expect to pay around Rs 15/km.

List of private taxis[edit]

If you're going up into the hills or need a taxi a bit later in the evening.

  • Taxi In Rishikesh, ☎ +91 9997969925, Email- [email protected], website:
  • Taxi in Haridwar, ☎ +91 9557670187.
  • Affordable Taxi Service in Rishikesh, ☎ +91 8218445792.
  • Rishikesh Taxi Services, ☎ +91 9997969925.

See[edit][add listing]

Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhula
  • Triveni Ghat, [6]. This is a bathing ghat. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It is very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.  edit
  • Bharat Mandir [82]
  • Lakshman Jhula [83]
  • Gita Bhavan. Place of Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, (the great thinker of his time) Popular among the Hindu Brahmin Community. Twice a year people gather at this ashram to read the Ramayana together.  edit
  • Swarg Ashram, Shri 108 Baba kali Kamli Wale Swami Atam Prakash Ji. Swargashram ( Heavenly Abode) as the name connotes is a beautiful place situated in picturesque surroundings at the foot of Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh and Laxmanjhula. It is the spiritual “ground zero” of Rishikesh, filled with a concentration of ashrams and temples. The areas is known for its healthy and satwik living environment. It is this spot where from ages of yore the famous Yogis and Rishis have been doing the Tapasya. Numerous mention of this spot occurs in the holy scripture Puranas  edit
  • Parmarth Niketan. One of the few Ashrams left in India where Kids get the Vedas Education. Must Visit in Evening for the Pooja/Aarti. 5PM in Winter and 6PM in summer.  edit
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Mela
  • Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhula. is 13 stories high, with different deities throughout.  edit
  • Music Concert (Veena Maharaja Music School), 20 meter left from Ram Jhula Bridge near police check post, Swargashram, Rishieksh India., 9412029817, [7]. In the Veena Maharaja Music school, the Music Concert is organised every Sunday of the week at 7 PM at night time. In which the professional Indian Classical musicians are invited to entertainment the audiences with the pleasant sound of their lovely and good looking instruments.  edit

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (Beatles ashram) Where the fab four practiced transendental meditation and wrote many songs from the White album. Wander around for a few hours to see amazing mediation domes and rooms, buildings and art work. Entry 600r in the Tiger reserve.

Do[edit][add listing]

Ganges near Rishikesh
  • Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
  • Check into an Ashram to study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
  • White Water Rafting Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). The months from September to December and March to June are considered as the best periods for the ultimate enjoyment of water rafting. The rafting will go on for several kilometres, and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant and dangerous trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time, courses in rafting are also offered.
  • Camping is a recreational activity that does not have any age limit. Any individual who likes to explore new places and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature can embark on a camping voyage. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga beach offer an environment to wake up with the birds cher chew and can swim in the fresh water of the river Ganges. Camping in Rishikesh is a very popular activity. Currently camping is closed in Rishikesh due to COVID-19 crisis. Few campsites are open with the guidelines of Government .
  • Rappelling Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling. The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with proper equipment who setup the gear first and then, one by one, everyone comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions and then it's a lot of fun.
  • Rock Climbing This is something everyone is familiar with, this is also included in some of the camps but not everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group is taken to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given a chance to climb the cliff side.
  • Cliff Jumping You are supposed to jump into freezing water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing which everyone can brag about back home, of course you are wearing a life jacket and a helmet but still to jump from so high into the Ganga which is murky and the bottom can't be seen, it's not like jumping into a swimming pool where one can see the bottom the water is static.
  • Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. They also use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater.
  • Trekking There are a lot of soft treks available around Rishikesh. Some of them take you to beautiful and hidden waterfalls. These beautiful natural wonders are 2-6 kms from Laxman Jhula and are hidden in the nearby forest. One also has the option to trek to Neelkanth Mandir(11 Kms). It is advisable to go in a group than wandering in the wild alone and risking your life.
  • Near By Excursions There are many small excursion/sightseeing tours for half day or one day. Like to Vashishtha cave, Kunjapuri temple (1700Mts), Neer Gaddu Water fall, Mussorie, Haridwar.
  • Astrology services Astrology services Like personal horoscope and palm reading from the renowned astrologer b.p.uniyal are quite popular among the foreign tourists. you will have to provide your personal particulars like date and time of birth,city of birth etc. for the calculations and you can ask your personal queries and suggestions as per your chart. one can also learn astrology here. you can personally book an appointment for a palm reading or horoscope session at "ganga astrology centre" near german bakery, laxman jhula. email [email protected] and phone no is 9897483488. you can also ask for your horoscope to be sent to your email id.
  • Astrology Classes - Indian Palmistry Institute, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh. (Near Pyramid Cafe), [8]. If you are willing to learn astrology or palmistry then contact Dr Gaurav Agrawal at Indian Palmistry Institute. The centre was established back in 2003 and since then the consultation service and classes are conducted.  edit
  • Bungee Jump, (15km ahead of Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Neelkanth road), 7830335577, [9]. You can try bungee jump at Jumpin Heights. It is a unique experience in India, a jump from 83 mtrs just above a natural river and have the time of your life. Bungee for Rs. 3550(excluding Rs 300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back) and Fox Flying for Rs. 1800(excluding Rs 300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back)  edit
  • Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes, Shisham Jhari,Rishikesh (Near Dayanand Ashram), 09411312049. . Have a once in a lifetime experience of making the Australian Didgeridoos, African Djmbes and other musical instruments in the guidance of iconic Mukeshji while he enthrals you with his hilarious stories and takes you along with him in his Himalayan Journeys. A person visiting here finds himself/herself in a selected crowd of music aficionados and extreme adventurers from around the world.  edit
  • Camp Gold Coast rishikesh, Beach no-17 B, Sing Talli- 7 Rishikesh - Deoprayag Highway 800 mtrs from Byasi m Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201, India, +91 9953636000, [10]. Camp Gold is one of the biggest rafting beach camps situated on the banks of river Ganga, is around 26 kms. from Rishikesh and 260 Kms from Delhi. Rafting, Kayaking, Body surfing, trekking, camping are the ajor activities conducted in this camp.  edit
  • Soma Reiki centre, (Near the Swargashram Taxi stand), 0091 98 97 73 26 79 (). run by soma a local reiki master which is in Gita Ashram  edit


It's on offer everywhere, and most styles are represented. Rishikesh considers itself to be the yoga capital of the world. Yoga teacher training is offered in several places.

