Rishikesh is the small town located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. It is built on the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga. This town at the foothills of Himalayas is a heart to many popular cafes, ancient temples, yoga ashrams and adventure sports. The scenic beauty Rishikesh, is also known as the world capital of yoga. The pilgrimage of “The Char Dham” ideally begins from Rishikesh. With the growing popularity of white water rafting, camping and popular cafes his small town has grown into a famous tourist spot, catering to the people with different needs.
Every year with lot of tourist coming here had led Rishikesh to increase the number of cafes and restaurants to make available most of the cuisines. With the passing years Rishikesh has been a hub for the number of adventure sports such as white-water rafting, camping, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, etc. Rishikesh has been rated as one of the best camping site in India. Rishikesh is a mandatory destination in every traveler’s list of places to visit who want to indulge themselves in something new and adventurous. Here, holy Ghats and scenic ambience provide a natural calmness to the body and soul. Rishikesh is also spelled as Hrishikesh.
Food of Rishikesh
Rishikesh apart from offering richness in culture it also has lot in its culinary delight. Day by day with increasing number of people visiting this scenic beauty of Himalayas, the food of Rishikesh has a lot to offer in its food. It is strongly recommended to all the tourists visiting this place to indulge themselves in the delicious street food to tickle your taste buds. Popular street foods include;
Samosa – You can find the samosa on every nook and corner of this place. This savoring snack with mouth-watering filling of potatoes is best paired with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Best restaurant- The Rajasthani Restaurant at Triveni Ghat.
Ice-cream – Rishikesh offers many unique variety of ice-cream flavors that you may have not tasted or heard before. These different flavors include Caramelized banana chip, spiced walnut, etc.
Other popular cafes
Freedom Café – Here one can feel the freshness and hear gushing River Ganga. This restaurant is popular for its Chinese, Italian and ice-creams.
Address- Near Laxman Jhulla
German Bakery – It is one of the major attractions of rishikesh and is a best place if one wants to try fusion food. Popular dishes served here are Yak cheese sandwiches and fruit pancakes.
Address- Laxman Jhulla
Geeta Bhawan Swargashram – Rishikesh is also famous for the variety of sweet delicacies that are made here. The sweets here are made from pure ghee and one can savor its every bite. Most popular sweets of Rishikesh are Besan ki Barfi, Nariyal ki Barfi and Besan ke Ladoo
How to Reach
The Lakshman Jhula is located 12 kms from the ISBT, on the way on Tapkeshwar temple in Adarsh Gram, Rishikesh. one can reach here by taking an auto from almost anywhere in the entire town.
Best time to visit Rishikesh
Rishikesh in monsoon(June-September) brings lots of festivals for example, Savan. During this season Rishikesh is flooded with tourists because of many religious events here. Although, adventure sports activities are difficult during monsoons. During winters (October- February) temperature ranges between 20-6 degrees Celsius. It is the best time as one can enjoy the beauty of mountains n popular adventure sports.
What you will like
People here would enjoy the beauty of nature, wide range of adventure sports and serene environment.
What you might not like
Travelers who are very fond of non-veg food would be disheartened to know that most of the places in Rishikesh offers Vegetarian food and it is also an alcohol-free zone.
Rishikesh is an ideal tourist destination for everyone but specially for people with the passion for adventure sports like camping, rock climbing, etc.
Day 1 – You day should include visiting on Laxman Jhulla followed by a visit to Kailash Niketan Temple and spend your rest of the day visiting Beatles Ashram and local markets to taste the savoring delicacies.
Day 2 – Enjoy the adventure sports available in this town such as river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, etc. and later in the evening head to Kayaking.
Day 3 – Go to Neelkanth Madhav Temple where Lord Shiva is believed to have consumed poison from Samudra Manthan. Indulge in the pious Ganga arti in Triveni Ghat in the evening.