Lying at a distance of about 43 km from the state capital of Dehradun, Rishikesh is a small city on the banks of the Ganges with an average elevation of about 340 meters. Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’,

Rishikesh is among the most visited cities in the country and has admirers and visitors from all over the world. The place is home to some of the holiest Hindu shrines in the country and has immense religious as well as spiritual importance.

 Apart from this, the breathtaking scenic beauty of the snow-laden mountains and valleys along with the rich natural diversity of the region is an absolute treat for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The city also offers ample opportunities for a wide range of different adventure activities, making it a frequently visited place for adventurers.

One of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country, Rishikesh is visit by tourists throughout the year in large numbers. This article gives a brief introduction and a complete guide to camping in Rishikesh.

camping in Rishikesh

The city lies on the banks of the river Ganga and is at a distance of about 21 km from Haridwar. Rishikesh Railway station is the major railway station in the city, which connects all major cities and towns in the country.

The city is well connect to all major north-Indian cities by road, and the nearest airport to the city is the Jolly Grant Airport locate at a distance of 15 km from the city center.

There are a lot of favorable camping spots in Rishikesh which offer spectacular views of the magnificent mountains and lush green valleys and forests, making it no less than a paradise for nature lovers. Camping in these picturesque locations is ideal for people who are looking to spend a day or two in solitude and away from the crowd, amidst nature.

The mesmerizing scenic beauty along with the rich natural biodiversity of the region is what makes this place an ideal location for camping and hiking, and an absolute delight for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, and photographers.

adventure sports

Rishikesh is best know for the scope of the wide variety of adventure sports that it offers. These include white water rafting, bungee jumping, flying fox, kayaking, rappelling, paragliding, rock climbing, trekking and mountaineering, and so on. This is one of the main reasons behind the huge popularity of this place, and rightly so,

Rishikesh is also know as the ‘Adventure Capital of the Country’. Adventure seekers from all over the world visit this place, and among all, river rafting on the Ganges is the most famous adventure sport that one can indulge in.

There are two different variants for the river rafting activity- a 10 km one or a 16 km one which also includes cliff jumping.

and numerously certified and authorized river rafting operators and instructors, who ensure the safety of the tourists along with the adventure and thrill that comes with it. alsoseveral river rafting spots on the Ganges, depending on the rafting length and its level of difficulty.

Rafting on the Ganges in itself is a rejuvenating experience. Adding to the appeal are the stunning views and the different grades of rapids, making it a thrilling and once-in-a-lifetime experience altogether.


There are a lot of different campsites (both temporary and permanent) which have set up across different places in and around the city. These camps offer a comfortable stay, and a wide range of different outdoor activities and adventure sports which one can take part in.

one can usually visit these camps for a day or two, and enjoy the mesmerizing views along with other exciting and fun-filled activities. Popular locations for camping and trekking include Shivpuri, Taliyal gaon, Atali village, Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Phool Chatti, Kaudiyala, and many more. These camping sites also have a major contribution to the blooming adventure tourism of the state.


Although the climate is quite favorable throughout the year in Rishikesh, yet November to March is consider the most suitable to visit this city as the climate remains relatively pleasant. The city experiences chilly winters during the months of October to February, hot and humid summer during the months of March to May,

and quite high rainfall during the months of July to September. The monsoons might add to the list of challenges, as the roads get slippery and there are chances of frequent landslides. The majority of the crowd visits the city during the winters, as the months of September to November are the best for river rafting.