  • Yoga Study Centre, Ganga Vihar, Haridwar Road, Rishikesh, 249201, [11]. Ganga Vihar, Haridwar Road, Rishikesh, 249201, [13]. The Yoga Study Centre, Ganga Vihar, Haridwar Road, Rishikesh, 249201 Tel. +91 135 2431196. Bramacharya Rudra Dev, a senior Iyengar teacher and Rakesh Batra his one of the senior most deciple, conducts lessons in a rather militaristic style and students need to move quickly to keep up. As with most Indian yoga schools, women should dress modestly. There are classes daily at the centre. Twenty day intensives are held three times a year during February, April and September. The centre is closed from mid-December to mid-January and for March, May and June. The Yoga Study Centre is on the other side of town from the other ashrams, and from where most people stay. A constant stream of Rs3 shared rickshaws move up and down the main road, and many go as far as the centre. Free.  edit
  • Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center (Rishikesh YTTC), Lakshman Jhula, Gulab Nagar, Rishikesh, 249302, +91 975 973 6905 (), [12]. Registered with Yoga Alliance USA - Offers 200, 300 and 500 hour residential yoga teacher training courses and 3, 7 and 15 days yoga retreats in Rishikesh, India. US$ 999.  edit
  • Himalayan Yoga Academy (Yoga Teacher Training and Certification School in Rishikesh), 1 Lakkar Ghat Road, Shyampur, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249404 (Look for big white building with a beautiful garden.), (), [13]. 6am-9pm. Himalayan Yoga Academy is unbeatable at yoga teacher trainings of all levels. HYA offers yoga teacher training programs at two levels that correlate with 200-hours and 300-hours(500-hours) "standards" that certificate pursuers rave about. Himalayan Yoga Academy is registered with Yoga Alliance which enables their students to get registered with the so marketed paid registry which is Yoga Alliance. Course fee at HYA includes meals and accommodation, all extracurricular activities including rafting and trekking, and much much more. Apart from the entertainment, accommodation and food (which is extremely delicious!), for the fee paid, you get tons of knowledge, heaps of experience and loads of skills. HYA is best known for its yoga teacher training and attestation process which is run in 14 stages and contains all kinds of training that a real yoga teacher needs. Frequent Asana Laboratory class is a distinct feature. Free wi-fi is available 24/7. Bandwidth/speed isn't super-duper. It's Rishikesh, after all. Food menu is unbeatable including Indian, "continental", Japanese and Russian cuisine. $240–1,710. (30.0543936,78.2547703) edit
  • Rishikesh Yoga Retreats (RYS 200, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Sri Darshan Cottage, Swargashram, Rishikesh (near Zila Sahkari Bank, Village- Jonk), +918218445792 (), [14]. Offers 100, 200, 300 and 500-hour residential hatha and ashtanga yoga teacher training courses, yoga retreats in Rishikesh, India. Come and Join our short term yoga & ayurveda courses for beginners and meditation and detox retreats throughout the year. US$ 1350.  edit
  • Rishikesh Yog Peeth (RYS 200, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Krishna Cottage, Swargashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant), +919557016661 (), [15]. Offers 200, 300 and 500-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh with additional 100-hours training(course fee includes food and accommodation). Also conducts short term yoga & ayurveda courses and retreats throughout the year. US$ 1400.  edit
  • Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh, Rishikesh Swargashram Ramjhula (on tha way to Parmarthniketan near boat stand), 0091 9997277322 (), [16]. International standard yoga training centre by the Ganges River 1500 usd.  edit
  • Vinyasa Yoga School (A Yoga Alliance certified 200, 300, and 500 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training course), Hotel Qube, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, +91-963-488-2112 (), [17]. 6:30AM to 8:00PM. Highly regarded by local yogis and travelers alike, Vinyasa Yoga School is one of the only places in Rishikesh to study and become certified to teach the style of Vinyasa yoga. They offer 200, 300, and 500 hour courses every month, and the course tuition 4-10 weeks of instruction from a faculty of 6 teachers, a private room and bath (rare amongst yoga schools in the area), 3 meals per day, and Sunday outings with the Vinyasa teachers and students. $1900 USD.  edit
  • Adi Yogpeeth Yoga School in Rishikesh (RYS 200,300,500 Hours - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Near Laxman Jhula Rishikesh, +91-9068183775 (), [18]. "6:30AM. *<do name ="Sri Yoga Peeth" Yes if you are in Rishikesh then you can't miss out on yoga classes. At Sri Yoga Peeth you can take one week, two weeks or one month yoga courses which is known as 200 hundred hour yoga teacher training course. All courses are fully residential and quite intense. Phone: =91-9358549482, url=""  edit
  • Rishikesh Yog Sansthan (Yoga Teacher Training and Certification School in Rishikesh), Swarg Ashram Sri Darshan Cottage, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304, (), [19]. 6am-7pm. phone="+919643670229" Yoga Alliance USA Certified 100 Hour, 200 Hour, 300 Hour, 500 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. The institution name is brought to show the lifestyle of a "Rishi" means saint that is none other than first yogi "Lord Shiva", with the true climatic changes besides river "Ganga (Ganges)". This devotional place makes the environment and people living in it also devotional. This is the true essence of life as the word, "Ishwara Pranidana" according to Patanjali.Join thousands of students from all over the world who have experienced the true meaning of PEACE through our unique and attractive approach to teaching yoga. Whether you are a beginner or advanced in your practice, all yoga practitioners are welcome and encouraged to join this one-month program.* ".  edit
  • Avatar Yoga School (Yoga teacher training, hatha yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation), Ganga Guesthouse, Near Green Hotel, Swargashram, +91-7579153663 (), [20]. 6:30 am - 7:00 pm. Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga teacher training courses, for both beginners and experienced students. Deep yoga practice to facilitate meditation, with Master teachers. Course includes twin-share room w/hot water bathroom, WiFi, 3 meals/day of delicious vegetarian food. $800-$1000 for 4-week course. (30.115978934049583,78.30644934999998) edit
