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How to Spend 2 Days in Rishikesh

How to Spend 2 Days in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is known for its ashrams, temples, and yoga, but it also offers some of North India's best outdoor activities. With two days in town, you'll be able to experience the best of Rishikesh's spiritual side and its outdoor adventures, too. Here's how.

Day 1: Spiritual Highlights

Morning: Start your morning off with a yoga class (this is the yoga capital of the world, after all). Afterward, grab breakfast and make your way over to the old Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram, known locally as the Beatles Ashram, in honor of its most famous guests.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, take a trip out to the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple on the outskirts of town. You’ll need to take a taxi to get here, and tours with guides are available—never a bad idea if you want to learn about the spiritual significance of the place and avoid any faux pas.

Night: When night begins to fall, head over to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the eastern banks of the Ganges for the evening aarti (prayer) ceremonies, which involve beautiful ritual singing and fire offerings. As with the Mahadev Temple, you’ll get the most out of your experience by going with a guide, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with local spiritual practices.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure

Morning: Rishikesh has long been known as a whitewater-rafting hot spot, and taking a trip down the rapids of the Ganges River is a highlight for many guests. Just make sure to prebook as this experience is popular, and people from all over India come to Rishikesh specifically to raft.

Afternoon: Don't bother drying off after your raft trip; instead, head up to the beautiful Neer Waterfalls, set in the forest a short drive from Rishikesh. Accessible via a short hike, this waterfall is a great place to cool off, with cascading water leading into a shallow pool. Guided tours often include visits with locals in nearby Neer Village.

Night: In the evening, head back to your hotel to clean up before making your way back out for dinner. There are all sorts of great spots to eat in this vegetarian city, from hippie backpacker cafés to the famous Indian fare at Chotiwala. Consider joining a food tour if you want to try as many local treats as possible.

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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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Half Day Rafting in Rishikesh

Half Day Rafting in Rishikesh

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Take a half-day white-water rafting trip on the Ganges River with this four-hour excursion from Rishikesh. This trip is suitable for beginners and experienced rafters alike and is led by an experienced rafting guide. You can expect a mix of exhilarating rapids and calmer areas, with the chance to stop for a swim along the way.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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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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  • 4 hours
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Neer Waterfalls + village Hike near Rishikesh

Neer Waterfalls + village Hike near Rishikesh

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Neer Gaddu Waterfall is a famous waterfall located near a small trek. The natural rocky cliffs from which the water flows temptNeergaddu waterfall is a wonderful spot, with two bridges and a few resting stops. It's particularly beautiful because of the different species of butterflies that flutter around the wildflowers. You can buy water, soft drinks, noodles, and tea at the small shops there. To get to Neergaddu waterfall, it's a mix of ascent treks and trails along the bank of the Ganges. After enjoying the crystal clear waterfalls, you climb up more to visit a village and see the local lifestyle and Himalayan culture. You also have the opportunity to talk to the locals, have tea with them, and then head back to Rishikesh.
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The Beatles Ashram- Guided Historical Walks

The Beatles Ashram- Guided Historical Walks

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Explore the main highlights of Rishikesh on this guided half-day tour. The itinerary focuses on the most popular sights including the Beatles ashram, which is dedicated to the band and Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who taught them transcendental meditation there. Also, visit many of the city’s other Hindu temples and ashrams. Plus, see the rudraksha trees, which produce seeds that are typically used as prayer beads in Hinduism.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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