8 days in Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi Itinerary

8 days in Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi Itinerary

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8 days in Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, take in the views from Lakshman Jhula, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the views from Ram Jhula, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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New York City, USA to Rishikesh is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Lakshman Jhula ©
Lakshman Jhula

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Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Adhbut Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, and then go for a walk through Birla Ghat. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandi Devi Temple, then stroll around Swami Vivekanand Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansa Devi Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Haridwar online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Rishikesh to Haridwar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Haridwar

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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple

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Varanasi

Varanasi
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Banaras Ghats, admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Haridwar to Varanasi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Varanasi are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

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Ganges River
Ganges River
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Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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