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 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.
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.
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.