Things to do
1.1 Outdoor activities
1.4 Temples and monasteries
Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
Chota Char Dham season starts in summer and continues till the end of October. The Chota Char Dham is a Hindu pilgrimage route taking in four holy sites within Uttarakhand: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri (all sources of tributaries of the River Ganga) and Yamunotri (source of the Yamuna River).
Check into an ashram to study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
Get free yoga classes with top yoga teachers of the world's yoga capital and enjoy free concerts of live classical Indian music at the annual free Yoga & Music Festival.
Astrology services like personal horoscopes and palm reading from Dr. Gaurav Agrawal and the astrologer B.P. Uniyal. There is also a centre for learning palmistry called "Indian Palmistry Institute" near Police Station Laxman Jhula. You can book a session or ask for course at +91 9358549482 or by email email@example.com. You will have to provide your personal particulars like date and time of birth, city of birth etc. for the calculations and you can ask your personal queries and suggestions as per your chart. Palm reading costs ₹300 and the full chart horoscope cost around ₹500. You can also learn astrology here. You can book an appointment for a palm reading or horoscope session at Ganga Astrology Centre near German Bakery, Laxman Jhula. email firstname.lastname@example.org and phone no is 9897483488. You can also ask for your horoscope to be sent to your email.
Soma Reiki centre (Near the Swargashram Taxi stand), ☎ +91 98 97 73 26 79, e-mail: email@example.com. Run by soma a local reiki master which is in Gita Ashram
30.12372978.3292771 Maayaa International Healing School (Maayaa Healing), Near Dharam Raj Temple, Laxman Jhulla road, Paurhi, Rishikesh, India (from Laxman Julla towards Dharam Raj Temple), ☎ +919373052179, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-8PM. Maayaa offers sound healing, reiki, chakra healing, numerology, Tarot reading, physic counseling, aromatherapy, Kundalini meditation, dowsing, chakra balancing. Also these residential courses: sound healing teacher training course, meditation teacher training course, aromatherapy course, chakra plus crystal intensive program and yoga & meditation retreats. US$75. (updated Feb 2017)
30.123678.3291912 Divine School of Ayurveda (Dr. Mukesh Sharma and Dr. Vibha Sharma) (Ayurveda clinic), Laxman Jhula Road, Near Dharamraj Temple Below Maestro Galleria, Pauri Garhwal, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand (Reach Dharam Raj Temple on Laxman Jhulla), ☎ +919868980101, e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-7PM. Panchakarma, sound healing, astrology or Jyotishshastra, Ayurveda nutrition, yoga & Ayurveda retreat. US$7.50. (updated Feb 2017)
Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). September–November and March-May are ideal for rafting. The rafting goes for several kilometres, and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant and moderate trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time, courses in rafting are also offered.
Bungee jump (15km ahead of Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Neelkanth road), ☎ +91 7830335577. You can try bungee jump at Jumpin Heights. It is a unique experience in India, a jump from 83 m just above a natural river and have the time of your life. Bungee for ₹2800 (including ₹300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back) and Fox Flying for ₹1800 (including ₹300 transport from Laxman Jhula and back)
[dead link] Camp Gold Coast, Beach no-17 B, Sing Talli- 7 Rishikesh (Deoprayag Highway 800 m from Byasi), ☎ +91 9953636000. Camp Gold, one of the biggest rafting beach camps on the banks of River Ganges, is around 26 km from Rishikesh. Rafting, kayaking, body surfing, trekking, camping are the major activities conducted in this camp.
Camping can be enjoyed by anyone who likes to explore new places and likes the beauty and serenity of nature. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga beach offer an environment to wake up with the birds and swim in the fresh water of the river Ganges. Camping in Rishikesh is a very popular activity. The nearest camp is just across Goa Beach adjacent to Laxman Jhula. Call +91 9410540000
Cliff jumping You are supposed to jump into cold water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing which everyone can brag about back home. Of course you are wearing a life jacket and a helmet but still jumping from so high into the Ganges, which is murky so the bottom can't be seen, unlike jumping into a swimming pool where one can see the bottom and the water is static.
Majestic Tour India, Shivpuri Market, Near Shivpuri Bridge, Badrinath Highway, ☎ +91 9837258258, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices range from ₹1400 for camping and 9 km easy rafting to ₹10,500 for a 3-night "Extreme Rafting Adventure" for corporate groups.
