RISHIKESH - HOW TO REACH RISHIKESH
Situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Rishikesh is one of the most prominent religious destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. The city is also known as the Gateway to the Himalayas and enjoys excellent connectivity with other parts of the country via an extensive network of flights, trains and buses. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (nearly 21 km away) and the Rishikesh Railway Station are the closest aerodrome and railhead, serving the city of Rishikesh respectively. Moreover, there are several state and private buses that provide services from major nearby cities and towns for Rishikesh.
20 Km away from Dehradun
Dehradun Airport or Jolly Grant Airport is the closest airbase to Rishikesh, which is approximately 20 km away. Prominent carriers like Air India Regional, SpiceJet and Jet Airways have flights from New Delhi on a daily basis. Travellers, after reaching the airport, can hire taxis or opt for bus services, which are easily available from here.
Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi is the second closest airport to Rishikesh (250 km away), which is well-linked with all prime cities in India and across the globe. Prepaid taxis, cabs and buses are easily available from New Delhi to Rishikesh.
242 km From Delhi
New Delhi is connected by the National Highway 58 that merges the Haridwar – Dehradun Road to Rishikesh. The drive from New Delhi starts from the Grand Trunk Road after steering from Outer Ring Road and thereafter continues on to the National Highway 58 via Modinagar, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee and Haridwar. On the other hand, from Chandigarh the drive keeps onto the National Highway 72 and passes through several major towns like Panchkula, Barwala, Naraingarh, Paonta Sahib and Dehradun.
There are daily buses plying from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, New Delhi, to Rishikesh. Moreover buses from Chandigarh also run on daily basis to Rishikesh.
Railway Station 30 km From Rishikesh
Rishikesh has its own railway station but it is not connected to major Indian cities apart from Haridwar. So, the nearest major railhead is in Haridwar, which is well-connected with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Varanasi via an extensive network of trains. Some popular trains that run from Delhi to Haridwar include Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi, and Mussoorie Express, among others. The Haridwar railway station is barely 20 km away from Rishikesh and taxis and buses are easily available from outside, which takes less than 40 minutes.