OUR REPRESENTATIVE will receive you at the Delhi airport and transfer to the railway station to board train for Amritsar. Reach and check into the hotel.
Haridwar or `the Gateway to the Gods` is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. Haridwar represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall
Haridwar - gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains.
Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer taking bath on the numerous Ghats built on the river shores. It is said that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana.
Overnight will be in Haridwar.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
Proceed for a full day sightseeing of the city.
Har Ki Pauri: This ghat is one of the most sacred Ghats in India. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.
Mansa Devi: This temple is located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. The temple can be reached by the rope way or one can take the normal trekking route to the top. The top of the hill gives you an excellent view of Haridwar.
Daksha Mahadev Temple: Four Kms from Haridwar is a town called Kankhal. Mythology says that the king of this place King Daksha Prajapati performed a yagya. His daughter, Sati was married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was not happy with this marriage and did not invite Shiva-Sati in the Yagya. But Sati came and was insulted by her father. She could not take the insult and burnt herself in the yagya kund. On hearing this followers of Shiva killed Daksha. But later Mahadev (Shiva) brought Daksha to life. The Daksha temple is an attribute to this legend. This place is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar.
Chandi Devi Temple: This temple is on the top of a hill called the Neel Parvat which is on the other side of the river Ganga. The temple was constructed by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh, in 1929 AD. Chandi Devi is a three km trek from the Chandi Ghat.
Sapt Rishi: At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight.
Overnight will be at Haridwar.
After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Rishikesh.
Situated 24 Km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual Centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams that serve as centres of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is not only an attraction for pilgrims but it also attracts foreigners who want to know about Hinduism, who want to spend some time close to the Lord. People who love rafting come here to conquer the rapids of Ganga. Rishikesh is also an ideal base camp for trekking in the nearby Himalayas.
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. Rishikesh is also called the "Yoga capital of the world". For the adventurous, Rishikesh is the place for starting their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan peaks. The International Yoga week, which attracts praticipation from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb on the bank of river Ganga.
Bharat Mandir: The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple in Rishikesh, near the Jhanda Chowk; Raibhya Rishi did tapasya at this place. The township of Rishikesh is named after the "Lord Hrishikesh Narayan Bharat".
Kailash Niketan Temple: This is the main temple at Laxman Jhoola and one can see the sculptures of all Gods and Goddesses in this thirteen storey mansion.
Satya Narayan Temple: The idol of Lord Satya Narayan has been enshrined inside the temple located enroute to Rishikesh, 10 km away from Haridwar. The visitors use this place as a station to halt for a casual worship.
Shatrughan Temple: This is an ancient temple dedicated to Shatrughan, Lord Ram`s brother and is situated 5 km away from Rishikesh.
Neelkanth Mahadev: The Neelkanth temple is situated on top of a hill across the Ganga River. According to mythology, after the sagar manthan Lord Shiva drank all the effluent venom here, this turned his throat blue, hence the name Neelkanth.
Later in the evening, return back to Haridwar by road.
Overnight will be Haridwar.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Spend day in leisure.
Later in the evening, you will be transferred to the railway station to board train for Delhi. Reach Delhi and will be transferred to the airport / hotel for onward journey with sweet memories of the Golden Temple.
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We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas. I have finally downloaded my photos and I`m am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India. If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more. My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people. India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip. The guides in each town were very knowledgeable and unique in different ways. Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless, it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide.
We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh. As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India. We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible. I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!
I cannot wait to return to India. I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life. I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India. I liked the smallness and openness of these cities. (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!) I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again. It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial. My husband`s favorites were the Oberoi`s in Udaipur and Agra. The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.
Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip. I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south!
Question : Health advice for UK citizens
Vaccinations are not required when you travel in India; however anti malaria medication is strongly recommended. If you have visited or transited a yellow fever area ten days prior to your scheduled trip to India a yellow fever inoculation certificate will be mandatory. Like all tropical countries, there are precautions that need to be followed while travelling. Indian medical professionals have reputably high standards. Should you need to consult a doctor; most hotels have doctors on call. We would be happy to assist you in visiting the specialist, although appointments are likely to be limited to a certain time of the day. Should you be using prescription medicines, please carry adequate supply - what you use may not be locally available and substitutes may not be suitable. In the unlikely event of hospitalisation, primary and secondary metros offer very high standards of health care. As a primary precaution, always drink bottled water. Ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day. We always recommend that you consult your personal physician prior to any travel. We advise you to consult your doctor or the British Airways Travel Clinics, allowing at least 4 weeks before the date of travel for all medical advice. Some areas including Bhutan and Nepal may be at high altitudes so please check with our staff before confirming your itinerary. You can also check health advice for UK citizens at below link: Http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx
OUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Accommodation at mentioned hotels,
Buffet breakfasts at the hotels,
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,
Ac vehicle for all transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary,
Local english speaking guides for all mentioned tours,
Assistance at the airports/railway station on arrival / departure,
Monument entrance charges,
Internal train fare for the sector delhi - haridwar delhi,
All applicable taxes and service charges,
All road taxes, government taxes and driver allowances.