The 225 kilometre drive from Delhi to Rishikesh, coursing through the Upper Ganga Canal Road and finally NH334 can take roughly 5 hours. But for those wanting to get to the spiritual city of Rishikesh at a relaxed pace over the weekend can conveniently opt for a bus journey aboard either a Volvo AC semi-sleeper, Volvo AC 2+2, AC seater/sleeper, Pink Express AC, Jan Rath AC or a Volvo Multi-Axle AC sleeper bus offered both by the state-run
UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) and by multiple private operators as well. Depending on the fleet and its timing, a bus journey can last anywhere between 6.5 to 8 hours, typically with pick-ups in Mori Gate or Kashmere Gate and drop off at Natraj Chowk in Rishikesh. A bus journey is a preferable option when a drive is too tiresome, and you can board an overnight bus on a Friday and arrive in Rishikesh for your rafting holiday early Saturday morning.
Bus Services from Delhi to Rishikesh
The Delhi to Rishikesh distance is popularly traversed by buses with ones operated by UPSRTC and those by private operators. UPSRTC runs a fleet of Jan Rath AC, Pink Express AC, Volvo 2+2, which are available from as early as 08:30 am from Kashmere Gate until 10:31 pm. There are enough buses through the day with the average time taken being around 6 hours 15 minutes to arrive in Rishikesh. A Volvo bus aboard UPSRTC costs to the tune of INR 726, while a Pink Express AC or a Jan Rath AC comes more economical at INR 454 for a single ticket. Some significant private operators on the Delhi to Rishikesh route include Blueworld Tourist Private Limited, RS Yadav Travels, Royal Safari India Travels and City Land Travels with their fleet of AC seater/sleeper and Volvo Multi-Axle AC sleepers. The private buses unlike the state ones have multiple boarding locations such as Anand Vihar, Jama Masjid metro gate and drop at Natraj Chowk in Rishikesh. The private buses typically take upwards of 8 hours to cover the distance, and most of these are late-evening buses bringing you to Rishikesh by early morning, in time for your breakfast.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Boarding Points
All UPSRTC buses depart from Kashmere Gate alone, but of course the timings vary. There are buses at 08:30 am, 09:00 am, 12:00 pm, 10:16 pm and 10:31 pm. The private fleet normally have multiple pick-up points across the city, and you can select a boarding point convenient to you. The boarding timings of the buses vary according to their pick-up point. For instance, to cover the Delhi to Rishikesh distance by bus at 08:45 pm, the first pick-up is at Metro pillar number 7-8 near Ramakrishna Metro Station at 08:45 pm. The subsequent pick-up from near the Jama Masjid metro station gate number 3 at 09:40 pm, followed by a pick-up at Anand Vihar ISBT at 10:45 pm, and the last pick up being at 11:55 pm from near the metro pillar number 312 of Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad. You need to arrive at your stop as per the timing mentioned on your bus ticket. Some buses even pick up passengers from the Akshardham Metro Station and Mori Gate.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Drop off Points
Bus is a great way to go from Delhi to Rishikesh by road. Usually the buses from Delhi drop off at the Natraj Chowk of Rishikesh, at the Nepali farm circle of Rishikesh or near the Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib.
Volvo Bus from Delhi to Rishikesh
Still figuring out how to reach Rishikesh? Once you have decided that you are going to undertake the journey by bus, the next step is know whether there are any Volvos on the route. Delhi to Rishikesh Volvo buses are extremely easy to find. UPSRTC operates a Volvo 2+2 that departs from Kashmere Gate at 09:00 am and arrives in Rishikesh at 03:00 pm after 6 hours. The Volvo bus costs INR 726 for a one-way journey. There is another Volvo that departs at 10:16 pm and reaches Rishikesh by 04:30 am. Among private operators, Royal Safari India Travels runs a Volvo from Delhi to Rishikesh. It is a Volvo Multi-Axle AC sleeper that departs from Kashmere Gate at around 10:00 pm and arrives in Rishikesh after 7.5 hours at 05:30 am. Volvo buses are preferred for the comfort they offer on the journey aside from amenities like water bottle, charging points, blankets, disposable seat covers among others.
