Anyone stayed in Rishikesh?

#1 Sep 6th, 2017, 13:51
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Hi,
I will be in Rishikesh on this date for one week in 2018 (all being well)

If anyone is staying in Rishikesh at the moment, where are you staying?
Or, for travellers that have stayed their previously, can you recommend hotels, cabins, homestays etc for maximum Rs3000 per night including all taxes for two people?

Thanks for any help.
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Parmarth niketan ashram - twin occupancy Riverside room would be one recommendation.
Small rooms but clean campus and you should be able to interact with other foreign tourists there.
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Thanks for that info Snotty.

I have looked on Trip Advisor, Rough Guide, LP and Footprints but do like to get further info from IM.

We don't mind being a few km's out of the main 'action', as we will have motorcycle transport.

Places that are quiet and fairly isolated would be suitable.

We are touring North India for the scenery, food and meeting good company on our travels, rather than for any spiritual reasons.

Any other recommendations would be welcome?

After a week in Rishikesh, next stop for a week stay is Shimla.

The same requirements are wanted for Shimla.

Any help appreciated.
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I would suggest Somany Bhawan in Rishikesh.. Nice location by the Ganga and good homely food...
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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion Shreejaya.

I looked up Somany Bhawan and the place looked ok.
Once I read the comments section and it stated no alcohol in the rooms, and curfew between 11pm and 5am afraid it's not for us!

Guess we would probably be happier in the High Bank area or even North of that. We prefer a come and go when you want, do what you want, kind of scenario.

So any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated and thanks again.
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Guess you may have to stay a fair distance away from Rishikesh, if alcohol would be a deciding factor..
Liquor is banned in the town itself.
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I've stayed at Bhandari Swiss cottage a few times & always enjoyed it, basic but clean & the views down to the river are amazing, try & get a room on top floor which are the dearer ones.
It has it's own garden where there is a big enclosed area where you can safely park your bike, there's always at least 2-3bikes parked there. There is a nice indoor & outdoor restaurant in the garden run by Nepali's. It's half way between the 2 bridges, so a nice walk down to the Ganga in either direction.
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Since you'll have wheels and don't mind being a little bit out of town. You may like the Prathm Home Stay in new Kyarki. Its the village above the falls, that can be seen by looking at the hill upstream from the ghats in Rishikesh. The house has a nice view of Rishikesh from up there and its really peaceful. They recently got registered to take foreign guests but I don't think they have had much business from westerners.
I know the owner and have had lunch there but because I didn't have independent transportation I haven't overnighted there.

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Looks like Rishikesh is off the itinerary now then.

I love India but will not be dictated to,re,no alcohol, for one thing.

Too much of that bulls*** in the 70's, sorry if I offend anyone!

Ok, So probably we will be going straight on to Shimla from Delhi.
Any help with accommodation there?
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Well if you're not going to Rishikesh because you won't be dictated to, you're already being dictated to.

There are plenty of places to stock up between the airport in Delhi and Roorkee. Keep it relatively low key, stay out of ashrams and it will be fine.

Apparently there is a hotel over near Natraj Chowk with the with a permit to serve. There is a new high end establishment near that hasn't opened as due to not getting a permit as one of the reasons it hasn't open yet.

Rishikesh gets overwhelmed on the weekends enough, not having readily available alcohol is a somewhat mitigating factor.

One of my most memorable hangovers in recent history is there. I'd only been back for 3 days. All my body knew was the air, water and food had suddenly changed and now I was shitfaced. A mere hangover wasn't enough for me, nope. I decided to produce the most mucus as possible for the next 2 days, as I was meeting people left and right as the wedding day approached.
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Hi,
Got down off my high horse now!

It just reminded me of having to get an 'alcohol' stamp in my passport after seeing a doctor in Madras (Chennai) in 1976 stating I was an alcoholic, in order to receive a drinking permit.

I've now searched a bit and found plenty of places within 10 miles of Rishi where I can have a beer in the evening.

So, Rishikesh is back on the agenda.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for those two great links for Shimla aarosh.
They look exactly what I'm after. Not in the middle of town but within easy distance on the Enfield for in and out 'sorties/.
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https://www.cleartrip.com/hotels/inf...4192#Amenities

Traffic can be really bad and you're not going to want to ride around after a pint or how many.
So shelter in place.

The place linked above has drawn my attention in the past, if only for the name.

"Uncle, why are your taking photos of that hotel?"
"HAHAHA because the Internets!!!!1!"

Godwin Hotel
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Hi,

Thanks for the advice skid ghost.

Not intending to go on a bender miles from our hotel, just a couple of small beers with the evening meal then back to base to finish off.

Looks good the Goodwin, though really looking for something a bit more remote, plus it's slightly over our top budget.

So anymore suggestions will be appreciated.

Got our eye on the High Bank area or even further North of Rishi.
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High bank area is good with the bike, there's a really expensive place straight across from entrance to Bhandari Swiss cottage, but doesn't have the same views.

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