  • Jeevmoksha Yoga School (Yoga teacher training, hatha yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation), Yoga Street Tapovan, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, +91-976-081-6686 (), [21]. 6:30 am - 7:00 pm. Yoga Teacher Training (RYT) courses and Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh & Thailand. Jeevmoksha teacher-training course is Yoga Alliance accredited and Internationally recognized. $1,350 for 4-week course. (30.1310314,78.2902395) edit
  • Ojashvi Yoga Shala (Yoga teacher training, hatha yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation), Gayatri Kunj, Swargashram Area,Near Neelkanth Taxi Stand, Rishikesh, + 91-987-185-8149 (), [22]. 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. Ojashvi Yoga Shala, Recognized with Yoga Alliance USA conducts 200 Hours and 300 Hours Residential Hatha Yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh, India $1,350 for 4-week course. (30.1310314,78.2902395) edit
  • Siddhi Yoga Rishikesh (yoga teacher training in rishikesh), Hotel Moksha, Village Jonk, Near Geeta Ashram Taxi Stand, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh-249192, +91-97797-96232 (), [23]. 8:00AM to 8:00PM. Yoga with 'Siddhi Yoga' is a healing-based therapeutic technique & workout that is based on proper alignment & anatomical awareness & education. AC Room and 3 meals included $1290 USD. (30.119449,78.317420) edit
  • AYM Yoga School (Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India), +917500277709 (), [24]. (RYS 200, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), AYM has the biggest yoga hall in Rishikesh offering 200-hour teacher training (starting 15th of every month), 300 and 500-hour course (course fee starts from USD 1500 including private accommodation and 3 ayurvedic meals a day). Daily drop in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha yoga and meditation classes available.  edit
  • Rishikesh Yog Dham (RYS 200 - Yoga Alliance), Mount View Cottage, Tapovan, +91 9808729791, [25]. A yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance - offers 200-hour residential yoga teacher training programs and yoga courses in Rishikesh. US$ 1200.  edit
  • Osho Gangadham, Jaanaki cottage, Lease No-52, Badrinath road, Brahmpuri, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand (INDIA) (on tha way to Shivpuri,), +919536004911 (), [26]. Osho GangaDham is a place where you can do Meditation, simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over world. You can choose if you want to do something listen Osho Discourses, or attend Daily Meditation Program or just to be. 500-600 INR/day.  edit
  • Abhayaranya (A Yoga Ashram Located in a Self-sustained Yoga Village in the Himalayas), Neelkanth Temple Road (above Patna Waterfall), +91-9557016661 (), [27]. 6:30 am - 9:00 pm. 21 days yoga retreats in India at Abhayaranya - Rishikesh Yogpeeth, a newly built yoga ashram, located in a self sustained yoga village in the Himalayas. $1800.  edit
  • Ved Niketan Ashram, Swatgashram, Ram Jhula, 9890404069 (). Yoga Iyengar general class and 15 days intensive Master One courses by Iyengar yoga certified teacher Yogi Prakash Dabhekar.  edit
  • Instituion for Higher Meditative Consciousness, C14 Ganga Vatika,Phase I,Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh (near Ram Jhula), 0 933 1606 643. Certified Yoga and Meditation classes and Vedic teaching by IHMC.  edit
  • Braham Yoga Rishikesh, Flat number 1 and 2, Ganga Niketan, Swargashram Trust, Rishikesh (120 Meter Left Side of Ram Jhula bridge, Ram Jhula), +91 9897285813, [28]. Managed by Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust ( Central Govt. Of India) Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (ABYMT) is a trust in Rishikesh dedicated to promote Yoga & health awareness for General Public. If you are beginner, an experienced practitioner, an athlete or a yoga instructor, you will find a programme to deepen your yogic practice on your individual journey.  edit
  • Yoga Villa (Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga teacher training), Village Jonk, Swargashram (near Shiva resort Surya palace), +91 1352440144 (). Cosy surroundings with nice garden and roof top.Registered yoga school accredited with Yoga Alliance offers TTC 200 hours instruction, $800 U.S.D Residential retreats includes certificate, books, all training, classes, yoga nidra meditation,tratak, pranayam,anatomy,body alignment and yogic philosophy. Accommodation provided in newly built rooms,organic meals included and excursions organised. For both experienced practitioners or beginners. US$ 1800.  edit
  • The Bodhi Yoga Centre (200 Hour Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh,yoga in rishikesh), Yaduvansi Shiva Hotels 159, Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, India (, +91-9229684734 (), [29]. 6:30 am - 7:00 pm. Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga teacher training courses, for both beginners and experienced students. Deep yoga practice to facilitate meditation, with Master teachers. Course includes twin-share room w/hot water bathroom, WiFi, 3 meals/day of delicious vegetarian food. 1250 USD.  edit
  • Samatva Yogalaya (RYS 200, 300, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Krishna Cottage - II, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant), +919557016661 (), [30]. Yoga Alliance certification & residential hatha yoga teacher training in India with Krishna Sikhwal - ERYT 500. Located in the holy city of Rishikesh (India), Samatva Yogalaya provides 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour affordable yoga teacher training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance, USA. US$ 1500. (30.119251,78.318116) edit
  • Aatm Yogashala (RYS 200, 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course), Rishikesh Swargashram Ramjhula (Jonk Road, Swargashram, Rishikesh Uttarakhand, India), +919997181987 (), [31]. Mision is to make an impact and inspire people to practice yoga around the world. Offers 200 hour yoga teacher training and Hatha yoga courses. Also registered with Yoga Alliance, USA. $1600. (30.120529,78.316456) edit

