Rishikesh is in close proximity of Dehradun‘s Jolly Grant Airport (about 15 km) – a small, quiet and recently renovated airport handling just two flights from Delhi. The runway is being extended and will possibly then handle flights from other metros as of now there are flights only from Delhi (The capital of India)
Delhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a good option for a hassle free traveling specially for foreign tourists. It’s a 6 to 7 hours journey and on the way one can stop for short break at a nice and clean restaurant named Cheetal. Prices vary from US$ 80 to US$ 120 for an air conditioned car. There are two trusted taxi services listed below.
A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are only about three slow trains daily. It’s best to take the train to Haridwar and continue by bus (45 min, Rs 20), by taxi (30 mins, Rs 500) or by shared auto-rickshaw (40 min, Rs 10). Travelling by train comes recommended because they often run empty and the fares are low (just Rs 4/- for a passenger service) & run right-time especially in peak seasons or “Melas” (Fares) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar & share rickshaws try to make a killing. You can take “Vikrams” towards Lakshman Jhula (Rs 10) from Rishikesh station. You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram(On the other side of river Ganges). From Delhi there are many trains to Haridwar, some of the best are: Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, Mussoorie Express. Travel agents in Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula can book train tickets for onward journeys, much easier than going to Rishikesh railway station to buy a ticket. Some may sell you a ticket from Raiwala, a small stop between Rishikesh and Haridwar, but this station, while closer, is tiny and trains only stop for a few seconds – better to board the train in Haridwar.
- Trains from Rishikesh
- Rishikesh – Delhi 07:00
- Rishikesh – Haridwar 08:10
- Rishikesh – Bandikui 14:10
- Rishikesh – Haridwar 15:35 Rs 4/-
- Rishikesh – Haridwar 18:35 Rs 4/-
- Rishikesh – Jammutawi 16:20
- Passenger Trains from Haridwar to Rishikesh, Approx travel time 1hr.
- Haridwar – Rishikesh 05:20
- Haridwar – Rishikesh 10:30
- Haridwar – Rishikesh 17:25
From Delhi the city is about 230 km away and is well connected with buses. A bus journey may take about 5-7 hours – depending on the traffic – and costs you about Rs 130-350. An AC Bus will cost about Rs 200-500. In Rishikesh, there are several travel agencies scattered around Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula that can book luxury buses to common destinations like Delhi (Rs 250-500), Jaipur, Pushkar and Varanasi. The right time to visit would be February, March, August-October. In July there is a festival called Savan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.
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Travel prices 2008:- PRICES HAVE RISEN A BIT – I WILL UPDATE THEM ASAP
Sector Charges @ Rs.
To or from Delhi. (one-way) 2100/- Rs.
To or from International Airport (one-way) 2100/- + Airport Parking & Entry
To Deradhun & Back 700/-
To Haridwar (One Way) 400/-
To Haridwar & Back 500/-
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To Vashista Cave & Back 500/-
To Kunjauri & Back 500/-
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Please Note – Very Important:
Always hire a registered taxi to enjoy hassle free journey. Private vehicles pretending as official taxis violate the law. Don’t be a party to it. Always identify registered taxis by their yellow-black number plate. (Defaulters are liable to impounding of vehicle & a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on checking by Transport Department Officer & every check post.)
Identify the taxi: yellow number plate with black numbers.
Private cars have white number plates with black numbers – DO NOT USE THEM!
You will not be covered by the properly prescribed insurances, including medical insurance, if you are riding in a non-registered vehicle!!!! Always check to see if the vehicle has the proper license plate before starting your journey. If you are riding in a non-registered vehicle and the police stop the car they can, according to the law, impound the vehicle and you can be left standing on the side of the road !!!! Also, as you know this is India, so these yellow license plates can be imitated and replicated illegally. So another clear indication that you are in a proper and legal taxi is if blue pinstripes are painted along both sides of the taxi. These pinstripes are located in the middle section on both sides running horizontally from front to back.
The Train Trip
If you plan to come or return by train to or from Delhi, the best choice is to travel to or from Haridwar train station. Haridwar is located approximately 50km from Laxman Jhula. You can choose to travel by taxi to or from Laxman Jhula. In this case you can contact the taxi services listed above. You can also travel by bus. There are many buses that travel between Haridwar bus station and Rishikesh bus station daily. The cost by bus is around 30rps. The bus station in Haridwar is located on your right side on the main road, straight out from the main entrance of the Haridwar train station. If you travel by bus from Haridwar to Rishikesh, once you arrive in Rishikesh, you will have to take a taxi or motor rickshaw on to Laxman Jhula, which is located a few km upriver from Rishikesh. If you plan to travel by train anywhere in India visit: www.indianrail.gov.in for further information. You can now purchase train tickets online by credit card and print out your ticket. Below is a very general guideline for express trains.