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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 eveningaarti (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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Rishikesh Private Sightseeing Tour

Rishikesh Private Sightseeing Tour

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On the banks of the Ganges River, the city of Rishikesh, dubbed the "yoga capital of the world," is considered among the holiest places in India. Experience the best of the city with this tour, which will take you to famous temples and ashrams,  with a  stop for lunch and plenty of time to browse bustling markets. You'll end your day at the evening aarti (prayer) ceremony at the Parmath Niketan Ashram before heading back to your hotel for the evening.
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  • 9 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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An Immersion into the Evening Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

An Immersion into the Evening Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

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The Ganga Aarti ceremony is a sacred ritual in the Hindu religion and pays tribute to the great Ganges River. Experience the evening Ganga Aarti during your time in Rishikesh to get a deeper sense of Hinduism. This private tour includes a tour guide who can explain the various parts of the ceremony so you can understand the ins and outs. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 3 hours
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US$19.90
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Half Day Rafting in Rishikesh

Half Day Rafting in Rishikesh

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The team of professional makes this trip unique Our white water rafting team are certified in national and international level. They are trained in first aids
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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Magical History Tour: The Beatles Ashram Trail in Rishikesh.

Magical History Tour: The Beatles Ashram Trail in Rishikesh.

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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 hours
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US$29.99
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 Neer Waterfalls & Village Hike in Rishikesh

Neer Waterfalls & Village Hike in Rishikesh

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Neer Gaddu Waterfall is a famous waterfall for a small trek. The water flowing from natural rocky cliffs tempts the visitors to take a cool dip in the narrow stream. The trekking to the waterfall is an adventurous activity as it involves walking through the jungle on narrow trails. This is a beautiful waterfall and is extremely refreshing to stand near the waterfall. There are two bridges on the waterfall and few resting stops. Butterflies of different species are seen fluttering around the wildflowers, adding beauty to this wonderful spot. Water, soft drinks, noodles, and tea are available here in small shops. It is a mix of ascent treks and trails along the bank of the Ganges to reach up Neergaddu Waterfall. After having fun in crystal clear waterfalls, you climb up more to visit a village to see the local lifestyle and Himalayan culture and you get a chance to talk to them meet, have a tea with them, then get back to Rishikesh.
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  • 5 hours
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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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US$157.00
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