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Why Travel Haridwar-Rishikesh?

Haridwar has been the center of pilgrimage for many centuries and is one of the most important holy places in India is about 221 kms from Delhi. Situated in North India’s Uttarakhand state on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Haridwar is strategically located at a point where Ganga descends from the hills to the North Indian plains. Pilgrims come here to detoxify themselves from their sins by taking a dip in the holy Ganges and feel rejuvenated. The largest of several sacred ghats, the Har Ki Pauri hosts Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) at night in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. The city is filled with worshipers during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.

The holy river Ganga flows through it and is the main tourist attraction. Apart from River Ganga the place is also believed to be of high religious importance because it is believed that during Samudra Manthan a few drops of Amrit was spilled here.

Hairdwar is the sight of many religious festivals some of which are listed below:
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river.
Baisakhi is a famous harvest festival grandly celebrated with music food and festivity all over India.
Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Siva, known as Kanwarias, to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
Somwati Amavasya, as per belief is a day when a married women fast, praying for the long life of their husbands. They take a holy dip in the Ganga and pray to the Almighty. Lord Shiva is worshipped on this day by all the Hindu married women.
Kartik Purnima is a Hindu and Jain holy festival, celebrated on the Purnima day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik.


From Delhi to Haridwar the journey takes about five hours by road. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Form here one can take a taxi or a bus to reach Haridwar.

 

Connectivity :

By Train : The Haridwar Junction Railway Station is well-connected to Delhi (4 to 5 hours).

By Air : The Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is around 20 kilometers away from Haridwar. It is well-connected to the Delhi International airport.

By Road : Taxi Cabs and private vehicle is the best way to reach Haridwar in the shortest possible time. Haridwar’s bus station is just stone’s throw away from the train station. There are regular bus services from Delhi to Haridwar (4 hours).

 

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1 - After reaching Haridwar, go to the Holy River Ganga for a dip. After that enjoy the Desi breakfast and go to Mansa Devi temple. The goddess is very famous as it is believed that she grants wishes. You should also visit Maya Devi temple and Chandi Dev temple. After that, in the evening you should visit Har ki Pauri Ghat. It is very well known holy bank of river Ganga. During sunset every day, Ganga aarti is performed here and you should not miss it.
Day 2 - Beginning with another holy dip in river Ganga start your day by visiting the beautiful ashrams in Haridwar. Shanti Kunj Ashram is built in a beautiful garden where many spiritual activities are organised for the purity of souls. From there you can go to Patanjali Yogpeeth for stretching of your body by doing yoga. The trips to ashrams can be life changing for many. Haridwar is known for yoga practice and for finding inner peace.
Day 3 - You can explore the adventurous side of yours. Haridwar also hosts activities like trekking, bird watching, river rafting and much more. Rajaji National Park is another major attraction here for having a large population of elephants and tigers. In the evening, you can enjoy the famous aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale and Kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. The desi cuisine is better than any other place.


Few Places of Interest

River Ganga
Bathing in River Ganga is one of the must-do lists of every Hindu. Haridwar is considered as one of the holiest cities in India. The city is well known because it is the primary area from where river Ganga emerges. The city is known to reaffirm every devotee's wandering faith in God. Bathing in river Ganga not only gives a sense of purity but also is a starting point for many. Many people believe that one dip in the holy river and all your sins get washed away.

Kankhal
Kankhal, a small colony situated in Haridwar is famous for Daksheswara Mahadev Temple and Maa Anandamoyi Ashram Kankhal and Patanjali Yog Peeth. Kankhal . It is one of ' Five Pilgrimages' (Panch Tirth) in Haridwar. The other four Pilgrimaes are Har ki Pauri, Kushwart (Ghat in Kankhal), Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple).

Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is a Bird Sanctuary located on the river Ganga at the Bhimgoda Barrage. It is also known as Neel Dhara and is home to many migrant birds in the winter season.

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is located in the ashram "Doodhadhari Barfani Baba" and is one of most elegant temples in Haridwar. There are temples of Rama-Sita and Hanuman with white marbles in the complex.


Sureshwari Devi Temple
Sureshwari Devi Temple belongs to deity Sureshwari and is located in middle of Rajaji National Park. Permission is necessary from forest rangers to visit this temple. It has a peaceful and spiritual environ making it a beautiful place for devotees.


Pawan Dham
Pawan Dham is a modern temple made by using glass pieces and is one of the popular tourist attractions.


Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata Mandir belongs to Mother India. The temple has eight stories (180 feet/55 m). Every floor depicts a period in the Indian history, from the time of Ramayan until India's freedom.

Jairam Ashram is well known for its huge white sculpture of the "Samudra Manthan"

Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar is the place where the 07 great sages (Saptarishis) have meditated. It is believed that the river Ganga divide herself in 07 currents at this place so sages would not be disturbed by the flow. These seven sages are Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam.
Parad Shivling is located in Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. The weight of the shivling is about 150 kg. Nearby is also the "Rudraksha tree".


