Haridwar and Rishikesh lie in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is regarded as a Holy place for Hindus. Millions of people come here every year to take part in an annual pilgrimage. Rishikesh is another perfect weekend gateway graced with natural beauty. Haridwar and Rishikesh are considered the “twin national heritage cities”. Both the cities are popular tourist destination and provide a large variety of delicious food.
The mystical and spiritual environment of Haridwar and Rishikesh are the reason why they are considered perennial holiday destinations for people all around the world.
In this travel guide for Haridwar and Rishikesh we will be looking at several important points including:
PLACES TO VISIT IN HARIDWAR
1. HAR KI PAURI
It means the ‘Footsteps Of God’. This is a holy bank on the river Ganga. This Place of Haridwar is full of people wanting to take a dip in the holy waters to wash off their sins. It is believed that it is a precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. Each evening at sunset the priests perform over a hundred year old tradition “Ganga Aarti “ where lights are set on the water to drift downstream. A large number of people gather on both banks of the Ganges river to sing praises. If you want to witness real beauty then push yourself up early and head towards the ghat to see an amazing sunrise.
To seek peace and worship God Haridwar is a great place. Adorned with several temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses, the city is touched by the hand of God himself. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple which is a popular tourist spot because of the cable car and a beautiful view it offers from the top.
The Chandi Devi temple on Neel Parvat and Maya Devi Temple at the river bank are some important and beautiful temples that call your attention.
Apart from the religious and spiritual character, you can do a lot of fun with your friends and family . Activities such as trekking , bird watching and rafting add a lot of fun to the trip. You can also Visit Rajaji National Park, which has a large population of wild elephants.
Meditation Helps you to stay mentally healthy. You can find a number of ashram where you can peacefully meditate and even learn yoga. Shantikunj ashram, Ma Anandamayi ashram , Sapt Rishi ashram are some best places where you can find peace and harmony.
5. FOOD TRAIL
Our body needs food and energy for us to keep going and exploring the beautiful places . For all the street food lovers Haridwar offers lip-smacking , mouth watering street food. Especially the aloo puri at Mohanji Puri Wale and the kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. Head towards the moti bazar , delicious Rasmalai and Kulhad dudh. And also try the delicious sugary delights from Mathura Walon Ki Prachin Dukaan.
HOW TO REACH HARIDWAR
BY TRAIN : Haridwar junction railway station is well connected by train. From delhi it takes around 4-5 hrs and around 1 hr from Dehradun.
BY FLIGHT : Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Haridwar. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Haridwar by road from Dehradun.
BY ROAD : It is the best way to reach Haridwar . You can take a Bus from Delhi which takes around 5-7 hrs or you can go by your private vehicle, car or bike which is the best. you can enjoy the road trip as it is said “it’s not the destination it’s the journey that matters” . it will take around 4-5 hrs.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT HARIDWAR
October to February is the best time to visit. The temperature goes as low as 10 degree Celsius and you may experience the chilly and refreshing winds.
March to June is the summer season and the monsoon starts from July to September.
PLACES TO VISIT IN RISHIKESH
1. LAXMAN JHULA AND RAM JHULA
The 450 feet long iron suspended bridges – Laxman and Ram Jhula. It is said that the Hindu deity Lakshmana crossed the Ganges on jute ropes where the bridge is built. The bridges attract a great number of tourists everyday.
You can see the beautiful ganges and feel the wind on your face. You can also visit famous Trayambakeshwar temple, Ram temple, and Laxman temple, situated in the vicinity.
2. THE BEATLES ASHRAM
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram got globally acclaimed after the Beatles visited this serene place. The calmness and peace this place offers will leave you spell-Bound. A quiet session of meditation here will make you fall in love with the spiritual beauty of this place.if you want to just sit back and enjoy the calmness then this place is worth visiting.
If you ever wish to do camping with your loved ones then this is the perfect place. 19 km from Rishikesh, lies this town of Shivpuri which is a pure beauty. Located on the banks of Ganges, this town offers a wide variety of adventure options like rafting ,trekking and boating .
4. NEELKANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE
The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located 12 km from the town of Rishikesh. It is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India. The inside tomb depicting the saga of Samudra Manthan is one of the key attractions here. The temple has a freshwater spring which attracts many devotees for a bath.
5. JUMPIN HEIGHTS
Ever thought of doing bungee jumping? Yes you can do it here in Rishikesh . Jumpin Heights is where you can get to explore a wide range of adrenaline pumping options. You can also do flying fox and giant swing. These sports will really make your trip memorable. And these are some sports a person should try once in a lifetime.
THINGS TO DO IN RISHIKESH
Rafting : Rafting is one thing you don’t want to miss. It is one of the best water sport you can do and trust me on this you will love every moment of it.
Camping : instead of staying in a hotel try camping. Staying in a camp with your friends or family will take you in a different world away from all the stress.
HOW TO REACH RISHIKESH
BY TRAIN : Rishikesh Railway Station or Rishikesh Junction is a small railway station which connects through a branch line from Haridwar Railway Station. There are the few trains operates from Rishikesh Railway station.
BY FLIGHT : Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport. You can take a bus or private taxi from Dehradun to Rishikesh.
BY ROAD : It is the best way to reach Rishikesh . You can take a Bus from Delhi which takes around 6-7 hrs or you can go by your private vehicle, car or bike. The distance from Delhi to Rishikesh is around 245km.
BEST TIME TO VISIT RISHIKESH
The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September – October to mid November, and then the best time to visit Rishikesh is from early March – April to the first week of May.
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