Nearby excursions There are many small excursion/sight seeing tours for half-day or one day. Like to Vashishtha cave, Kunjapuri temple (1700 m), Neer Gaddu Water fall, Mussorie, Haridwar. Guides and taxi can be booked in many travel agencies. For more information or booking you can also call at 9927213649 or 0135-2440111.
Rappelling Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling. The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with proper equipment who set up the gear first and then, one by one, everyone comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions and then it's a lot of fun.
Rock climbing This is also included at some of the camps but not everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group is taken to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given a chance to climb the cliff side.
Team 4 Adventure, Team 4 Adventure House, besides Seema Dental College, ☎ +91 9818995928, e-mail: email@example.com. They give a 3-day course in whitewater kayaking, starting near Rishikesh. ₹12,500 for 03 days basic whitewater kayaking course. (updated Aug 2018)
Trekking There are a lot of soft treks in this region and good bird-watching.
White water rafting. Offering rapids of Grade-I to V, this place has become a quintessential destination for the water rafting mongers. (updated May 2015)
Rishikesh considers itself to be the yoga capital of the world. It's on offer everywhere, and most styles are represented. Yoga teacher training is offered at several places.
30.11894478.3182043 Akshi Yogashala, Swarg Ashram (on Akshi Road, near Hotel Raj Deep Swarg Ashram), ☎ +91 9897654101, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Akshi Yogshala is a certified school and is registered with Yoga Alliance USA, offering free scholarship 200-hour yoga teacher training course. Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama are few of the methods taught in the courses. Learned & certified yoga instructors, Ayurvedic food and other Ayurveda cleansing practising. 200-hour yoga teacher training Rishikesh: US$1350 (private) $1250 (shared). (updated Apr 2018)
Ojashvi Yoga Shala, Gayatri Kunj, ☎ +91 9871858149, e-mail: email@example.com. Ojashvi Yoga Shala is a registered yoga teacher training school with Yoga Alliance USA, engaged in the programmes of yoga teacher training, promotion and coordination of yoga education, in all its aspects. Food & accommodation: US$600. (updated Apr 2015)
Arsha Yoga Dham, Near Geeta Bhavan no. 3 behind Parmarth Niketan Ramjula, ☎ +91 9411394058, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 hours. This school dedicates itself to helping people grow spiritually, mentally and physically with the help of yoga, meditation and pranayama, by way of courses like 200-hour yoga teacher training, 3-day or 7-day retreats, etc. Swami Atamganananda Giri preaches the requirement of yoga in our daily lives. US$1400. (updated Oct 2015)
Ashtanga Rishikesh, Topovan Laxman Jhula, e-mail: email@example.com. Traditional daily Mysore style ashtanga with Louise Ellis. Louise is certified by Sri K Pattbhi Jois.
Association for yoga and meditation, India, Ombasananda Satyanasana Mandir. Laxman Jula (Near Sant Sewa Ashram), ☎ +91 7500277709. 7AM–7PM. Offers yoga courses which are residential as well as non residential for different durations such as 200, 300 and 500 hours which focus asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, kriya, relaxation and meditation along with yogic anatomy and physiology, psychology and teaching methodology. Yoga teacher training here is accredited by the International Yoga Federation. US$770.
Braham Yoga Rishikesh, Flat number 1 and 2, Ganga Niketan, Swargashram Trust (120 m left side of Ram Jhula bridge, Ram Jhula), ☎ +91 9897285813. Managed by Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (Central Govt. of India) Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (ABYMT) is dedicated to promoting Yoga & health awareness for the general public. If you are beginner, an experienced practitioner, an athlete or a yoga instructor, you will find a programme to deepen your yogic practice on your individual journey.
