16 days in Rishikesh & Varanasi Itinerary

16 days in Rishikesh & Varanasi Itinerary

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16 days in Rishikesh & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rishikesh
— 8 nights
Fly:  100​h 30​min
2
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

8
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rishikesh: Haridwar (Har ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, & more), Forest Research Institute (in Dehradun) and Shri Badrinath Ji Temple (in Badrinath). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Robber's Cave, Gucchu Paani, snap pictures at Ram Jhula, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rishikesh online road trip planner .

Bengaluru to Rishikesh is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Haridwar, Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Robber's Cave, Gucchu Paani, Forest Research Institute, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Lakshman Jhula ©
Lakshman Jhula

3
nights
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.
Varanasi is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kedar Ghat, and make a trip to Assi Ghat.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Varanasi trip planner.

Getting from Rishikesh to Varanasi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Varanasi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Spas & Wellness
Assi Ghat
Assi Ghat

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