Haridwar and Rishikesh

Top Places To Visit:

Haridwar

1. Mansa Devi Temple

2. Bara Bazaar

3. Har Ki Pauri Ghat

4. Sapt Rishi Ashram

Rishikesh

1. Laxman and Ram Jhula

2. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

3. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

4. Triveni Ghat

Overview

Haridwar

Gateway to the Char Dham, Haridwar is the welcome junction of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Masses of people frequent Haridwar every year to pay their respects to the holy river Ganga. The bustling lanes of Haridwar will have you roaming for a long time because there’s a unique sight to see at every corner of the town. However, beware of rhesus monkeys who are notoriously famous for harassing people along the ghats. Along with the holy cities of Prayagraj, Ujjain and Nashik, Haridwar also happens to be a destination where the mammoth Kumbh Mela is organised. Busiest during the religious pilgrimage of Kumbh Mela, Haridwar become a photographer’s paradise because of unique and lively sights seen during this event.

Temple Hopping

Ringing bells and mantra chantings emanate off every street in the temple city of Haridwar. Adorned with several temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses, the city is touched by the hand of God himself. Whisper a prayer at the hilltop temple of Mansa Devi which is very popular as the Goddess is considered to be wish-fulfilling. You can either walk up the hill or take the cable car and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lively city. The Maya Devi temple on the riverbank and the Chandi Devi temple on Neel Parvat are some of the other important temples that call for your attention.

Adventure Tours

Apart from its spiritual and religious character, Haridwar also has a lot to offer to people who seek a pumped-up day. The city has earned a name when it comes to enthralling activities such as trekking, bird-watching and rafting. Visit Rajaji National Park, which has a large population of wild elephants and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a tiger!

Food Trail

No trip is complete without trying lip-smacking street food of region. Lucky for you, Haridwar is renowned for its local food especially the aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale and the kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. Head to Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodhwale in Moti Bazar for delicious Rasmallai and Kulhad dudh. Don’t forget to treat your sweet-tooth with sugary delights from Mathura Walon Ki Prachin Dukaan.

Rishikesh

Adventure Trails

Rishikesh is very popular with adrenaline junkies who are lured by the white rapids of the Ganga. White water rafting is very popular and you can choose the grade (ranging from 1 to 4) based on your age and appetite for adventure. Bungee jumping is another activity you can indulge in here for some extra thrills.

Yoga Retreats

Ever since the Beatles popularised transcendental meditation years ago, Rishikesh has been a haven for those seeking spiritual enlightenment through yoga and meditation. Parmarth Niketan on the banks of the Ganga is the foremost yoga centre in the city. Alternatively, try Ayurpak for a stay in scenic jungle cottages or Nature Care Village featuring an organic farm and popular for raw food, yoga and meditation retreats.

Temples

Rishikesh is the starting point for the Char Dhaam Yatra and is adorned with several ancient temples around Lakshman Jhoola, the bridge that spans the Ganga. The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and the Trimbakeshwar Temple are most popular one here, however, the tranquil settings of Bhootnath Temple and Shatrughna Temple makes them nothing less.

Shopping

The bazaars of Rishikesh are a shopper’s paradise. Head to Laxman Jhula market to shop for some beautiful wall paintings and wooden furniture to give a rustic haveli look to your home. Try the juiciest and fresh fruits of the hills at the Shyampur Haat Bazaar.

Aarti at Parmarth Ghat

Rishikesh is popularly known for it’s aartis that take place at the ghats at dusk. Aarti at the Parmarth ghat is a spectacular sight and provides a soothing experience that you can’t afford to miss. Carry along your camera and capture the lively crowd and the auspicious aura of the ghat.

Trip Facts

  • October to February is the best season to visit Haridwar. The temperature goes as low as 10 degree Celsius, and you may experience chilly winds. The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September – October to mid November, and then from early March – April to first week of May.
  • River Rafting, Bungee Jumping

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