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» Haridwar Rishikesh
two gateways to the Himalayas- Haridwar and Rishikesh- are the most
prominent spiritual places in India. While Haridwar is the gateway to the
pilgrimages of Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath, Rishikesh provides the
gateway to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
Haridwar is famous not only as a place of pilgrimage but also a venue which
purifies our mind, body and soul. The Kumbh Mela which takes place once
every 12 years and the Ardh Kumbh Mela, which comes once every 6 years have
gained immense popularity among the mystics all through the world.
Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh
Rishikesh has a number of ashrams, few of which are internationally
recognized centres of meditation, yoga and philosophical studies.
International Yoga Week which enjoys world wide participation, is held every
year in February on the banks of the Ganga. Rishikesh also has the best Spa
and many other Ayurvedic treatment centres.
The Lure of Haridwar
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is an enchanting bird watching spot particularly
during the winters. Around Laljiwala on the banks of river Ganges you can
have the prized visions of Siberian Cranes. Beauty Point, about 2kms from
Haridwar, is a point providing fascinating views of Haridwar and the nearby
Himalayan boscage. The Ghats are the hot spots of the pilgrims- every
devotee who visits Haridwar take a sacramental dip in the river Ganga.
The Lure of Rishikesh
Rishikesh, in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is the place from
where the river Ganges leaves behind her mountain abode and enters the vast
plains of north India. Rishikesh has a number of attractions for the
tourists. Among the temples, the most prominent ones are Bharat Temple,
Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple, Shatrughan Temple and Lakshman Temple.
The Laxman Jhoola, Sadanand Jhoola and Triveni Ghat feature among the most
eyeful sights in Rishikesh.
/ Rishikesh : Fact File
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Haridwar and Rishikesh are easily accessible by bus
from Delhi. It is 6 hours (250 kms) journey. Haridwar is 386 kms from Agra.
From Haridwar it's only 24 kms to Rishikesh. The nearest airport is at
Dehradun, 35 kms from Haridwar. The railways connect these two places to all
the important cities in India.
Places to Stay :
Accommodation can be sought in the
various hotels, lodges and tourist bungalows. There are also forest guest
houses which cater to the inflow of tourists.