Whether you are planning a spiritual escape to the Himalayas or a river rafting adventure in the Ganga, Rishikesh will not disappoint. Popularly known as the ‘yoga capital’ of the world, travellers come here for a relaxing holiday. On your next trip, experience the culture and lifestyle of the city by living like a local at a homestay. Equipped with the most luxurious amenities, you’ll enjoy the comfort of your home and the style of a resort at these beautiful properties.
How to choose the best homestays in Rishikesh?
Keep the following points in mind while choosing a homestay that will suit your needs.
- Are you travelling solo, as a couple or with your family?
This factor will help in deciding the size of the accommodation.
- What is the duration of your stay?
If you plan a longer stay, look for a centrally located homestay in Rishikesh. However, a short trip can be enjoyed at a property amid the wilderness.
- What is the location?
Stay close to the river if you have an adventurous holiday planned that involves river rafting and camping. On the other hand, if you wish for a relaxing escape, a place near the forest is a better choice.
- What is the purpose of your travel?
The kind of vacation you plan impacts this decision as well. For example, having a good internet connection is essential if you are in the city for a workation.
How to reach Rishikesh?
The nearest airport is in Dehradun — Jolly Grant Airport — 21 kilometres away. You can easily get a taxi from Dehradun to reach Rishikesh, and the journey will take half an hour.
Rishikesh has a railway station called Yog Nagri Rishikesh railway station. However, not all commercial trains reach here. The next best option is the Haridwar Junction railway station which is 22 kilometres away.
Rishikesh is easily accessible by road. The distance from Delhi is 239 kilometres and the travel time is around 5-6 hours.
The best homestays in Rishikesh
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Tucked away in an unexplored corner of Rishikesh, Vista Divine is a three-bedroom villa with four bathrooms. With breathtaking views of the river Ganga, this homestay offers a peaceful escape. It is surrounded by lush greenery and includes a beautiful outdoor space as well. When here, you will be away from the main tourist places and close to yoga ashrams like Gyan Yog Breath and Shiv Siddh Yoga Peeth nearby.
Amenities: Free parking, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly, complimentary breakfast, power backup and equipped kitchen.
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This opulent villa is a luxurious home with over 25,000 square feet of land. Shambhala by the Ganges has a beautiful garden and outdoor seating next to the river, allowing you to dip in Ganga whenever you like. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, it can accommodate ten people, making it an excellent choice for a big family or a group of friends. The Lakshman Jhula and Vedic Yoga Centre are nearby.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, power backup, equipped kitchen, free parking and a fireplace.
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Penthouse, luxury cottage or a premium apartment — iTvara Stays gives you the choice of these three versatile accommodations for your holiday. Offering beautiful views of the Garhwal mountains and river Ganga, iTvara Stays is perfect for a blissful vacation.
All these properties are located within a residential community with the Beatles Ashram, Ram Jhula and Ganga Beach close by.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, equipped kitchen, free parking, air conditioning, power backup and smoking rooms.
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Right on the banks of the river Ganga, these beautifully furnished apartments are a modern take on the classic homestay. With the view of the rolling mountains, the accommodation gives the solace of having a holiday with all the amenities. The Patanjali International Yoga Foundation is just a kilometre away.
Amenities: Swimming pool, power backup, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, lawn, smoking room and room service.
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This luxury apartment is furnished with modern amenities and has stylish decor. The homestay has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and can easily accommodate eleven people at a time. You can enjoy mountain views and even hear the evening aarti from here.
Amenities: Free WiFi, air conditioning, equipped kitchen, free parking, portable heater and shared gym nearby.
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With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this grand villa is a newly built property that can accommodate eight people. Right on the waterfront, the house faces the Ganga and has a huge garden perfect for a picnic, yoga or simply relaxing. It is a little far from main tourist destinations like Ram Jhula or Lakshman Jhula.
Amenities: Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, equipped kitchen and free parking.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: Aloha apartments by blissful Ganges and Shambala by the Ganges give a scenic view of the river and the mountain.
Answer: Shambala by the Ganges, Aloha Apartments by Blissful Ganges and Mirana House are some of the best luxury homestays in Rishikesh.
Answer: Yes, homestays are good for solo travel. You can experience your destination like a local and they are also good for tourists on a budget.
Answer: Your stay at a homestay in Rishikesh can range from INR 800 to INR 1,00,000 per night; the price depends on factors like location, size of the property and amenities provided.