Hatha Yoga School Rishikesh, Near Rani Mandir, ☎ +91 -7017185217, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30AM-7:30PM. Hatha yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance USA offers 100-hour, 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training for US$ 665 to 2425 (course fee includes food and accommodation) and also conducts short-term yoga courses for beginners and retreats through the year. (updated Nov 2016)
30.053878.25594 Himalayan Yoga Academy, Lakkar Ghat, Shyampur, ☎ +91-800-64-46-199, toll-free: +1-888-2-78-10-78, e-mail: email@example.com. 6AM–9PM. Huge training center in the middle of rice paddies. Yoga teacher training all levels, internationally recognized certification; registration with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International also available. The school has many yoga teachers under one roof – Sri Surinder Singh, Yogacharya Ashish Sharma, Yogacharya Kamal Bhatt, Yogacharya Sonu Yadav, Yogacharya Deepak Vandhavan, among others. The school offers residential and non-residential yoga teacher certification courses and intensive yoga courses at various levels. Himalayan Yoga Academy is involved in various charities. The most important, HYA offers training in methodologically-structured programs where student is at the center and learning is continuous, pedagogically. US$240–1,710. (updated Jul 2016)
[dead link] Institution for Higher Meditative Consciousness, C14 Ganga Vatika, Phase I, Muni-ki-Reti (near Ram Jhula), ☎ +91 933 1606 643. Certified yoga and meditation classes and Vedic teaching.
Jivan Chakra Foundation, Ramjhula Road (near Geeta Ashram Swargashram Rishikesh), ☎ +91-9997783875, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hatha yoga teacher training by Yoga School Jivan Chakra Foundation offers 100, 200 Hour Yoga TTC. Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA. USD 1600.
Mahatma Yoga Ashram (same side of the river as the German Bakery; go to the top of the steps by the German Bakery and turn right, walk down the hill and the signs will point the way). A great little Ashram. It's far enough from the center of things to be quiet but close enough to still be a part of the scene. The staff are all incredibly kind and will help you to arrange anything from taxis to rafting.
Meditation School India (Shree Mahesh Heritage), 153/4,Shree Mahesh Heritage, Behind Gayatri Resorts, Badrinath Road, Tapovan., ☎ +91 9760061076, e-mail: email@example.com.
Nada Yoga School, Swargashram (20 m left from Ram Jhula Bridge), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-5PM. Nada Yoga School provides 200-hour yoga teacher training training courses, yoga retreats, nada yoga courses and yoga intensives with team of professioanl yoga teachers, ayurvedic doctors and nad yogis. ₹300/hr.
International Yoga & Music Festival, Akash Ganga, Ganga Lane, Swarg Ashram (from Ram Jhula bridge walk 50 steps to the left), e-mail: email@example.com. Early November. Enjoy yoga classes and Indian classical music at the annual free yoga & music festival. The festival is a public event in Rishikesh hosting yoga teachers from India and some artists. Free/US$990.
Rishikesh Yog Dham, Mount View Cottage, Badrinath Road, Tapovan (near Aryan resorts), ☎ +91 9768689596, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 7AM-8PM. Offers 200-hour yoga teacher training & yoga for beginners. Yoga learners who wish to become certified yoga instructors can apply to get international certification. Also, travellers can join drop-in classes. US$4.
30.11980878.3175865 Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, RYS 300, Krishna Cottage, Swargashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant), ☎ +91 9557016661, e-mail: email@example.com. Yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance. Offers 200, 300 and 500 hour residential hatha yoga teacher training course in India (RYT 200, RYT 500 + additional 100 hr) for US$1,350 to 2850 (course fee includes food and accommodation) and also conducts short term yoga courses for beginners and retreats (1-2 weeks) throughout the year. (updated Apr 2016)
Rishikesh Valley, Neelkanth Temple Road (cross Bairaj and drive towards Neelkanth Temple Road, 10 km), ☎ +91 9756964972. Eco health resort run by naturopath and Ayurveda health consultant, offers rejuvenation therapies thorough a blend of Ayurveda and nature care with healthy food. Calming and relaxing therapies of yoga and passive meditation.
Rishikul Yogshala, Ved Niketan Ashram, Ram Jhula, ☎ +91 9410900954, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rishikul Yogshala is a registered yoga teacher training school that offers 200-hour yoga teacher training, 300-hour yoga teacher training, 500-hour yoga teacher training, Ashtanga yoga teacher training and Hatha yoga teacher training. (updated Feb 2016)
Siddhi Yoga (Siddhi Yoga Rishikesh), Hotel Moksha, Village Jonk, near Geeta Ashram Taxi Stand, Swarg Ashram (Near Ram Jhoola), ☎ +91 97797-98051, e-mail: email@example.com. 7AM–7PM. Siddhi Yoga is a Yoga Alliance USA registered RYS200 and RYS300 School. At Rishikesh it offers multi style with Therapeutic, Vinyasa, Healing, Hatha and Alignment. Starts from ₹85,000. (updated Jun 2015)
Shakti Yoga Peeth, Swarg Ashram, Raam Jhula, ☎ +91 9557895321, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 hours. Offers intensive teacher’s training program through their 200-, 300- and 500-hour training program. The program follows the complete protocol as set by the Yoga Alliance, USA that certifies them to be a yoga teacher. Students are taught Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama and other yoga forms. Food & accommodation: US$1350.
Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh, Rishikesh Swargashram Ram Jhula (on tha way to Parmarthniketan near boat stand), ☎ +91 9997277322, e-mail: email@example.com. International standard yoga training centre by the Ganges River US$1500.
Ved Niketan Ashram, Swatgashram, Ram Jhula, ☎ +91 9890404069, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga Iyengar general class and 15 days intensive Master One courses by Iyengar yoga certified teacher Yogi Prakash Dabhekar.
Vedangas, Hotel Raj palace, geeta bhavan gate no 3, Swargashram, ☎ +91 7830182277, e-mail: email@example.com. Registered with Yoga Alliance USA. Offers 200-hour and 500-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training course (RYT 200) for US$1,150 and RYT 500 (course fee includes food and accommodation) and also conducts short-term yoga & Ayurveda courses and retreats (1~2 weeks) throughout the year.
30.12440878.3308626 Vinyasa Yoga School - RYS 200 (Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India), Hotel Qube, Laxman Jhula, ☎ +91 963-488-2112, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30AM-8PM. One of the only 200-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh. They offer courses every month, and the tuition includes a private room and bath in the Hotel Qube (with free WiFi, hot showers, and a security monitoring system), 3 yogic meals per day, and local sightseeing and adventures. US$1900.
Vishwa Shanti Yoga School, Vashisth Guest House Near Vanprasth Ash Part-2, Sawargashram, ☎ +91 8057146497, e-mail: email@example.com. Provides residential hatha yoga teacher training — 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour — and yoga retreats.
Yoga School India, Omkarananda Bhawan, Laxman Jhoola (Near Balaknath Temple), ☎ +91 9808252230, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 200. Yoga Alliance-approved yoga school for 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training. US$850.
Yoga Study Centre, Ganga Vihar, Haridwar Road, ☎ +91 135 431196. Bramacharya Rudra Dev, a senior Iyengar teacher and Rakesh Batra his disciple, conduct lessons in a rather militaristic style and students need to move quickly to keep up. Many western students appreciate his style and are able to feel the warmth behind his challenging adjustments. Students are a mix of locals and Westerners. Donated mats and blankets are provided though if you are concerned about cleanliness you might want to bring your own. As with most Indian yoga schools, women should dress modestly. There are classes daily at the centre. 20-day intensive courses are held three times a year during February, April and September. The centre is closed from mid-December to mid-January and for March, May and June. The Yoga Study Centre is on the other side of town from the other ashrams, and from where most people stay. A constant stream of ₹3 shared rickshaws move up and down the main road, and many go as far as the centre. Free.
Yoga Teacher Training by Rishikul Yogshala, Yoga Villa,Swargashrama, Ram Jhula, ☎ +91 9410900421. Yoga Alliance-approved yoga school that offers 200 hour yoga teacher training, 300 hour yoga teacher training and 500 hour yoga teacher training as per the guidelines of Yoga Alliance, USA. The courses cover the comprehensive study of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and various other forms of yoga along with the meditation techniques and Ayurveda and Naturopathy. US$1500.
Yoga Vini Rishikesh, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Laxman Jhula. Registered yoga school which provides accommodation and meals. The ashram offers the 200-hour training session in Yoga Teachers Training Certificate (TTC) as per the guidelines of Yoga Alliance Association (YAA). This training includes the awareness, knowledge, tools & techniques of yoga, philosophy and culture of yoga. (updated Feb 2018)
International Yoga & Meditation Society, Avdhoot Ashram, Railway Road, ☎ +91 9466665678, e-mail: email@example.com. International Yoga & Meditation Society (IYMS), is a not-for-profit 50-year-old yoga school on the bank of river Ganges, established by Avdhoot Ji Maharaj and his disciples in 1961. IYMS is a Yoga Alliance-approved Registered Yoga School (RYS) that offers TTC courses on 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga, 200 hours Hatha Yoga and 300 hours Advanced Yoga.
Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School (Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training), Village Ghughtayni, Upper Tapovan (Next to Rishikesh Resort,Off Badrinath Road), ☎ +919958672399, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 7AM to 8PM. Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School is in uphills road of Village Ghughtayni malli Tapovan.Vinyasa Yoga School is specialized for offering 200-hour Ashtanga & Vinyasa yoga teacher training course to global Rishikesh Yoga Vacation travelers. Here you get an expensive accommodation and yoga training with international certification. Most people who visit the Yoga school come with the purpose of becoming a certified yoga teacher. It is also known for giving Vedic yoga & meditation training under the branch of Mantra Yoga & Meditation India & Canada. (updated May 2017)
Divine Yoga Academy (Hari Om Yoga Rishikesh), Tapovan Vatika Resort (Near Laxman Jhula Auto Stand), Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkhand, ☎ +91 8171672711, e-mail: email@example.com. Divine Yoga Academy registered with Yoga Alliance, USA offering 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour yoga teacher training. Also offer yoga training courses for beginners and yoga retreats. (updated Jun 2017)
Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul, Badrinath Highway, Yoga Street Tapovan, ☎ +91-976-081-6686, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 7AM–7PM. Jeevmoksha yoga gurukul offers one month, 200 hour yoga teacher training or 200 hours of intensive hatha yoga teacher training program in compliance with the standards of Yoga Alliance (USA), which has set the guidelines for conducting the yoga teacher training courses through registered yoga schools(RYS) as per its curriculum. US$1400. (updated Nov 2017)
Hari Om Yoga Vidya School, Tavopan, ☎ +91 8171 672711, e-mail: email@example.com. Offers one-month, 200-hour yoga teacher training or 200 hours of intensive hatha yoga teacher training program in compliance with the standards of Yoga Alliance (USA), which has set the guidelines for conducting the yoga teacher training courses through registered yoga schools (RYS) as per its curriculum. US$1190. (updated Dec 2017)
30.2426978.2621897 Chandra Yoga Meditation Ashram, Ganga Bhogpur Malla, Rishikesh - Cheela Dam Road, ☎ +91 8057049232, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registered yoga school under Yoga Alliance, USA, offers yoga teacher training and yoga retreats. (updated Dec 2018)
Bhuwan Chandra Music School & Store, Ram Jhula, Swaargashram, near Ram Jhula Bridge, ☎ +91 9412029817, e-mail: email@example.com. Run by a sitar player Bhuwan Chandra. Travelers can learn and buy sitar, tabla, harmonium, mantra chanting, and improve vocal skills. ₹500/hr.
Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes, Shisham Jhari (near Dayanand Ashram), ☎ +91 9411312049. Make Australian didgeridoos, African djmbes and other musical instruments under the guidance of Mukeshji, while he regales you with his hilarious stories and takes you along with him in his Himalayan journeys.
30.121778.30688 Pankaj Music School, Ganga Vatika, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137 (100m left from Ram Jhula bridge, through Sivananda Memorial Arc), ☎ +91 989 7108154. 9AM-6PM. Extremely proferssional artist Pankaj teaches sitar, harmonium, tabla and bansuri in different styles in a slow-paced, yet intensive way. ₹200/hr. (updated Feb 2018)
Temples and monasteries
Shatrughan Mandir (Shatrughan Temple), Muni ki reti. One of the oldest temples in Rishikesh, established by Adi Sanchracharya in the 11th century. The only temple in India dedicated to lord Shatrughan, brother of Lord Ram.
Sivananda Ashram, Ram Jhula, (on the north side of the Shivanand Jhula bridge). Sivananda Ashram does not offer guest accommodation to tourists, but is highly restrictive in its selection process (see its online guest accommodation application form at www.sivanandaonline.org). Sivananda Ashram is a highly-reputed monastic institution designed to perpetuate the spiritual teachings of its illustrious founder, Swami Sivananda, who in the last century sent his disciples all over the world to propagate the ancient tenets of Vedic philosophy. Sivananda Ashram has an outstanding library of spiritual and philosophical works in almost every language; its own press; four main temples in which pujas are performed several times a day; a charitable hospital and a home for the destitute and distressed; daily silent meditation from 5-6am, and evening satsang. Almost all religious festivals are celebrated and most programs are open to the public.