Take a Music class or meditate to live music.

  • Bhuwan Chandra Music School, Ram Jhula, Swaargashram, near Ram Jhula Bridge, 9412029817 (), [32]. This music school is run by a sitar player Bhuwan Chandra. Travelers can learn sitar, tabla, harmonium, mantra chanting, and improve vocal skills.  edit
  • Shatrughan Mandir (Shatrughan Temple), Muni ki reti (Rishikesh). Shatrughan Temple is one of the oldest temple in rishikesh establised by adi Sanchracharya in 11 century. Its dedicated to lord Shatrughan, brother of Lord Ram. This is the only temple in india dedicated to lord Shatrughan.  edit
  • Kirti Hermitage (near Vashishta cave), Rishikesh Badrinath main road (half an hour drive from Tapovan by a local bus or a cab), 9359650738, [33]. 5pm to 6 pm. nestled on the scenic outskirts of Rishikesh, by the banks of holy Ganga, this is a center for learning authentic healing modalities. You can visit or attend Maa's Satsang from 5 pm to 6 pm each day. free.  edit
  • Internation Yoga and Music festival Rishikesh (Yoga and Music Festival in Rishikesh), 20 metres left form ramjhula swargashram, Rishikesh India (near ram jhula bridge,police check post), 9412029817, [34]. International Yoga and Music Festival is organised every from 1st Nov to 14th November since the year 2008, in Swargshram, Rishikesh, India (also known as the world capital of yoga). Anyone from all over the world can join Yoga and Music festival.  edit
  • Rishikesh Yog Sadhana, Lakshman Jhula (Rishikesh) Pauri Garhwal-249302 India Near Little Buddha Cafe (Behind Hotel Om Shanti ), 919760173404, [35]. Rishikesh Yog Sadhana is one of the best yoga centre at Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh on the bank of holy Ganges river which offers traditional Hatha yoga and Sivananda yoga classes for beignners,intermediate and advanced learners the daily drop-in yoga class includes Asana,Pranayama,Meditation,Mudra and Posture Alignment. 200.  edit
  • Rishikesh 360° View Point, EllBee Ganga View, 355 Haridwar Road, Rishikesh-249201, Rishikesh 249201, India, +91 9997202444/3444/5444. (30.102103,78.292374) edit
  • Rishikul Yogshala, Rishikul Yogshala, Ved Niketan Ashram, Ramjhula, Rishikesh- 249201 India, +91 9410900954 (), [36]. (30.102103,78.292374) edit
  • Gyan Ganga Yogpeeth (Yoga School), Nh 58 Near Balak Natth Temple, Tapovan Sarai Badrinath Highway, Tehri garhwal Rishikesh Uttarakhand, India,, +91 7060329500 (). 850$.  edit
  • Maa Yoga Ashram (Ayurveda & Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh), Tapovan, Badrinath Road, Rishikesh, India, +91-9719237373, [37]. Maa Yoga Ashram offers Ayurveda Retreats, Ayurvedic Treatments, Panchakarma, Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh, India, under the guidance of Yogi Dr. Amrit Raj. The goal of the Ashram is long term happiness that comes from a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit which lead to contentment and a fulfilling Life. It's a peaceful Ashram away from the noise and crowded main road of Rishikesh. It's a very cozy place with amazing Yoga Teachers and very personalized attention. US$ 50 - 3400. (30.132101,78.325505) edit
  • Retreat in Himalayas (Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Himalays and One & Two week Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh), Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India, +91-9759 666 003, [38]. Retreat in Himalayas offers Ayurveda retreats and yoga retreat. You'll get the opportunity to learn yoga and meditation to cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Retreat in the Himalayas offers stress-free retreat programs in Rishikesh. US$ 100 8000. (30.132101,78.325505) edit
  • Samatva Yogalaya (Yoga Teacher Training & Retreats), Jonk Village, Swarg Ashram (Near Gita Ashram Hospital), +919557016661, [39]. Samatva Yogalaya, Rishikesh - Rys 200, 300: Yoga Alliance certification & residential hatha yoga teacher training in India with Krishna Sikhwal - ERYT 500. Located in the holy city of Rishikesh (India), Samatva Yogalaya provides 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour affordable yoga teacher training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance, USA. US$ 1500. (30.119251,78.318116) edit
  • Arogya Yoga School (RYS 200, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Krishna Cottage, Swargashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant), +91-9808823960, [40]. Arogya Yoga School offers residential 100 Hour, 200 Hour, 300 Hour and 500 Hour Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Rishikesh, India affiliated by Rishikesh Yogpeeth and registered with the Yoga Alliance, USA. Arogya Yoga School is dedicated to maintaining the reputable levels of service and education that our students have come to expect from Affiliated Yoga schools. USD$ 1450.  edit
  • Rishikesh Yog Van, Rishikesh Yog Van Shivanand Nagar , Badrinath Road Tapovan, Rishikesh Uttarakhand-249192, India, +91-8475846997, [41]. Rishikesh Yog Van is a registered Yoga School which offers residential teacher training courses (200hrs TTC registered with Yoga Alliance,USA), Beginner's Course , Asana course. The objective of the school is to give quality knowledge whether it is yoga asanas(poses), pranayamas (breathing techniques), philosophy, human anatomy, and physiology, etc. Rishikesh Yog Van is founded by a group of well experienced and dedicated yoga teachers from Rishikesh. The Sanskrit word van means forest in English. Rishikesh Yog Van situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga and surrounded by the Himalayan mountains makes this place suitable for yoga practice. It is located in the village of Tapovan, 4km from the yoga city Rishikesh in the north direction.  edit
  • Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram (RYS 200, 300, 500 - Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - USA), Hotel Surya Palace (Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram), Yoga Village - Jonk, Swargashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India - 249304, +91-8979735058, [42]. Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram located in Hotel Surya Palace, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, India is one of the classical & oldest Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh. This Yoga Ashram organizing Yoga Courses for the last 10 years from short term course to advance levels such as 100 hours, 200 hours, 300 hours, 500 hours. It is well known for its traditional style Hatha Yoga for Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, as well as for Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Iyengar way of alignment. USD$ 1400.  edit
  • Starlim India, Swarg Ashram, +919557016661 (), [43]. 10:00AM to 6:00PM. Yoga courses for beginners, yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in India registered with Yoga Alliance at some of the best yoga schools and ashrams in Rishikesh - Rys 200, Rys 300 & Rys 500. $1400 USD. (30.12236,78.31555,) edit
  • Camp Ganga Vatika : Rafting & Camping in Rishikesh (camp ganga vatika), Camp Ganga Vatika, Badrinath Road, Near Zipline Tour, Shivpuri, Rishikesh (, 9456165262, [44]. 24. Camp Ganga Vatika : Rafting & Camping in Rishikesh is an adventure tour operating company in Rishikesh Uttarakhand and offer various adventure activities like - camping, river rafting, zipline, kayaking, rock climbing etc. Rs 999.  edit

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Non-vegetarian food has been banned in the city for many many years. North and south Indian food is widely available, and there's no shortage of multi-cuisine backpacker cafes, especially in Lakshman Jhula. What excites many foreigners is the delicious Ayurvedic and health food restaurants, perfect for an after-yoga meal. Many of the main lanes are lined with wooden push carts selling in-season fruit, veggies, Popcorn, nuts, warm cookies and lots else, and you'll usually be quoted a fair price. The papayas here are particularly delicious. Try the famous Chotiwali Special / Janata or Delux Thali . Once upon a time it used to be an unlimited affair but now due to practical constraints the quantity is limited and extra helpings are charged. There are several eateries offering jalebis, imartis, samosas, and other Indian snacks. If you haven't heard of these before, you should definitely try them out.

  • Cafe Delmar, Laxman Jhula Paidal Marg, Near Anand Dham, Tapovan (It is situated on the banks of river Ganga, very beautiful view). 09:00-22:30. A very beautiful view and tasty food, gaining popularity from the tourists and include regular customers from Ananda in the Himalayas and many more, based on Beatles Theme, if you are visiting Rishikesh, you don't want to miss this one.  edit
  • Mukti's Health Food , (a few hundred metres west of Shivanand Jhula/Ram Jhula bridge, overlooking the taxi stand/parking lot). A tiny place in a strange location, but very popular and excellent food at very reasonable prices. Homemade green pasta, Indonesian gado-gado, and homemade frozen yogurt, apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert.
  • The Welcome Center, (about a 10-15 minute walk towards Haridwar from the Shivanand Jhula/Ram Jhula bridge), Hidden down off the road (but signposted), this is a little oasis of calm from the busy street. Great Ayurvedic food and teas. They also offer cooking classes, several types of yoga, etc. and sell natural incense, neti pots, yoga mats and the like. If you like the atmosphere, enquire about staying here as well.
  • Shiva-resort, a nice place away from the bustling market of Ram-Jhula towards Neelkanth road in Jonk village a great place to have organic food and you also can stay there in a silent and pleasant place.
  • Chotiwala in Swarg Ashram claims to be the original, and serves up great Indian food including 5 different thalis. Meals starts from Rs. 100.
  • Ganga Ayurvedic Food Place, (out beyond most of the ashrams, just past VED Niketan Ashram). Delicious food, lovingly prepared. One of the cleaner kitchens around, don't be afraid of the good salads. Also great for breakfast.
  • Little Italy, Swarg Ashram, (in the Green Hotel). Good pasta, pizza, etc. Mains from Rs 30.
  • The Office. Has amazing sweet samosas filled with mango, apple, banana and/or chocolate as well as the best Massala Chai in town (some say: in India!)
  • Red Night Restaurant, Open air, river facing restaurant and terrace. 0135- 2440094
  • Moon Dance Cafe, Ramjhula Swargashram Area (near taxi stand), 091-9897270905. 8AM-11PM. Italian, Mexican American, Indian, Tibetan, Nepali, Israeli cuisine with all food prepared with fresh water. Great choice of delicious meals. Be prepared to wait for at least 40 minutes. Affordable prices. 6-120.  edit

in rishikesh near triveni ghat a restaurant named pundit g ka rajasthani restaurant has a very good variety and taste of north indian food.

