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Etti Bali Jun 24 2015

Rishikesh and Haridwar beyond temples.

Kanika Nevatia Jun 24 2015
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Never thought of Rishikesh and Haridwar beyond temples? Check out this list of things to do in Rishikesh and Haridwar without having to embark on a religious trail.

Rejuvenate at a Yoga Retreat

Whether you decide to stay at Rishikesh or Haridwar, you should consider checking into a yoga retreat instead of a hotel. Master the art of meditation or try your hand on some yoga asanas, either ways you are sure to feel at complete peace. Parmarth Niketan and Himalayan Yog Ashram are some of the well known retreats in this area.


Explore the Lychee Farm

Are you a big fan of plump juicy lychees? If yes, then you are in for a treat as the city of Haridwar houses a big lychee farm, spread across many acres of lush green land. Simply step in and explore the farm as you pluck some fresh lychees off the branches and feast on them. Located near HRA College, the ideal season for lychee farming is May to July.

Lychee Farm (by B.navez)

Indulge in Adventure Sports

Does the sound of adventure excite you? Head to Rishikesh where you can indulge in a host of thrilling adventure sports. From white water rafting and rappelling to rock climbing and bungee jumping, there is so much to do here. You could also try your hand at mountain biking or trekking, especially if you are in a big group.

White Water Rafting

Visit the Wild

Located about 30 km away from Rishikesh, Rajaji National Park is a must visit. Spread over 820 square kilometers of lush green landscapes, the park is home to elephants, panthers, tigers and many other animals including wild boar, barking deer, sambar. The park houses over many bird species, making it an ideal place for birdwatching. Plan a trip here to be mesmerised by the beauty of the wilderness.

Rajaji National Park (from the official website)

Listen to Good Music

If you happen to be in Rishikesh, and are on the look out for some great music then make sure you explore the area around Laxman Jhula. On most evenings, you are bound to see a jam session or a concert at one or the other cafe along the river. Here, various artists come together on a regular basis to make music which is worth listening to! Zorba Organic Restaurant and Cafe is a must visit.

Live Music Performance

Explore the World’s Largest Food Park

Located about 20 km away from Haridwar, amidst the Patanjali Yogpeeth of Ramdev fame, this food park is surely worth laying your eyes on. Walk through acres and acres of lush green land and soak up beautiful views of fresh produce all around. From organic fruits and vegetables to medicinal plants, here you will get to see it all. You can even buy seeds, plants or fresh produce for yourself.

Food Park

Gorge on Some Delicious Food

You must have certainly heard of the famous Chotiwala Restaurant in Rishikesh serving authentic and scrumptious Indian food. However, if you are looking for a real treat, then you have to walk that extra mile and explore some of the cafes in this region. Mostly located around the Laxman Jhula area, here you will find mouthwatering dishes from Spain, Britain, Israel, Lebanon and many other parts of the world.

English Breakfast

Visit a Sufi Dargah

Did you know that there is 13th century Sufi dargah-Piran Kaliyar Sharif in Haridwar that is visited by people from all over the country? This dargah of Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kalyari, is also known as Sarkar Sabir Pak. Situated in Kaliyar village near Haridwar on the banks of Ganga, if you are in search of some peace and tranquility, make sure you visit this place.

Piran Kaliyar (by VrMUSLIM)

Shop Till You Drop

You can’t visit Rishikesh and not spend some time at the local markets. From beautiful wall paintings and furniture to some junk accessories and pretty clothes, you will find everything here. You could also stack up on some religious music CDs and even artifacts and idols for your home temples.

Shopping in Rishikesh

This is just a glimpse of Rishikesh and Haridwar beyond temples. Leave a comment and add to the list by telling us how you would like to spend your time there.

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