If you didn’t have time to read the detailed post on my Rishikesh trip, then here is a short and to-do-point compilation of things to do in Rishikesh. The city is also known as Yoga Capital of the World, and Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas.
#1 Ganga Bath
Out of many fancy activities one can pull in the Devbhumi (a.k.a. Rishikesh), the top, very natural, and the best experience to have is by waking up earlier in the morning, and have a bath in the holy river.
The water is not that cold when I paddled in, but the chilling breeze made me shiver for about five-six minutes. The experience was simply awesome, and probably, the best way to start a day in Rishikesh.
#2 Change your look
You don’t have to get a new haircut or visit a fancy saloon. Just buy a Kurta and Pyjama or a similar apparel from any shop in the market area, and get yourself into the holy look. I saw, almost, every foreigner following the trend, and I and my fellow traveller also joined in.
Due to my different appearance, I was treated like a foreigner, the moment I put on that Kurta. See it for yourself.
#3 Take a Walk
The place is quite! You can even hear voices of small insects (Jheengar), and can even get yourself into a competition of counting each and every star visible in the sky. It’s the best time to take a walk around the streets and then onto the shores of the river.
The market closes before 9PM and there is hardly anyone on the street afterward. So, you can have that alone time then!
#4 River rafting
If your plan was to get into some adventure, river rafting is one of the options in Rishikesh. There are dozens of shopkeepers, offering their expertness in the water adventurous sport and you should give it a try.
It will be a memorable day of your life.
#5 Bungee Jumping
To get Bungee Jumping off your adventures list, Rishikesh is a possible spot. If you’ve heard this term for the first time, then I’ll recommend you to either Google it, or watch a related video on YouTube.
#6 Be part of the Holy Culture
The prime reason why Rishikesh attracts so many foreigners is because of Yoga. Mainly they are looking for peace of mind, which can be achieved by becoming part of the culture over there.
I saw a lot of foreigners participating in the Ganga Aarti, and they were even present during late night Bhajan shows. If you’re interested in any of these, then the Devbhumi will have a lot of opportunities for you.
#7 Read Books
Almost every cafeteria or restaurant or Yoga stations have books available. You can just pick any as per the liking and give it a read. If that hits your interest then go ahead and complete it. Couples of bookstores are also on the streets.
Which one do you think sounds the number one among these?