  • Little Buddha (Fine Nepali Food), Laxman Jhula Rd. (In Laxman Jhula, look for a huge tree in the middle of the Laxman Jhula Road. Th restaurant is exactly against the tree.). 8am-10pm. Little Buddha is one of the best known cafes in town. Here you can get delicious Nepali, Indian, European, Thai food for under 100 Rs. per dish. Three storeys, nice Ganga view. From.  edit
  • German Bakery in Tapovan (The Spinach Pie place), (Just above entrance to Laxman Jhula bridge, Tapovan side). Don't miss their super-popular spinach pie. Come at 10am to get a piece.  edit
  • Ganga View Restaurant (Extra-delicious Nepali and World food in Laxman Jhula), (From Laxman Jhula bridge, go to taxi stand passing the famous bell temples. After taxi stand walk another 20 meters.). 8am-11pm. Probably the best cooks in town, these guys will serve you any food you like. Be prepared to wait 40-90 minutes as the place is extremely popular. 10-200.  edit
  • Flavors, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, India. Very friendly staff... Comfort food when you need it.  edit
  • The Sitting Elephant - A Rooftop Restaurant Overlooking River Ganga, EllBee Ganga View, 355 Haridwar Road, Rishikesh-249201, Rishikesh 249201, India, +91 9997202444/3444/5444. 'The Sitting Elephant' is a one of a kind theme based restaurant of Rishikesh ,which overlooks the 5km stretch of River Ganga. Surrounded by hills on three sides with the holy Ganga flowing through it, the multi-cuisine rooftop restaurant offers a distinctive dining experience for the guests 800-1400.  edit

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  • Sitting around in dhabas and cafes is nearly mandatory here. In addition to the old standards like masala chai and lassis you can find a nice range of Ayurvedic teas. Some restaurants make up their own tonics to treat anything that may be ailing you.
  • Lately two Italian style/Seattle style cafes have popped up. Their main focus is on the coffee.
  • Being a sacred Hindu city consumption of Alcohol is banned by Law in Rishikesh. Alchohol may be bought from in nearby Raiwala, a small cantonment center 10 kms from Rishikesh. Those wishing to visit upscale bars and clubs can visit the state capital Dehradun which is about 40kms aways
  • German Bakery and restaurant is situated at Laxman jhoola is a good place to visit with its high view over rishikesh and laxman jhoola as well as bridge and is a common place for foreigners and vistiors to have a relaxing break.

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Rishikesh is filled almost entirely with budget hotels, with a few mid-range thrown in for good measure. Good hotels can be found in main Rishikesh city however for backpackers Lakshman Jhula is popular spot, while Swarg Ashram is where the majority of the ashrams are located, and is a nice alternative. There's also a handful of accommodation options in High Bank.

It's wise to book ahead in the peak tourist season, and during the Kumbh Mela in neighboring Haridwar.


Hotels in this range start as low as Rs 100.

