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3 Unmissable Waterfalls in Rishikesh

3 Unmissable Waterfalls in Rishikesh

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover the absolute best waterfalls in Rishikesh– from popular swimming holes to secluded cascading forest pools.

Visiting waterfalls is undoubtedly not what draws most travelers to Rishikesh. Although it’s known more for its vibrant yoga scene and picturesque river views, I believe that Rishikesh is still an epic destination for adventure travelers.

In fact, Rishikesh’s natural beauty extends far from the banks of the Ganges and high into the forest-laden hills where epic hikes and waterfalls await.

Below I’ll reveal my favorite waterfalls with links to individual guides for each waterfall to help you plan a visit with info on how to find them and what to expect.

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Looking for adventures in Rishikesh after checking out these awesome forest waterfalls? The below will have you covered for an epic time in India's adventure capital!

The Best Waterfalls in Rishikesh

I haven't ranked these waterfalls in any particular order. This is due to the fact each waterfall is fairly different from the next. It will depend on what you prefer, whether it be a secluded hike or a thriving swimming hole.

1. Neer Garh Waterfall

  • Height: Approximately 6-7 meters (20-23 feet)
  • Hike Distance: 1.5 km (0.93 mi) round trip
  • Best for: Swimming and exploring limestone caves

Neer Garh waterfall is perhaps the most well-known waterfall in Rishikesh. Located on the hills above the northern banks of the Ganges River, this multi-tiered waterfall offers some of the deepest swimming holes, and some of the most scenic limestone falls on this list.

This waterfall is great if you'd prefer a bit of variety, as some of the "hidden" lower levels are usually secluded.

However, once you climb up the concrete and dirt paths to the upper tiers, you'll find cafes and crowds of people enjoying the vibe.

It's also possible to continue hiking past the top level and high into the hills above for great views of the surrounding mountainscape.

Neer garh waterfall rishikesh

2. Garud Chatti Waterfall

  • Height: Multi-tiered, with tiers ranging up to 25 meters (82 feet)
  • Hike Distance: 4 km (2.49 mi) round trip
  • Best for: Scenic limestone falls and deep swimming holes

The next two Rishikesh waterfalls on this list are both located on the southern banks of the Ganges. While Garud Chatti Waterfall, is less popular than Neer Garh Waterfall, it certainly can still draw a crowd.

Luckily, there are several levels to explore after reaching the first waterfall following a 1.5 km hike into the Rajaji Forest. The two main tiers have shallow pools that are great for swimming and enjoying a fresh waterfall shower.

Garud chatti waterfall rishikesh
Garud chatti waterfall rishikesh

3. Patna Waterfall

  • Height: Approximately 15 meters (49 feet)
  • Hike Distance: 3 km (1.86 mi) round trip
  • Best for: Scenic, tranquil environment and short, easy hike

Found just a short distance from Garud Chatti waterfall, Patna waterfall is a less impressive, but less visited waterfall near Rishikesh.

Patna waterfall is a tall, limestone waterfall that trickles gently down a steep cliffside and into a shallow pool below.

This waterfall doesn't offer much in terms of swimming, but the short hike through the Rajaji Forest makes the trip worthwhile. If you're looking for a waterfall near Rishikesh that offers quiet and scenic vibes, this one might be for you.

Patna waterfall rishikesh

Where to Stay in Rishikesh for Waterfall Adventures

After spending a few weeks relaxing and adventuring in Rishikesh, I ended up staying at a few different hotels and hostels. The main thing to look for in Rishikesh is the location.

Many backpackers including myself recommend staying in the Tapovan area. There are so many things to do in Tapovan since this is the main tourist area in Rishikesh. It doesn't matter too much whether you stay on the south side, or the north side, as everything is within walking distance.

  • My favorite hostel in Rishikesh: Live Free Hostel - After checking out a few hostels, Live Free definitely had the best vibe. Complete with a courtyard and comfortable rooms, there is also a big downstairs hangout area where they have group cooking activities, rooftop yoga, and movie nights.
  • Best budget private room: Hotel Yog - If you'd prefer to relax by yourself or as a couple, the Hotel Yog is one of the best budget hotels in the Tapovan area. Rooms are considered budget but are a little more expensive than the nearby hostels. However, at only around $20 a night for spacious rooms with mountain views, a continental breakfast and a rooftop terrace, you really can't go wrong.
  • Best-rated yoga resort: Rudram Hotel Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat - Looking to do a whole bunch of yoga in Rishikesh but still want to stay within the Tapovan area? This place offers yoga courses and free yoga sessions by the Ganges. The rooms are super comfortable and come with AC and mountain views.
Rudram yoga retreat

Best Time to Go Waterfall Chasing in Rishikesh

Rishikesh has three main seasons; Summer, winter, and monsoon.

  • Monsoon months: July to September
  • Summer: March to May
  • Winter: October to February

The general consensus is that the best time to visit Rishikesh is between the months of September to June. This avoids the monsoon months, where torrential rainfall is common. Typically, waterfalls are overflowing, tracks are muddy, and white water rafting is not really possible.

Also, note that April and May can also get a little hot. So, if you're a bit shy of the heat, try visiting between September to March. March is also the time where the yoga festival kicks off, so this is easily the most popular time to visit Rishikesh.

Upper tier of neer garh waterfall rishikesh

Getting To The Rishikesh Waterfalls

It's possible to walk to all of the falls listed above from the Laxman Jhula Bridge in the Tapovan district of Rishikesh. I've listed detailed directions and hiking information on the individual blog posts, so you shouldn't have any problem finding them.

However, if you're not too keen on walking, you can rent a scooter for around 500 IR per day, or a Royal Enfield for about 1,500 IR.

Alternatively, there are rickshaw drivers in Rishikesh that can take you on the short journey to the waterfall treks for 150-250 each way.

Top 3 unmissable waterfalls rishikesh

I hope that this quick and easy guide to the top three waterfalls in Rishikesh has motivated you to get out and explore this incredible destination. For more travel guides and blogs, including itineraries and individual trips on your trip to India, make sure to check out the list below.

Thanks for Reading

I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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Vipin Saini

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

हाय ओली,

मैं विपिन सैनी, ऋषिकेश की यात्रा पर एक वीडियो बना रहा हूं, तभी मुझे ब्लॉग के बारे में पता चला। क्या मैं इसका उपयोग कर सकता हूं और क्रेडिट्स में आपका उल्लेख कर सकता हूं, इसे इंस्टाग्राम पर भी पोस्ट करूंगा। अगर आपके पास इंस्टा अकाउंट है तो आपको वहां भी टैग करेगा।

Shubham Dobhal

Friday 11th of March 2022

Hi Olly,

Shubham here ... I am making a video on travel to Rishikesh, thats when I discovered the blog. Can I use it and mention you in credits also will be posting It on Instagram. If you have an insta account will tag you there as well.

Olly Gaspar

Friday 11th of March 2022

Hi Shubham,

Of course you can! Feel free to add the link in, send me the video once it's done on my instagram: @ollygaspar, and I'll watch!