Delhi to Rishikesh Volvo Package
There are several same day Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh trips that come with transfers in Volvo coaches. A Volvo AC seater bus picks you up from your designated boarding point late-evening and drives you straight to Haridwar. Enjoy your time at the Ganga Ghats and then proceed to Rishikesh which is 25 kilometre from Haridwar where you can visit Ram and Laxman Jhula, see the rambling street markets, eat at pretty cafes, then board your Volvo bus back to Delhi late the following evening. There are ample Delhi-Rishikesh Volvo packages, but you have the liberty to customise your trip accordingly.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Fare
The Delhi to Rishikesh bus ticket price for a Volvo is slightly steeper than a regular AC seater/sleeper bus. The lowest UPSRTC fare aboard a Pink Express AC or Jan Rath AC bus is approximately INR 454 for a single ticket, while the cost of a Volvo 2+2 comes to the tune of INR 726 for a single ticket. An AC seater/sleeper bus with a private operator like Blueworld Tourist Private Limited or R.S Yadav Travels is INR 599. These buses have multiple pick-up points. An AC seater/sleeper bus with City Land Travels is slightly lower at INR 488 for a one-way ticket. Most of these buses are overnight ones, bringing you into Rishikesh by early next morning in approximately 7.5 to 8 hours.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Time Table
While UPSRTC operates buses from Delhi to Rishikesh through the day, the ones run by the private operators are concentrated mostly towards late-evening. The Delhi to Rishikesh bus timings with a UPSRTC fleet are 08:30 am, 09:00 am, 12:00 pm, 10:16 pm and 10:31 pm. Majority of these buses take around 6 hours 15 minutes to reach Rishikesh from Kashmere Gate, New Delhi. The private buses are available around 08:45 pm, 09:10 pm, 09:30 pm, and 10:00 pm. These buses take between 8 and 8.5 hours to get to Natraj Chowk in Rishikesh from Anand Vihar ISBT, Delhi. The private buses depart from multiple pick-up points such as near Jama Masjid metro station, Kashmere Gate, Anand Vihar to name a few. The private buses such as the ones operated by City Land Travels, Royal Safari India Travels, R.S Yadav Travels, Blueworld Tourist Private Limited bring you to Rishikesh no later than 06:40 am the subsequent day. The bus boarding time changes with the pick-up point. For instance, if a pick-up from Mori Gate takes place at 10:30 pm, your ride will arrive in Anand Vihar by 11:30 pm, with a drop off in Rishikesh happens by 06:00 am.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Route
Your journey will commence from New Delhi and progress to Ghaziabad. Further on, you would be crossing Modinagar, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli via the Upper Ganga Canal Road before getting onto NH334. You will be crossing Roorkee, Haridwar, and finally in Rishikesh after a run of 225 kilometre. The roads are in good shape and driving on it is fun as well. Meerut has several dhabas along the way and you could consider a halt for breakfast. Haridwar’s Moti Bazaar has several places to eat and shop at. The average journey time on this route is 6.5 to 7 hours, but this can vary with the kind of fleet you are riding and the time of the day you are taking the trip. Usually the Modinagar stretch is quite busy, as is Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, so it makes sense to either start very early or late to beat the burgeoning traffic on these roads.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Travel Time
The UPSRTC buses take anywhere between 6 hours to 6 hours 15 minutes to reach Rishikesh after picking you up from Kashmere Gate in Delhi. The private buses, on the other hand, owing to the fact that they have multiple boarding points end up stretching their journey time from 8 hours to 9 hours 55 minutes in some cases. Majority of the private buses are evening buses with picks up from as diverse locations as Jama Masjid metro station, Anand Vihar, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad. The time difference from the first to the ultimate pick-up point can be a couple of hours, and this has an impact on the total hours taken by the bus to get you from Delhi to Rishikesh. The shortest time taken by a private operator is 7.5 hours, while the longest being 9 hours 55 minutes, with the average time being 8 hours for these buses.
Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Booking
Hop on to Yatra’s bus search page and enter the to and from destinations, followed by the date of journey and click search. Get a list of the operators on the route, the kind of fleet they provide, details of timings and duration, tariff and number of seats available to be booked. Compare the tariffs and the timings, and also the bus category whether a Volvo AC semi-sleeper or a regular AC seater/sleeper, select seats, go through the seat plan and opt for the one preferable to you. It will ask you for your preferred boarding point and accordingly offer you a boarding timing. Confirm seats, enter passenger details, head to make the payment, and your confirmed bus e-tickets are sent to your registered email id. It is a good idea to carry a print-out of your bus ticket at the time of boarding.
