Rishikesh tourism on a rise


As Rishikesh sees a tourist rush…

With the International Yoga Festival and the Maha Kumbha in Haridwar, India’s best adventure tourism spot Rishikesh sees a sudden rise in the number of travellers heading here.

The Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh has been on radar of several tourists as the Uttarakhand government opened its gates for the outside world. A big chunk of the state’s revenue comes from here, mostly due to the adventure sports activities that Rishikesh is known for. Jonthom, who regularly takes tourists for rafting stated,“The past 3-4 months has seen more than 50,000 people coming for rafting. It has been a great boon since we could see our business picking up”.

In spite of a dip in the number of foreign tourists, no weekend has gone under-booked in the past few months. On weekends or any holiday, hostels and hotels saw a nearly full occupancy. Adding to the same, Kush Kapoor, CEO – Roseate Hotels & Resorts, stated that it has been a great start to the year for all our hotels. The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh has witnessed high occupancies and sold out weekends.

With its location in the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh has a higher advantage than most places for those who really don’t want to drive to the hills or for those who just don’t want to enjoy a vacation on land. Recently, with the International Yoga Festival 2021 and the Ganga Kayaking Festival adventure, enthusiasts got more reasons to head here.

The yoga festival this year was themed around “the age-old Indian practice of traditional yog, contemporary yog, therapeutic yog with discussions on celebrating ‘Shakti- the power of creation”.

Amit Rai, a software professional who drove down from Delhi, believes in taking a quick break, added “While I was booking for my stay at hostels, most of the single rooms were occupied mostly because travelers wanted to travel yet keep safe. I had to shift my dates in order to get a hostel booking. With Covid guidelines in place most cafes were not very particular about sanitizer or doing a temp check”.

There’s no doubt about the fact that Indian travellers are playing their part to boost tourism, which in turn has helped that locals to sustain their economy. Revival for tourism, surely, is bringing back lost hope.

Author: Ms. Ayandrali Dutta

Ayandrali Dutta, a journalist with more than 10+ years’ experience who also holds a degree in Psychology has worked with some of the top publication houses like Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar, India today, Exchange4media to name a few along with contributing to many others. She describes herself as a wanderer by passion, wordsmith by profession, and a home-chef by choice.

She believes in capturing moments and freezing them through her stories.

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