1. RIVER RAFTING
Rishikesh and river rafting complement each other in such a way that today one word cannot be thought without the other. Your trip is incomplete if you don’t try your hands at river rafting in Rishikesh. It, in fact, is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. If you’re an adventure-junkie, then this Rishikesh tour package is crafted just for you!
Best time for river rafting in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time for river rafting in
Rishikesh, except monsoon. October to June is the ideal time to try river rafting in Rishikesh (except Jan). Needless to say, river rafting is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh, India.
Grade levels for rafting in Rishikesh:
- Basic (Grade I & II), Standard (Grade III) and Expert (Grade IV)
- Rishikesh river rafting stretch: Kaudiyala to Lakshman Jhula (36 km)- with 13 major rapids
River rafting routes:
- Kaudiyala- Marine Drive (10 km with grade III & IV)
- Marine Drive- Shivpuri (11 km with grade II & III)
- Shivpuri-Brahmpuri (11 km with grade I & II)
- Brahmpuri-Lakshman Jhula (9 km with grade I)
Rafting charges in Rishikesh:
- ₹ 400-1300. (Charges for river rafting in Rishikesh gets cheaper in packages)
2. BUNGEE JUMPING
An adrenaline junkie’s fuel as we can also call it, Bungee Jumping is yet another of fun things to do in Rishikesh with friends. Feel your heart pound as you kiss gravity losing yourself in the air from a height of more than 80 meters above the ground.
Where to do bungee jumping in Rishikesh: Jumping Heights, Mohanchatti
Age limit: Minimum 12 years
Weight requirement for bungee jumping in Rishikesh: 35-110 kg
Timings: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
3. CAMPING AND BORNEFIRE
When the rapid pace of city life takes away the peace away there are serene hideouts to get yourself together, camping in Rishikesh being one of those. As the Ganges flow right beside you, and stars start to twinkle above you, you can grab your guitar and hum a tune you love. The flicker of bonfire will further keep you company.
Best time for camping in Rishikesh: The best time is from February to May and September to November
4. FLYING FOX
With a harness tied to you, you roll down with the wire up to 7 meters from the ground at the speed of about 160 km/hr, and then go back up. Usually flying fox in Rishikesh is done by 3 people together, but if someone wishes to do it alone it is possible by paying extra charges. It is, without a doubt, among the top things to do in Rishikesh with your travel buddies.
Minimum age requirement: Minimum 12 years
Weight requirement: 20-130 kg
Charges for flying fox in Rishikesh: ₹ 1199-1399
Where to try flying fox in Rishikesh: Shivpuri
5. CLIFF JUMPING
As Rishikesh falls in Shivalik region there are cliffs with varied heights, cliffs that are embraced by holy Ganges, this geographical phenomenon led to the introduction of cliff jumping in Rishikesh. Like many other adventure sports in Rishikesh, this too can be done by beginners as well as experts as they like. But all in all, you’ll find that it is actually one of the most adventurous things to do in Rishikesh.
Average height of cliffs: 20 feet (10 feet if the water level rises)
Where to do cliff jumping in Rishikesh: 2 km before Lakshman Jhula from Brahmapuri
There’s a whole treasure trove for trekking-enthusiasts in and around Rishikesh. From easy to expert level, trekking in Rishikesh is meant for everyone. One can opt for easy waterfall trek and enjoy around the glistening waterfall. Trekking through the jungles and nature trails of Rishikesh is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, as compared to other places in Northern India.
Best time for trekking in Rishikesh: Anytime is the best time! Try to avoid in monsoon season.
Best trekking route in Rishikesh: Waterfall trek, Kunjapuri Trek and Neelkanth Mahadev Trek
Trekking difficulty level in Rishikesh: Beginner to expert.
7. YOGA AND MEDITATION
For many, Rishikesh means adventure sports, but Yoga and meditation are the inseparable soul of this city. One can find numerous Yoga and meditation centres in Rishikesh. Just walk in and embrace the tranquility inside you. This is hands down the best way to rejuvenate yourself in Rishikesh.Best ashrams in Rishikesh for yoga and meditation: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sivananda Ashram and Shree Mahesh Heritage School are among the top Rishikesh ashrams.
8. WILDLIFE SIGHTING
Venture into the home of the Asiatic Elephants and the Bengal Tigers for a day amid the wilderness of Uttarakhand that you’ll surely cherish forever. Taking a jeep safari through the wild terrain of Rajaji National Park is one of the most adventurous things to do in Rishikesh where you can have an up close and personal encounter with the extensive array of flora and fauna. Book yourself a guided jeep safari tour inside the park at once and set off on your expedition to sight Nilgai, Leopards, Indian Hare, Jungle Cats, Indian Sloth, and more.
Timings: 7 AM – 5:30 PM
Per person entry fee: INR 150 (Indians) | INR 600 (Foreigners) | INR 300 (Guided tour)
9. RAPPELLING AND ROCK CLIMBING
Yet another delight for all the adventure junkies, rappelling and rock climbing in Rishikesh is surely something that shouldn’t be missed. It’ll be a true test of your strength and will power unlike other activities in Rishikesh. And to top it all up, it can be done by beginners as well. Both of these activities can be considered amongst the most amazing things to do in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
10. GIANT SWING
This activity is similar to and as thrilling as bungee jumping. As the name suggests, a quite adventurous swinging is involved in this particular outdoor activity. Clinged to a rope, the person is made to swing between the two extremes of the cliff. While you’ll be swinging up there, you’ll be able to see the lush-green mountainous landscapes of Rishikes in all their glory!
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (closed on Tuesdays)