Sightseeing 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. According to Hindu mythology, the place where the NeelkanthMahadev 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.
Water Rafting in Rishikesh
Brahmpuri Rafting Stretch (Stretch: 9 km; Season: 1st September to 30th June; Recommended for kids and senior citizens Age 14 -65 years old; Departure time from Hotel: 2.00 P.M., prior notice of 12 hours required) : The stretch from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh is the easiest and the shortest one, around 9 km. It is a Grade I rafting expedition and is meant for beginners. People of age groups from 14 to 65 years can enjoy this expedition. The stretch is perfect for family and students groups. Cost of the trip: Rs 750+Taxes per person including pick up and drop back at the hotel (minimum 4 people required)
The Most Popular Rishikesh Rafting stretch (Hotel - Shivpuri - LaxmanJhula – Hotel) :(16km stretch,Season: 1st September to 30th June; Recommended for adults and kids above 14 years old; Departure time from Hotel: 8.30 A.M. & 2.00 P.M.; prior notice of 12 hours required) - This is grade III, III+ rafting stretch and usually takes about 2 hours on the river and has about 7 rapids including small and big. Some of the good rapids we run on this stretch are called Roller coaster (III+), Golf Course (III+), Club house (III). Rapids are safe to raft though there are some big waves and hydraulics. Cost of the trip: Rs 1000+Taxes per person including pick up and drop back at the hotel (minimum 4 people required)
Jungle Safari inside Rajaji National Park in Rishikesh
Jungle Safari inside Rajaji National Park: This is the most commonly visited Safari experience offering in Rishikesh. The Rajaji National Park is spread over an area of 820.42 SQ. K.M. It is a home of 23 species of mammals and 315 species of Birds. The park is home to Tigers (~18), Leopards (~200), Asian Elephants (~ 500), King Cobra, Panther, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, Kakar, Python, Monitor Lizard, Wild Cats and many more.Park timings: From 15th November till 31st December the park is open from 6.30 am till 10.30 am & from 2pm till 3 pm. From 1st January till 31st March the park is open from 6.30 am till 11.00 am & from 2pm till 3.30 pm. From 1st April till 30thJune the park is open from 6.30 am till 11.00 am & from 3pm till 5 pm. Booking Cost: The booking cost per person,for Indians is INR 1400 (the rates are for minimum 2 or more persons) and for non-Indians it is INR 2200 (the rates are for 2 or more persons). If Single Safari is booked, it is for Indians INR. 2500 & Non Indians INR. 3500. Guests are requested to inform the reception of their desire to visit the park at least 12 hours in advance.The hotel arrange for pickup and drop to and fro the main entrance of the Rajaji National Park by Jeep. Pickup and drop prices are included in the rates mentioned above. What happens on the trip: The guide will meet the guests at the hotel lobby at the pre-decided pickup time and take them by Jeep to the park entrance. The trip from the hotel till the main entrance of the park is 16 km long and takes about 30 minutes by road. Before entering the forest the guide will explain the rules of the forest to the guests.