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From Delhi : Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Tour

1. From Delhi : Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Tour

At 5:00 AM, our driver will pick you up and take you the approximately 4-hour drive to Haridwar. 214 km from Delhi is the holy city of Haridwar, which is situated in the state of Uttaranchal in northern India. Haridwar, which means "the gate of God," is one of the holiest Hindu sites in India and has long been a hub of Hindu mysticism and devotion. Haridwar is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world because it is located on the banks of the Ganges (Ganges) River, where the river flows from the mountains into the North Indian plains. Haridwar tourist attractions: Har-ki-Pauri after the Charan (footprints) of Hari (God Vishnu), which are inscribed on the stone used to build the dams' upper wall. This sacred bathing location is known as Brahmakund. The most beautiful sight during the Ganga Arti ceremony at twilight is the reflection of the flowering diya's golden tones in the Ganges River. This is the most significant ghat along the Ganges River, where every devotee must take a holy bath. Mansa Devi Temple: The shrine is devoted to the goddess Mansa Devi, who is reputed to grant visitors' requests. The temple provides a wonderful perspective of Haridwar. The Siddhapeeth triangle is completed by it, together with Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. Small town Rishikesh is located in Uttarakhand, a state in northern India. The Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's (now closed) ashram at Rishikesh, a gorgeous place where the Ganges River rises in the Himalayas, and the city is still referred to as the world's centre for yoga. The entrance to the Himalayas is located in Rishikesh. Ideally, the Char Dham Yatra (holy pilgrimage to four shrines) begins at Rishikesh. Attractions One of the most significant bathing ghats in Rishikesh is the Triveni Ghat. The ghat is the perfect place to take a bath in the Ganges' sacred waters because it has contemporary depictions of Hindu deities and a white sandy beach. Worth viewing is the arati (prayer) that is performed at night using lanterns. The most well-known location in Rishikesh is Lakshman Jhula, which is essentially a suspension bridge across the Ganges river. A historic footbridge with the name Lakshmanjhula—after Lord Rama's brother—can be seen about two kilometres upstream. At Lakshmanjhula, there are temples on either side of the river. Swarg Ashram: This ashram is a popular destination for those looking for information on religious topics because of its abundance of ashrams, food stands, and shops. Visit the Haridwar. The custom is being observed today and is praised for its beauty. On the opposite side of the shore, you can watch as the priests light the lamps in a circular motion while being accompanied by chants honouring Mother Ganga. In order to obtain the Goddess' blessings and purification after completing the ceremony, followers place their hands over the flame and lift their palms to their foreheads. After returning to Delhi, you will be delivered to your home about 10 p.m.

Guided Ashram Tour in Rishikesh with a local - 2 Hours

2. Guided Ashram Tour in Rishikesh with a local - 2 Hours

Rishikesh act as a magnet for spiritual seekers and it considered as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. 1. the Visit ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free and vegetarian enclave in Rishikesh. 2. In this tour you will learn about city, culture, hindu religion, temples, ashrams and holy river ganga. 3. Learn about ancient Yogic culture in its true sense, listen to heart warming stories, which help you understand the current day Rishikesh and the life here. 4. Our friendly storytellers will ensure that this a fun, enjoyable and unforgettable experience for you to remember for life.

Guided Night Walking Tour in Rishikesh - 2 Hours

3. Guided Night Walking Tour in Rishikesh - 2 Hours

Our idea of a good night has always been having a lovely meal and a proper conversation. Rishilesh is a beautiful city during the day, yet it is even more beautiful at night. Come and join us on this amazing and completely off beat experience of Rishilesh at night. Experience the urban side of city on this walk, visit local popular hangout places, most prominent, beautiful monuments, ancient and modern buildings and old streets in the beautiful night view of the Rishilesh city. Yo Tours follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you. Many of our guests say that "the walking tour with Yo Tours™ was the highlight of their visit to the city".

Delhi to Rishikesh Transfer

4. Delhi to Rishikesh Transfer

We provide you with the most convenient and affordable Intercity transfer from Delhi to your destination in Rishikesh city. Our verified chauffeur will be waiting for you at the arrival section/Hotel Lobby. In case of any flight delays, our driver waits for you and will safely drive you to your destination in Rishikesh city. The journey from Delhi to Rishikesh via AC cab is a perfect blend of convenience and scenic beauty. As the landscapes shift from the urban chaos to the serenity of the Himalayas, you will be treated to an evolving panorama. With comfortable seating, a controlled environment, and picturesque views, the AC cab ride enhances the overall travel experience. Upon reaching Rishikesh, the town's spiritual aura and adventurous spirit are ready to welcome you

