What are the best Pre-wedding shoot locations in Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is one of the most popular locations among couples to plan a pre-wedding shoot. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, the sacred city of Rishikesh beckons travellers from around the world with its ethereal beauty. Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” Rishikesh offers a perfect blend of natural wonders, ancient traditions, and a peaceful ambience that captivates the soul. A pre-wedding shoot in Rishikesh is an excellent choice for couples looking to capture their love and create timeless memories against the backdrop of serene nature, spiritual ambience, and enchanting landscapes. Here are a few picturesque spots for you to have a perfect shoot for your pre-wedding in Rishikesh.
Neer Garh waterfall
The heavenly Neer Garh waterfalls are approximately 16 kilometres from Rishikesh and 6 kilometres from Tapovan. This beautiful cascade falls on rocky terrain and is surrounded by lush green forests. The Neer Garh waterfalls flow down through steep slopes in multiple tiers. Each tier has a walking path that is made up of a mix of concrete, earth, and little footbridges. This majestic waterfall will add to the charm of your pre-wedding photographs. You can also indulge in adventurous activities near the waterfall. Adventurous couples can also enjoy a trek from the Laxman Jhula to the Neer Garh Falls. The best time to visit Neer Gaddu Waterfalls for a Pre-wedding shoot is between October to April. You’ll have to pay Rs. 30 per person as the entry fee. You can visit the falls between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
How about having a pre-wedding shoot on the banks of the River Ganges? A little village called Kaudiyala, on your way from Rishikesh to Devprayag, is the perfect spot. It is situated on the banks of the river Ganges. The Ganges flows through the village, which is surrounded by stunning natural scenery with the towering Himalayan mountains in the distance. It provides gorgeous views of the river, emerald-green trees, and picturesque valleys, making an excellent backdrop for a romantic pre-wedding shoot. Kaudiyala also serves as the starting place for Ganges white water rafting excursions. So you and your partner can enjoy some adventure activities and get spellbinding pre-wedding photos at the same time. The best time to visit this place is from March to June and September to November
Laxman Jhula is one of the main attractions of Rishikesh. It is a famous suspension bridge located in the city. It is an important landmark and a well-liked tourist destination in the area. Laxman Jhula, which spans the Ganges River, is around 450 feet long. It is made of iron cables and features a pathway that is only for pedestrians. The bridge is renowned for being an architectural wonder and provides stunning views of the river, the neighbouring mountain range, and the town of Rishikesh. The beautiful view of the River Ganges amidst the mountains will be a charming setting for your pre-wedding photographs. Being a famous tourist site, Laxman Jhula attracts a lot of visitors. It is advised that you plan a shoot early in the morning to avoid crowds.
Another renowned suspension bridge in Rishikesh is the Ram Jhula. It is named after Lord Rama, the main character of the Hindu epic Ramayana, and is located just downstream of Laxman Jhula. Similar to the Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula is also constructed over River Ganges and is a pedestrian-only bridge. It is around 450 feet long and is also built of iron cables. It joins Swarg Ashram and Sivananda Ashram. The bridge provides expansive views of the Ganges, the nearby mountains, and Rishikesh, another beautiful spot for you to get lovely shots for your pre-wedding album. It is advised to plan for an early morning shoot to avoid inconvenience.
Neem Beach is another picturesque spot in Rishikesh for your pre-wedding shoot. This beach is located near Tapovan and is known for adventurous activities such as river rafting. Other than that, the beach offers a scenic view of the mountains and the beautiful River Ganges, making an ideal spot to add beachy vibes to your photographs. There is no entry fee to visit this beach. The beach is accessible from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We would advise you to plan an early morning shoot here to avoid tourists.
The Triveni Ghat is an important sacred spot for Hindu worshippers in Rishikesh. It is the largest and most well-known Ghat on the banks of the River Ganges. The confluence of three rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati, is referred to as the “Triveni” region. Other than its significance, the Ghat also offers a panoramic view for the couples to get romantic shots for their pre-wedding album. The Triveni Ghat is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible. There’s no entry fee. The ghat opens from 5 in the morning till 7 in the evening. The river Ganga is famous for its grand evening Aarti, which happens around 6 in the evening. The Ghat remains full of devotees at that time, so try to avoid pre-wedding shoots during the Aarti.
The Goa beach is among the favourite spots in Rishikesh to have a pre-wedding shoot. As the name implies, the sand accumulated on the Goa Beach resembles the ones in Goa. Goa Beach is a hidden gem in Rishikesh and is located close to Tapovan. The Ganges River’s banks are where the beach is located and provides breathtaking views of the hills and forests around. If you want to have a beachy backdrop similar to the one in Goa, then you have it in Rishikesh. The place is famous for pre-wedding shoots and hence you might find a lot of couples at the beach. Try to plan an early morning shoot to avoid inconvenience.
The Beatles Ashram also known as the Chaurasi Kutia in Rishikesh is a popular tourist spot which gained popularity in 1968 when the iconic English rock band The Beatles studied meditation there and hence the name. Today, the Beatles Ashram is no longer an active centre but has become a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are welcome to tour the band members’ former homes, including the meditation cells and abandoned structures. The walls of the ashram are covered with vibrant graffiti and works of art that would make a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your pre-wedding photographs. You can plan your shoot between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The entry fee here is Rs. 150.
Another beautiful setting located 6.5 kilometres from Laxman Jhula, the Patna waterfalls is a hidden gem in Rishikesh. These majestic falls would make an excellent backdrop for your pre-wedding photographs. Not many people are aware of this waterfall and hence the spot remains comparatively less crowded. There is a 1-kilometre hike to reach the Patna waterfalls. You don’t have to pay an entry fee. The best time to visit these for pre-wedding shoots is post-monsoon, so plan your shoot accordingly.
Muni ki Reti
Muni ki Reti literally means the ‘sand of the sages’ and is known for its serene and tranquil environment. It is located near Rishikesh and had a lot of temples, ashrams etc. Muni ki Reti is a significant religious pilgrimage site and is regarded as the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage. The village is surrounded by hills, the Ganges River, and verdant forests, making it a beautiful location for a pre-wedding shoot. Plan your shoot here and your pre-wedding photos will be far more lovely as a result.
Phool Chatti Wood Bridge
This beautiful wooden bridge is located at the picturesque confluence of the Huel and Ganga Rivers, which is framed by mountains. A pre-wedding picture shoot would be ideal at Phoolchatti wooden bridge as it will give a unique touch to your photographs. This place is near Patna waterfalls, around 16 kilometres from Rishikesh. You’ll have to pay Rs. 500 for photography at this place.
Video Tailor Tip: You can also rent bikes for some dramatic pre-wedding shots. The rental cost ranges between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 4000, depending on the bike you choose. The area near VNA resort is a perfect spot to shoot a bike sequence.
We also advise you to book your accommodations in or near Tapovan. Tapovan is the central place, and the shooting locations are easily accessible from this point. Hence this will help in the smooth sailing of your pre-wedding shoot.
I'm Sanyukti Chowdhry, a free-spirited individual who loves all things creative. Oh, and did I mention I'm a shutterbug? Yep, I'm the kind of person who sees the world through a lens and captures those magical moments that make life truly remarkable. I'm also a writer, but I must admit, I don't always have the time to put pen to paper or, in this digital age, fingers to keyboard