In this 3 day 2 nights package, guests will get to visit all the most important temples and ashrams in and around Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Rishikesh is 24 Kms from Haridwar.It is located in the lap of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded on three sides by scenic beauty of the hills with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to NIRVANA( attainment of salvation).
There are many temples,some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. There are a great many ashrams and Yoga institutes here. Rishikesh is also the gateway and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamnotri.
Similarly the city of Haridwar commands the stature of being one of the most important cities in the entire Hindu mythology. It is beleived that a single dip at Hari-Ki-Pauri, which is the most important ghat in Haridwar, washes away sins of many lifetimes. As a result this ancient city attracts millions of tourists every year.
Both Rishikesh and Haridwar have a very important place in the Hindu scriptures. Rishikesh is an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for those who want to delve deeper into meditation, Yoga and other aspects of Hinduism
Religious Sightseeing options in Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple - is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth (Lord Shiva). The temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters and is located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.
The Temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the sea in order to obtain Amrita. The poison emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Nilkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One
Distance from Hotel : Approx 35 Km ; Ideal time to spend there - atleast 1-2 hours ; Ideal time to visit – between 11 am and 4 pm ; Time taken by cab one way – approx 1 hour. Contact front desk for cab and guide expenses.
Vashishtha Gufa - Lord Rama’s Guru – Vashisht muni meditated within the cave is now named as Vashisht Gufa (cave). The cave is mentioned within Kedarkhand and is a Siddha Sthan. Shri Swami Purushottamananda ji visited Vashisht Gufa in the year 1928 and 1961 had samadhi (leaving the body). Now-a-days Shri Swami Purushottamananda Ashram exist close to the cave. Devotees including saints visit cave to meditate. Holy river Ganga flows nearby.
Distance from Hotel : Approx 35 Km ; Ideal time to spend there - atleast 1-2 hours; Ideal time to visit – between 11 am and 4 pm; Time taken by cab one way – approx 1 hour. Contact front desk for cab and guide expenses.
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula - Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated at Muni Ki Reti in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand. Built in the 1980s, over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh.
Ram jhula is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of Rishikesh at Muni Ki Reti. Some of the most prominent Hindu ashrams and religious centers like "The Gita Bhawan", "Swarg Ashram" and the “Parmarth Niketan” are located in this area. This bridge constructed with the span of 450 feet and above 59 feet from summer water level.
The bridge was opened for public by H.E. Sir Malcolm Haley, Governor of the United Provinces on April 11, 1930. The bridge was constructed by the public works department during the years 1927-1929.
A bridge similar to Ram Jhula is Lakshman Jhula. Laxman Jhula is also an iron suspension bridge but slightly smaller than the Ram Jhula. It is said that Laxman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Laxman Jhula was built in 1939. There are spectacular views from the bridge. The iconic “Tera Manzil Temple” is also located near Laxman Jhula.
Both Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are dotted with flea markets, handicrafts showrooms and food outlets where tourists find various options to spend time and explore the city.
Distance from Hotel : Ram Jhula – 3 Km and Laxman Jhula – 4Km; Ideal time to spend there – atleast 2-3hours in either area including meals as there are some interesting cafes there ; Ideal time to visit – between 12 noon and 9 pm ; Time taken by cab one way : approx 5-15 minutes depending on traffic conditions ; Contact front desk for cab and guide expenses.
Kunja Puri Temple is located on the top of a peak about 25 Kms from the hotel. This temple is also visible from the terrace and cafe area at our Hotel. Kunjapuri commands a beautiful view of the snow-ranges of the Himalayas and of the valley of the Bhagirathi. Kunjapuri is said to be one of the “sidddhapeeths” established in the region by Jagadguru Shankaracharya and legend has it that the upper-half of the body of Sati, wife of Siva, fell here when Siva was carrying it to Kailash after Sati had flung herself in the “yajna” fires when some derogatory remarks were made about her husband by her father Daksha. The temple has approximately 1000 steps leading upto the main foyer which need to be climbed.
Distance from Hotel : 25 Kms; Ideal time to spend there – atleast 2-3hours in either area including meals as there are some interesting cafes there; Ideal time to visit – between 12 noon and 9 pm; Time taken by cab one way : approx 5-15 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Contact front desk for cab and guide expenses.
Virbhadra Temple is named after Virabhadra, a being created through the wrath of Shiva after the “yagya” of Daksha, at Kankhal. It is one of the most important temples of Lord Shiva and legend has it that there is a very bright light visible from under the closed doors of the temple every midnight signifying the descent of Lord Shiva.
Distance from Hotel : Approx 1.5 Kms; Ideal time to spend there – approximately 30 minutes; Ideal time to visit – between 11am and 9 pm; Time taken by cab one way : approx 5-15 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Contact front desk for cab and guide expenses.