Nestled in the Himalayas with the river Ganga flowing alongside, Haridwar and Rishikesh are very important holy cities in India.
Pilgrims flock to this place to pay obeisance to the holy river Ganga and visit the numerous temples that dot the cities.
The devotees bathing in the river Ganga, the saffron clad sadhus deep in meditation and the priests chanting holy shlokas (holy
verses) in Haridwar make for an interesting sight. Soaked in religion, legends and faith this city charms even those who are not
Its neighbouring town, Rishikesh, evokes a sense of serenity with the soothing strains of temple prayers and the smell of
incence. The evening Aarti (prayer ceremony) on the river bank is a sight to behold with hundreds of twinkling earthen oil lamps
floating on the Ganga. The resounding temple bells, the chants and prayers - all contribute to the town’s spiritual atmosphere.
Come and experience a sense of peace and calm in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Location : Haridwar
Schedule : Start time: depends on the time of your arrival at Haridwar; Duration:
4 Days/ 3 Nights
Available Days / Dates : Daily
Pickup : From Haridwar railway station /hotels
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator
24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Drop-off : Haridwar railway station/hotels
Day 1 Arrive Haridwar
Arrive at Haridwar from Delhi by the air-conditioned super fast train, Shatabdi Express (Train ticket included. Tentative train
timings: 0655h / 1125h/ 06:55 am/11:25 am). Upon arrival at Haridwar railway station, you will be picked up and taken in an Air-
conditioned vehicle for a sightseeing tour of the city. You will be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.
Visit the bustling local market for glass bangles, idols of Gods, artificial jewellery, saffron stoles, sandalwood rudraksh
(rosaries), and many more items. Also visit the temples and ashrams and listen to your guide tell you about the legends and
tales associated with the temples. Watch the eclectic mix of people – the devout, the curious, Indians and foreigners - and soak
up the atmosphere of this city which is an attractive destination for tourists and pilgrims alike.
Later drive to Rishikesh which is about 25 kilometres away and check into The Great Ganges hotel (standard room). The hotel
has air-conditioned rooms offering panoramic views of the river and the surrounding hills and a multi-cuisine restaurant that
serves Indian and Chinese cuisine. It is located at Muni-Ki-Reti, an area of great beauty because this is where the river
meanders out of the hills to enter the plains. Step out of the hotel and a five-minute walk will take you to the river. Your package
includes breakfast daily, throughout your stay.
Spend the night at the hotel.
Day 2 Rishikesh
Set out for a sightseeing tour of Rishikesh in an air-conditioned vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking local guide. Visit
ashrams, temples and the defining landmarks of Rishikesh- Ram Jhoola and Laxman Jhoola. Cross the 450 feet long Laxman
Jhoola to reach the multi-storey temples of Swarg Ashram and Shri Trayambakeshwar which have numerous idols of Hindu
Gods and Goddesses.
In the evening, watch an ‘Aarti’ (prayer) ceremony on the banks of the river Ganges. See hundreds of devotees float lit
earthen lamps in the river after the prayer ceremony. This is an unforgettable experience.
Return to your hotel for the night.
Day 3 Rishikesh
Spend the day at leisure. Explore the city, take a dip in the river, a yoga class or visit the bustling markets. You could pick up
wooden souvenirs, bells and incense-stick holders among others. Or simply sit by the river and enjoy the solitude of the
environs. Please note you will not be provided with any transport services or guide today. You may explore the city on foot, or in an
auto-rickshaw which is easily available.
Spend the night at the hotel.
Today you will travel back to Haridwar in an air-conditioned vehicle to board the train back to Delhi (train ticket included. Tentative
train timing: 1813h (06:13 pm).
Inclusions / Other info
Pick up and drop off to railway station/hotel
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure at railway station by representative and porterage of 01 baggage per person
Breakfast Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Accommodation (Single or sharing twin bedded for 3 nights)
Train fare( Delhi-Haridwar-Delhi by AC Chair Car in Shatabdi Express).
Transportation to and from your hotel to railway station in Delhi Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone
calls, laundry, camera fees- still or video, tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination.
They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have You will travel in an air-conditioned Ambassador car or a similar
medium-sized car if there are 1-2 passengers, Toyota Qualis or Chevrolet Tavera if there are 3 passengers and a Tempo
Traveller if there are 4 passengers. The Ambassador is based on the Morris Oxford first made in the United Kingdom, and is
considered the best suited for Indian terrain
Check-in /check-out time is 1200h at all the hotels
Please specify your preferred train for departure to Delhi in the pick up section at the time of booking You will have to pick up your
train ticket from the Delhi office of the supplier. The address will be given on your booking voucher Please call the local activity
operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
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