  • Yoga Villa, village Jonk, Swargashram Ram Jula (Near Moksha hotel (Rajdeep hotel )), 9634947444 (). the very friendly manager Sarvesh Mob -, email -. Pick ups and transport can be provided. Mountain tours also arranged.Quiet surroundings with wi-fi, very clean newly built rooms,hot water,restaurant and own bathroom. Heater can be provided for extra charge. Drop in Yoga and meditation classes, teacher training and retreats also available. All rooms Rs 600-700 , Small garden and beautiful mountain view from rooftop and balcony.  edit
  • Crest Guest House, Opp. Anand Dham, Laxman Jhula, Tapovan, Rishikesh (From Bus Station skip over the rickshaw touts asking 200rs and eventually a rickshaw will be driving by for 10rs that will drop you at the corner of Tapovan + Lakshman Jhula road, head down Lakshman Jhula road 200meters), 0135-2442040, 09536443126. "Newly opened, 3 respectful & laid back 20s men from the Himalayas (with good english), clean, big room, desk, dresser, very comfortable beds, hot water, hospitable owners Guddu, Dharm, & Vinod are always down to share a chai and are easily convinced to share their staff kitchen. This convenient location is close to the main road for a 10rs ride to Ram Jhula and also right at the end of the Jewelers Alley that is an interesting climb straight down to Lakshman Jhula. Much more relaxed than other side of Lakshman (much less honking :), and still plenty of options for Yoga, Organic Cafe/Grocery (Main Road), Meditation, next door to the champion kayak + rafter Vikki, Volunteer/eat organic cafe Ramanas Orphanage." Rs 300(low)-800(high season).  edit
  • radhakrishna guesthouse (Arpit arora), tapovan badrinath road rishikesh (next to hotel aryan), +91-8449300888. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. very clean and comfortable rooms with attached bath.the best place all tourist,away from main road very silent and hygenic place with very cleaned rooms and owner take care of property himself and all guest and is very helpfull you can contact him any time. Rs 400-1200.  edit
  • Ananda Guesthouse, Swargashram (next to Krishna Cottage), +91 9758164982. Clean and comfortable! New rooms with attached bath. Good value for the money and the owner is a great and helpful host. Rs 150-400. (,Anup Owner) edit
  • WildHawk Shivpuri, Shivpuri (Opposite Shivpuri Petrol Pump), +91 9810616140, [45]. On the bank of river ganga, a economical and budgeted beach camp. Rs 1500-1800. (,Ankit Owner) edit
  • Wildhawk Kaudiyala, Kaudiyala (Kaudiyala), +91 9990666420, [46]. Beach camp at kaudiyala, rishikesh. One of the best located camp in rishikesh. Rs 1300-2000. (,kaudiyala Owner) edit
  • the lodge gayatrikunj, swargashram (behind hotel rajdeep), 9897123301, [47]. checkin: any time; checkout: 12 noon. Newly built neat and clean rooms with kitchen facilities in some rooms. Comfortable homely stay.Contact +91-135-2440840. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Service with smile. 250-350. Rooms also available on monthly basis @6000 to 7000 per month..  edit
  • Green Hotel, Swargashram, +91-135-2431242. Is a large, popular place with a good restaurant. Rs 400-1000.  edit
  • Hotel Ganga Ambience, Badrinath Road Tapovan Laxman Jhoola (Opp Ace Glass Factory, 5 minutes walk from Police Check Post Tapovan), +91-9639804545,+91 9639805060 (), [48]. checkin: 12.00; checkout: 12.00. Clean,Comfortable and a safe place to stay. AC and non-AC rooms with attached bathrooms, 24 hrs hot water,free Wi-Fi, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lessons, river rafting and other adventure activities are also available on request.Staffs are very friendly and informative. Rs 400 - 1200.  edit
  • Hotel Ishan, Lakshman Jhula. Decent rooms with Ganga views and balconies. From Rs 200.  edit
  • Hotel Narayana Kunj, Swargashram, +91-135-2440922, 2440822. Rooms- 300 inr 600 inr neet and cleen room good service  edit
  • Jaipur Inn, Laxman Jhula. Nice rooms, some with a view and a good restaurant on the top floor that overlooks both the Laxman Jhula and the Ganges River. Single Rs. 900 - Double Rs. 1000  edit
  • Krishna Cottage, Swargashram (near Chotiwala Restaurant), +91-135-2440193 (), [49]. Room price of US $20 per night includes 3 meals & free wireless internet. Also offers short term yoga and ayurveda courses/retreats(including Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour yoga teacher training) and budget car and taxi rental services from Delhi airport to Rishikesh. $20 US/night.  edit
  • Laxmi Yellow Guest House, Near Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, Badrinath Road Tapovan Laxman Jhoola (10 minutes walk from Police Check Post Tapovan), +91-9760506761, Mr.Jay Kumar (). checkin: 12.00; checkout: 12.00. Brand new guest house with clean and comfortable rooms with attached kitchen,common kitchen and attached bathroom with 24 hours hot water, mountain view, in house salad lounge & cafe. In house reiki and crystal macrame workshops. In house salon for haircut by professional stylist. Yoga lessons, river rafting and other adventure activities are also available on request. The host is very helpful and kind and stays in the same property. Rs 250 - 400.  edit
  • Lucky Hotel, Lakshman Jhula, [50]. checkin: 04.0513; checkout: 05.05.13. 8-room hotel on the banks of the Ganges with a river view. A restaurant serving Indian and Chinese food is under the hotel. Rs 300-1300.  edit
  • Raj Resort (Raj Resort Rishikesh), Badrinath Road Tapovan (5 minute walk from Police Check Post Tapovan), +91 - 135 - 2434165, +91 9412917323 (), [51]. Clean and comfortable ,AC/non-AC rooms with attached bathrooms, hot shower, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lesson, river rafting and other extras are also available. Rs 300 - 1500.  edit
  • Rishikesh Sadan, The Spiritual Retreat Guesthouse (Yoga Teachers Training), Near Laxman Jhula Enclave, Aamkhala, Tapovan, Badrinath Highway, [email protected] (next to Narayana Palace), +91 8126217401,+91 9837293333, [52]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Clean and comfortable valley facing rooms near Spring. Rs. 800 to 1500.  edit
  • Sai Ganga Cottage, Tapovan Badrinath Road Laxman Jhula (Take rickshaw from Rishikesh Market to Sai Ganga Cottage, 10 min from Rishikesh market, very close to Ram Jhula bridge and waterfall), 9997015534 (). checkin: anytime; checkout: 12:00. Family operated, beautiful rooms A/C and Non A/C available, water heater, delectable restaurant, cyber cafe, rafting and trekking packages, bus, air and train ticketing services available. Rs 500-2000.  edit
  • Sarika The sanctuary, Swargashram (next to Shiva Resort), +91-9897270905, +91-8958302149, +91-135-2440157 (), [53]. Reported to be clean and comfortable. Rs 200-300.  edit
  • Shiva Resort, Swargashram, [54]. Open rooms with balconies and garden. Also offers yoga lessons in the morning (7:00AM to 8:30AM ) & evening (5:30PM to 7:00PM), in-house pool, internet cafe, ayurvedic treatments and panchkarma centre. From Rs 450-1000.  edit
  • Nakshatraresort, Rishikesh (Ratta Pani Neelkanth Road Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)), +91 - 9917289990,, [55]. Clean and comfortable rooms with attached bathroom. some rooms have ganga view. free WiFi and open kitchen with water purifier and Refrigerator. Rs 600-800.  edit
  • Hotel Surya Palace (Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, 500), Village Jonk Ramjhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant), 9557016661, [56]. Opened 2010. Wifi. Rooms are big, clean and very comfortable. Also offers yoga teacher training programs registered with Yoga Alliance (USA). US$ 10~15.  edit
  • Tripti Hotel, Tapovan (Laxman Jhula), +91-135-2430212, 9897544408 (), [57]. Rooms Non Ac INR 600. Clean and comfortable.  edit
  • Vashishth Guest House, Swargashram (Near Parmarth Niketan), +91-9675043701, [58]. Clean & safe place to stay with air conditioning, television, water heater, attached bathroom facilities. Rs. 400 - 1200.  edit
  • Yash Paying Guest House, Badrinath Road Tapovan Laxman Jhoola (Behind Baba Balaknath Temple 5 minutes walk from police check post Tapovan), +91-9412146858, Mr.Yash,: +919997887794 (). checkin: 12.00; checkout: 12.00. Clean, comfortable and a safe place to stay. Rooms with attached kitchen and bathrooms, 24h hot water, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, river rafting, trekking, camping and other adventure activities are also available by Himalayan Hikers from the same group. It's family-owned, and the host is very helpful and kind and stays in the same property. Rooms on monthly rental available. Rs 400 -Rs 500.  edit
  • Aadi Badri Guesthouse, Laxman Jhula (On the side of the bridge with the wedding cake temple. If you get dropped off on other side, walk across bridge, turn left down road at Shiva statue. It is down the road 3 minutes on right hand side.). Came into town with some fellow travelers who had heard of Bombay Guesthouse, which has doubles for 200rupees. But they are in pretty bad shape. Just a bit further down the road Aadi Badri had big rooms, clean bathrooms (hot water), and nice family staff for a reasonable price. Rs 300 for double.  edit
  • Funstay, Rishikesh, 9902860849, [59]. Funstay Camp is one the experiential property and is a good quality tents with fixed washrooms, party space, Room services, Food service, car parking and Hot running water. It is just 9 km away from Rishikesh busstop and 50 km from Rishikesh railway station. This stay is near to Rajaji national park with awesome maintenance. Rs 2200 per person per night.  edit

Many ashrams also offer cheap lodging.


There are two Government Tourist Lodges. Their rates range from INR 600 to 2000.

