RISHIKESH 360 CULTURAL TOUR
Mile by mile, side by side, hills that go up and slopes that make for an amazing downhill ride. Rishikesh is not a city alone, it’s something whose definition is far more and for all of you who don’t know, on an e-bike we all shall go and explore.
The noises that wiggle all around this planet seem to be riding on a silent horse when they enter the beautiful town of Rishikesh, here in the Himalayas.
Cut out from the hullabaloo of the world, life is just so simple in this hill town bathed by the Ganges, a town that has existed for as long as humans know life. For a town that’s ancient, peaceful and popular, all at once, you can have an easy bet that the cultural richness that resides in these alleys and ghats must be an unquestionable affair.
Rishikesh 360 is a custom curated experience for all those riders and explorers who have the exact kind of spirit of going with us on an effortless e-bike ride and learn about cultures, people, rituals and history.
Now, all that you need to know, the places we go, the things we do, the time we spend, is here:
The entourage begins from Tapovan in Rishikesh at 3 PM each day, and costs Rs. 800 per person, exclusions and inclusions of which can be scrolled down to.
Ride we down from Tapovan together to the swinging bridge famous across the country as “Laxman Jhula”, one of the busiest crossing on the Ganges, this bridge has a charm of its own.
Stuck in between of sonorous bells straight outta the temples on both ends, street vendors, macaque monkeys and the charged up flow of the deep-deep Ganges right beneath it. We gush through the crowds quickly on our e-bikes, ringing to make our way and just being playful around. Watching and learning how carefully the city life has managed to be subtle and simple in this town over the river.
Let’s pull our socks up and roll up those sleeves, cause even if we don’t need it on these e-bikes, we surely don’t want you to end up all messy.
For where we head next is a jungle, a reserve. The Rajaji National Park sometimes referred to as Chilla Reserve is a national park spread across an area of 800+ sq kms, somewhere in between the cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, with flora and fauna so beautiful, you’ll go head over heels in the Himalayas, all over again.
Running through the reserve for approximately 26 Kms is the Ganges, always adding up to the beauty of the entire ecosystem of the region. With pathways covered from either ends with tall sal, oak, deodar and teel trees, and sunsets to die for, you can never miss the chance to get captures for your #instajourney. Spectacular variety of deers, massive elephant population and color bombed flora is what you are up for when we ride through the forest floors.
Now we buck up to the townside once more, to an Ashram bedazzled through music, mandalas and mindfulness.
The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh is one fine spot for exploring what remains in the home of the epic Maharishi Mahesh years after the famous music band artists left this land, making music and friends while garnering attention from around the globe.
Huge domes meant for meditation dipped in a palate of colorful walls and graffitis, plus what’s in the backdrop? Jungles, greenery and silence.
But here’s a forging way, for those of us who might not wish to splurge out extra bills for entrances to historical pieces like this Ashram, can take the alternative.
Ask for it and we’ll be heading to a secret ‘Ganga Beach’, a patch of open space near the banks of Ganges in vicinity. Rightly named so because of close resemblance to an actual beach, it’s just the perfect spot for a quick picnic while the others enjoy their explorations in the Ashram.
It’s getting dark and we must rush, for if we don’t, we’ll miss the buzz.
Riding to downtown Rishikesh on the left banks of the Ganges, in the busiest of streets of the city and to one famous place of refuge for mental peace- Parmarth Niketan.
A place to stay, a place to meditate, a place to reinstate, this abode facing the Ganges has all kinds of greenery, amazing architecture and just plain peace. And right when we go out, you’ll see the shopping streets of Rishikesh, all shimmery, all busy, you’ll truly have a hard blow seeing the cleanliness and sophistication with which outlets, shops and even roadside stalls work on these streets selling all-authentic Indian things.
Quickly then, we make our way through the market on our e-bikes, accelerate here, pedal there and shop some stuff.
Ug-oh, the e-bike batteries are still charged but we understand you could need a break and a little charge too. Well, we have got you just the right kind of a plan. So now, we stop by some streetside snacking joints and have some evening time street snack, and you know what’s great? It’s on the house!
Ready already? Well, we’re onto our final destinations, through the congested Ram Jhula, we ride on our super light-e-bikes seeing the shimmer from the land walking down the river and making the waters glitter like platinum-gold.
Finally, we stop at the Shatrugan Ghat for an experience you’ll find nowhere else in the world. It’s grand, it’s special, and it’s new every single day- The Ganga Arti on Shatrugan Ghat is a very important part of the schedule of most people who reside in these hills.
Every evening, after the sun sets down and the river reaches a calm, gazillions of lamps are burnt by the priests and people at the Shatrugan Ghat to honor the mighty Ganges, and then the bells, chants, prayers engulf the entire town into an aura that’s far from any explanation. This, by far can also be counted on as one of the most integral part of Rishikesh’s culture apart from homely food at the famous ‘Chotiwala’, detoxification and cleanse of mind and body with Yoga, meditation and spirituality; and of course the famous adventure sports.
Done and dusted when the arti gets over, we head back to our safe havens and retire after putting the batteries of our beasty e-bikes back on charge. Hope you had a great day, we and the bikes truly had one!
Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline-pumping experiences, Situated along with the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga. Be it its tranquilizing beauty and architectural marvels or the grand temples and thrilling adventures trip, Rishikesh never fails to amaze one. To add to this amusement and fun, LetsPlayy offers you a perfect companion- a power-assist electric cycle on rent. Ride through the beautiful city and conquer the rugged mountains with the LetsPlayy electric cycles. You can explore various offbeat locations too and experience life the ‘local way’. You will feel a sense of wonderment with the breathtaking views of the mountains while you enjoy your ride at a comfortable pace. You can also ride along with us on our tour circuits, packed with thrill and adventure.
We also have a cultural tour, Rishikesh 360, a custom-curated experience for all those seekers and explorers who would love having an effortless electric cycle ride and learn about cultures, people, rituals and history.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a ride now!