Hotels in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a place for travellers seeking spirituality on the banks of the Ganges, for adventure enthusiasts, rafting lovers and those on a high about camping. It is no wonder that you can find accommodation of all kinds and budgets across this really eclectic religious town. From homey bed and breakfasts with a German cafe offering buttery croissants and coffee, to tents by the river, garden homestays with hill views, rambling resorts by the river bank and hotels that offer all cosy comfort of modern living and some exceptional view of the mountains and the river meandering through it. Aloha on the Ganges, Swiss Cottage and Spa by Salvus, Amritara Raga on the Ganges, Tree of Life Himalayan Hideaway Lodge, are some of the quaint stays you can expect in Rishikesh.
Attractions in Rishikesh
An excellent getaway for camping and river rafting. You can head to Shivpuri from Rishikesh and stay at the tents by the river bank and immerse your days in riding the rapids and body surfing. Cliff jumping and rappeling are some popular adventure activities you can pursue in Rishikesh. Else if you wish to stay in the heart of the city, it warrants a walk to Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, home to a sea of humanity from across the world, bustling, and vibrant with its street scenes, aroma-rich cafes and a sense for thrift shopping. From artists, photographers, musicians, yogis, cycling enthusiasts, students, trekkers, the milieu you will meet here in Rishikesh will be etched in your memory for time to come. For some inspiring graffiti and wall painting you must round up the Beatles Ashram, and get the story out about what inspired The Beatles to train in transcendental meditation with the ashram’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and their subsequent denunciation of drugs.
FAQs on Delhi to Rishikesh Bus Ticket Booking
Q. Are there state buses on the Delhi to Rishikesh route?
A: Yes, UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) runs buses on the route starting from Delhi’s Kashmere Gate to Natraj Chowk in Rishikesh. These buses are available through the day and late-evening as well, and come with a mix of Jan Rath AC, Pink Express AC and Volvo 2+2 that take roughly 6.5 hours to get you across from Delhi to Rishikesh.
Q. Which is the earliest bus from Delhi to Rishikesh?
A: UPSRTC has a bus (Pink Express AC, 142937) at 08:30 am from Kashmere Gate arriving in Rishikesh at 02:30 pm in around 6 hours. This is the earliest bus leaving from Delhi to Rishikesh. Proceeding that there is a Volvo (99110) by UPSRTC at 09:00 am that reaches Rishikesh by 03:00 pm in 6 hours.
Q. What is the route taken by the buses from Delhi to Rishikesh?
After kicking off from Kashmere Gate, the bus heads towards Ghaziabad, then crosses Modinagar, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar on the Upper Ganga Canal Road and further on NH334 by crossing Roorkee and Haridwar to Rishikesh. The total distance between Delhi and Rishikesh
is 233 kilometre. The roads are in good condition and there are ample eating joints, dhabas on the way with the journey taking nearly 7.5 hours by bus.
Q. How do I get to Rishikesh by bus from Delhi?
A: There are nearly 145 direct bus plying between Delhi to Rishikesh. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Rishikesh from Delhi is 4h : 30m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Delhi to Rishikesh?
A: The first bus leaves from Delhi to Rishikesh at 01:30 hours. It is a AC, seater-sleeper (2+2) bus run by New Kalpana Travels.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Delhi to Rishikesh?
A: The last bus leaves from Delhi to Rishikesh at 23:59 hours. It is a AC, seater (2+2) bus run by Deluxe Bus Service.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Delhi to Rishikesh bus route?
A: Top bus operator on Delhi to Rishikesh routes are UPSRTC, RSRTC, PRTC, Mahalaxmi Travels, AG Bus Services, Kings Holiday Tours, International Tourist Centre, and JBG Tour and Travels etc.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Delhi to Rishikesh?
Q. What is Delhi to Rishikesh bus fare in UPSRTC?
A: The bus fare for an air-conditioned, volvo seater bus by UPSRTC is INR 776.