RISHIKESH EXTENSION

Day wise Itinerary:

DAY 01: DELHI-HARIDWAR BY: TRAIN
HARIDWAR - RISHIKESH BY: SURFACE
Early in the morning, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Delhi railway station to board the train to Haridwar
On arrival at Haridwar railway station, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Rishikesh [25 Kms]

Rishikesh- the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal. It abounds in natural splendor. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Locatedat a height of about 1360 feet above sea level&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 places 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 SaraswatiRiver. 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.
Overnight - Hotel. Meals - Breakfast

DAY 02: RISHIKESH
Early in the morning drive or walk to the Yoga Ashram for yoga class

Yoga - the age-old tradition of Indians to remain healthy is celebrated through the International Yoga week at the base of the Himalayas on the bank of the Ganges, in Rishikesh. Yoga, the word derived from the Sanskrit word "Yuj", means to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one's attention on, to use and apply. While practicing Yoga, one exercises yoking of all the powers of body, mind and soul to God. It amazing power of disciplining of the intellect, the mind, the emotions and the will enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly. Yoga is now practiced all over the world as a curative means for diseases and to enhance the spiritual control because the Gurus of Yoga believes that when the senses are stilled, then the mind is at complete rest. Thus the steady control of senses and mind has been defined as Yoga

Post yoga session return to your hotel for breakfast

Late in the morning, you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of Rishikesh visiting Lakshman Jhoola - is a suspension bridge across the GangaRiver along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. This rope-bridge, without any pillars or other support is 140m long and was originally built of jute. The precarious jute ropes were changed to more stable iron chains in 1929. In an episode of the epic Ramayana, it is said that this is where Lord Rama's brother Lakshman crossed the river on a rope and meditated.

On the nearby west bank is the old Lakshman temple dedicated to Rama's brother. Across the river is the 13-storey Kailashanand Mission Ashram, which has good views from the top.
A pleasant 2km walk along this bank brings one to the Shivanand Jhoola, also known as Ram Jhoola. This is a recently completed suspension bridge, which spans the river.
Swargashram is the area beyond Ram Jhoola, a quite and serene place filled with Ashrams. The small path in Swargashram area runs right next to the river, and is crowded with shops, restaurants, and Internet centers on one side and ashrams on the other side. Swargashram is known for its quietness and vibes, and the Ganga flowing right next to it.

Post sightseeing tour you will proceed to Triveni Ghat to view the illuminated Ganga Aarti.
Overnight - Hotel. Meals - Breakfast

DAY 03: RISHIKESH
Early in the morning drive or walk to the Yoga Ashram for yoga class
Post yoga session return to your hotel for breakfast
Post breakfast, you will be taken for an excursion tour of Haridwar city.

Haridwar(Vishnu's door) at the base of the Shiwalik hills is a town of temples, ghats and ashrams. Its location at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains makes it a particularly holy place. Every 12 years the Kumbha festival attracts millions of pilgrims who come and bathe in the river. Various episodes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata are set in this ancient town. Har-ki-Pairi, the most popular ghat, has a footprint of Lord Vishnu set in stone.

Proceed for the sightseeing tour visiting Chandi Devi - A panoramic view of Haridwar can be enjoyed from the temple of Chandi Devi located on top of Neel Parvat. The temple is a 3 km trek from Chandi Ghat. Legend has it that Chanda-Munda the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here.

BharatMataTemple -is a eight storey building in which the images of cities, heroes and great men are installed.
Shanti Kunj- is the famous ashram of Gayatri. Followers and pilgrims from far and wide converge here for yoga and natural cures.
MayaDeviTemple- is the Adhishtkatri Devi of Haridwar. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this ancient shaktipeeth, located to the east of Har-ki-Pairi.
Bhimgoda - Legend has it that while the Pandavas were here, Bhim with one blow of his horse's hoof drew water from the rocks at this spot.
Pawan Dham - is famous for its Hanuman Mandir decorated with glass pieces.

In the evening, experience the Aarti ceremony at Har-ki-Pairi- this is the most important ghat on the river Ganga, at Haridwar, where a holy dip is a must for every devotee. The Ganga Aarti performed every evening is a spectacular sight when thousands of lighted lamps are set afloat on the river, after a common evening prayer is said by all priests from the many thousands of temples.
Return to Rishikesh.
Overnight - Hotel. Meals - Breakfast

DAY 04: RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR BY: SURFACE
HARIDWAR - DELHI (Room booked for day use only) BY: TRAIN
Early in the morning, you will drive to Haridwar [25 Kms] railway station to board the train to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi railway station, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
On arrival, check in at your hotel [room will be booked for day use only]
Late in the evening, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Delhi International airport to connect your flight for onward destination

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