Anandamayi Maa Ashram
Anandamayi Maa Ashram is located in Kankhal, Sri Anandamoyi Maa’s Samadhi shrine is inside this Ashram.
Patanjali Yogpeeth is a yoga institute and research center of "Swami Ramdev". Thousands of people visit every day for yoga and other naturopathy treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rishikesh :
One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscapes and is naturally placed in the foothills of the Lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. The town serves as a gateway to other important religiouscenters such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The literary meaning of Rishikesh is ‘Lord of the Senses’, which stands for Lord Vishnu. The city is a hub of many ancient & new temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat and other places of religious importance.

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.


Rishikesh, over the years, has become extremely popular as the top spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus (saints) and there are numerous ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is a multitude of options including White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site.

Connectivity :

By Rail : Rishikesh Railway Station is well-connected to different cities in India. There are regular train facilities from Rishikesh to cities such as Jammu, Haridwar and Delhi.

By Air : Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. Located around 18 kilometers away from Rishikesh. Taxi cabs available between Dehradun and Rishikesh. Jollygrant airport is well-connected to the Delhi airport.

By Road : For car owners, it will take around 3 hours and 50 minutes from Delhi to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is well-connected to many cities in the region via bus. Public and private bus services are available from Rishikesh to Pauri, Dehradun, Haridwar and Kotdwar.

 

Being a religious destination the place is entirely vegetarian but eateries like ‘The Third Eye Café, German Bakery and The Pyramid Café would certainly satiate your senses both with their food and their simplicity.
An Ideal Itinerary :


Day 1: Start off your day with a visit to the Laxman Jhula followed by a visit to the 13-storied Kailash Niketan Temple. End your day with a visit to the Beatles Ashram and proceed to the markets of Rishikesh where you can indulge in flavors from North India.
Day 2: Enjoy bungee jumping/ river rafting in the morning and kayaking in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Visit Neelkanth Madhav Temple where Lord Shiva is believed to have consumed poison from Samudra Manthan. Indulge in the pious Ganga arti in Triveni Ghat in the evening.


Few Places of Interest :

Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: The swinging Rishikesh

The 450 feet long Lakshman Jhula lies across the River Ganga.The 450 feet long iron suspended bridges – Laxman and Ram Jhula – are the glory of this beautiful tourist hub. The bridges are 4 km from the Rishikesh railway station. One can also visit famous Trayambakeshwar temple, Ram temple, and Laxman temple, situated in the vicinity.


The Beatles Ashram: For the love of Beatles

A person meditating at the Beatles Ashram that is one of the most popular places to visit in Rishikesh. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram got globally acclaimed after Beatles visited this serene place. The calmness and tranquility of this place will leave you spell-bound and explain why this ashram is one of the best tourist places in Rishikesh. A quiet session of meditation here will make you fall in love with its spiritual beauty.

Shivpuri:

The tents by the river bank in Shivpuri are popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh. 19 km from Rishikesh, lies this town of Shivpuri which is pure heaven. Located on the banks of Ganges, this town offers a wide variety of adventure options and is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh. The main attraction of Shivpuri are the camps by the river bank. One can choose from various adventures such as rafting, trekking, and boating.

 

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:

A Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva, Situated at 1670 m, amidst the sylvan forest, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located 12 km from the town of Rishikesh. It is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India and also one of the best religious places to see in Rishikesh.The inside tomb depicting the saga of Samudramanthan is one of the key attractions here. The temple also has a freshwater spring which attracts many devotees for a bath.

 

Triveni Ghat:

Triveni Ghat is a crowded ghat alongside the river Ganges, with pilgrims bathing around and is one of the points of interest in Rishikesh. It’s altogether a different site during the evening aarti. The spirituality and aura around this place will take you to a different world.

Triveni ghat is among the most sacred ghats in Rishikesh with a congruence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. A visit to this place will give you an insight to the spiritual beauty of Rishikesh.


Neer Garh Waterfall:

Two kilometers from the Laxman Jhula, a visit to this mesmerising waterfall will leave you awestruck. It will hold you captive in its eternal beauty. Overall, the place is perfect for a much-needed timeout from the hustle of the hectic traveling. One of the best tourist places in Rishikesh, Neer Garh waterfall also attracts many wanderer photographers.


Kaudiyala: For a rafting spree

White water rafting in Rishikesh is largely concentrated around Kaudiyala and its banks. It is a major Rishikesh tourist place in the holy town. This 16 km stretch of Kaudiyala is one of the best white water rafting zones in the world.
Jumpin Heights:


Bungee jumping in Rishikesh is one of the most sought after adventures in Rishikesh. Actually, Rishikesh is an adventurer’s paradise. There are endless options for adventure activities and bungee jumping happens to be one of the most popular ones. Jumpin Heights is where you get to explore a wide range of adrenaline pumping options. The team at Jumpin Heights offers a varied range of options like bungee jumping, flying fox, and giant swings.

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