Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
Rishikesh is among those tourist destinations that can be visited throughout the year. With each season, the landscapes change hue but the spiritual-adventure verve of the town continues. Spring season is ideal for exploring the locales, and summer and autumn are perfect for adventures activities. In winters, nights are quite cold, but days are relatively warm; so it’s a good time for trekking and exploring. Monsoons can be a bit tricky, as the entire region gets drenched. However, the picturesque view of the Himalayas, covered in verdant green forests is simply breathtaking. While summers and winters may have a bit of extreme temperature, the spring and autumn season are perfect for discovering the treasures of this beautiful place.
Spring [Mid Feb- March]
The spring season in Rishikesh is ideal for camping and trekking. With nearby valleys blooming with fresh blossom, the place is a paradise between February and March. It is also a good time for river rafting. Between February and March the Himalayan snow melts away into river Ganges and provides a thrilling rafting experience.
Another reason to visit Rishikesh between February and March is the International Yoga Festival and other Hindu Festivals, Basant Panchmi and Holi. If you are into yoga, then participating in the week long Yoga Festival would be a life changing experience for you.
Summer [April –Mid June]
Basant Panchmi marks the arrival of spring in Rishikesh. You will find the whole town immersed in yellow color on this day - yellow and saffron color clothes, yellow flowers, yellow food and sweets.
Holi is the festival of joy, love and colours. It is celebrated by throwing dry powdered colors, water guns and water filled balloons at each other. On this day, the whole town is engulfed in red, blue, green, yellow and many more colors.
Summers in Rishikesh are good for rafting for people who do not want to take their rafting adventures to extremes. During May- June, there are low tides in River Ganges, which is ideal for kayaking training and for comparatively safer rafting experience.
Monsoons [Mid June – August]
Monsoons bring heavy showers with them. The entire region looks fresh and green. Trekking to various religious shrines like Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib is done during these months only. The famous trek to Valley of Flowers can also be undertaken at this time, as it remains closed for remaining part of the year. However, if there is heavy rain, routes to major treks get blocked and trekking is canceled. During heavy monsoons, rafting is also closed for some time.
Autumn [September – October]
The fall season is particularly famous for white river rafting among pro-rafters. Following right after monsoon, there are high tides in river Ganges, which is ideal for a grueling rafting experience. There are several camping sites along the stretch of river Ganges for thousands of adventure lovers visiting the place from around the world.
Winter [November- Mid February]
Rishikesh is also famous for its bird-watching tours. And if you love to spot rare bird species, then winter is the season for you. Several species of birds including, Koklas, Khalij, Himalayan pied Kingfisher, and the rare nine iridescent-colored bird, Monal migrate to nearby forests during winters.
Winters are also ideal for exploring more fauna of the area. The much famous Rajaji National Park opens in winters and remains opened till mid-June. The park is home to Elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards and some rare species such as Yellow Throated Marten, Pangolin, Porcupine, and many reptiles.
Ganga Ghats are spread across all the towns and cities that share the banks of the holy river.
Yoga ashrams are places of yoga sanctity. Almost all ashrams in and around Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a ‘must visit’ place on every rafters map, and rightly so. Plunging from the Himalayan
The Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya, built many temples in Rishikesh.
Spring season is ideal for exploring the locales, and are perfect for adventures activities.
Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 ft.
The best way to reach Rishikesh is to first reach the national capital – New Delhi.
Rishikesh offers a wide range of accommodation options for typical hitchhikers.
Rishikesh is the center from where all excursions – spiritual or adventurous - begin.