Head To These 5 Cafes For The Best View Of The Ganges In Rishikesh

Places Included

  1. Beatles Café 
  2. Om Freedom Café 
  3. Little Buddha Café 
  4. The Sitting Elephant 
  5. Jal Jalebi And Beyond

A five-hour drive via the national highway 334, Rishikesh is a very accessible and easy to reach pilgrim spot near the capital. On the way, you’ll get to enjoy the lush green fields and as you reach nearer, you can spot the Ganges river flowing from a distance too. Rishikesh is a perfect weekend getaway with your family and friends. Although it is mostly listed as a holy place due to the Ganges river and Laxman Jhula, the fact is that you’d find plenty of fun activities to do here once you start exploring. The food is definitely a highlight, with a diverse range of cuisines, from Tibetan to Israeli and more. Try Shakshuka wherever you can. It is one of the most affordable adventure spots near Delhi that can be a fresh breath of air from the mundane every day routine. 

While there are plenty of beautiful resorts and other properties that provide the most luxurious stay, we would suggest that you try camping if you’ve got that adventurous vibe in you. Giving you the real feel of what it’s like to set up your tents near the river and spend the days in the sand, this will draw up a very different picture of Rishikesh for you. Gorge on hot parathas and naans, while soaking in the views. Also, the highlight of the place, other than the temples and holy shrines is river rafting. The gushing waters literally send a chill down your spine and give you the real adrenaline rush. 

5 Riverside Cafes For The Perfect View Of Rishikesh 

After you’ve soaked in the sun and the water, head to these eateries for a delicious meal with a beautiful view. 

1.  The Beatles Café 

Ringing in the tunes of Here comes the sun and All You Need Is Love from the 60s, this themed-café is a popular choice among tourists. Based on the 60s music band, the Beatles, this place offers rustic ambience and pretty views. Try their lasagna, pesto pasta and pizza while enjoying the musical extravaganza. 

Where: Paidal Marg, Tapovan Sarai, Badrinath Road, Laxman Jhula, near Hanuman Mandir, near Divine Resort, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192

Timings: 11:30 am-9:30 pm 

Cost For Two: ₹600

Cuisines Offered: Italian, Continental, Asian, North Indian 

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2.  Om Freedom Café 

As the name suggests, the place is perfect to free your spirit and rejuvenate in the tranquility of nature. Don’t miss out on their fluffy pancakes if you manage to get ahead of the long queue outside the café. Well, the serene view of Ganges and some pancakes and Shakshuka, who would want to miss it after all? 

Where: Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302

Timings: 10:00 am-10:30 pm

Cost For Two: ₹550

Cuisines Offered: Israeli, Indian, Continental 

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3.  Little Buddha Café 

You cannot leave Rishikesh without stepping foot in this café at least once during your stay. Featured among the oh-so-popular cafes of Rishikesh, the highlight of the café is it’s architectural design. Sitting here would feel like you are in a tree house and the view is surreal. It is also hard to find a café that offer everything from Tibetan to Indian and Continental in Rishikesh. Their mixed veg platter is a must-have. 

Where: Laxman Jhula Rd, near Little Buddha Cafe, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302

Timings: 8 am-11 pm

Cost For Two: ₹700

Cuisines Offered: Tibetan, Israeli, Continental, Chinese, North Indian 

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4.  The Sitting Elephant 

Want to witness a miracle amidst the hills? Focus on the three hills surrounding this café and the river flowing between them and you’ll see the image of an elephant. Hosted by Hotel Elbee Ganga, the café offers picturesque views with drool-worthy delicacies like paneer shashlik and Dal-e-Jivitesh. 

Where: 355, Manvendera Nagar, Haridwar Road, Rishikesh

Timings: 10 am-10:30 pm

Cost For Two: ₹1300

Cuisines Offered: North Indian 

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5.  JAL JALEBI And Beyond 

Sounds like a fun place right? They definitely have Jalebi on their menu but much more than that too. Sitauted inside the Hotel Ganga Kinare, you are bound to witness the most eye-catching views when you sit by the window. Try their nutella naan and Buddha platter while you’re here. 

Where: 237,Vibbhadra Road, Hotel Ganga Kinare, Rishikesh

Timings: 7 am-10:30 pm 

Cost For Two: ₹1500

Cuisines Offered: Continental, Chinese, North Indian 

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