Sacred spot and yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is so many things all rolled into one. With the holy river Ganga winding its way through the town, it is a pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Beatles’ famed visit to Rishikesh in the late 60’s rocketed it to fame and is now a destination for Beatles fans and hippies. Rishikesh is also a popular destination for bikers, and makes for a great end to a road trip. We’ve written all about exploring Rishilesh on bike so you can make the most of your time here.
Best Time To Visit Rishikesh
The best time to visit Rishikesh is from October to February. This is the winter season, and the weather is ideal for biking around and exploring this interesting town. Temperatures can go from a minimum of 8°C to a maximum of 25°C. The winds are chilly, making it perfect to roam around. Rishikesh can be visited in the summer, but it can get quite hot with temperatures reaching as high as 39°C. It is also humid, and temperatures peak in the month of June.
Rishikesh at its cheapest is in the monsoon, from June to September. However, avoid trying to bike to Rishikesh or biking around Rishikesh during this season. Rishikesh receives heavy rainfalls which on occasion has also caused landslides.
Places To Visit In Rishikesh
This iconic 94-year old bridge is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Rishikesh. It is said to be the spot that the Hindu deity Laxman crossed the Ganges on a jute rope. Unfortunately, this iron suspension bridge was closed down last year. Motorists are no longer allowed to ride across on it. Nevertheless, the spot offers unbeatable views, and the rush of the mighty Ganga is sure to leave you speechless. You can also head on to the Ram Jhoola, a few miles away from the Laxman Jhoola.
The Ram Jhoola has a verified parking facility so if that’s something you’re concerned about, we recommend heading to the Ram Jhoola first. Having parked your bikes safely, you can stroll up to Laxman Jhoola. It is around a 25-minute walk but with nature on all sides and unbeatable views it is sure to be pleasant.
Rishikesh is nestled in the lap of nature, and Neergarh waterfall is one spot to admire the natural beauty. Three different drops comprise the Neergarh waterfall, all combining to make an unmissable phenomenon. You will ride on NH 7 for around 30 minutes until you start to spot signs leading you to the falls. Following the road leads you to a small parking lot where you can safely park your bikes. After paying the Rs.30 entry fee, you can head off to see the falls which are a short trek away.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Located at a height of 1680 mts above sea level, the Neelkanth Mahadev temple offers some stunning views. Visit this site for its religious significance, and if not for that, then nature is sure to turn you all into her worshippers!
The Neelkanth Madadev temple is easily accessible by road. A pleasant 1 hour 15-minute ride from Rishikesh that winds through the woods, you reach a parking lot. A 1.5 kilometre walk later you will reach the temple.
Try to make an early start for the temple as it can attract a lot of crowds, especially in peak season. Additionally, leave a little before 5 pm on the way back but no later. The road you take has low visibility until you reach the highway.
The Beatles’ Ashram
Chaurasi Kutia Ashram is the name of this place for devotees of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the ‘Beatles’ Ashram’ is the name for devotees of the Beatles. Either way, this spot is a must-see when in Rishikesh, and is a perfect destination for exploring Rishikesh by bike. The 1960’s visit of the world-famous English band placed Rishikesh on the world map and it has been gaining attention for its yoga and ashrams ever since. The Ashram is a 30-minute walk from the Laxman Jhula, and an even shorter bike ride. It is an even closer 1 km from the Ram Jhula.
As the Ashram is officially under the Rajaji national park, you will have to pay an entrance fee of Rs. 150 per head for Indians. There is also a vehicular charge of Rs 250. Once you’re done with the ashram you can ride around the park and explore its natural glory. Make sure you go there early as the park shuts down in the early evening.
Rishikesh remains foremost a town of religious significance. It’s evening poojas and aartis are would-famous, and Triveni Ghat is the place to witness this. Triveni ghat is the spot that marks the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi rivers. The Maha Aarti is performed here every evening and is a sight worth witnessing. While a fee is charged for those who wish to partake in the aarti, you can also just stand witness to the proceedings. It is within the town itself and easy to access. Additionally, there is a pay and park facility in close proximity to the site.
Things To Remember
Rishikesh is an important city that sees a lot of tourism, so you will never really find the city empty of tourists. At the same time, its inherent beauty and charm is sure to make you forget the annoyance of crowds. Apart from visiting the locations above, you can also visit one of the ashrams dotted around the town. They are renowned for their yoga, meditation and ayurveda treatments. These can be especially rejuvenating after a day of riding around Rishikesh. The roads in and around the town are quite fit for bikes, as renting out motorbikes and cycles is actually fairly common here.
If you’re riding to a more distant location, make sure you’ve hired the right kind of bike and you’re all stocked up on petrol. Rishikesh is also famous for adventure activities, but ensure you park your bikes someplace safe before embarking on any one of them. There are pay and park facilities available and though some may seem pricey, it is the safest bet for your bike.
Home to ashrams and adventure activities galore, Rishikesh is quite the renowned town. Sounds of bells can be heard on the wind, as sadhus perform the nightly Ganga aarti. There are several bike rentals available around Rishikesh, but we can help you find the best one. What are you waiting for? It’s time to hear the roar of your bikes echo down the lanes of Rishikesh.