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If you like to explore new places/cities in the mountains, Rishikesh is one of the best mountain places in India that you must visit. The tranquillity of the city and the natural beauty of the place is enough to make your heart melt. And, if you are looking for some adventure, and want to indulge in some adrenaline pumping sports, your heart will jump with joy. From bungee jumping to river rafting, this place has it all. 

If you are visiting Rishikesh for the first time, we have put together a list of 10 things you must do in the city. 

See the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat 

The Ganga is considered as one of the holiest rivers in India and it is revered as a mother. The Aarthi is performed to pay respect to the river and express gratitude. It is a testament to the people’s devotion and love for the Holy Ganges. 

Every evening as the sun goes down, the entire area around the Triveni Ghat lights up with the Aarti lamps or diyas and it is a majestic sight to see. The entire area oozes spiritual vibe and seeing the aarti is one of the most important things to do in Rishikesh; don’t miss it for anything.  

Go Bungee Jumping

How does jumping off from about 84 metres sound to you? Exciting, scary or both? Well, no matter what emotion you feel, you must try bungee jumping in Rishikesh. It is the highest bungee jump in India.

To jump off an edge while suspended to a harness would give you a thrill like no other. However, to bungee jump, you need a certain level of fitness. Pregnant women and people with hypertension are advised to avoid the activity. 

Slay it on the swing

The giant swing is similar to bungee jumping and is often conducted from the same platform. The only difference is unlike bungee jumping, which is a free fall, in the swing, the harness is attached and connected to a fixed point and when you swing, you sway in the air like a pendulum from one end to another. 

The distance covered in the swing is about 1-1.5 kms. It is one of the most popular activities to do in Rishikesh that will surely tickle your adventure bone. 

Try camping on the banks of Ganges

The beautiful natural landscape with snow-clad mountains, the gushing river and the rustic charm of Rishikesh makes it one of the best places in India for camping. The city, which may seem like stuck in a time limbo has a perfect blend of modern and traditional.  

There are plenty of spots where you can camp under the stars and marvel at the sight and the sound of the beautiful surroundings. The experience will surely delight you and make your trip a memorable one.

Ride the waves with river rafting

If you are bitten by an adventure bug, river rafting is one of the must do activities in Rishikesh. Over the past few years, the sport has gained immense popularity in India and particularly in Rishikesh. 

The adrenaline rush you feel as you ride the chilly waves of the Ganges is of different level. After you finish the ride, you can boast of your daredevil act for the rest of your life and feel proud of it. 

Get a taste of the traditional Garhwali food

A trip to any place in India would seem incomplete without getting a taste of the local cuisine. When you are in Rishikesh, you must try the traditional Garhwali food at Chotiwala restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in Rishikesh. 

 The restaurant located on the banks of the Holy Ganges is known to serve the most authentic Garhwali food. Apart from the food being super tasty, every item in the thali is nutritious and healthy. Since the restaurant is popular, there could be a waiting time, so it is better to arrive early before your stomach starts growling for food. 

Discover the cute little cafes

Apart from knowing and learning about the rich cultural history of India, if you are wondering what to do in Rishikesh,you can go on a café exploring spree. There are many cafes here that serve delicious food and beverages. While some of these cafes may be overcrowded, you can discover a few little hidden gems as you take a stroll around the narrow lanes of the city.

Visit the Beatles Ashram

Dedicated to the legendary, English rock back, The Beatles, this ashram is a must-visit in Rishikesh. The band members took several trips to Rishikesh, and many of their songs were created here. Although the ashram is now in an abandoned state, it still has plenty of paintings and memoirs that are a testament to the time the Beatles spent here. 

Flying Fox

It is another form of zip lining that involves sliding from one point to another through a rope while being harnessed. The starting point is at a higher altitude than the end point to allow one to slide through the rope and get momentum. 

 The speed of sliding through the valley or between the cliffs and the majestic view below is reason enough for you to try this sport at least once. It is one of the Rishikesh adventure activities that is suitable for all and it is a lot of fun to participate in. 

Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage

Exploring the whole of Rishikesh can get tiring. And, the best way to relax your muscles and rejuvenate is to pamper yourself with an ayurvedic massage. There are many well-known massage centres here that use many herbal oils to relieve you from all the stress and tension, and perhaps the perfect end to your trip after indulging in all the adventure activities

So, Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World has plenty of things to offer. Pack your bags and get ready to have a fun time exploring the city and indulging in various activities.

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