Top things to do in Rishikesh

Top Choice 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 wrote much of the White Album (and a few tracks from Abbey Road). After decades of neglect, the Fo…
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Little Buddha Cafe

This happening tree-house-style restaurant has an ultraloungey top floor, tables overlooking the Ganges and really good international food. Pizzas are big and the mixed vegetable platter is a serious feast. It’s one…
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…
International in Rishikesh

Cafe Delmar/Beatles Cafe

A tribute to the Fab Four's stay in Rishikesh is this swinging Beatles-themed cafe hidden down the bazaar leading into Laxman Jhula. The views of the Ganges are awesome as are its burgers and smoothies. There are pl…
Hindu Temple in Rishikesh

Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple

Rishikesh's most iconic landmark is this 13-storey wedding cake of a temple, which dominates the east bank of Lakshman Jhula. There are dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level.
Fusion in Rishikesh

Chatsang Cafe

Tastefully decorated with low-lying lightbulbs, reclaimed-crate designer furniture and murals on the walls, Chatsang offers a contemporary variation to the norm. This extends to its menu of original, innovative twis…
Cafe in Rishikesh

Devraj Coffee Corner

Perched above the bridge and looking across the river to Shri Trayanbakshwar temple, this cafe is a sublime spot for a break at any time of the day. While it's all about the view, the menu has the likes of brown bre…
Multicuisine in Rishikesh

Revive Cafe

Looking over the Ganges is this relaxed glassed-in cafe run by young, friendly, can-do owner, Sandy. It attracts a bohemian crowd, strumming on guitars and lounging about on cushions. The menu features Israeli dishe…
Buffet in Rishikesh


A one-man show run by Eshu who cooks up nightly communal feasts of vegetarian and vegan dishes, all freshly made using local and seasonal ingredients. It's an all-you-can-eat affair with an assortment of healthy Ind…
International in Rishikesh

Bistro Nirvana

Up the hill on High Bank is this classy little restaurant that's most notable for its menu of nonveg including delicious tandoori-chicken dishes and naans. The burgers, pizzas, salads and cooked and healthy breakfas…