Haridwar Rishikesh

The city is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks on the banks of River Ganga. The name Haridwar means The approach to the God’, which access to the four pilgrimage of Uttarakhand. It is the place where the river Ganga slides down to the plain. Haridwar is also known as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokhsadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics. The Kumbha Mela, happening once every 12 years and the Ardha Kumbha Mela (Coming once every six years) are big draws. It is believed that taking bath here sanitizes the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana. Haridwar also has grown up as a major education center for arts, science and culture and maintained the Gurukul tradition of teaching. The place is full of wildlife and nature lovers With Rajaji Park.

 Particulars about Haridwar
Area : 12.302 sq. km.
Altitude : 300 meters
Temperature : Summer: 40 0C, Winter : 6 0C.
Rainfall : Mysterious
Clothing : Summer : Light Tropical, Winter : Wollens.
Language : Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and English
Best Season : September to June

How to get there
Air : Nearest airport is Delhi (214 kms).
Rail :  Well connected with many cities inc the country.
Road : Well connected with different cities as  Delhi- 214 kms, Rishikesh- 24 kms.Meerut- 129 kms. Mussoorie- 90 kms, Badrinath- 290 kms, Yamunotri- 240 kms, Dehradun- 52 kms, Kedarnath- 250 kms,  Ambala- 168 kms, Saharanpur – 81 kms.

Places to visit :-

Har Ki Pauri
This ghat is known as Brahmakund, one of the most sacred ghats in India, built by Vikramaditya in remembrance of his brother Bhartrihari. In the evening a Maha Aarti is accomplished on this ghat.
Mansa Devi Temple
The holy place can be arrived by the rope way or the normal trekking route to the top, due to its location on top of the Bilwa Parvat.
Kavand Mela
The fair is held ten days before Shivteras, during the Hindu months of Shravan and Phalgun.
Chandi Devi Temple
It is located on the top of Neel Parvat on the bank of river Ganga, 3 km trek from Chandi Ghat, was built in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh.  It is thought that the chief sculpture was established by the Adi Sankaracharya in 8th Century AD. Chandi Devi Temple is easily reached by a ropeway, which starts near Gauri Shankar Temple.
Sapt Rishi
Ganga set aside herself into seven little streams at one place. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi.
Maya Devi Temple
It is an ancient temple known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this place because of burning herself to keep the honour of her husband. It is located to the east of Har-ki-Pauri.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
The prehistoric temple of Daksh Mahadev is located in the south of Kankhal town. This temple was assembled by Queen Dhankaur in 1810 A.D. This place is one of the five sanctified places in Haridwar.
Rajaji National Park
It is a distinct paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Three sanctuaries in the Dehradun Shivaliks- Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 spreading over an area of 820.42 sq kms.

Other Attractions of Haridwar are Gurukul Kangri University, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar and Beauty Point.

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Rishikesh symbolizes the first step to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. A number of temples point the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is an ideal place for trekking in the nearby Himalayas. It is considered to be the access point of three other pilgrim places of Badrinath – Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, the four great places which combine to make Chardham
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How to get there
Airways : Rishikesh does not have an airstrip of its own.
Railways :  There are trains from all the major cities in the plains.
Roadways : 24 Kms from Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh). Particularly there are regular services from Haridwar which is just half-an- hour journey from Rishikesh. Near by Cities of Rishikesh are Delhi – 238 Kms, Uttrakashi – 154 kms, Dehradun – 42 kms, Kedarnath – 228 kms, Haridwar – 25 kms, Mussoorie – 77 kms.

Particulars about Rishikesh
Area : 12.302 sq. km.
Altitude : About 1360 feet above sea level
Climate : Continental type.
Clothing : Summer : Light Tropical, Winter : Wollens.
Language : Garhwali and Hindi
Best Season : Throughout the Year.

-: Places to visit :-

Lakshman Jhula
It has been a foremost magnetism amongst the visitors. 450 feet long bridge was built in 1939 and Ram Jhula, the other balanced Iron viaduct was recently erected between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram.
Gita Bhavan
This newly constructed building is renowned for its beautiful paintings and sculptures, located just diagonally the Lakshman Jhula.
Swarga Ashram
The gorgeous images in the area mesmerize the visitors. Visitors can find numerous temples and the eating joints and shops where one can do shopping.
Nilkanth Mahadeo
A mythology stated that during Sagar Manthan for Amrit, Lord Shiva drank first venom emerged out, which turned his throat blue. Hence, Shiva also became famous as Neelkanth and the place is Neelkanth Mahadeo. This temple is situated at a height of 1700 meters and 12 kms from Rishikesh and is surrounded by peaceful forests.
Triveni Ghat
Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands of pilgrims who take bath here and after sunset, priests set floating lamps on the water during the Aarti Ceremony and enjoy the Maha Aarti. It is very soothing to sit on the shore of the river and get pleasure from the cool gentle wind from the river. Nearby is the Bharat Mandir, the oldest temple.

Besides these other places worth visiting are Dehradun, White Water Rafting, Haridwar, Mussoorie, Chila, Kunjapuri , Valley of Flowers, Narendra Nagar, Auli, Devprayag and Jim Corbett National Park.