How To Reach Rishikesh
By Air: : Jolly Grant Airport , of Dehradun located about 15 kilometers from Rishikesh is the nearest airport from here. This domestic airbase nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas is a recently renovated small airport that handles the air traffic to and from Delhi. The major airlines that are operational here include Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Apart from Delhi, Jolly Grant Airport is inked with Mumbai and other major cities of the country via connecting flights. To reach Rishikesh from this airport you can opt for the easily available taxi service that costs around 300 INR. Another alternative is the state transport bus that frequently plies between Dehradun and Rishikesh. The nearest international airport from Rishikesh is the Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi located about 197 kilometers from here.
By Rail: Rishikesh city does have a Railway Station but it is quite small and only three slow trains that connect Rishikesh with Haridwar daily run on this route. Bus journey between Rishikesh and Haridwar is said to be more convenient and less time consuming. Even though, during the seasons of the fairs one should go for the trains as trains run pretty empty and they are extremely cheap. Passenger trains just charge about Rs 4 between Rishikesh and Haridwar. Hemkunt Express and Rishikesh – Jammutawi Express are the two major trains that stop at Rishikesh. Other trains include Rishikesh – Delhi, Rishikesh – Haridwar and Rishikesh – Bandikui. Haridwar Railway Station, located about 20 kilometers from Rishikesh provides better connectivity with rest of the country. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Allahabad, Indore, Jaipur, Shri Ganganagar, Ahmedabad, Puri, Barmer, Dehradun, Howrah, Varanasi, Ujjain, Gorakhpur etc. can be reached from Haridwar via train and chief trains that halt at Haridwar include Haridwar Ahmedabad Mail, Allahabad Exp., Haridwar Amritsar Jan Shatabdi Exp., Haridwar Shri Ganganagar InterCity Exp., Dehradun Shatabdi Exp., Nizamuddin Dehradun AC Exp., Dehradun Varanasi Exp., Indore - Dehradun Exp., Hemkunt Exp., Dehradun Amritsar Exp., Dehradun Gorakhpur Exp., Bandra-Dehradun Exp., Doon Exp. Etc.
By Bus: Rishikesh enjoys well established bus connectivity with many cities and towns of the state and surrounding regions. Both, State Transport and private buses, AC and Non AC daily ply on the route that links Rishikesh with Haridwar, Puri, Dehradun, Pushkar, Jaipur, Varanasi and Delhi and so on. Reaching Delhi from Rishikesh via bus takes about 6 to 7 hours and it costs between 130 INR and 500 INR. Rishikesh is located about 22 km from Haridwar, 45 km from Dehradun, 77 km from Mussoorie, 97 km from Dhanolti, 227 km from Kedarnath, 234 km from Yamunotri, 245 km from Delhi, 248 km from Gangotri, 260 km from Nainital, 262 km from Shimla, and 300 km from Badrinath, etc.