From Delhi: Private Guided Haridwar and Rishikesh Day Tour

5. From Delhi: Private Guided Haridwar and Rishikesh Day Tour

5:00 AM: Departure from Delhi Start your day early to make the most of your trip. 8:00 AM: Arrive in Haridwar Upon reaching Haridwar, head straight to Har Ki Pauri, one of the holiest ghats on the banks of the Ganges. Take part in the morning Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ritual of worship with lamps and chants. 10:00 AM: Explore Haridwar After the Aarti, explore the nearby marketplaces, where you can find religious items, souvenirs, and local handicrafts. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple, located on a hilltop, accessible by a cable car ride. 12:00 PM: Depart for Rishikesh Leave Haridwar and drive towards Rishikesh, which is approximately a 30-minute drive away. 1:00 PM: Lunch Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch at one of the local restaurants in Haridwar, serving authentic North Indian cuisine. 2:00 PM: Visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula Upon arriving in Rishikesh, visit the iconic suspension bridges, Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. These pedestrian bridges offer breathtaking views of the Ganges and the surrounding landscape. 3:30 PM: Attend a Yoga/Meditation Session Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world. Join a yoga or meditation session at one of the ashrams or yoga centers to experience the spiritual atmosphere and learn some rejuvenating techniques. 5:00 PM: Evening Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Head to Parmarth Niketan, one of the renowned ashrams in Rishikesh, to witness the evening Ganga Aarti. It is a soul-stirring experience to see the lamps being floated on the Ganges amidst enchanting chants and prayers. 6:00 PM: Explore Rishikesh After the Aarti, take a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, explore the vibrant streets of Rishikesh, and visit the local shops offering yoga gear, clothing, and spiritual artifacts 7:00 PM: Depart for Delhi Bid farewell to the serene town of Rishikesh and begin your return journey to Delhi. 10:00 PM: Arrival in Delhi Arrive back in Delhi, marking the end of your Haridwar and Rishikesh tour.

Rishikesh Walking Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

6. Rishikesh Walking Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

Experience authentic Rishikesh on this amazing walking tour of the old town with our fun and entertaining storytellers specially trained by Yo Tours™. This walking tour will give you a great induction of the city, you will listen to wonderful stories about the city, its history and people, you will learn about its vibrant culture, fun facts and must do things in the city. Yo Tours follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you. Many of our guests say that "the walking tour with Yo Tours™ was the highlight of their visit to the city".

From Delhi: Private Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Tour by Car

7. From Delhi: Private Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Tour by Car

At the break of dawn, precisely at 5:00 AM, our chauffeur will be at your doorstep to embark on an enlightening journey. We'll set our course on a 4-hour drive to the sacred city of Haridwar, located 214 kilometers from Delhi. Nestled in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India, Haridwar, which translates to "the gate of God," holds a revered place in Hinduism. For centuries, it has been a sanctum of mysticism and devotion, drawing Hindu pilgrims from across the globe. Haridwar's significance arises from its position on the banks of the holy Ganges River, where the river descends from the mountains into the plains of North India. Haridwar's Notable Attractions: Har-ki-Pauri: Known for the imprints of Lord Vishnu's feet, or 'Charan,' etched on the stone used in the construction of the upper wall of the dam, this is a sacred bathing spot. Here, the Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ceremony where the golden hues of countless floating lamps reflect on the Ganges, takes place. It's a spiritual experience to witness the twilight aarti at this iconic ghat. Mansa Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi, believed to fulfill the wishes of her devotees. It offers a panoramic view of Haridwar, forming the holy triangle with Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. From Haridwar, our journey continues to the quaint town of Rishikesh, nestled in the state of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh, often referred to as the 'Yoga Capital of the World,' is a place of immense spiritual significance. It is known as the gateway to the Himalayas and the starting point for the Char Dham Yatra, a holy pilgrimage to four sacred shrines. Key Attractions in Rishikesh: Triveni Ghat: A significant bathing ghat along the Ganges, adorned with contemporary depictions of Hindu deities and a serene white sandy beach. It's a perfect spot for a purifying dip and witnessing the evening 'arati' ceremony with lanterns. Lakshman Jhula: An iconic suspension bridge straddling the Ganges, steeped in history and mythology. Just about two kilometers upstream lies a historic footbridge named Lakshmanjhula, after Lord Rama's brother. Swarg Ashram: This ashram, brimming with other ashrams, eateries, and shops, is a sought-after destination for those on a spiritual quest. We conclude this spiritual sojourn with the customary Ganga Aarti, a spectacle that radiates profound beauty. Watch as the priests gracefully light lamps in a circular motion, accompanied by soulful chants, paying homage to Mother Ganga. Devotees place their hands over the flames, purifying themselves and seeking the blessings of the Goddess. Upon your return to Delhi, expect to arrive at your residence around 10:00 PM, with a heart full of spiritual experiences and cherished memories.

