By Mountain Monk
Since time immemorial Rishikesh has been gate way to the Himalayas especially to the pilgrims going for Chardham pilgrimages.

In the early days pilgrims use to trek on the trails along the Ganga and its tributaries for their life time pilgrimage to chardham e.g  Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath etc.  one  can also get more details on www.chardhamyatra.in

Rishikesh is now a destination of all the seasons and all the reasons.

Rishikesh is now world famous for adventure activities such as Rafting, Kyakaing, Bunjee Jumps, Sky cycling and much more.

There are many rafting companies based in Tapovan, the new Rishikesh offering all kind of adventures.

To explore Rishikesh one can also rent scooty and bikes from these companies with all kind of services.

Rishikesh is now famous for Eco resorts which are comfortable and new version of river side camps which has been banned by  the NGT ( the National Green Tribunal). These eco resorts are on the banks of Ganga and its tributary on near Rishikesh in places like Shivpuri, Badal, Mohan chatti etc.

One of the best exotic stays in Rishikesh is at High Bank Himalayan retreat which is located 9 kms upriver from Tapovan, Rishikesh . Situated at the base of Himalayan foothills along the Ganga river this eco resort is pure luxury amidst nature .

High Bank Himalayan Retreat
Shivpuri Village Far End
Call us: 09412050478
E mail: hrhighbank@gmail.com
Website www.himalayanretreat.in

In case you like to stay in Rishikesh the best option is to opt for guest houses in Tapovan village, which offers rooms in Eco lodges, home stays and hostels.  Tapovan has easy access to all the main tourist areas which are at easy walking distance.

One of the best areas to opt for is High Bank area on the bye pass road .

High Bank Peasant's Cottage
Email: pchighbank@gmail.com
Call: 09837955578

Rafting in Rishikesh is very popular and there are more than 250 operators operating on Ganga river. While choosing the operator one should be careful and choose licensed rafting company and Guides as well. There are 3 sections of Rafting in Rishikesh

Marine drive to NIM beach – 24 kms- ideal for youth and those who have  done the smaller stretches.

Shivpuri to NIM Beach – 14 KMs - ideal for youth and those who have done the smaller stretches

Brahmpuri to Rishikesh – 9 Kms – ideal for families and beginners.

For More details you can call or write to :

Himalayan  Adventure  Holidays
Himalaya House
Tapovan – Rishikesh
E mail : info@rishikesh      Call: 09837055578 website: www.rishikesh.in

A not to be missed event in Rishikesh,  is the evening Ganga Arti which is organised at many places on the banks of the Ganga. One can witness Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram across the river Ganga ,  Shatrughan Ghat at Ram Jhula and Triveni ghat in the main town area.

Arti at Parmarth is more touristy but Arti at Triveni ghat & Shatrughan Ghat are simpler and more touching.  Arti times are just before sunsets every day throughout the year.

Medical Tourism in Rishikesh is a new dimension of the town…. With the beginning of AIIMS – All india Institute of Medical Sciences  with Medical College and the hospital Rishikesh is emerging on world MAP for medical tourism.  Set up in a beautifual location on the banks of the Ganga it offers wide range of services attracting tourist from all over the world for different type of surgeries and treatments.

Camp & Rafting Package Ac Tent & Cottages Shivpuri (Rishikesh)
High Bank Himalayan Retreat