8 days in Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi Itinerary

8 days in Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
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:  18 h 30 min
End: New York City

2
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Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ram Jhula, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rishikesh vacation site.

New York City, USA to Rishikesh is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adhbut Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and then make a trip to Birla Ghat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mansa Devi Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Haridwar vacation builder website.

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

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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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, thenexplore the activities along Ganges River, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats, thenadmire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Varanasi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Haridwar to Varanasi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in March, and nighttime lows around 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

Tours Nature Parks
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Walking tours
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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