Highlights of Rishikesh & Haridwar (Guided Fullday Tour)

8. Highlights of Rishikesh & Haridwar (Guided Fullday Tour)

Discover all the beautiful and famous sites of Rishikesh and Haridwar on this fantastic 8-hour experience with a personal guide in an air-conditioned car customized based on your requirements. 1. Experience the famous tourist destinations in a city customized based on your requirement, an unparalleled experience that helps you to check mark almost all the destinations listed in your itineraries. 2. Complete the tour with a big smile on your face and beautiful memories to cherish in your photos.

Rishikesh: Ganges River Rafting Adventure

9. Rishikesh: Ganges River Rafting Adventure

Scenic Beauty: The Ganges River flows through the stunning landscape of the Himalayan foothills, offering breathtaking views of lush forests, rocky cliffs, and pristine surroundings. Your rafting journey will take you through some of the most picturesque spots in the region. Different Rapids: The Ganges River in Rishikesh offers a range of rapids with varying degrees of difficulty, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. Some of the popular rapids include the Roller Coaster, Golf Course, and Double Trouble, among others. River Grading: The Ganges in Rishikesh is graded as a Class II to IV river, which means it offers a mix of moderate to challenging rapids. The exact difficulty level can vary depending on the season and water flow. Safety Precautions: Rafting operators in Rishikesh prioritize safety. They provide you with safety gear such as life jackets, helmets, and experienced rafting guides who are trained to handle different river conditions.

From Delhi: 2-Day Tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar

10. From Delhi: 2-Day Tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar

Day 1- After pickup from your hotel, sit back and relax as you’re driven 240 km to Rishikesh. Known as the gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is home to many famous ashrams and has the River Ganges flowing through it. Head to the ‘Beatles Ashram’, where The Beatles were taught transcendental meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s. See the yoga hall and spiritual discourse studio, and walk past huts that are made from pebbles from the River Ganges.  In Ram Jula, stand on an iron suspension bridge over the River Ganges. The bridge links Swarg Ashram and Sivananda Ashram, which stand on opposite sides of the river. Join a 1-hour yoga session in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and is located on the banks of the River Ganges. The last activity of the day is an evening prayer on the banks of the River Ganges. Afterward, you will spend the night at a hotel in Rishikesh. Day 2 - Start the day with a drive to the holy city of Haridwar. This ancient city is an important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple, built atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills. It can be reached either by trekking or by a rope-way. It is said that this very holy temple emerged from the mind of the great Kashya. Continue to Har ka Pauri, one of the most ancient pilgrimage centers in India. Har Ka Pauri is popular as it is known as the site of the footprints of Lord Vishnu. King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred place in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is believed to have come to Haridwar to meditate.

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To visit The Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh has been my dream trip as a Beatles fan. My guide Mr. Hari was the best of the best guide I have ever experienced. He gave me 100% attentions to suit my interests and I had very best days in India. Mr. Hari is such a gentleman at every way and told me that to satisfy customers is just his duty. I am fully satisfied with visiting The Beatles history places and I experienced amazing ritual ceremony at Haridwar which was an additional unexpected memorable moment now. I really thank you Mr. Hari for my life time memories.

A good way to escape the big city life of Delhi. It was intense but very interesting to visit these two cities located at the beautiful Ganga River. In Rishikesh you have a superb few on the river and the mountains and in Haridwar you witness a very traditional ceremony of the Hinduism religion. My guide Chandra could provide a lot of information and was very kind. We even went up a small hill with a cable car from which we had a very nice view on the city. I would recommend this tour!

Our trip was a fascinating dive into hinduism religion and spirituality. You do not need to have prior knowledge, the tour was very informative and even if you are not too interested in spirituality, it is a good opportunity to see famous Ganges river and Sivalik mountains range (part of the outer Himalayas). The tour was also flexible, we had opportunity to participate in local yoga session. If you book this trip I recommend to ask for guide (Chandra) and driver (Rahul) by the names.

One day is very short time to truly explore both cities but during this tour I was able to see the main places and I recieved interesting information from the guide. Both driver and guide were nice and I enjoyed the tour.

Pankag was such a pleasure to tour Rishikesh with. So kind and respectful, gentle soul. Thank you!