10 days in Varanasi, Pokhara & Rishikesh Itinerary

10 days in Varanasi, Pokhara & Rishikesh Itinerary

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Varanasi, India
— 3 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Rishikesh, India
— 2 nights

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Varanasi, India

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 historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Ganges River, make a trip to Assi Ghat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi road trip planning tool.

Indore to Varanasi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. April in Varanasi sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness
Walking tours

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Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara ©
Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), explore the fascinating underground world of Gupteswar Gupha, admire the sheer force of Devi's Fall, and see the interesting displays at International Mountain Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pokhara road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Pokhara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Nepal Time is 0.2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Varanasi in April: high temperatures in Pokhara hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Pokhara

Nature · Parks · Tours
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Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Spas & Wellness
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Rishikesh, India

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). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat, and take in the views from Ram Jhula.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rishikesh sightseeing app.

You can fly from Pokhara to Rishikesh in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Pokhara to Rishikesh is minus 0.2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

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