Rishikesh a city known as “Yoga capital of the world” and Gateway to “Adventure sports” was always on my bucket list from the very beginning and so does yours. I was really excited for this as I want to make most out of this trip. Let’s start our journey.
I have summarised some points about the things to do in Rishikesh. You can read here.
The trip started from Patel Chowk Metro station at 10: p.m. where we took our Overnight bus which we had booked in advance. I know that it was going to be a sleepless night and it turned out to be what I thought because of the excitement. We reached Haridwar at 3: a.m. and majority of passenger’s journey is till Haridwar so they left. We had reached our landmark at 3:50 a.m. in the morning at Rishikesh bus stand.
As soon as we stepped out from our bus, people came and asked for Rafting booking, we booked our slot for 12.pm. and it was slightly a cold night at Rishikesh and our hostel is in Tapovan which is almost 8km from there, and we couldn’t find any auto and the one we found is charging the double rate. So, we decided to walk in the inner city towards our destination. At the very first minute, I got the indication that it was the starting of our Adventurous journey. It was a long early Morning walk in the dark where we could not see not even a single person.
After walking for continuous 1hr we slowly started hearing the bubbling sound of the Ganges river and we are on Laxman Jhula at 5: a.m., the weather is very pleasant, the strong wind is blowing.
We stepped ahead for an amazing view and Laxman jhula to cross. The Dawn is started appearing and soon it was going to be a sunrise.
We passed by Laxman Jhula market and stepped towards Ram Jhula.
These are the spiritual Highlights of Rishikesh, the suspension bridges that connects banks of the ganga at two different places. Here, you can see lots of Foreigners because they are fond of Yoga and meditation, Adventure sports, Ayurveda etc.
After a Mesmerizing Morning visit, it’s time to step ahead to our Hostel Moustache, I think majority of you didn’t heard about the Moustache Franchisee.
I am writing a separate Para for this because I simply loved that hostel and wanted most of the people who read will visit at least once or stay. The Rishikesh Hostel Moustache is in Tapovan. These are more inclined and preferred from youth specially. We had our much-needed rest and went for breakfast.
If you like to interact with new people and with the ones from across so many countries with an amazing and electrifying Atmosphere, then you must consider this. You can also book from Hostelworld or look for some more Hostels.
I had met people from Germany where they told they love the concept of hostel and they came to India to travel as many places at a budgeted price, also working in India side by side.
I really liked, my first experience with them was in Jaipur and after that every city I go I first see if there’s a Moustache hostel in the city first. These are the Backpackers budgeted hostels which are widely famous in foreign countries and it started growing in India too. They have their roots in Jodhpur, Manali, Varanasi, Rishikesh, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra and is still growing.
Surely , you have to take a look at it.
We had our breakfast at Café Tattv, just nearby to our hostel. You can enjoy the delicious Morning Breakfast here; the top floor location is really beautiful and the variety of food is to look for.
As we have already booked our rafting slot at 12: p.m., so the time have come to raft. Our Rafting had started from Shivpuri and will end at Rishikesh for about 18kms. White Water Rafting is Breathtaking which mostly people’s preference when they visit Rishikesh. It is one of the best Experience you should ever had in terms of Adventure Activity.
We sat in the car and reached our location Shivpuri, we are accompanied by other people mostly foreigners they are from Spain.
As I told you can get to see many foreigners and many of them lives for about a whole month because it is not an expensive place, with kind of budgeted hostels and hotels like I mentioned about Moustache it makes the stay easy.
We have faced Major Rapids the name as follows – Roller Coaster, Golf course and Club House. I forget some names here. While covering some distance you get to see a mini Goa, people are relaxing, having fun. I personally never heard of it but now experienced it.
For Rafting about 3-3.5hrs we reached Laxman Jhula, it feels like can we start again. But it ends there.
Apart from this ,Rafting is temporarily banned until some policies have been framed. But it will surely reopen.
You can always check Here.
Body is aching so its better to take a rest and then explore the night life at Rishikesh.
After a refreshing rest, we stood to go out near Laxman Jhula to see evening Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
Time for Dinner, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at Tip Top, Geeta Bhawan at Ram Jhula main market with a spectacular night view with a Great Quantity and mouthwatering food.
You can enjoy your shopping at Rishikesh main market which is near Triveni Ghat famous for clothes and daily items or can go to Ram Jhula or Laxman Jhula main market, these shops close just early around 8-9p.m.
It’s a tiring first day, second day was left for around the Ganga Ghat, the streets, lanes and self-exploration.
Our Day started with checking out of our hostel. The day will be of roaming to around Holy Ganga River and admiring its beauty, taking sometime for our self and sitting by it to make it more memorable.
You can also opt for Bungee jumping, if you are daring enough. I will do in the next visit to this city.
As well as, if you are looking for some offbeat destinations near Rishikesh like Rudraprayag which is 141kms and Devprayag which is around 74kms would make a Journey even more blissful.
Apart from this you always have an option for Dehradun, Mussoorie, Kanatal to look for.
I hope that this would have somehow helped you, if you are planning for one.
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