White Water Rafting
Apart from its religious significance, Rishikesh is extremely popular as a center of a number of water sports including White Water Rafting. The rafting route covers the distance of several kilometers in the river Ganga. This path comprises the challenges ranging from level 1 to level 5 and the climax of the white water rafting approaches in the end when there is a jump of about 20 feet from a ledge into the water. One can choose not to go for it though. A number of local agencies are set up in Rishikesh that would arrange the rafting for you. Proper training is provided to the tourists and a guide always accompanies us during this risky sport. If you opt for the entire package, it also includes a hazardous trek and camping on the banks of the river at night. The ideal season for White Water Rafting is from September to November and from March to May. White Water Rafting has become one of the most sought after waters sports of Rishikesh and innumerable domestic and foreign tourists experience the exigent venture of it without fail.
Another favorite water sport widely enjoyed at Rishikesh is Kayaking. Kayaks are small boats having a closed cockpit and Kayakers sit in the kayak with their legs extended out in front. A double-bladed paddle is used in kayaking to row the kayak in the moving water. Kayaking can be of different types depending upon the level of danger and challenge it involves. Whitewater kayaking that is indulged in at Rishikesh involves taking the kayak down the rapids, weirs and even waterfalls. Primary training is provided by the agency that is arranging the kayaking for you.
‘Rappelling’ means climbing down a steep rock using the support of a rope. You can also try the adventure of rappelling at Rishikesh. The group accompanied by the experts is taken to a place where there is a cliff drop. The experts set up the gear and go down the cliff first. The adventurers follow the directions given by the guides and using the gear and the rope given to them go down the cliff one by one. Rappelling is all about daring and trusting. The more you venture, the more you will enjoy.
Rock Climbing is the exact opposite of rappelling. It is a very well-liked and one of the most chased after sports in the world. Even though most of the people are familiar with it, not everyone can go for rock climbing as it asks for a lot of physical strength and expertise. At Rishikesh the group of people wishing to venture in rock climbing is taken to the footings of a cliff and with proper equipments and safety gears they are given a chance to climb the precipice. Sometimes the rope is used for the rock climbing and sometimes it is not. Kaudiyala near Rishikesh is a very famous destination for rock climbing and also other water sports and adventures.
The most dangerous and most audacious but at the same time, most exciting and craziest sport enjoyed at Rishikesh is Cliff Jumping. In this activity you are made to jump into the flow of Ganga from a cliff. Although you are wearing a lifejacket and a helmet, you jump from a considerable height and the bottom of the river is not clearly visible. You have no idea what is laid down there for you. Very few people dare to go for cliff jumping as it requires a tremendous amount of courage and guts.
Though less challenging than the aforementioned ventures, trekking also calls for a lot of physical fitness and persistence. One of the most loved excursions is trekking where one can either opt for short and easier treks or take up a tough and demanding climb. As Rishikesh is nested right at the footings of the boundless Himalayas, there are any numbers of trek routes open for the adventure seekers. Undertaking a kind of hazardous walk on the back of Mother Nature and at the same time enjoying its beauty is what a trek is all about. At Rishikesh while crossing dense forests, rivers and rivulets and feral mountain ranges one can also enjoy the vistas of cajoling scenarios, ancient shrines, monasteries, etc on the way. Trekking into Garhwal Himalayas is one of the most pursued adventures here. The trek begins at Thalisain and leads you through the forests rich with pine, deodar, oak trees and diverse fauna. A compact and easier trek is the one at Buwani Neergud which can be done by almost anyone over a weekend. Another noteworthy trek is Roopkund Trek which is positioned at the height of about 520 meters in Trishul Ridge. Some other famous trekking routes of Rishikesh include Devi National Park Trek, Kauri Pass Trek, Kankul Khal Trek and Kalindi Khal Trek. Winter is the best season for trekking.
Camping is a kind of recreational activity that calls for less adventure and offers more fun. There is no age limit and anybody who wants to discover the mysterious wonders of nature and experience oneness with wild can settle on the camping in the forests of Rishikesh. The camping voyages organized here offer you the fantastic opportunity to cherish the prettiness and quietude of untamed nature. Tents are put up the on the banks of the river Ganga and the campers who spend night in those tepees wake up to the natural alarm of the melodious chirping of birds. Early morning bath in the lukewarm waters of the Ganges and swimming in its crystal clear water in the woods deliver you absolutely refreshed and revitalized. Camping happens to be one of the most popular and most sought after activities in Rishikesh.
Bungee Jumping means jumping from an elevated structure such as a building, or bridge, or crane or even from a helicopter or a hot air balloon while being connected to a large elastic cord. It’s all about a free fall and the consequent rebounds due to the elastic cord. To enjoy this thrilling activity of Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh you can contact the local agencies that would arrange it for you. A famous Bungee Jumping spot near Rishikesh is located on Rishikesh Neelkanth Road about 15 kilometers from the city. It involves a jump from 83 meters above a natural river.
Jungle Vibes in Rishikesh is a unique and unparalleled experience that comprises a musical journey into the ethereal forests of the Himalayas. Here you are offered elite opportunity to play some uncommon musical instruments like African Djembe and Australian Didgeridoos and many others while traversing the paths of the romantic Himalayan Jungles.
Rishikesh the home to numerous Yoga centers, Ashrams and Yoga Gurukuls is rightly acclaimed as the ‘World Capital of Yoga’. It is believed that meditating in the holy city Rishikesh is very auspicious and it leads you to the purification of your soul, mental and spiritual peace and growth and the ultimate goal of human life i.e. Moksha. Rishikesh is the proud domicile of a 120 years old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution that strives for the preservation and promotion of ancient Vedic Studies, including Yoga. Today there are a number of Yoga centers where you can book your accommodation and spend some days pursuing the spiritual activities such as Yoga and Meditation. Some of these Yoga centers include: Himalayan Yoga Gurukul, Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh, Ved Niketan Ashram, Instituion for Higher Meditative Consciousness, Yoga Study Centre, etc. It is Yoga that made Rishikesh came into limelight on the world platform. The Beatles had visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram In February 1968 who composed a number of songs here that grew very popular. John Lennon even recorded a song dedicated to Rishikesh: ‘The Happy Rishikesh Song’. Rishikesh is also reckoned for hosting a peculiar annual festival, The International Yoga Week. This is the perfect opportunity for those who are interested in learning Yoga.