Camping in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Rishikesh is one of the most fun adventure hubs to visit. You’ll get to see the gorgeous green Ganga, try bungee jumping, rafting, and lots more, and maybe even a yoga session. At night you’ll camp in tents and enjoy bonfires and BBQs under starry skies.

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Camping in the foothills of the Himalayas

Rishikesh, located at the foot of the Himalayas, offers splendid scenery and fresh mountain air. It’s the perfect place for a camping trip, especially when you’re trying to escape the pollution and heat of Delhi.

You’ll stay at idyllic campsites sheltered by amphitheatres of mountains, and have a range of options to choose from. There are many options of accommodation, from Swiss tents to bamboo huts to cottages. Some campsites even have air-cooled tents and rooms for warmer days. Most camping packages include all meals, a campfire in the evening, and a rafting session the next day.

Camping in Rishikesh with magnificent views

Camping is prohibited on the banks of the Ganges, but most campsites are set along the tributaries, or higher up in the hills. Thanks to the wide diversity of flora and fauna, camping in Rishikesh is a favourite activity for bird-watchers and nature lovers everywhere. You can sign up for short nature treks in the forests around, or walk to waterfalls nearby.

Group camping in Rishikesh: Perfect camping location for families and friends

Most spots for camping in Rishikesh are designed to host families and large groups, so you’ll find that there are plenty of adventure activity options for all ages. If you’ve chosen a campsite near peaceful stretches of the river, you can also go paddling or kayaking. There are usually rope activities like ladder climbing or Burma Bridge, obstacle courses, or rappelling and rock climbing. You’ll also be able to find a spot to do yoga or meditate near the river or in the gardens.

Adventure things to do in Rishikesh

Rafting in Rishikesh is undoubtedly the highlight of camping here. This is one of the most popular spots in India for rapids, and adventure-seekers from around the world come here to try their luck. Ranging from Grade II to Grade III+, there are trips for every level of experience. After you’ve navigated the tumbling rapids, you’ll be directed into a calmer section of the river. Here you can enjoy a session of cliff-jumping, or take a peaceful swim in the cool water.

Apart from rafting however, check out this list of fun adventures to do in Rishikesh . The most popular activities are bungee jumping or ride on Asia’s longest flying fox.

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Take a break from the city and and head out to Rishikesh, the land swarming with mystics and adventure lovers. This campsite has something for everyone. First time adventurers can try their hand at the obstacle course, to warm up for their thrilling whitewater rafing the next day. The peace seekers can meditate on the banks of the river, or maybe do a spot of yoga. Families and groups can try their hand at the many sports that can be played here.

NOTE: The campsite is located about 100 metres away from the main road, so you'll have to park your cars and walk this distance.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on triple-sharing basis
  • Common washrooms with running water
  • Electricity with no backup, RO drinking water, hot water on request (only from Oct-Mar)
  • Bonfire (only from Oct-Mar)
  • Campsite activities: badminton, volleyball, carrom, chess, cards
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2 (including evening snacks)
  • One 16-km rafting session on the Ganges
  • River activities: body surfing, cliff jumping
  • All equipment required for rafting: life jackets, helmets, paddles, rafts
  • Services of certified rafting instructors
  • Nature or village trek (only from Oct-Mar)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel between base city and campsite
  • Transfers from campsite to rafting start point
  • One 25-km rafting session on the Ganges (can be arranged for an additional cost INR 500 per person)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Tropical birds and trees, lush pine forests and a river running gently by – all this and more await you on this delightful camping and rafting adventure. You’ll spend two happy days on a beautiful campsite, staying in canvas safari tents with comfortable cots and mattresses, indulging in a range of fun activities during the day, and relaxing in the evenings. As the night air grows colder, the stars come out, the mountains around you glow in the moonlight, and the bonfire blazes merrily, make these nights unforgettable.

