Haridwar Haridwar is district of Uttarakhand state in India. Haridwar is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier). Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges.
In the morning, we transfer you to the railway station to board the super fast train Shatabadi Express to reach Haridwar. Arrive in the holy town of Haridwar and transfer to the Rishikesh Grand Tapovan hotel.
Drive to the holy town of Rishikesh - also known as the 'place of sages', at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga rivers . It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an reply to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place got its name. It is the starting point for the Chardham yatra pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduis tradition.
While in Rishikesh, you visit attractions like Laxman Jhula- a hanging bridge on the river Ganga is one of the most famous spot in Rishikesh. According to Indian mythology, Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama crossed the Ganga with the help of hanging bridge made of Jute. The bridge offers impressive views of the river Ganga as it crisscrosses down to Haridwar. Also visit Bharat Mandir - the oldest temple in Rishikesh, near the Triveni Ghat. This temple is dedicated to Bharat, the younger brother of Lord Ram. Optional activities -White water rafting.
Post lunch, visit Popular temples & place in Rishikesh including Triveni Ghat , Bharat Mandir , Laxman Jhula , Ram Jhula , Geeta Bhawan , Neelkanth Mahadev , Tera Manzil Temple , Lakshman Temple , Vashishta Gufa , Parmarth Niketan , Sivanand Ashram , Omkaranand Ashram , Swargashram . Later witness Ganga Aarti Ceremony of the Holy River Ganges.
Aarti is the beautiful ceremony in which deeyas (the oil lamps) are offered to God. Aarti can be done to a deity in the temple or it can be done to a saint also as per tradition. It is performed to God, in any manifestation, or in any form, by any name. The essence of the Ganga Aarti ceremony is a time when we say "thank you," and we offer the light of our thanks, the light of our love and the light of our devotion to the god to seek their b;essings. We realize that the small deeya is nothing compared to the divine light which shines on us all day. Overnight stay at .
Late afternoon drive to Haridwar & transfer to railway station to board the train back to Delhi.
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Haridwar city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world. Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience India's complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.Haridwar 30 kms from Rishikesh and 90 kms from Mussoorie and 220 kms from Delhi Haridwar is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests and crystal clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city. In the evening ghats looks beautiful as hundreds of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and light up the river Ganges. The Rajaji National Park is just 10 kms from Haridwar. Its an ideal destination for wild life and adventure lovers. "Agar apne paap dhone hai to Haridwar mein Gangaji ki dubki lagao" (If you want to purify yourselves take a holy dip in the water of river Ganges at Haridwar. All your sins will be purified). This is most common thing which you can hear about Haridwar in all over India.Haridwar contains two words Hari and Dwar. Hari means god and Dwar means gate. Haridwar means gateway to the god. There are four holy temples Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath on the hills also known as chardham. Haridwar is like a entry point to these chardham. People visit Haridwar before visiting these temples so the town was became famous as Haridwar. Shaivites call it Har Dwar Gateway to Lord Shiva (Kedarnath Temple) and Vaishnavites call it Hari Dwar Gateway to Lord Vishnu (Badrinath Temple) It is also said that Haridwar is blessed by the presence of all three major Gods of Hindus namely Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. Thus, with all these mythological links attached to its name, it's little wonder why Haridwar is often referred to as 'gateway to god'.
Haridwar is divided in several small areas such as Mayapur, Ranipur, Jwalapur, Har Ki Pauri, Motichur, Devpura, Bhupatwala, Haipur Kalan, Shivalik Nagar, and Brhampuri. Haridwar is also one of the four places where Kumbh Mela occurs after rotation of every twelve Years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell in to the Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pauri, therefore considered that a dip in the Brahmakund.Haridwar History It has been proved by archaeological findings that terracotta culture had an existence in Haridwar during 1700 B.C. and 1800 B.C. Haridwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British arrival and still in the 21st century. Haridwar was ruled by Maurya Empire from 322 BCE to 185 BCE and later it came under the rule of Kushan Empire according to historical evidences. Well-known Chinese traveler Huan Tsang visited India in 629 AD. He has mentioned Haridwar in his travel journal. At that time Haridwar was part of the kingdom of the King Harshvardhan (590 to 647). The city was also invaded by Timur Lang (1336–1405), a Turkish King on January 13, 1399. First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at 'Kushwan Ghat' on Baisakhi Day. Later in the 16th century Haridwar came under reign of Mughals and emperors like Akbar and Jehangir stamped their dominated here. According to Ain-e-Akbari Mughal Emperor, Akbar drank water from the Ganges river collected from Haridwar, which he called 'the water of immortality'.
