The Yoga Capital of the World, Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas, Adventure capital of India, Land of Spirituality, etc are used to describe the aura of Rishikesh , the town located on banks of river Ganga, named after Hrishikesh (another name / avatar of Lord Vishnu). Rishikesh has all those descriptions because it charms all the souls who set their foot here.Being in Delhi for work gave me the opportunity to experience this aura mostly the adventure part. In this article I have shared my experience along with all relevant details about rafting in rishikesh.
How to Get there?
By Air: Jolly grant Airport in Dehradun is closest airport and has enough flights daily. It is 45km away and one can take taxi to rishikesh from the airport.
By Train: Delhi rishikesh passenger is the only direct train from delhi and takes approx 11 hrs to reach. Apart from that, one can take train till Haridwar and another passenger train from thereon. Trains from Haridwar to rishikesh are available on average intervals of 3 hrs, with last train scheduled at 16:50 hrs.More details can be obtained at IRCTC or E-rail. It would be best to take a taxi or bus from Haridwar, since it would be tedious to align as per train timings. Many trains leave from Delhi late in the evening and reach haridwar early morning which saves a lot of precious day time. On average it would take 6-7 hrs to reach haridwar. A berth in sleeper coach would cost around Rs.200 in most of the trains.
By Road: There are regular state run and private buses plying between Delhi and Haridwar which are approx 227 km apart . Rishikesh is approx 20km away from Haridwar by road & it would take 45 mins by bus with tickets costing approx Rs.25 only. Taxis are also available but would be costly affair.There are some autos (tuk-tuk) which charge around Rs.35 to take you to rishikesh but would be cramped mostly.
We took Mussoorie express which leaves Delhi at 22:15 hrs and reaches Haridwar by 6 am. After some refreshments post the overnight journey, we took bus to Rishikesh and were there by 9:00 am or so.