But the next day, it's all about adventure! You'll face the rolling rapids of the Ganges on a thrilling 16 km stretch, covering some of the big rapids like Return to Sender, Golf Course, Double Trouble, Hilton, and more. At the end, you'll get to try out cliff-jumping, or do a little body-surfing and swimming in peaceful sections of the river.
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  • Accommodation in canvas tents for 1 night on triple-sharing basis
  • Access to common washrooms with Indian and Western toilets
  • In-tent amenities: comfortable beds, blanket, pillow
  • All vegetarian meals (served buffet style) from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
  • Evening bonfire (subject to weather conditions) with light snacks
  • One 16 kms rafting session (Shivpuri to Laxmanjhula)
  • Cliff-jumping and body-surfing (while rafting)
  • One-way transport from Laxmanjhula to rafting start point in Shivpuri
  • All equipment required for rafting: inflatable rafts, helmet, life jacket, paddles
  • Services of experienced rafting instructor and camping crew
  • On-camp outdoor games: volleyball, badminton
  • All equipment required for outdoor games
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and campsite
  • Travel arrangements from campsite to Laxmanjhula (can be arranged for approximately INR 400-500 per vehicle, shared by 5-6 travellers)
  • Upgrade accommodation to twin-sharing basis (pay INR 2,350 per person)
  • Personal expenses like additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Imagine waking up to the sound of the Ganges outside your tent, with starry skies overhead and the sounds of silence and nature around. This camping and rafting adventure offers you all this, plus a chance to try out a whole bunch of exciting adventures!

You'll get to experience one of the best river rafting experiences available in India, along with the thrill of cliff jumping and swimming in the pristine waters of the Ganges. Your rafting trip starts at Shivpuri, and lasts for 16 kms over two hours. You'll also be able to try your hand at rappelling, rock-climbing and trekking at the campsite, and go body-surfing and cliff-jumping after your rafting experience. If you're looking for a thrilling adventure, this one's for you.
    Inclusions
  • One night accommodation in Swiss tents on twin-sharing basis
  • Tents are equipped with cots, mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows
  • Verandah area and groundsheet in each tent
  • Indian/Western toilets with running water and flushes
  • Hot water on request
  • RO purified drinking water
  • Buffet meals: Lunch, evening tea and cookies, bonfire snacks, dinner, breakfast
  • Electric points for charging cellphones, etc in the common area
  • Daily bonfire
  • Indoor and outdoor camp games
  • River rafting session for 16 kms from Shivpuri to Ram Jhula
  • Adventure activities at campsite: rock-climbing, rappelling, trekking
  • Guides for adventure activities and activities
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to the rafting start point (6 kms from campsite)
  • Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Forest entry fee of INR 20 per person
  • Any extra costs incurred due to delays due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown or other factors beyond our control
  • Extra soda/soft drinks/snacks
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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This one-night package at a comfortable, well-designed jungle camp won't be enough, but it's a good start for a riverside adventure! Enjoy the thoughtful facilities on-camp, such as inhouse parking, double-bedded camping with attached tiled bathrooms, cosy sit-outs for your to admire the views, bonfires to warm the chilly evenings, and a whole host of adventure activities to keep you busy. You can go for a swim in the river, try out body-surfing or just paddle about, or you could try your hand at rock climbing, rappelling, and on the Burma Bridge.

But the highlight of your trip will definitely be the rafting that you'll be doing on Day 2. You'll be heading out to battle Grade III and III+ rapids on a 16 kms stretch. This 3-hour trip will have you thoroughly drenched!
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  • Accommodation in Swiss-style tents for 1 night on twin-sharing basis
  • In-room amenities: attached washrooms, air-coolers, double bed, coffee table, electric fan
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2 including morning/evening tea/coffee with cookies
  • Bonfire (subject to weather conditions) with light music and starters/snacks
  • One 16-km rafting session from Shivpuri to Nim Beach
  • Cliff-jumping and body-surfing
  • All equipment required for rafting: helmet, life jacket, paddle, inflatable raft
  • Services of experienced rafting instructor and camping crew
  • Campsite activity: jungle trekking
  • Outdoor games: volleyball, badminton, cricket
  • All equipment required for campsite activities and outdoor games
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and campsite
  • Travel arrangements between rafting start/end points and campsite
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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This overnight rafting and camping trip in Rishikesh is perfect for thrill-seekers looking for a quick escape into the wild. You'll spend time at a delightful camp in Rishikesh for the first day, trying your hand at kayaking, rock-climbing and rappelling, or relaxing and taking in nature, depending on what you're looking for. The next day, you head out for a thrilling rafting session that pits you against Grade III and III+ rapids. You'll be rafting from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula, covering 16 kms in 2 hours, battling rapids like Roller Coaster, Golf Course, and Clubhouse.

