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What you should know
You could fly to Dehradun Airport from Delhi Airport (DEL). It will take 50 minutes by plane and cost USD22-95. Then from DED Airport, take a private hire which costs USD8-12 and this journey will take you 21 to 40 minutes to Rishikesh.
Alternatively, you could take the train from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) to Haridwar. You would have to board the Orange Line subway from IGI to New Delhi station. This would take 30 minutes and cost USD1. Then make a transfer at New Delhi station and board the train towards Haridwar. Please check the daily schedules beforehand to know which train you should be boarding. From Haridwar, the cab costs approximately USD9-11 and it would take about 30 minutes to get there.
It is not mandatory, however, a guide ensures your safety. They can recognize, avoid, and treat high-altitude illnesses. They also have mountain experience and know every route. Furthermore, they can provide an interesting insight into the local culture, history, and religious beliefs and practices.
Yes, depending on your current fitness level.
The best months to visit are January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
We recommend the above period because you would have:
- Better visibility
- Good weather
The different options cater to various difficulty levels due to the differences in altitude and duration.
Har Ki dun: Altitude - 11,811 ft.; Duration - 7 days; Difficulty - Moderate
Kunjapuri Trek: Altitude - 5396 ft.; Duration - 6 hrs; Difficulty - Easy
Dasrath Ka danda: Altitude - 4750 ft.; Duration - 2 days; Difficulty - Easy
There are a multitude of activities in the Rishikesh area. They range from river rafting for all experience levels, bungee jumping for all adrenaline junkies out there and a whole treasure trove for trekking-enthusiasts. Trekking through the jungle and nature trails is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. Try to avoid the above-mentioned activities during the monsoon season.