  • Bharat Bhumi in the town.
  • Sisham Jhari on the banks of the Ganges.

Online booking of both these tourist resorts can be done here: [84]

  • '''Hotel Ganga Vatika Boutique Hotel''' (Rishikesh), Ganga Vatika Phase II, C-27, Ram Jhoola, Muni Ki Reti (Near: Omkarananda Ashram), +91-9720167492 / +91-9720167495 (), [60]. A mid range newly constructed hotel. Room are very clean, spacious, european style luxury, modern bedding with balcony, modern bathroom with fittings, amenities, AC, and fee wi-fi in room. a yoga hall provides daily yoga classes, spa and massage center for ayurvedic massage and many treatments, restaurant and travel services, many activities: Yoga Classes and courses, Meditation, excursions, Hindu theology and philosophy. Ganga Vatika boutique Hotel can be found in the most privileged part of Rishikesh, where one can enjoy unique and spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains and the sacred Ganges River. You will find serenity, peacefulness and cleanliness.  edit
  • '''Hotel Yog Vashishth''' (Rishikesh), Swargashram, Ram Jhoola (Near: Vanprastha Ashram), +91-8171456286 / +91-135-2440030, [61]. checkin: 16/2/2014; checkout: 9/3/2014. A mid range newly constructed hotel, preferably for long stay. Room are spacious, luxury, modern bedding with balcony, modern bathroom with fittings, amenities and fee wi-fi in room. Roof top yoga hall provides daily yoga classes, spa and massage center for ayurvedic massage and panchkarma treatment, restaurant and travel services. price.  edit
  • Hotel Brijwasi Palace, Swargashram, Rishikesh (Near Parmath Niketan, 30 sec walking distance from River Ganges), 0091-9319405885 (), [62]. river rafting, camping, trekking, jungle safari, taxi all over india, daily yoga and meditation classes, reikhi, massage, parking facility available. INR 500-2000.  edit
  • Jivan Chakra Foundation, Swargashram, Rishikesh (Near Gita Ashram), 0091-9997783875 (), [63]. Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India by Yoga School Jivan Chakra Foundation offers 100, 200 Hour Yoga TTC in India Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA.  edit
  • Explore Himalaya Resort, Badrinath Road, Village Shivpuri, 91 + 9212514779 (). AC/Non AC rooms with attached bathrooms, hot shower, balcony with mountain view, garden, car parking, restaurant. Yoga lesson, meditation or massage, trekking trips, water sports, river rafting, et al. are available. Rs 2500 - 2800.  edit
  • The Riviera, Shivpuri, Rishkesh, +91 9990234386. Rs 3500-5000.  edit
  • Hotel Ganesha Inn, Laxman Jhula Road, 2442024, [64].  edit
  • Hotel Prasanna Inn, (Near Dayananda Ashra), [65]. Near the river line, in some quiet and serene surroundings. Rooftop yoga.  edit
  • Tapovan Resort, Laxman Jhula. A newer hotel with good rooms and a garden. Also has a decent restaurant. INR 1650-1850.  edit
  • Vna Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Badrinath Road, +91-8449100888 +91-8449300888. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. A Place for quite and luxurious stay,with all the facilities and every thing very near to the hotel.The staff very informative and co-operative.A new hotel with excellent service, rafting, camping, treeking, bungeejumping are arranged.([email protected]) Rs 1000-1200.  edit
  • Rainforest House, Rainforest Chowkie, +91 8006779298, [66]. checkin: 2 pm; checkout: 12 noon. Situated a few km north of Tapovan, very calm, clean and friendly staff. Has a beautiful view of Ganga with access to a beach and a restaurant with a great cook. Rooftop yoga. Rs 3200-4200.  edit


