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How to Spend 3 Days in Rishikesh

How to Spend 3 Days in Rishikesh

With three days in Rishikesh, you’ll have plenty of time to hit up the highlights, from the temples and ashrams along the banks of the Ganges River to the jungles on the outskirts of town. You’ll even have time to get active, whether it’s practicing yoga, white-water rafting, or learning to cook Indian fare. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: City of Seekers

Spend your first day exploring the spiritual side of Rishikesh. Start your day with a yoga class, then visit the former ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, known locally as the Beatles Ashram as the Fab Four once stayed here. Now open to the public, the ashram can easily be visited independently or as part of a tour (going with a guide is a good idea if you want to learn more about the space, as there’s not much in terms of signposting). Next, book a taxi or tour to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, on the outskirts of town, then return to Rishikesh before sunset to attend the evening aarti (prayer) ceremonies on the banks of the Ganges River.

Day 2: Water Adventures

Spend your second day enjoying the outdoors in Rishikesh: go ziplining, plan a multi-day trek, or do what the area is best-known for: white-water rafting on the Ganges River. Other area highlights include Neer Waterfalls, in the forest just outside of the city. A short trek will get you right to the falls, which have a pool popular for wading and cooling off. In the evening, head back to town for dinner; choose one of the many restaurants in town, or join a food walk to immerse yourself in the local culinary scene.

Day 3: Welcome to the Jungle

Not far from Rishikesh is Rajaji National Park, a quiet, well-maintained park that's home to boars, deer, peacocks (India's national bird), and elephants, though it's best-known as one of the few places in the state of Uttarakhand where you might spot a tiger in the wild. On your final day, grab your camera and take a jungle safari with a local guide who can help you spot wildlife. Back in Rishikesh, finish your day with a bit more yoga, some souvenir shopping, or, for a particularly memorable experience, a cooking class, where you'll get the chance to make (and eat) vegetarian Indian mainstays.

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Guided Food Walking Tour in Rishikesh with a local - Best of Culture & History

Guided Food Walking Tour in Rishikesh with a local - Best of Culture & History

Get ready to taste the authentic best local food of Rishikesh and feast your taste buds. Rishikesh is a place for foodies and known for its enriching food, eating outside is a popular culture here and a visit to Rishikesh is incomlete without trying this finger licious food. To make the experience unique, all the places on this food walk are assessed for quality by Yo Tours, ensuring you don't get a delhi belly. We have designed this amazing experience for you with an intention to take you to these places for food tasting, so that you can also cherish this food, feast your taste buds and have a fabulous and lasting impression. You will taste more than 7 mouth watering and authentic delicacies of Rishikesh  on this food tour, if you are a food lover and enjoy experiencing different kind of foods, then you should not miss this walking tour.
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Experience Spiritual Culture in Rishikesh with a local - A Unique Walking Tour

Experience Spiritual Culture in Rishikesh with a local - A Unique Walking Tour

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Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a popular stop on India’s spiritual traveler trail—but exploring solo means you may miss the religious significance behind the temples and ashrams. On this tour, explore with your guide and see corners of Rishikesh many visitors miss. Explore the spiritual side of your character in this most peaceful mountain setting, and gain insight into ancient Yogic techniques still practised today.
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Ganga Aarti - Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti - Rishikesh

Experience a 4-hour private visit to the Hindu custom known as “Aarti”, performed at dusk close to the banks of River Ganges in Rishikesh. Appreciate the sound of the surging stream and songs being sung by gurus and disciples, notice the incense, see the twinkling lights, and look as the participants sway in unison. After the custom, have a great vegetarian Indian dinner in a neighborhood eatery before being dropped-off at your lodging. Highlights: • Traditional Hindu ritual • Dinner included (Vegetarian)  • Local guide
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