If you haven’t decided yet the closest and quaint place to go camping in the wild and seek thrilling adventure at the same time, Rishikesh is the perfect place for you. Often known as the Yoga Capital of India, Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the Ganges is gifted with mountains covered with lush pine trees, and hidden clean waterfalls. If you love exploring the hills and enjoy peaceful surroundings, then you will love camping in Rishikesh.
Along with the enchanting and peaceful environment, Rishikesh is also popular among adventure seekers, and Bungee Jumping is one of the top adventure things to do here. We have made you a list of some best spots for camping and adventure in Rishikesh.
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Mohan Chatti is located near the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and is surrounded by beautiful hills and lush green forest. There are several camping sites in Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh away from the hustle-bustle of the city offering great views of the Himalayan ranges and nature all around.
While the place is popular for its scenic landscapes, many campsites also offer adventure activities. Among all, Jumping Heights in Rishikesh provides a great platform to try Bungee Jumping from a height of over 83 meters. To experience it all, travel for 13 km from Laxman Jhula onto the Neelkanth road from October till June.
Neer Garh Waterfall
Lying approx. 9km away from Rishikesh’s main city and a 40-minute walk from Laxman Jhula, a small hike through the dense woods on the off-beaten trails will lead you to a beautiful waterfall- Neer Garh or Neer Gaddu waterfall. The multi-tiered waterfall is an epic waterfall hike in Rishikesh near the Tapovan area.
Hike to find a waterfall and stay at the campsite located near the start point of the hike. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of mountains and Ganga flowing beneath, dinner by the bonfire, and spend the night gazing at the stars and sleep in clean beds. Plan your camping trip between early March and May, and October to February.
Kunjapuri Temple Trek
The Kunjapuri temple is dedicated to one of the Shakti Peethas and holds a special significance among Hindus. Located in the Kunjapuri Hills in Tehri Garhwal district, you climb 300 stairs to reach the temple top followed by a 10km easy to moderate trek. The trek is famous for sunrise hence you will be taken to go on trek early in the morning.
Book the nearest camping site in Tapovan near Rishikesh and do not miss the chance of watching the sunrise from the height above 1645 meters above sea level. You can visit the place any time of the year, but if you want to get a phenomenal view of Shivalik ranges from the hill, then visit between April to October.
Muni ki Reti
The Sands of Sage as Muni Ki Reti is called is sacred in Rishikesh for the Hindu devotees. It is located approx 6 km from Rishikesh main city and is situated by the banks of the Ganges. The place has many ashrams, yoga retreats, and temples filling the environs with tranquility and spirituality, and a place where Sages do meditation.
Muni Ki Reti is a traditional gateway to char Dham yatra and is believed that King Bharat performed mortification here. Situated amid the Himalayas and lush green forest makes it the perfect place for camping near Rishikesh. Enjoy the pleasant weather of the mountains and spend the night stargazing by the bonfire.
Phool Chatti Waterfall
Located on the Neelkanth Road, Phool Chatti Waterfall is an approx. 7 km trek starting from Garud Chatti through the woods. You will find many campsites to book your stay. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then you can go for an adventure sports package like rafting and bungee jumping, and camping in Rishikesh.
The place has a serene view of snow-peaked mountains, dense forest covered in mist, and starry night, which makes it the best place for camping in Rishikesh near Phool Chatti waterfall. To watch the sunrise slowly turning everything into gold-like, plan your trip between October and June. though during the summer season you may not be able to see much water in the fall because the scorching heat vaporizes the water.
Garud Chatti waterfall
Unlike Phool Chatti and Neer Gaddu waterfalls, Garud Chatti waterfall is a little smaller, has a glorifying view of greenery and hills all around. This is also the starting point for the Phool Chatti waterfall trek. The view makes the place a perfect spot for camping in Rishikesh.
Take the blessings from one of the Hindu deities, Lord Garuda is the temple dedicated to him on the way on your small trek of 3 km from Laxman Jhula on Neelkanth Road. The place is open all time of the year, but if you love a little drizzle and gushing waterfall, then come in monsoon, the weather is so pleasant at that time.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
You won’t leave Rishikesh without hearing the chants of Mahadev from all corners. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the god of evil destruction, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated 32 km away from Rishikesh. The temple is standing on a hilltop above Swargashram close to the Nar Naryana mountain range amidst dense forest. Many devotees come from everywhere to seek blessings from Mahadev.
The colorful architecture and tranquil environments are what attract the tourists. Situated at the confluence of two rivers- Pankaj and Madhumati, the temple is 22 km away from Ram Jhula and is a perfect trail for trekkers. The best time to visit the temple is during Shawan month and Shivratri and enjoy the aesthetic celebration and enchanting Shiva pooja.
Tapovan is one of the top destinations in Rishikesh surrounded by breathtaking views of Garhwal mountain ranges and dense forest and the holy Ganga gushingly flowing beside. The campsite is 6 km from the Laxman Jhula; a 10-minute trek through the jungle will be an amazing experience itself. Pump your adventurous itch and participate in Bungee Jumping and other adventure activities organized near Tapovan in Rishikesh.
There are lots of attractions in Tapovan to explore, hike the small trails, find a hidden waterfall, and the undisturbed beauty of Rishikesh, which makes it an ideal location for camping in Rishikesh. The best time to stay close to nature is between mid-September to the start of May.
Rajaji National Park
A beautiful home to hundreds of varied species of wild, aquatic life, and herbs, and shrubs, Rajaji National Park is a must-visit if you are a wildlife lover. The park is divided into 4 zones, one of which is the Chilla range in Rishikesh. The park is situated amid lush green woods of Shivalik ranges and is famous for spotting Bengal Tigers. Asiatic elephants, wild boars, deer, crocodiles, kingfishers, peacocks, snakes, and a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The Jeep Safari is conducted every day from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm for tourists to explore the vast wildlife. Stay at one of the camps, homestays, or hostels near the park located amid valleys and woods. The national park remains open for tourists from mid-November to mid-June. You are advised to book your safari and camping 15 days prior as the crowd goes crazy when the gates open.
If you love a sprinkle of adventure during your camping trip, Shivpuri is the place you should be. The place offers more than 25 campsites, including luxury camps, sharing-basis camps with clean tents and beds and all basic facilities, and many adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, river rafting, rock climbing, and much more.
Shivpuri is located 19km away from the main city Rishikesh and 16km from Lakshman Jhula. Enjoy your camping and adventure activities in Rishikesh between March to May and September to mid-November. There are many beautiful places in Rishikesh for every travel enthusiast to explore. Trek the off-trails to reach a hilltop, bathe in a clean waterfall, take blessings from the Gods, and know nature closely while camping in Rishikesh.