Journey to the Heart of Yoga: Guide to Rishikesh

A complete travel guide….. 

Rishikesh, known as the Yoga Capital of the World and the warmest white river rafting destination in India, Rishikesh offers a variety of activities that appeal to both spiritual seekers and adventurers. Being a pilgrimage town, Rishikesh attracts millions of domestic and international visitors each year. 

Rishikesh is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, it becomes an ideal and accessible weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Read this Delhi to Rishikesh travel guide to explore this beautiful destination in all its glory. 


How to Reach from Delhi to Rishikesh by Bus. 

As far as Delhi to Rishikesh distance by bus is concerned, you’ll be relieved to know that a few dozen buses are running on this route every day. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Given the nearly 6-hour distance, it makes sense to take a morning bus and arrive in Rishikesh by evening. If not, a late-night bus (at 11 or 12 a.m.) is a good option to arrive by 5 a.m. early morning. 

In Delhi, the bus boarding point is Kashmiri Gate which serves as a hub for both private and government buses. Himachal Roadways buses are classified as standard, semi-luxurious, or Volvo. Also, Delhi to Rishikesh bus ticket prices are subject to change; please check the website for the most up-to-date information. 

How to Reach from Delhi to Rishikesh by Train 

You can also travel from Delhi to Rishikesh by train. There are approximately 6 trains that run between these cities daily. The average distance traveled by train from Delhi to Rishikesh is around 250 km and the journey takes approximately 6-7 hours. Visit the Indian Railways website for the most up-to-date information on Delhi to Rishikesh train ticket prices or select your options from a variety of online portals, 

How to Reach by Flight. 

You can travel from Delhi to Rishikesh by flight however, Rishikesh does not have a public airport. The nearest is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport, about 35 kilometers from Rishikesh. Following your flight, you can book a taxi or cab and arrive here in less than an hour. 

You can book your flight from Delhi to Rishikesh through any of the air carrier websites or by booking through the different travel portals online. Flights from Delhi to Rishikesh may differ depending on the booking window, the deals on offer, and the time of the year (whether it is peak season or off-season). You can also fly to the capital city and then take a bus or taxi from the airport to Rishikesh. 

Best Time to Visit. 

Rishikesh has a continental climate with great weather owing to its location in the Himalayan foothills. The temperature never rises above 35°C in the summer and never falls below 8°C in the winter, making the climate perfect for exploration all year round. 

You can visit This Place during either of its two high seasons, depending on what type of vacation you want to take and the activities you want to partake in – late September to November is regarded as the best time to visit Rishikesh if you are interested in river rafting and other adventurous activities. Between February and April, many tourists visit the town for a relaxing vacation with friends or family. Rishikesh’s religious tourism season is during the rainy months of July and August (the Savan festival). 

 Top Places To Visit In Rishikesh 

Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula 

Laxman and Ram jhula are the 450 feet long iron suspended bridges that are a highlight of Rishikesh. Located 4 km from the railway station, these architectural wonders are significant pilgrimage spots and find their name in the best places to visit. After you have visited these bridges and reveled in their beauty, you can then pay a visit to Ram temple, Trayambakeshwar temple, and Laxman temple which are situated nearby, and are among the famous places in This Place 

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram 

In the 60s, the Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram. Since then, this ashram has garnered a lot of acclaims and is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh. The tranquility of this place will leave you speechless. You can visit the ashram for a meditation session which is sure to offer you a great spiritual experience. 

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple 

The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Shiva and is easily among the best places to see. Many devotees visit the temple for a bath in the freshwater spring inside. 

Triveni Ghat 

Situated alongside Ganga, the Triveni Ghat is one of the popular tourist places in Rishikesh. On visiting the ghat, you will see numerous pilgrims bathing in the waters. At this very ghat, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati takes place. During the evening aarti, you feel a spiritual aura all around the place which transports you to a different place altogether. 

River Rafting 

A trip will never be complete if you do not head out rafting. It calls out to the adventure junkie in you; it is an experience that is certain to enthrall. What’s important here is that you follow what the instructor says, and keep yourself safe while at it. 

There is no dearth of places to visit in either Haridwar or Yoga Capital. It is an experience that intertwines sanctity with adventure, a combination that can interest even the most ardent of travelers. You just have to plan it well. 


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