Visitors to this center of meditation and yoga range from Hindu pilgrims and wandering Westerners seeking to bathe in the holy river, to yoga students seeking ashram instruction. Travelers in search of more worldly pleasures can find whitewater rafting, mountain camping and Ayurvedic spas. Though many visitors choose to stay in cottages near their chosen ashrams, there are several hotels in Rishikesh which can provide more conventional lodging.
Located in Rishikesh, minutes from the green expanse of Rajaji National Park, Green Hotel sits adjacent to Swarg Ashram. The hotel features rooms designed in traditional Indian style, but with modern conveniences including air-conditioning, satellite television, international telephone service and 24-hour room service. The facility features a terrace restaurant with a view of the Himalayas and the Ganges. The hotel also organizes rafting expeditions down the Ganges, site-seeing and trekking tours in the Himalayas and other custom tours as desired by its guests.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304, India
The Jaipur Inn is located on the left bank of the Ganges, and like the Green Hotel, features a terrace restaurant overlooking the river and mountains. The hotel consists of 15 guest rooms with such amenities as cable television, air conditioning, international calling and room service. Additional services available include Ayurvedic massage, Vedic astrology readings and Ayurvedic and Allopathic doctors on staff. The hotel staff also assists in arrangements for rafting and mountain trekking trips, meditation and yoga instruction and local sight-seeing.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302, India
The Great Ganga
The Great Ganga Hotel, named for the traditional Sanskrit and Hindi name of the Ganges, features panoramic river-view balconies in every room. According to rishikesh.org, the Great Ganga is “the best located hotel of Rishikesh.” Aside from the view, amenities include 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, television and laundry service. The hotel also contains a restaurant serving several international cuisines and a “mini-spa” featuring Ayurvedic treatments specific to the southern Indian state of Kerala.
The Great Ganga
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192, India 0135-2442243