Located at an altitude of 532 m or 1,745 ft
above sea level, Rishikesh is heaven for those seeking some gala
time in the cool and calm environment. The place is blessed with a
temperate climate all the year round which makes it a perfect
destination for a quick visit. Its level of elevation greatly
affects its everyday weather and climate. Also, river Ganges cools
down any extra heat forming on its surface so it is a secondary
reason for Rishikesh's balmy atmosphere.
The weather of Rishikesh is quite changeable, it can rain (accompanied by chilly winds) any time. The maximum temperature in summers can go upto 40o C and 25o C in winters. The yearly average rainfall in Rishikesh, though varying, approximately remains about 2136.7 mm.
Summer in Rishikesh begins 'properly' in the month of June accompanied by little rainfall. The temperature touches its pinnacle at that time. After that comes the monsoon around end of July to August. The only drawback during the monsoon is the daytime heavy rainfall it brings sometimes. After a few showers the heat from summer starts to subside. The monsoon lasts till mid-September, after which the autumn begins. The time period between mid-September and November lends a magical aura to the entire place and many visitors believe it to be the best time to visit Rishikesh.
Winters in Rishikesh start from November end and prevail till mid-February. One would need woolens and shawls during this time. Sometimes the temperature reaches below the freezing point in the night. February onwards one can expect the sporadic rainfall giving way to the lovely blossoms of spring.
Altitude: 356 m (above sea-level)
Summer Temperature: Minimum: 29o C, Maximum: 40o C
Winter Temperature: Minimum: 5o C, Maximum: 20o C
Annual Rainfall: 2136.7 mm
Best Time to Visit: March to November
For spiritual studies and classes on meditation, you should head straight to the many ashrams in Rishikesh. In any case, you shouldn't miss visiting the popular ones including Sivanand Ashram, Paremarth Niketan, Yoga Niketan and Vithal Ashram among others.
Ganga ghats are highly revered. One of these is the Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh, known for its divinity. You can visit this ghat in the evening when the much popular Ganga Arti is performed here on the banks of the divine Ganges. A must-watch indeed!
Among many tourist attractions in Rishikesh, the Lakshamn Jhula has its own significant place. Hindus believe that this is the place from where Lakshman (Rama's brother) had crossed the river. Today, it stands in the form of a beautiful suspended bridge.