‘While Rishikesh may be known as the land of divinity and yoga, it has much more things in the kitty to keep you busy’
Whenever you talk about Rishikesh, the first thing that comes to mind is yoga. Yoga has been part of the culture in Rishikesh for centuries. Rishikesh happens to be the yoga capital of the world and people from all around the world flock here to practice yoga. And there are many practitioners too there who are willing to teach you this exercise and activity. However, Rishikesh, being set in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, has a plethora of adventure activities that one should try their hand at. From bungee jumping and river rafting to safari in Rajaji National Park, there’s no shortage of activities in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh’s proximity to the Himalayan range with the
Ganges owing through it makes it an ideal place to go rafting
Rishikesh’s proximity to the Himalayan range with the Ganges flowing through it makes it an ideal place to go rafting. Catering to every adventure junkie, the season starts post monsoons, with different options available to rafters. If you are new into rafting, try the stretch from Brahmapuri to Rishikesh. Ideal for first timers or those who are afraid of water, this white water rafting is going to be fun for you, sans any breathtaking thrill. For serious rafters, the stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh can be a perfect amalgamation of thrill and pleasure. The rapids of grade-III can make the rafters skip a beat time and again.
Go wild at Camping
Camping in Rishikesh is famous because of the availability of plenty of adventures and tourist places around. Plan a two to three day trip and you can stay in the tents, engage with other travellers and participate in activities like bonfire, river rafting and many more games.
Set in a picturesque valley and surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna Rishikesh makes for an ideal place to go trekking. Perched atop 1330 m, trekking to the Nilkantha Mahadev Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, can be a wonderful experience in itself. You will pass through a mix of flora and dense forests covering a total length of about 14 kms in this trek. If you’re here for a week’s time, Chandrashila Trek can be a great choice. Not for novice trekkers, this six-day trek, located in Chopta- Chandrashila-Deoriatal Trek, is famous worldwide as the winter trek. You will be greeted with snowy peaks peeking right into you as you walk the daunting trail 4000 m above the sea level.
A perfect sport for adventure lovers, bungee jumping offers an exhilarating experience of thrill, fun and courage. Bungee jumping in Rishikesh is an experience not to be missed. The city boasts of the country’s highest bungee, operated by Jumpin Heights at a height of 84m, the experts who pioneered bungee jumping in India. The jumps take place from a cantilever platform constructed on a rocky bluff over a tributary of the Ganges. Located in Mohanchatti, Jumpin Heights is run by ex-Army officers and the jump masters are from New Zealand.
Safari in Rajaji national park
The Rajaji National Park is known for having the highest number of housed elephants and for the famous elephant safari it conducts in the dark premises. The closest entry point to the park from Rishikesh is through the Chilla Range. Besides elephants, the park is also home to the sambar deer, the barking deer and different variety of birds.
Stay options can vary from small to luxury ones, but if you are looking for an adventurous stay amidst the jungle premises, Panambi Resort and Spa can be a great option. Located inside the Rajaji National Park, Panambi Resort & Spa offers a serene atmosphere that promises to give memorable experiences to visitors. River Ganga and Chilla Ganga Canal are at walking distance from the resort. The resort boasts of artistically furnished rooms with personalised balcony, multi cuisine restaurant and a rejuvenating spa. The resort at present has 35 artistically decorated rooms, equipped with all modern amenities.
Words: Provati Dutta