IMPORTANT: This Rishikesh rafting trip is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 2 pax for a booking confirmation.
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  • Accommodation for one night in deluxe air-cooled tents on twin sharing basis
  • One-way transport to start point of rafting
  • All meals (from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2)
  • Body surfing, cliff jumping and 16 km rafting from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula
  • Rock climbing, rappelling, tree climbing, kayaking, body surfing and cliff jumping
  • Self-bailing rafts, life jacket, helmet and paddles and rescue bag
  • Professional rafting guide and safety kayaker
  • Common Indian/Western toilets with running water and flushes
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to and from campsite
  • Any transport other than rafting transfer
  • Any meals other than those specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services or costs not mentioned in the inclusions
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Enjoy a riverside paradise with a delightful camping experience. The campsite is located along the banks of the Ganges, surrounded by lush forests and wildlife. During the day, you'll be able to head out and enjoy the pleasant weather and the cool river, try your hand at adventure activities on the campsite, go rafting in the iconic rapids, and enjoy Rishikesh. In the evenings, you'll join the other like-minded travellers at a campfire on the beach, while the river flows by. And finally, at night, you'll retire to your deluxe tents and sleep comfortably, with the sounds of nature outside.

Your high-octane rafting session takes place on Day 2, when you'll do a 16 kms stretch where you face some of the famous rapids. Apart from that, you can also try out cliff-jumping, body surfing, swimming, and on-camp games like volleyball or badminton.
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  • Accommodation for 1 nights in Swiss tents on quad-sharing basis
  • In-tent amenities: attached washroom, bed with blankets, bed sheets and pillows
  • All buffet, vegetarian meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 2 (with one non-veg option for dinner) including morning/evening tea
  • One 16-km rafting session (Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula)
  • Cliff-jumping and body-surfing (while rafting)
  • One-way transport from Laxman Jhula to rafting start point in Shivpuri
  • All equipment required for rafting: inflatable rafts, helmet, life jacket, paddles
  • Services of experienced rafting instructor and campsite staff
  • Bonfire (subject to weather conditions) with snacks
  • Outdoor games: volleyball, cricket, football, badminton
  • All equipment required for outdoor games
  • All government permits and charges
  • All applicable taxe
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and campsite
  • Travel arrangements from campsite to Laxman Jhula (can be arranged for approximately INR 600-700 per vehicle, shared by 5-6 travellers)
  • Upgrade to twin-sharing accommodation in Swiss tents (pay a total of INR 3,300 per person)
  • Personal expenses like additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Head to this idyllic adventure resort, for a short taste of a mountain paradise, and a thrilling rafting session on the Ganges. Surrounded by blooming landscaped gardens and forests scented of pine, this retreat is 30 minutes away from the crowds of Rishikesh, and just a 10 minute walk from the Ganges. This is the section of the river where the water runs clear and cool, and you'll be tempted to go for a paddle. The resort has a fun ropes course, plenty of trails for solo rambles through nature, and the mountains in the distance.

You'll be enjoying a thrilling 16 kms stretch of rafting, from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhulla. This 2-hour session takes you through 7 of the most iconic Grade 3 and 3+ rapids, like Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Club House, and more.

Spend the day in the outdoors, trying your hand at all the adventures that Rishikesh has to offer (or even just reading a book on the lawns, with a cup of French press coffee). In the evening, when temperatures drop, enjoy a blazing campfire with tasty snacks, dig in to a hot dinner, and retire to bed in your comfortable, air-conditioned rooms.
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  • 1 night accommodation in twin-sharing deluxe rooms with attached washrooms
  • In-room facilities: Flat screen TV, personal tea/coffee maker, basic toiletries, hot and cold shower facilities, hand towels and bath towels
  • WiFi and internet facility on request
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
  • Veg/non-veg snacks
  • Campfire in the evening
  • In-campsite rope course
  • RO drinking water
  • One 16 kms rafting session on the Ganges
  • Full rafting equipment and safety gear: dry bags, wet suits, helmets, splash jackets, life jackets
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transfers to and from the resort
  • Personal gear like shoes, swimswear, etc
  • Transport to and from rafting start point and end point (can be arranged for INR 250 per person)
  • Expenses of a personal nature: tips, laundry, beverages, etc
  • Medical insurance
  • Meals and accommodation for drivers, maids, nannies, etc (can be arranged)
  • Adventure activities like rappelling, Giant Swing, etc
  • Extra meals
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You'll love the freedom and peace at this beautiful riverside forest campsite. You'll be camping in luxurious tents along a tributary of the mighty Ganges, in the middle of a national forest. Every morning you spend here, you'll wake up wishing you could just live here forever. The skies are clear, the birds chirp happily, and the blue river gurgles all day.

