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To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

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To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

Hi. Is it possible to go by bus or train from either Shimla or Rishikesh directly to Veranasi?

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1. Re: To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

There are no direct train or bus from either Shimla or Rishikesh to Varanasi.

There are direct trains available from Haridwar (which is the nearest station to Rishikesh) to Varanasi.

For Shimla to Varanasi, you can come down to Delhi then connect to Varanasi via any train.

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3. Re: To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

Thank you, Rajat. Very helpful.

If you had to recommend Shimla or Rishikesh/Hardiwar to a young American tourist which would you pick?

We will be coming through either Shimla and/or Rishikesh from Leh and Manali on the way to Varanasi and Agra.

If you have suggestions on the better itinerary, it would be much appreciated.

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4. Re: To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

Both Shimla and Haridwar are very different places. Haridwar is a religious place and as you will be visiting another Hindu religious city Varanasi so can skip Haridwar and go for Shimla in hills.

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5. Re: To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

Dear Leo,

Most of our clients prefer Rishikesh and Haridwar over Shimla. The main reason is that Rishikesh is located scenically on the banks of Ganga river coming down from Himalayas which gives the place a beautiful aura which cannot be found anywhere. Moreover, Rishikesh is "World capital of yoga", and it says it all. The serene and pure environment makes the place like heaven.

Haridwar means "God's gate", where the journey towards God began. It is a religious place where you can see "Ganga Aarti" and different temples.

The thing is once you see the ganga here and go to Varanasi and meet Ganga again, you will see the transformation and can relate the long and holy journey of the river which is very deep indeed.

In case you are more interested to see a hill station where temperature is low from plains and have some good sights just like any other hill station , Shimla must be your pick. Off course there are some temples and things but I would refer Rishikesh and Hardiwar over Shimla.

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6. Re: To Varanasi from Shimla or Rishikesh?

Bumping up into the conversation !!

I agree with Mr. Deepak's advise. If you are planning to visit Varanasi then you may skip Haridwar , in this way you will be able to taste two different flavor.

If Shimla is in your itinerary , then you may visit there instead of Haridwar.

Hope its not that difficult for you to decide :) After all choice is yours !!

Cheers

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