Rishikesh: The Camper’s Paradise in North India

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Whenever I travel to India, my time is usually divided between visiting friends and family. This leaves me no time to explore my own country. I try to fit in a few weekend trips here and there while seeing my friends.During my last trip to India, I visited the Nimrana Fort in Rajasthan with my friends (Read Here). This time around, I visited India to attend my friend’s wedding, which took place at Haridwar. The holy city of Haridwar is famous for the river Ganges and for being one of the most popular pilgrimage sights in the country. The town of Rishikesh lies just a few kilometres away from Haridwar and is famous for its various aspects.

Located in the Himalayas, the highest as the wonderful weather is one of the USPs of Rishikesh. The Holy Ganges flows right through the heart of the city, which makes it an incredible sight for camping, river rafting and other adventure sports such as hiking, trekking, adventure sports, bungee jumping etc.

Rishikesh is a one-stop destination to bring out the adventurer in you. This makes Rishikesh one of the top weekend getaways for people of all ages. Post the wedding celebrations, I had the chance to make the most of my trip by discovering the wonders of Rishikesh.

I decided to try out bungee jumping with a company called ‘Jumping Heights’. My friends wanted to go for the 18-kilometers long river rafting and camping activities for the next two days. A spontaneous itinerary was made and we were all set to push our boundaries. Thanks to the huge number of companies offering such adventure activities, the package prices were really affordable.

Bungee Jump:

The 86-meter high jump cost 4,500 INR (50the highest as well as the most famous bungee jump location in India. It was my first time trying it out and my excitement surpassed my fears. I don’t have acrophobia but the jump was not as smooth as I had expected it to be. I will never forget those 8 seconds of free fall from the 86-meter high platform, speeding towards the ground with my heartbeat pounding in my ears and my vision blurring out. It was a mind blowing and I would definitely do it again. I can’t wait to attempt skydiving as my next freefall experience.

Watch my jump here. 

River Rafting:

As I have mentioned before, Rishikesh has a lot to offer to adventurers. One thing I know for sure is that 99% of the people who visit Rishikesh attempt river rafting before they leave. It costs 600 INR (8 GBP) per person. The three options available were the 9, 18 and 32-kilometer river rafting, which included a cliff jump point in between. I can assure you that this is the best experience you will ever get out of your 8 GBP. It was thrilling and should definitely be on your to-do list if you are planning to visit Rishikesh. We tried the 18-km long rafting and which took us over 3 hours and was worth every penny.  Trained guides will be with you to make sure you make most of your experience.

Camping:

Another must try an adventure in the city is the overnight camping. The price of the activity was about 1,000 INR (13 GBP) per night, which included three meals a day and snacks in the evening. Our travel agent dropped us at the campsite and we were moved by its beauty.

Camping in Rishikesh is more luxurious than the regular camping style. The idea is to provide you with the experience of living in a camp in the middle of the jungle while experiencing nature within your comfort zone. This is different from the usual kind of camping done during mountain treks. Our campsite also had an amazing swimming pool, overlooking the scenic mountains. Can you imagine a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle with the view of the mountains right in front! All the tiredness seemed to evaporate from my body, the second I drank in the extraordinary sight. We spent a great night away from the hustle bustle of the city, enjoying some good music and delicious food. After relaxing for an entire day in the pool, we finally bade goodbye to our wedding cum adventure weekend in Rishikesh.

Rishikesh and Haridwar have a lot to offer to people of all age groups. The spirituality brings the older people to the city while the tourist activities attract the young generation. The cities offer all activities at extremely affordable prices and promote a striking mix of cultures.Many of the major treks in India start from either Rishikesh or Haridwar. Being important cities in North India, they are well connected to the main cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Nainital and many others by direct A.C. buses and trains.

 

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