Your camping trip isn't just about nature, though. You'll be heading out to battle Grade III and III+ rapids on a 24 kms stretch. Apart from this 3-hour trip, you'll also have other adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, a waterfall trek, nature walks, and bird watching.
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  • Non-alcoholic welcome drink
  • Twin sharing tents with cots, mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows
  • Attached washrooms with running water
  • Mineral water bottles upon arrival
  • Electricity, lights, charging points in all tents
  • A full cycle of meals according to check-in time (as per schedule)
  • Daily bonfire and barbeque with light music
  • Fruit basket in tents
  • Soda, soft drinks and snacks around bonfire
  • Indoor and outdoor camp games
  • Single rafting session for 26 kms from Marine Drive to Ram Jhula
  • One-way transfer to rafting start point in non A/C vehicle
  • Dedicated First Aid and CPR certified trip leader throughout the trip
  • Optional escorted tour to Rishikesh city (specific points only)
  • Trek to waterfall
  • Single session of rock-climbing, rappelling, cliff jumping and body surfing
  • Guides and equipment for adventure activities and activities
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to outdoor activities apart from drop off to rafting
  • Single cottage/tent supplement
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any extra costs incurred due to delays due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown or other factors beyond our control
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Combine the best of adventure with a luxury stay in independent cottages in the valley of the Ganges. These hillside cottages are surrounded by the reserved forests around, and provide you with views that stretch into the horizon, and an adventure playground like no other. Your package includes one session of white water rafting, as well as two activities per night of stay, so you can choose from wall climbing, river kayaking, hiking, kids' pool, Giant Swing, or Giant Ladder. In addition to this, you'll have a yoga centre, plenty of routes for a nature ramble, mountain biking, astronomy, and other activities. In the evenings, you'll watch the sun setting over the valley from your private deck before heading to the campfire for pre-dinner snacks.

IMPORTANT: The cottages dot the hillside and are not connected to one another. This means that you will be walking up and downhill between your cottage and the common areas. If you're travelling with infants, those with knee or foot problems, or elderly family members, please do note this.

NOTE: This package is for 4 adults. If you are travelling with children, please call us for custom pricing.
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  • 1 night in air-conditioned family cottages on quadruple sharing basis for 4 adults
  • Private deck
  • Private washrooms with hot water, luxury bath linen and bath products
  • Wireless/WiFi
  • In-room facilities: Kettle with tea and coffee ingredients, yoga mat, in-room heater
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Pre-dinner snacks, veg and non veg with soft beverages
  • 2 activities per night of stay: Choose from wall climbing, river kayaking, hiking, kids' pool
  • One session of white-water rafting
  • Transfers to rafting start point on sharing basis
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to and from resort
  • Personal expenses incurred during the stay such as laundry, telephone charge, extra food/beverages
  • Room service
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

FAQs about camping in Rishikesh

What is the minimum/maximum age restriction for camping in Rishikesh?

There are no age restrictions for camping in Rishikesh. Many families with children or senior citizens enjoy the camping experience here. However, do note that some campsites have a short walk between the parking area and the campsite. Do check before making your booking if you have a family/group member who will not be able to manage this.

When is the best time for camping in Rishikesh?

If you’re camping in Rishikesh and planning to go rafting, you should go in the summer months, or after the monsoon. During the winter, the river can get very cold, but rafting is still operational. Some operators will provide you with a wetsuit during winter rafting to keep you warm. However, if you are not planning to go rafting, camping is fun year-round, except during the monsoon months.

What else can I do in Rishikesh during camping?

Rishikesh is full of adventure activities to try during your camping trip. You can go bungee jumping, river rafting, kayaking, or try Asia’s longest Flying Fox. Some campsites also offer activities like rappelling, obstacle courses, etc. Apart from this, you can sign up for short treks, yoga sessions, or sight-seeing in Rishikesh. You must also make sure you visit the Ganga Aarti, which is a beautiful event, even if you are not religious.

What is provided for meals in Rishikesh?

Most campsites provide veg/non-veg options for dinner, with vegetarian food for other meals. You’ll get buffet-style meals for lunch and dinner, with rotis, rice, dal, vegetables, and one non-veg dish, and dessert, as well as accompaniments like salad, pickle, and papads. For breakfast, you’ll usually be offered a choice between eggs, bread and butter, aloo puri or paratha, and tea or coffee. Some campsites include a round of starters/BBQ snacks in the evening during the campfire.

I don’t want to camp in tents in Rishikesh. What are the other options?

Rishikesh has plenty of options for overnight stays, including budget and premium camping options. Some operators have very spacious tents with double beds, attached washrooms, and even coolers. However, you can also stay in air-conditioned cottages, which is especially comfortable in the warmer months.

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