Rishikesh- the popularly chosen adventure capital of the country-India, will leave you enthralled with some speckless adventures that it has on the platter.
Although it was earlier famous as a holy place, it has now started gaining popularity due to the various adventure activities this place offers. Starting from the much-known Rafting in Rishikesh experience to the newly added camping spine thrilling adventures of Bungee, Flying Fox, and Water Fall Rappelling etc. there’s something here for sure to leave you spellbound.
How to reach Rishikesh
Rishikesh is 240kms away from Delhi situated in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand in India. It is popularly known as the “Yoga Capital of the world”. The Camping sites on the riverside at Shivpuri, a few km away from Rishikesh are the growing interests of tourists nowadays. The following are the options through which you can reach here:-
Via Road- Rishikesh is approximately 245kms away from Delhi. So either going in your own car, hiring a car or taking the bus, you can choose from any of these options that are available.
Via Railways- If you plan to go via Train then the nearest railway station to Rishikesh is the Haridwar which is 25kms away.
Via Airways- The nearest Airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is 21kms away from Rishikesh.
Best Camping spots in Rishikesh
Some of the best camps to watch out for if you are planning to visit Rishikesh for Camping are:-
Camp Ganga Riviera
It is situated away from the nearest road head on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. The camps have a perennial green field and a waterfall close by.
Accommodation is on twin sharing basis in large tents with independent toilets and showers. The kitchen serves meals as per the buffet system. The peaceful and serene ambiance makes it ideal for meditation and yoga sessions.
Camp Aqua Forest Rishikesh
Located just on the banks of Huel river, Camp Aqua forest is just the perfect camp to unwind yourself in the lap of nature, away from the hustle-bustle of the mainstream but offering all amenities in its well-maintained luxury & spacious tents with attached washroom and dressing area too. It offers perfect hospitality with courteous staff. The camp staff also arranges trekking & rafting for the tourists.
Rendezvous Rafters Camp
This Luxury camp of Rendezvous is totally refreshing, warm and close to nature. It has a courteous staff and well-kept tents and bathrooms.
Food is good as well. The Ganges next to camps and lush green surroundings makes it an enriching experience.
Camp Wildex Rishikesh
The best part of the Wildex camp that it is very near to the tributary of Ganga. Nights are pleasant and food served is delicious. Washrooms are clean and it provides indoor activities like cricket, basketball, badminton, swing net etc. so that there is never any boredom for the campers.
Aspen Adventure Camps
Aspen Adventures Camp, Rishikesh offers a perfect amalgamation of Premier Camps & Luxury Cottages in the outdoors. They offer 20 Camps and 06 cottages loaded with state of an art amenities & services that one could ever imagine in Rishikesh. The built-up area of the property is over 6 acres and provides a 360-degree view of the Raja Ji National Forest, overlooking a beautiful white water river stream called – River Heoul.
Best Season for Rafting and Camping at Rishikesh
The best time to visit Rishikesh for camping is from late September to mid-November and then from early March to the first week of May. May June is quite hot at Rishikesh temperature touching + 35 °C. One should avoid the monsoon time to avoid the hassles as the flow of river Ganges increases. Also, Rafting during the rainy season is quite dangerous as the rapids are on a full surge in the Ganges.
Tips for Camping
- Carry Extra Tshirts because you will be getting wet in the river or the waterfall which are situated near the camps.
- Keep at least one jacket or a pullover because the nights are cool in Rishikesh.
- Apply lots of sunscreen or else you will get tanned or sunburnt and lip balm as your lips get chapped in the weather.
- Carry an odomos and a towel with your luggage. They can be required anytime.
- Carry your playing cards or any other game you like so as to spend some leisure time with your friends and family. Although the camps provide with different types of activities and games, there is no harm in carrying your own.
- Carry your sneakers and flip-flops. Also carry some plastic bags as well.
Personal Experience of Camping and Rafting
I’ve been to Rishikesh one time before with my family but this experience was different in all terms.
My college friends and I were just finished our last semester of college and couldn’t decide where to go. Majority of people wanted to go to a hill station to escape Delhi’s heat but the rush at this peak time couldn’t let us get a hotel and hence we finally decided to go for camping near Rishikesh – Shivpuri.
The Camping experience was the most beautiful experience to have in Rishikesh.
The best part I felt about the camping was that it was very peaceful and close to nature. You can feel the tranquil vibes once you reach there.
There were no signals at the camps, only BSNL and Airtel signals were accessible, hence it gave you a break from all the social media as well. No snapchat stories, No Instagram, No Facebook and No Whatsapp! Seems scary to you? Trust me it’s not. Staying away from the social media for a weekend gives you a pleasure which is unexpected yet peaceful. You enjoy it all by yourselves without worrying about anybody or anything else.
Though there is a BSNL mobile phone at the camps through which you can place your important calls whenever you want.
Having a waterfall all by yourself was one of the most beautiful experience I will always remember and of course, Rafting was the most thrilling and memorable experience of the trip.
There was a different type of calmness one could experience being at Rishikesh.
The Bonfire, Games, Riverside, Delicious food and the Stargazing gave me just the perfect break with friends which I needed to deal with the mixed feelings to cope with the fact that college has ended.