Rishikesh Getaway: special trains, big music fest, and a beautiful new station

The winter chill has started to disappear from many parts of India. If you don’t want to jump to a sweaty summer just yet, then it’s time to visit Rishikesh!

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The hill city has a gorgeous new railway station, which is already operational with access to special trains. An exciting music festival is also coming up. Do you need more convincing for a quick getaway? We don’t think so!

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Yog Nagari Rishikesh Station now open

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Built under the Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail line, the station started passenger services this week. Train no. 04605 (Jammu Tawi Weekly Special) was the first to arrive here. The scenic station in Uttarakhand will be fitted with modern amenities for passenger convenience.

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Once completed, the Rishikesh–Karnaprayag rail line will majorly cut travel times for the Char Dham Yatra. The line is meant to connect Srinagar, Dehradun, Karnaprayag, Devprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and other Himalayan locations that have holy sites.

Which special trains have stops at Yog Nagari?

Since this is a new station, the number is limited, but their routes are important. You can confirm all dates, timings, and stoppages here

> Train 09031 Ahmedabad – Yog Nagari Rishikesh

> Train 09032 Yog Nagari Rishikesh – Ahmedabad

> Train 03009 Howrah – Yog Nagari Rishikesh

> Train 03010 Yog Nagari Rishikesh – Howrah 

> Train 04230 Yog Nagari Rishikesh – Prayagraj Sangam

Train 04229 Prayagraj Sangam – Yog Nagari Rishikesh

> Train 04606 Jammu Tawi – Yog Nagari Rishikesh

>  Train 04605 Yog Nagari Rishikesh – Jammu Tawi

> Train 09610 Yog Nagari Rishikesh – Udaipur City

> Train 09609 Udaipur City –  Yog Nagari Rishikesh

Rishikesh Music Festival 2021

An annual fiesta by the Ganga, the event will be held at The Narayana Palace by Salvus (near Laxman Jhula) on January 17 and 18 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the new Yog Nagari station. 

Whether you want to enjoy kirtans, western buskers or a sunset jam, this is the perfect chance to unwind on a weekend trip to the hills. The multi-genre lineup will include Indian and global artists. 

To register for entry (first 500 are free!), you can visit the festival website or Facebook page. For further enquiries, contact
+91-78951-72652 or [email protected]

Have a great weekend!

Credits for all images: Ministry of Railways

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