Risikesh is totally safe and the weather would be awesome at tht time. I suggest you to wait for a while. New rules regarding the river rafting have been made already. As soon as they get implemented rafting will resume. Then you can head towards RISHIKESH and enjoy it to the fullest. Now the itinerary. (For a Budget trip) I ended the whole tour in just 3.5k Incudng everything. You can reach Haridwar by train. It is well connected to major cities. (Depening on your departure city)
From delhi i boarded MUSSOORIE EXPRESS sleeper class ticket costed me around 200 bucks. After an overnight journey you'll get a Bus from Haridwar to Rishikesh. They would charge 35-40 bucks for this. From Rishikesh bus depot, direcctly head towards Laxman Jhula via a local rikshaw 10-20rs. From there you have to reach SHIVPURI campsite. Various Raft Owners taxies move on that route, either you can get a free lift or they will charge you hardly 50rs. Okay after reaching shivpuri book a camp directly there.
The cost would be somewhere around 1800/- but if you have good bargaining skills you can cut the price and close it in 12-1300/- (Incuding all meals, evening snacks, stay, rafting session & bonfire and some activities like badminton volleyball etc.) The 16km rafting starts from Shivpuri and ends at laxman jhula.
Have some rest at the shores.
Directky head towards haridwar to experienc evening aarti. You can get autos for this to & fro.
Return bak to the camps enjoy the bonfire & meals. Next day post chekout return back to laxman jhula and explore the local markets, temples, ghats etc. Board the return from haridwar way back to your home. #Rafting prices may get increased after new rules execution. Hope this helps! For any doubt ib me and i will publish my solo trip to rishikesh by tomorrow. Happy Travelling!
Both the destination are female friendly and heaven for solo travellers like us. Very safe indeed and october a great choice for dehradun but chances are there rishikesh will be crowded. Opt for Zostel best stay option in rishikesh .
October is good time to visit Dehradun and Rishikesh as weather remains cool to travel. You can do various adventure activities in Rishikesh like rafting, cliff jumping, bungee jumping etc. 10000 would be enough to completely explore both places.