There are some wonderful excursions tours that you can enjoy during your holidays in Rishikesh. The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has numerous travel destinations. You can easily plan to visit some of these destinations from the town of Rishikesh. Visiting the nearby places gives you an opportunity to know Uttarakhand closely.
No matter whether you are an adventure freak, a spiritually inclined person, a wildlife lover or a traveller that wishes to visit some of the most scenic locations, Rishikesh provides excellent excursion tour opportunities for all. Popular tourist destinations located near Rishikesh are as follows.
Located at a short distance of just around 20 kilometres by road, Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrim spots in India. The name of the town itself means gateway to god in Sanskrit.
Hardwar has been a typical place to start a pilgrim’s journey in order to reach Mount Kailash, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva and Badrinath which has a temple of Lord Vishnu and is one among the ‘char dhams’ pilgrimage of the Hindus . In ancient times, the town was also referred to as Gangadwara, the place where the Ganges descends to the plains.
Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India, bejewelled-like a glittering jewel in the lower Himalayan mountain ranges. The city is perched at an elevation of 435 metres and is currently enjoying its stature as the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is the gateway to the famous hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage spots of Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Doon has earned the epithet of being revered as the 'Educational Hub of Uttarakhand' as it is a home to several prestigious educational institutions including the Doon School, Welham School for girls, Welham Schools for boys and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The city also boasts some of the renowned national organizations such as the Indian Military Academy, The ONGC, Survey of India, the Forest Research Institute and many more.
Tucked away at an elevation of around 1,676 m, Chamba lies in the Tehri district of the state of Uttarakhand. The region has come into limelight owing to its unpolluted beauty and tranquility that it offers to tourists. Dense deodar and pine forests surround Chamba from all sides, making it a tourist destination of exquisite beauty.
The village lifestyle and culture of the people living in small villages around Chamba is also of much interest to travelers. From Rishikesh, tourists can reach Chamba easily by undertaking a 2 hours road journey. Tourist bungalows are also available at Chamba for accommodation purpose.
It is a rafter's paradise. If you are a river rafting enthusiast, Shivpuri offers you some of the most thrilling adventure opportunities. The stretch of River Ganges here has multiple excellent rapids, categorized from Grade I to Grade V. Whether you are a first-timer, a non-swimmer or a seasoned adrenaline junkie, there are opportunities for all abilities.
Camping at Shivpuri has also its own unique taste. Starting from Shivpuri, you can choose to raft along popular Ganges rapids including Three Blind Mice, Sweet Sixteen, Cross Fire, Roller Coaster, Golf Course etc.
The state of Uttarakhand welcomes tourists of all backgrounds and tastes. If you are a wildlife lover holidaying in Rishikesh, you can also plan to visit Chilla, where the popular Rajaji National Park is located. Spread over an area of 820.42 sq km, the national park shelters around 23 mammalian species and 315 avian species.
Popular wildlife species to watch here include elephant, tiger, panther, wild cat, bear, wild boar, sambar, python, monitor lizard, king cobra etc.
The temple has the distinction of being counted among the 52 shaktipeeths (sacred places of cosmic power). The temple stands on top of a hill. To reach the temple from the foot of the hill, tourists and devotees need to climb up a flight of 80 steps.
From upon the hillock, where the temple is located, tourists can also afford eye-catching views of the Garhwal Himalayan peaks including Banderpunch, Chaukhamba and Swarga Rohini among others.
Over the past few years, Narendranagar has gained much popularity as a small hill station in Uttarakhand. If you are a spa lover, you can not afford to miss a visit to this place. It has become popular, as it is where the world renowned spa resort 'Ananda in the Himalayas' is located.
World class yoga and alternative therapeutic treatment is offered at the spa. The galvanizing environment of the Himalayas (Shivalik ranges) and the eye-catching views of the Ganges contribute much to the picturesque location of the spa resort. Being the one-time capital of the former state of Tehri, Narendranagar is also home to many palaces of the former King Narendra Shah.
Kaudiyala is considered to be one of the most visited view-points in Rishikesh. Located at around 36 kilometres from rishikesh towards Dev prayag and 380 meters above sea level, Kaudiyala is famous for offering its visitors the adventure sport of white water rafting and is one of the premier locations in the country for this sport. Dense hill forests surround the region and the place is also a habitat for many wild species of flora and fauna.
The town is not only rich with the Hindu cultural heritage and its various pilgrim spots, but is also situated at a picturesque location which makes its visitors feel close to nature. Making a list of just 10 places is a tough task but in case any of you think we have missed a ‘must visit’.