Rishikesh, India offers something for every shopper. From the crowded shops of Swarg Ashram to the downtown stores that cater to every day needs, you’ll feel immersed in the local traditions and culture where ever you go.
Where to Shop in Rishikesh
There are many small shops and stalls on both sides of Lakshman Jhula Bridge. You can find everything from local crafts, clothing, and shoes to ornate brassware.
In the downtown area, you can find quality clothing with prices cheaper than in Delhi. Nehru shirts and Khardis are a particularly good buy, as most tourists go for Yoga-style clothing. Orange Buddhist t-shirts, with or without images, are widely available, and if you’re traveling in winter, there’s a good range of warm Nepalese clothing for sale.
What to Buy in Rishikesh
At most tourist destinations you’ll find ornaments, religious and otherwise, for sale at low prices, but there are plenty of opportunities to buy other authentic goods from India. Some stalls near Swarg Ashram sell high-quality spices at a bargain. Smell fragrant cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and caraway while you shop. Expect to pay around 20-30 rupees for a small glass, but you can get a better deal if you buy more. There are also quite a few shops that sell Ayurvedic medicines and oils, particularly close to the bridge.
Haggling is a must when shopping, particularly in smaller stalls and souvenir shops. However, when shopping in areas of downtown Rishikesh, the prices are already so low that you don’t need to haggle.
Don’t be afraid to try the freshly squeezed green orange juice sold on almost every corner downtown, a re-hydration solution for the hot and humid summer days. You may need to buy an umbrella if you’re traveling in July or August as the afternoon downpours can be very heavy.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Rishikesh shopping.