Rishikesh is one of India’s holy cities, known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, and offering spiritual seekers a place to relax, unwind and explore their inner and outer world. Set in the green foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a mountainous region located 1,220ft above sea level in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand.
Here nature meets religion and Rishikesh is one of India’s most highly regarded pilgrimage places with millions of Hindus visiting every year to worship, meditate, bathe in the holy river Ganges, take part in festivals, or just explore. Known as the gateway to the mystical Himalayas and the Chardham Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, Rishikesh is the first step on the most important pilgrimage trail in Hinduism.
In addition, Rishikesh is a vastly popular place for foreign travellers to visit with many coming to take their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification here, visit for the International Yoga Festival in March or just soak up the spiritual energy.
There’s also plenty of adventure around every corner with white water rafting a popular activity, camping, kayaking and even bungee jumping, as well as treks to Kunjapuri temple, Neelkanth and some of Uttarakhand’s prettiest villages to enjoy.
With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to find the best place to stay in Rishikesh. Here we’ve explained the main areas so you can decide where to stay in Rishikesh…