Exploring Rishikesh: A Blend of Trance Parties, Adventure, and Hippy Culture

I’ve always heard so much about Rishikesh from my friends back in Chandigarh. Their stories about the vibrant vibes and the experiences I saw on the internet finally made me plan my trip. Having just returned from Kasol, on April 23, I was eager to explore Rishikesh. After a quick stop in Chandigarh, I drove to Ambala, where I parked my car safely at the railway station for just 50 rupees a day. With my car secure, I grabbed a local meal and waited for my train, which departed at 7:30 PM.

By 4:30 AM, the train reached Haridwar. I got off, ordered a chai, and lit a cigarette while waiting for my friend, Chhota Shahzada, who was coming to pick me up. He arrived soon, jokingly asking about my snake and horse (a playful jab at my laid-back demeanor).

What Makes Rishikesh the Ultimate Destination for Trance Parties and Adventure Seekers?

The Journey Begins

We set off, stopping briefly at Har Ki Pauri to take a dip in the holy Ganga and pay our respects before heading to Rishikesh. My friend owned a flat there, and upon arrival, he welcomed me in true hippy style with a joint. After a hearty laugh and some food, we called it a night.

The next day, while my friend managed his resort and campsite, I got ready, opened my laptop to catch up on work, and prepared for our day out. When Chhota returned, we headed to Rishikesh downtown for a refreshing Rajasthani Rabdi Thali—perfect to combat the summer heat.

Rishikesh Dur Hai Yahi High Hote Hai 🙂

Trance Parties and Hippy Culture

In the evening, we drove to Tapovan for a private trance party. The atmosphere was electrifying with vibrant music, cold beers, and joints. The sky was a stunning orange and teal blue, adding to the surreal vibe of the party. These trance parties are a staple in Rishikesh, usually held in clubs or private venues. It’s always best to check online for the latest events.

PartyTime with one of Best at our campsite Jolly

We repeated this routine for several days, oscillating between the campsite and exploring the narrow lanes of Rishikesh, ensuring our guests had a smooth experience at the campsite.

Hidden Waterfalls and Adventure

We explored several local hidden waterfall treks known only to the locals. One notable trek was near Neelkanth Temple, where after the visit, we ventured on the secluded Huel River trek—an untouched gem. We also tried Nepali weed, enhancing our adventure spirit.

Hidden Waterfall Near Rishikesh

One day, we went river rafting, although the experience was underwhelming due to the lack of flow and enthusiasm. We had to do it mainly because a group from Tamil Nadu at our campsite insisted on it.

Hosting and Exploring with a Local

As a campsite owner, Chhota was the perfect host, blending his responsibilities with showing me the best of Rishikesh. His knowledge of hidden spots and local culture made my experience unique. From arranging impromptu treks to organizing evening bonfires at the campsite, he ensured there was never a dull moment.

Veer Jawan Campsite K

We often explored together, and his insider tips were invaluable. Whether it was finding the best local eateries or knowing the perfect time for a peaceful dip in the Ganges, having Chhota as my guide transformed my trip into an extraordinary adventure.

Local Cafes and Best Time to Visit

We explored many local cafes, including popular spots for backpackers like bunk stays and more. Each had its unique charm and vibe, making the experience richer.

Rishikesh offers its best from October to February, when the weather is pleasant, and the natural beauty is at its peak.


Rishikesh is not just about spirituality and yoga; it’s a blend of adventure, hippy culture, and vibrant nightlife. From hidden waterfalls to electrifying trance parties, there’s something for everyone. If you’re planning a visit, be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Near laxman Jhula my friends enjoy

This was my journey, and I hope it inspires you to embark on your own adventure to this mystical land. For more detailed accounts and tips, visit my blog at

Safe travels and good vibes!

Written by Pothead Bawa

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