Rishikesh may have been one of the most preferred destinations for spiritual retreats for decades, but thrill seekers in India swear by this city to get a taste of real adventure. White river rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, ziplining, Rishikesh has its plate full to treat adventure aficionados.
Ziplining above the holy Ganga
You may have flown over the valleys, forts, hill ranges, and forests, now let’s soar high across the holy Ganga River. Drive down 15 minutes to Shivpuri village in Rishikesh at Snow Leopard Adventures Camp Panther where you will experience an unmatchable ziplining tour. Flying Fox’s Rishikesh zip tour comprises two amazing ziplines totalling 750m in length. It takes about an hour for the whole action to complete, including safety instructions, practice, and short trek.
While you slide 200 feet high with the support of strong steel ziplines, the incredible views beneath of Himalayan peaks, alpine meadows, green trees, the gigantic Ganga, and the tiny rafts as seen from above, will leave you spell-bound.
Things to do in Rishikesh
Situated in the southwestern part of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is the right place to be if you want a blend of spirituality and adventure. People flocked to this tranquil city to cleanse their soul by taking a holy dip in Ganga. Here, you will have numerous things to do that will help leave behind your emotional and mental baggage.
Go temple-hopping in the Land of Gods Rishikesh that houses several ancient temples. Some of the popular religious attractions are the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Bharat Mandir, Ram Jhula, and Lakshman Jhula, iron suspension bridges across the river Ganga.
Ashrams and Yoga centres
Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World, has several ashrams. Tourists come to these ashrams to study yoga, meditation, learn the art of wellness, and Hindu philosophy. Even Beatles could not resist from the inviting serenity of Rishikesh, and visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram aka Beatles Ashram in the 60s. Parmarth Niketan, Sanskriti Yogpeeth, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Vashishta Gufa, and Yog Niketan are popular yoga centres. Annual International Yoga week is also held here on the banks of the holy Ganga.
More Adventures, more Fun
Living up to its image of being the Adventure Capital of India, Rishikesh hosts a number of adventure sports round the year. Indulge in several adrenaline-high activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, swing, waterfall trekking, night camping, cliff jumping, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and body surfing.
Aartis at Ghats
The sight of evening aartis at the ghats will remain etched in the memory forever. Thousands thronged the ghats to catch this holy ritual where the chanting of prayers, the ringing bells, and the lamps floating on the river set up a spiritual ambience. Triveni Ghat and Parmarth Ghat are well known for their aartis.
Rishikesh bazaars are a delight for shoppers and there’s nothing you wouldn’t find in these cramped lanes of Rishikesh. Handicraft items, beautiful wall paintings, clothings, bags, spiritual books, rugs, gemstones, idols of deities, Puja items and some street style clothes as well! Disappointment will be the last thing you’ll experience once you explore the hidden delights of Rishikesh and more so with Flying Fox.