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Top Choice Cafe in Rishikesh

Devraj Coffee Corner

Perched above the bridge and looking across the river to Shri Trayanbakshwar temple, this German bakery is a sublime spot for a break at any time of the day. The coffee is the best in town and the menu ranges from s…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Rishikesh

Little Buddha Cafe

This funky treehouse-style restaurant has an ultraloungey top floor, tables overlooking the Ganges River and really good international food. Pizzas are big and the mixed vegetable platter is a serious feast. It’s on…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Rishikesh

Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple

This 13-storey wedding cake of a temple dominates the east bank of Lakshman Jhula, with dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level.
Yoga in Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival

In the first week of March, swamis and yoga masters from around the world flock to Rishikesh for lectures and training. Most of the action is centred on the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Swarg Ashram. Check the website…
Historic Building in Rishikesh

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

Just south of Swarg Ashram is what’s left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, where the Beatles stayed and apparently wrote much of the White Album. After decades of neglect, the Forest Department has deci…
Fusion in Rishikesh

Chatsang Cafe

The clatter of chopping knives and sizzling pans coming from the open kitchen raises expectations that something delicious will soon be placed on your table – and you won't be disappointed. With innovative twists on…
Sports & Outdoors in Rishikesh

Adventure Axis

Stocks everything from sleeping bags and carabiners to drysuits and trekking boots.
Multicuisine in Rishikesh

Pyramid Cafe

Sit on cushions under open-sided, pyramid-shaped roofs and choose from a menu of home-cooked Indian food, plus a few Tibetan and Western dishes including pancakes. The family that runs it is superfriendly and they a…
Multicuisine in Rishikesh

Oasis Restaurant

At New Bhandari Swiss Cottage, this place has some character, with candlelit tables in the garden and hanging lanterns inside. The menu covers oodles of world cuisines, from Mexican and Thai to Israeli and Tibetan, …
Indian in Rishikesh

Madras Cafe

This local institution recently underwent a modern facelift but still dishes up tasty South and North Indian vegetarian food, thalis, a mean mushroom curry, wholewheat pancakes and the intriguing Himalayan 'health p…