Destinations Covered : Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Delhi
Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps.
It is a pilgrimage town with many temples and ashrams. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is also famous as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. Hindus believe that practising meditation in this holy town brings one closer to acquiring moksha (release from the cycle of birth). But Rishikesh offers a lot more than that. Over the last couple of years, the Himalayan town has emerged as a beautiful adventure destination for sports like river rafting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, bungee jumping and rock climbing among others. It lies at a distance of 25 km from Haridwar and 43 km from Dehradun, which is the capital of Uttarakhand.
Morning drive to Rishikesh (224 kms / 5-6 hrs) enroute visit Haridwar. Haridwar is considered very holy, as this is the point from where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas to begin its slow progress across the plains. The main ghat ‘Har ki Pauri’ (the footsteps of God) is suppose to be the precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. Consequently the river’s power to wash away sins at this spot is superlative and endorsed by a footprint of Vishnu left on a stone here. Upon arrival, check into Glass House on the Ganges.
Glass House on the Ganges : Once a private garden-retreat of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, it is set in a litchi orchard with a garden of tropical plants, rare birds & butterflies. Moreover, this location is considered auspicious since it is the only place where the Ganges flows towards the north. The property offers relaxed atmosphere replete with leisure, reading, log fires and barbecue near the banks of the river.
Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and to enjoy the facilities of the resort. Overnight stay at Glass House on the Ganges.
Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and to enjoy the facilities of the resort. Optional activities at the Resort at extra cost is as under:
Water skiing in Dak Pathar (near Dehradun)
Visit the neighbouring temples and ashrams
Overnight : Glass House on the Ganges.
Drive to Delhi.