Yoga in Haridwar : Yoga is now popular activity all over the world. In Haridwar there are so many ashrams where you can learn and practice yoga. For short stay in Haridwar you can take short classes in morning and evening from good yoga instructors. For long stay you can learn yoga in deep. Yoga can give you perfect synchronization of mind, breath and body. Yoga can also improve your immunity, relations, energy level and health of your body and mind. Meditation in Haridwar : Rishikesh is sacred place and there are so many places are here which has amazing surroundings for meditation. Here there are so many good meditation instructors who can teach you meditation Tapovan Resort Will arrange for you . Meditation is a practice to train the mind to know our self. Meditation is normally used for relaxation and stress release world wide. Meditation can give you a peace and balance which benefits to you both your emotional health as well as your overall health. Holy Dip at Ganges : According to Hindu tradition if you take a bath in the river Ganges your all sins will be removed. Average one billion people take holy dip in year. During Kumbh Mela year the number is increased to 10 billions. River Ganges is very clear and has sacred surroundings in Rishikesh compare to other towns such as Varanasi or Allahabad. So this is best place to take holy dip at Ganges. Haridwar Walk : Haridwar walk by Haridwar Rishikesh Tourism is unique way to experience Haridwar. This tour is organized everyday. This tour provides opportunity to know this town and experience the Indian culture as well as day to day life of local people. Tour needs a minimum 05 hours but still you will not get tired because the whole tour has lots of things to do in less walking distance. The walk contains not only visit to interesting places but it also provides opportunity to experience some interesting things such as tasting famous local food items, to see genealogy registers (more than 400 hundred year old tradition), experience of art and culture. Hinduism Lecture by Guru : This is new trend in Haridwar. So many visitors from foreign countries are eager to learn and know about Hinduism when they come in this holy area. Some Guru's (Spiritual Leaders) are here from them one can have small discussion or lecture on Hinduism. Prior appointment is required for this. Ashram visit : Haridwar is famous for its various ashrams. Every sect of Hindu has their Ashram in Haridwar. There are so many types of ashrams are their. Every ashram has own work culture and rules. These ashrams are often visited by the well known spiritual leaders from all over India. Some ashrams are well known for their social and religious activities. Thousands of people are living in these ashrams for peaceful life. Visit these ashrams to know their culture, meet people living in ashrams. Astrology in Haridwar (Palmistry) : Astrology or Palmistry services are also available in Haridwar. Personal horoscope and palm reading can be done at many places but you should choose the best among them. Birth date, time and city are general requirements for the session. Most of the people want to get answers about their future. Shopping in Haridwar : Haridwar is best place to buy things which are related to spirituality specially Hinduism. There are several shops where they sale different stones, rudraksh, idols and many other things. Haridwar Biking or Cycling : Haridwar has beautiful surroundings of hills, river and jungle area. So many people like to enjoy biking or cycling to near by areas. Bikes and cycle can be hired on rent. Guide is required when driving to remote areas. Places To Eat In Haridwar : Haridwar is well known destination for Indian as well as foreign tourists, so Haridwar has lots of varieties in food. In Haridwar traditional Indian cuisine, Italian, Maxican, Chinese, American food is available. North Indian and South Indian food is widely used. Non vegetarian food is prohibited in Haridwar area because it is a holy place. How ever there are lots of varieties of food in Haridwar mainly near Railway Station and Ranipur area.