Haridwar presents a paradox. Thousands of people gather on the banks of River Ganga, chanting hymns, chatting animatedly, staring out in silence at the tides coursing through the mother goddess, squabbling over (petty) matters of daily ‘business’ and caught in the motions of bathing, washing, cleaning and praying. However, there is a mystical serenity enveloping the atmosphere which is bursting with energy of such magnitude, a sense of wonder which gently removes the wraps and blinds around you and sets you free to breathe and tears away at the notion that peace is only to be found in isolated corners.
If you are planning your first Haridwar Rishikesh Tour(for an efficient tour plan you may refer and unsure about quite where to start, here are some things you would not want to miss out on:
A Dip in Holy Ganges
As unlikely as it may sound or seem, the sacred waters of Ganga are widely believed to have healing powers. Hundreds of travelers seek out the experience as a renewal, a beginning of a journey.
Lip Smacking Street Food
When you are travelling in India, and you come across a pani puri/golgappa stall, you need not stop to think! The crunch of the golgappas (crispy wafer balls) giving way to the savory potato filling along with tamarind water washes your palette clean and leaves you begging for more! Har Ki Pauri Ghat is famous for its street food- papri chaat and pani puris. Don’t let yourself miss out on this tantalizing experience!
The evening aarti at Har Ki Pauri (Ghat), alternatively known as Brahma Ghat is a blissful experience that cannot be described in words. Thousands of diyas (earthen lamps) floating on the river and reflecting the warmth of love and life while devotees (and non-devotees) chant and pray in unison gives birth to moments you will carry in your heart and soul forever. Gift yourself this experience and be by the river bank come evening.
Cable Car Ride to Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi Temples
Although cable car rides are quite commonplace, the cable car ride to Mansa Devi temple and Chandi Devi temple offers you a beautiful aerial view of the serpentine river goddess making her way from the Himalayas to the valley. The peaking mountains as far as the eyes can see and the gentle cool breeze is a salve for tired minds as the vibrant landscape is a balm to tired eyes.
Rishikesh cries out to the spirit of adventure, implores you to challenge your limitations and break free from the shackles of fear while having tons of fun! Although geographically located so close, Rishikesh presents a vibe very different from Haridwar. Here, it is more about thrusting outwards on the journey inward. The atmosphere of casual frolic and joy begs to be soaked in. Some ‘must experience’ items on your Haridwar Rishikesh travel plan ought to include these:
The guide will not tell you much. Strap your life jackets and get ready for some heart thumping, adrenaline kicking hours as you raft down the turbulent rapids, sweating and screaming out pent up energy. At the end of the session, you come out feeling breathlessly alive!
Yoga and Meditation
Located on a pilgrim’s path, Rishikesh has developed as a spiritual center for travelers and seekers. You can take some time out and breathe deep to integrate your experience in a foreign land in one of the many meditation and yoga centers in Rishikesh project management collaboration tools.
Bungee jumping in the Himalayas has to be one of the wildest adventures! Get high on adrenaline as you defy your fears and make the jump into the air! Only make sure to follow the instructions of your Rishikesh adventure sports guide!
Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula
While you may think that there isn’t anything special about suspension bridges, if you can fit in a walk in your Haridwar Rishikesh tour itinerary, you’ll experience monkeys! Yes, fearless monkeys who will follow you for peanuts (or any eatable that you may be carrying along) and leave you in fits of panicky giggles. It’s worth it!
During your Haridwar Rishikesh tour, you can make a short trip to Chilla Wildlife Reserve, which is only 18 km. away from Haridwar. If you are planning to visit Haridwar Rishikeshin winter you can find flocks of migratory birds revisiting their temporary sanctuary.