RISHIKESH EXTENSION04 Days / 03 Nights
Haridwar and Rishikesh tour programme can be used as a standalone package or as an extension of any other itinerary. The tours with which this extension can be clubbed with are North India packages like Golden Triangle, Highlights of Rajasthan etc, or with Himalayan tours. In the Rishikesh Tour, you will be visiting Haridwar Tour, considered the holy city of Hindus, and Rishikesh known for its spiritualism and breath taking natural beauty.
Early in the morning, you will be met by a representative from Labana World Travels who will transfer you to New Delhi railway station to board the train to Haridwar. The train “Dehradun Shatabadi” will depart from New Delhi railway station at 6.50 AM and reach Haridwar at 11.25 AM. Breakfast will be served on board the Shatabadi Express. On arrival at Haridwar you will be transferred to your hotel at Rishikesh by road, which is 25 km from Haridwar, and would take about half an hour.
Rishikesh, the Gateway to the Himalayas, is 1360 feet above mean sea level, and is located in the Tehri-Garhwal region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It abounds in natural splendor. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.
In the evening, you will proceed to Triveni Ghat to view the illuminated Ganga Aarti. It is the most important place for religious ceremonies in Rishikesh. Barefoot, ranks of devotees sit in rows on the steps of the Ghat. As the sun begins to set, plating the river with gold, bells and gongs ring and chants fill the air. Rows of religious celebrants hold plates of flaming ghee, moving them in a circular salutation to the Goddess of the River. This is a sacred bathing spot on the bank of the river Ganga where devotees take holy dips and offer prayers. Triveni Ghat is so called because it is believed to be the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati River. Triveni Ghat is right where the Ganges or Ganga bends 90 degrees and that may be a reason why it is such a power spot.
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Early in the morning drive or walk to the Yoga Ashram for yoga class