  • Hotel EllBee Ganga View (0135-2436146), 355 Haridwar Road, + 91 8882661577 (), [67]. Situated in the heart of Rishikesh, 'EllBee Ganga View' is one of the best located hotels facing River Ganga. With a panoramic view of the serene hills, overlooking Rajaji National Park and two minutes walk takes you to reach at Holy River Ganga, the location of the hotel captures the true essence of Rishikesh. Rs 4500-12000. (30.102069,78.292366) edit
  • Rishikesh Yoga Club (an Eco holistic resort), Neelkanth Road (cross the Bairaj and drive upwards to neelkanth temple 10km), +91-9876242212, [68]. Rishikesh Yoga Club is a traditional yoga center performing various yoga programs every month. You can experience yoga training here and spread yoga anywhere in the world with a certification  edit
  • Ashtanga Rishikesh, Topovan Laxman Jhula, [69]. Traditional daily Mysore style ashtanga with Louise Ellis. Louise is certified by Sri K Pattbhi Jois.For further information contact [email protected]  edit
  • Association for yoga and meditation, India (Yoga teachers training accredited by International Yoga Federation), Ombasananda Satyanasana Mandir. Laxman Jula. Rishikesh (Near Sant Sewa Ashram), 91-7500277709, [70]. 7 am - 7 pm. Association for yoga and Meditation, India offers yoga courses which are residential as well as non residential for different durations such as 200, 300 and 500 hours which focus asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, kriya, relaxation and meditation along with yogic anatomy and physiology, psychology and teaching methodology. 770$.  edit
  • Mahatma Yoga Ashram, Same side of the river as the German Bakery (Go to the top of the steps by the German Bakery and turn right, walk down the hill and the signs will point the way), [71]. A great little Ashram, newly built. It's far enough from the center of things to be quiet but close enough to still be a part of the scene. The staff are all incredibly kind and will help you to arrange anything from Taxi's to Rafting. 400/night.  edit
  • new bhandari swiss cottage (treditional hatha yoga center), lakshman jhula tapovan (by pass road), 9997923773. 8.30am This yoga school is one of a few authentic yoga schools in Rishikesh. Lead by a reknown yogacharya upendra , it offers drop-in classes as well as yoga courses at different levels: basic, advanced, and teacher levels. Yoga practice in treditional hatha yoga center goes beyond physical exercise offering in-depth understanding of the purpose of practice and involving wide array of advanced mental practic. You can also learn treditional meditation from tradition lineage holde and kunjal kriya , Neti kriya e.t.c  edit
  • Vedangas, geeta bhavan gate no 3,Swargashram Rishikesh (Opposite Geeta Bhavan behind Parmarth Niketan), +917830182277 (), [72]. 200 hrs. registered with Yoga Alliance®USA - RYS 200 and RYS 500. Offers 200 hour and 500 hrs residential hatha yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh (RYT 200 ) for US$1,150 and RYT 500 (course fee includes food and accommodation) and also conducts short term yoga & ayurveda courses and retreats (1~2 weeks) throughout the year USD 1150.  edit
  • Vishwa Shanti Yoga School, Vhisth Guest House Near Vanprasth Rishikesh 249304 India, +918057146497 (), [73]. 200 hrs. registered with Yoga Alliance-USA as RYS 200 and RYS 300. This makes the school eligible to provide international yoga certification course that leads one to become professional yoga instructor. Vishwa Shanti Yoga School Rishikesh is running 200 and 300 hour residential & intensive yoga TTC courses each consequetive months since its inception in March 2015. The 28 days and 35 days yoga instructor certification courses in India by Vishwa Shanti Yoga (Rishikesh India) are designed for beginners to intermediate and advanced level yoga practitioners around the world. Alongside, the school collaborates with Yoga Ashram to run weekly Yoga Retreats and Ayurveda Retreats & Yoga Retreats in (Rishikesh) - these short term packages can be as short as two days and as long as one month or even more depending on your requirement. USD 1400.  edit
  • Vatika The Luxury Camp (best-place-to-stay-in-rishikesh), Village Bijani, Mohan Chatti, Near Bungee Jumping Point (Via Neelkanth Road), 9557670187, [74]. 24. 1- Super Deluxe Camping in Rishikesh Super Deluxe Camps are prevailing amidst budget clients and during this Super Deluxe Camping Package in Rishikesh clients will get pleasure from some additional activities instead of Deluxe package, Well fitted out interior, Attach Washroom, Fen, proper Electricity, Swimming pool. 2- Luxary Camping in Rishikesh Luxury Camps are crowd-pleasing and highly demanded among higher level tourist and during this Luxury Camping Package in Rishikesh clients will get pleasure from some more additional adventure activities instead of Deluxe and Super Deluxe package, Well fitted out interior, Attach Toilet, Fen, Coffee Maker, LCD TV, Proper Electricity, Swimming pool. 3- Super Luxary Camping in Rishikesh Super Luxury Camps are abundantly prominent among terribly higher level clients and during this Super Luxury Camping Package in Rishikesh tourist will get pleasure from all adventure activities instead of other packages, Well fitted out interior, Attach toilet, Fen, Coffee maker, LCD TV, proper Electricity, Swimming pool. Rs. 2500 Per Person.  edit
  • Ganga Beach Resort, Shesdhara, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Road (3 km from Rishikesh & on the right river bank of Ganga), 0135-2442018 (), [75]. Exquisite setting on the Ganges, surrounded by forested hills.  edit
  • Hotel Ganga Kinare (0135-2435243), 237 Virbhadra Road, + 91 8447404441/2/3/5 (), [76]. On the banks of the Ganges, with a private ghat (bank), this boutique hotel overlooks Rajaji National Park. A couple of rolling lawns host morning yoga sessions and spiritual lectures. Various heads of states and celebrities have stayed here. The hotel houses a riverside cafe 'Rangoli' and a multi-cuisine dining lounge. Some years before it used to be the venue of international yoga week also. Rs 3000-6000.  edit
  • Ananda in the Himalayas, The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Tehri - Garhwal, Uttaranchal - 249175, 91-1378-227500 (, fax: 91-1378-227550), [77]. A half an hour drive from Rishikesh in Narendra Nagar. Focuses on yoga and Ayurvedic practices, combined with international spa therapies. It includes the Royal Palace of Narendra Nagar, of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, an Indian princely state, and the restored Viceregal Palace, added to the palace in 1910-11 by the Maharaja for an expected visit of the Viceroy of India. Though the visit never materialized, the edifice remains, and went to accommodate the likes of Lord Mountbatten, a later Viceroy of India. $400 (Rs. 20000) and up.  edit
  • Hotel Grand Tapovan, Village Bhawani, Tehri Garhwal, Shivpuri, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand- 249192, 91-8954482001 (), [78]. Located just 12 kms away from the main city of Rishikesh, one enters a distinct expanse while moving to The Grand Tapovan which is environed with the forested mountains. Here the guest not only gets a feel of fresh air to breathe in but also gets an opportunity to explore the sacredness of the land.The variety of services is even more elaborated by considering the multifarious packages that the resort has brought forward for its guests. $70 (Rs. 4800) and up.  edit
  • Nakshatra Resort, Ratta Pani Neelkanth Road Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)- 249201, +91-9917889990 (), [79]. Nakshatra Resort offers a wide variety of carefully designed, fun-filled adventurous expeditions. Our portfolio of outdoor activities includes Camping, River Rafting, Trekking in the Himalayas, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, etc. $60 (Rs. 3800) and up.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Rishikesh is a safe city with violent crime like mugging, accosting largely unheard of. Tourists however need to be alert about scamsters and con men. All religious cities in India are dens of tricksters who prey on both domestic and international tourists. In the case of domestic tourists they usually try to play on the religious sentiments and trap you into undertaking expensive rituals to supposedly wash away your sins. In the case of foreigners the scam is more about exploiting the desire to see exotic religious stuff. Not all men clad in saffron robes are genuine sadhus [religious gurus], especially those who approach you. No genuine sadhu or religious person will go around soliciting customers.

Beware of the motives of sadhus offering one-on-one tutoring. There is also a gem stone hoax going on in at least one gem store: They ask you to bring the stones to your own country to a "buyer" who doesn't exist.

Watch where you step:After sundown it is pitch dark, so bring a light. Watch out for the sometimes brash food stealing monkeys too. They mostly "operate" on and around the foot bridges, and if you look them in the eyes they become aggressive, but rarely/never attack unless you carry food. Sadhus and police officers carry sticks to keep monkeys and cows/oxen at a distance. The brown monkeys are aggressive; the grey big languors are nicer. They greys sometimes steal food from tourists (not on the bridges), but mostly because their size scares the tourist, they don't bite you over food matters.

Be alert if an ox is on your path: They are mostly harmless, but after dark they are sometimes nervous. Especially on the narrow foot bridges, you should try to read their body language before a close encounter.

Try not getting involved with any local guide, whose offering you services.They are mostly con men.

Get out[edit]

  • Shivpuri is one of the most visited places around Rishikesh, and only 10 km away. It is the hub for many adventure sports like river rafting, camping and trekking.
  • Amritsar - Can be reached by an overnight train or day train from neighboring Haridwar station. Jan Shatabdi Exp [#12053], 14:30 to 22:05 or Lahori Express [#14631], 21:35 - 7:30. Sleeper class is cheap and just as comfortable as 2nd/3rd. Simply without the provided pillow and blanket.
  • Dharamsala - Can be reached by train from Rishikesh station to Pathankot station, followed by a 4hr bus. Take Hemkunt Express [#14609] from Rishikesh station at 16:15 to Pathankot Cantt station arriving 2:15 (AM!) - one can stay in the waiting hall until 6AM or so then transfer to bus from the Pathankot bus stand to Dharamsala, cost 120 Rs.
  • Delhi - Can of course be reached by overnight train from Haridwar or tourist bus booked through a travel agent.

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