A 4-day tour of Haridwar and Rishikesh allows you to explore the spiritual and natural beauty of these two popular destinations in Uttarakhand, India.
Day 1: Arrival in Haridwar
• Arrive in Haridwar, which is well-connected by road, rail, and air (the nearest airport is in Dehradun).
• Check in to your.
• In the evening, head to Har Ki Pauri, the most famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges River. Witness the Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing and spiritually uplifting ritual that takes place at sunset.
• After the aarti, you can explore the bustling market near Har Ki Pauri and enjoy some street food.
Day 2: Explore Haridwar
• Start your day early with a visit to the Mansa Devi Temple. You can either hike to the temple or take the cable car for a panoramic view of Haridwar.
• Visit Chandi Devi Temple, another important religious site in Haridwar, accessible by cable car as well.
• After lunch, you can explore other attractions like Bharat Mata Mandir, Shantikunj Ashram, and Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple.
• In the evening, you can choose to attend another Ganga Aarti ceremony or spend some time at the ghats for a
Day 3: Rishikesh Day Trip
• Check out from your hotel in Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh, which is just about a 1-hour drive away.
• Visit the iconic Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula suspension bridges, which are also important pilgrimage sites.
• Explore the bustling market near the Laxman Jhula area and enjoy shopping for souvenirs.
• Visit the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, where you can attend yoga and meditation sessions or just relax by the Ganges.
• Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a riverside cafe in Rishikesh.
• In the afternoon, you can take a peaceful walk along the banks of the Ganges or indulge in adventure activities like white-water rafting or trekking (if you have the time and interest).
• In the evening, you can attend the Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ghat in Rishikesh, which is another beautiful and serene experience.
• After the aarti, drive back to Haridwar for an overnight stay or consider staying in Rishikesh if you prefer.
Day 4: Departure
If you stayed in Haridwar, you can explore any remaining places of interest in the morning before departing for your onward journey.
• If you stayed in Rishikesh, you can explore more of Rishikesh in the morning.
• Depart for your next destination, whether it's another place in Uttarakhand or your journey back home.