Just 22 Kms away from Haridwar lies Rishikesh, the spirirtual capital of India. But Rishikesh is not only famous for the temples and cultural centres. It is known for river rafting or white-water rafting as it is usually called. Just 16 Kms from Rishikesh, all tour operators have set up shop at Shivpuri from where the excursions begin.
Being an adventure sport, river-rafting provides you with an unparalelled high- asuperiority over nature.
You can choose from the short one day trips to the elaborate eight day excursion over the Bhagirathi and Ganga.
Rajaji National Park
Haridwar is also a popular destination for nature and adventure lovers. The Rajaji National Park is about 820 sq. km. in area; attracts wildlife lovers with its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio diversity. Three sanctuaries of the Shivalik range of western U.P. -Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park in year 1983.
The 'Dargah' of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahamed 'Sabir' on the outskirts of Roorkee town is a worth-visit-place for every visitor. It is situated towards the south of Haridwar.
This is a temple of Goddess Durga. Situated in the peaceful forest area of Rajaji National park.
The place is very popular for rafting loving tourists. Known for turbulent white water.
Har Ki Pauri
This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral diyas in the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga Arti ceremony.
The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 A.D. by the king of Kashmir- Suchat Singh. One can reach here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot.
Mansa Devi Temple
The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat. The temple can be reached by trolley through ropeway or on foot.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev is situated in the south Kankhal town. The mythological story about this place is that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva 's first wife ) performed yagya at this place. Daksha Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted . Therefore she burnt herself in the yagya Kund
This tank is at a distance of about 1 km from Harki Pairi. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee.
Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Shivling weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are main attractions here.
Planning a visit to Uttarakhand read through travelogues to plan your trip
Avoid July and August being monsoons landslides may occur. Skiing in Uttaranchal generally takes place in the winter seasons specifically December to March. The monsoon season continues from July till September. You will get good weather during the October months and in April-May-mid June when it is Yatra time and a lot of rush.
The best time to visit Uttrakhand if it is a religious tour esp to Sri Badrinath,Kedarnath,gangotri & Yamnotri is in the last week of May to mid July before arrival of monsoon. This time the weather remains pleasant and the roads are in good condition. You may also plan the trip in October post monsoon but then the weather gets quite cold but u get plenty accomodation at a cheaper price.
Capital - Dehradun
The sacred town 52 kms away from Dehra dun marks the emergence of Ganga into the plains piercing through the Shivalik hills. It is believed that this is one of the four places where the nectar of immortality amrit fell. It had been churned out of the formless ocean and was carried in a pot when it spilt. On that day a huge religious fair the Kumbha Mela is held every 12 years when thousands of devotees take a bath in Ganga.
Haridwar is a pilgrimage spot. A place to sit in the holy lap of the holy Ganges and to merge one's physical self with the spiritual supreme. The water is crystal clear and cool. Lush green forests and small ponds add to the scenic beauty of this holy land. In the evening the ghats look breathtakingly beautiful as thousands of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and illuminate the holy waters.
How To Reach
By Air - The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (41 Kms)
By Rail - Haridwar is well connected to Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow and Mumbai.
By Road - The drive to Haridwar from Delhi takes about 5 hours.
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