5 days in Varanasi, Rishikesh & Haridwar Itinerary

5 days in Varanasi, Rishikesh & Haridwar Itinerary

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5 days in Varanasi, Rishikesh & Haridwar Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Pune

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), make a trip to Ganga Aarti.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip itinerary site .

Pune to Varanasi is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Ruchika Art Gallery ©
Ruchika Art Gallery
New Vishwanath Temple ©
New Vishwanath Temple
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sivananda Ashram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parmath Niketan Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarg Ashram.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh road trip planning site .

You can fly from Varanasi to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites
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Parmath Niketan Temple ©
Parmath Niketan Temple
Swarg Ashram ©
Swarg Ashram
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple ©
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple

2
nights
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksheshwar Mahadev, then take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandi Devi Temple. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaishno Devi Temple, and then take in the pleasant sights at Birla Ghat.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Haridwar journey maker app .

Drive from Rishikesh to Haridwar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Daksheshwar Mahadev ©
Daksheshwar Mahadev
Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar ©

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