When we plan to travel to Haridwar, Rishikesh pops up in our mind! Where Rishikesh is getting crowded day by day, you can spend time at Tapovan, just 8 kms from Rishikesh and you can sit by ganges for hours with no disturbance at all.
Tapovan is very calm and silent small place with numerous cafes, spas, meditation centers, Yoga classes. Whenever you feel like taking a break from your city life and do not want to travel much , head to this land of hippies.
I stayed at Mount Valley Mama Cottage, Tapovan. And i never got a room more beautiful for 800 INR per night. The owner of the place, popularly known as “Mama” cooks delicious food. Just let her know your preference, Veg or Non veg and she will get you a delicious “Thali” with a lot of variety.
Most of the time you will find foreigners here !
HOW TO REACH :
By road :
If you are riding solo or even with friends taking your own car is a good plan ! Take NH58 and you are there in another 6 hours. Roads are pretty good with good dhabas on the way! Also the world famous, Jain Shikanji is also on the way.
By train :
Take any train going till haridwar and then catch a bus/ shared auto till Rishikesh.
BEST TIME TO VISIT :
As it is a holy place it stays crowded on all the major festivals like Shivratri, Mahashivratri, kumbh, etc. But you can visit this place any time of the year for different experiences.
WHAT ALL TO DO WHILE YOU ARE HERE :
Explore this place as much as you can as it is not a huge place. you will get numerous cafes here facing Ganga. I spent three days alone roaming in cafes and not for a moment i felt bore.
~ visit 60’s Delmar Cafe. This cafe opened after “The Beatles” left this country. So as a memory of them staying in India this cafe was opened and they play rock and roll music everyday. Food here is all Veg and super delicious!
~ find your spot and Sit by the Ganges for as long as you want to.
~ Cafe The Office It is in the Ram jhula market of Rishikesh, though its not a big cafe but you get delicious fruit samosas here!
~Raasta Cafe, Nirvana cafe, and other numerous cafes in Tapovan
~ Visit Neelkanth as it just takes some 1-2 hours to reach there and you can return same day to your cottage!
~ Trek to Neergarh waterfall.
If you want to give a break to your daily life and want to come a little closer to your spiritual life, you will not find a better place than this, closest to city!