How To Reach Rishikesh
Hamsalife will provide you transportation from the city of Dehradun to our retreat location in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a town in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand state in India. We recommend you to reach Dehradun or Rishikesh via Air or Train. Once you book our retreat, we will be communicating with you via email and coordinate your pickup time and location. Rishikesh is 25 Kms far from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun and the transportation duration averages 45 minutes.
Rishikesh is situated at 409 meters above sea level in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range and surrounded by the Shivalik range. Rishikesh has spectacular view of jungle-clad hills. Apart from spirituality now Rishikesh is also hub for the adventure activities such as rafting, camping, trekking and bungee jumping. There are also big ashrams, centers for Yoga, Meditation, Ayurvedic Massage and astrology are here. Thousands of people attracted every year to Rishikesh for spiritual relief, peace, learn yoga, adventure and to take a dip for salvation. The famous among them were Beatles, Kate Winslet and many more others celebrities. It is believed that by meditation in Rishikesh one can get "Moksha" (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth) as well as holy dip in the river Ganges.
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The most convenient way is to fly to Dehradun Airport (Airport code: IATA - DED, ICAO - VIDN). Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport located about 25 km from Rishikesh. Popular carriers like Air India, Indigo, Spice Jet and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi. The flight price from New Delhi to Dehradun on an average costs between US $50 - $100 and the train price from New Delhi to Dehradun on an average costs between $20 - 30. The second nearest international airport for Rishikesh is in New Delhi which is well-connected with different cities across the globe. Despite the relatively short distance from New Delhi to our retreat location (approximately 250 kms), the road is surrounded by mountainous zones which extends the traveling time.
What if I am not flying in from New Delhi?
Dehradun Airport offers domestic connections from Mumbai, Bangalore & Lucknow.
We recommend following travel sites to book your airline ticket:
http://www.makemytrip.com ( Most popular Indian travel booking site)
We recommend you to reach Dehradun from New Delhi via Air by flying with IndiGo Airlines, which is a safer, cheaper and convenient option. Please check below for flight timings and the recommended flights are marked in Red.
New Delhi to Dehradun
Dehradun to New Delhi
With 63,000 km of rail routes and 6,800 stations, the passenger rail network in India is the third biggest in the world after Russia and China.
Rishikesh has very few direct trains. Dehradun and Haridwar stations are well connected with railways from major cities of India. Best option is to reach Haridwar by train which is 35 kms far from Rishikesh. Haridwar is well connected to all major cities by rail. From Haridwar you can reach Rishikesh by bus or cab or auto within 01 hour. We recommend the goverment official sites to book your local train tickets: