- Destinations Covered: Haridwar & Rishikesh
- Duration: One Day Tour
Haridwar and Rishikesh same day trip is a blend of religious and adventure tourism. Explore Haridwar and Rishikesh and experience the religious wonder of the mighty River Ganga.
Haridwar is located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand at a distance of 214 km from Delhi and Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttaranachal. It is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar and spreads on the right banks of the Ganges.
Haridwar and Rishikesh are popular pilgrimage destinations in India. If you want to experience the spirituality of Indian religion and diverse charm of the natural beauty then spend one day to visit Haridwar and Rishikesh from Delhi with us and enjoy spiritism to the fullest.
At 05:00 A.M. Morning / Delhi to Rishikesh (5 hour drive)
Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is known as the "Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas" and "Yoga Capital of the World"
Places to visit in Rishikesh:
- The Triveni Ghat is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River. The evening, arati (worship) with lamps is worth watching.
- Bharat Mandir is an ancient temple of Lord Hrishikesh Narayan located at heart of the Rishikesh city in Uttarakhand.
- Lakshman Jhula is hanging bridgeover the holy river Ganga at Rishikesh. A famous landmark place in Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula is 450 feet length connecting Pauri district with Tehri district. Lakshman Jhula also offers a panoramic view of river Ganga and Rishikesh city having number of temples.
- Swarg Ashram Shri 108 Baba kali Kamli Wale Swami Atam Prakash Ji. Swargashram ( Heavenly Abode) as the name connotes is a beautiful place situated in picturesque surroundings at the foot of Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh and Laxmanjhula. It is the spiritual “ground zero” of Rishikesh, filled with a concentration of ashrams and temples. The areas is known for its healthy and satwik living environment. It is this spot where from ages of yore the famous Yogis and Rishis have been doing the Tapasya. Numerous mention of this spot occurs in the holy scripture Puranas.
13:00 hrs / Rishikesh to Haridwar (1 hour drive)
Haridwar, literally Gateway to God, is one of the Hindu holy places in India and a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. Located on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga), at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.
Places to visit in Haridwar:
- Har-ki-Pauri: Holy ghats are named after the Charan (Footprints) of Hari (God Vishnu) impressed on a stone, set into the upper wall of the ghats. Constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari, it is thought that Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar, to meditate by the banks of the holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed the Ghat in his name, which later came to be famous as Har-Ki-Pauri. This sacred bathing ghat, is also famous as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral diyas, in the river Ganga, is the most delightful sight in the twilight, throughout the Ganga Arti Ceremony. It is the most important ghat on the river Ganga, where a holy dip is a must for every devotee.
- Mansa Devi Temple: Situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat, the temple of Goddess Mansa Devi, literally meaning the Goddess who fulfills desires (Mansa), is a popular tourist destination, especially because of the cable cars, which offer views of the city. The main temple houses two idols of the Goddess, one with three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms.
- Daksha Mahadev Temple: As per the ancient hindu mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagya (ritual) conducted by Daksha. This ancient shrine, located in Kankhal town which is 4 k.m. from Haridwar.
- Sati Kund: This is the holy place where the wife of Lord Shiva, Mata Sati is believed to have done the ritual of self-immolation. The ghat here is thus famous today as Sati Kund.
In the evening during sunset, you will visit Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. Thousands of sects visit the ghats of the Ganga at Har ki Pauri at Haridwar to witness the aarti that started several decades ago. The tradition continues unabated and is a sight to behold. It takes place on the other side of the banks where you will see the priests light up the lamps in a clockwise manner, accompanied by songs in praise of Mother Ganga. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing. Finally,
Head back to New Delhi and get dropped at your hotel at around 11pm.
Book same day tour from Delhi to explore the holy and religious places of Haridwar and Rishikesh.