Yaathu Tours       Rishikesh       Rishikesh – Haridwar                  Mini Guidewww.yaathutours.com                    ...
Yaathu ToursRishikeshAbout the Destination...1) A sacred town at the convergence of rivers Ganges and   Chandrabhaga2) Ris...
Yaathu ToursRishikeshHistory...1) The place gets its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to   Raibhya Rishi, as a result o...
Yaathu ToursRishikeshImportant Places...1) Bharat Mandir: Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th   century, Bharat ma...
Yaathu Tours   work on Hinduism, there is a school run on traditional Indian   Patterns.6) Tera Manzil Temple: A multistor...
Yaathu Tours11) Shri Tryambakeshwar Temple: Tryambakeshvar, means the    abode of the three eyed one i.e. Lord Shiva, is c...
Yaathu Tours  -   Surkanda Devi ( 10,000 Feet): Drive ( 2.5 to 3 hrs) to      Kadukhal via Narender Nagar, the capital of ...
Yaathu ToursRishikeshActivities...1) Water Rafting: The main sporting activity in Rishikesh is   White Water Rafting. Sept...
Yaathu ToursHaridwarAbout the Destination...1) Haridwar or Hari-dwar in Hindi literally means Gateway to   God; Hari is sy...
Yaathu ToursHaridwarHistory...1) Various scriptures have also mentioned the city as   Kapilsthan, Mayapuri and Gangadwar.2...
Yaathu Tours Haridwar Important Places...1) Udan Khatola: or ropeway, is a mode of transport to reach the   hill top templ...
Yaathu Tours6) Mansa Devi Mandir: Goddess Mansa Devi, wife of the Nag   King Vasuki, is believed to fulfill the wishes of ...
Yaathu Tours10) Daksha Mahadev Temple: The mythological story about this   place is that King Daksha Prajapati, father of ...
Yaathu ToursHaridwarShopping...Moti Bazaar:- One of the best and busiest shopping areas in Haridwar,  Moti Bazaar is situa...
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A Mini tour guide for Rishikesh & Haridwar, one of the most visited cities of India, known for its sanctity as well as adventure sports like rafting. It gives you the basic details of the important places to be visited in your tour. A small Guide of A6 size sheets can be of big help to you as your pocket guide throughout the tour. www.yaathutours.com

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  1. 1. Yaathu Tours Rishikesh Rishikesh – Haridwar Mini Guidewww.yaathutours.com 1
  2. 2. Yaathu ToursRishikeshAbout the Destination...1) A sacred town at the convergence of rivers Ganges and Chandrabhaga2) Rishikesh is a naturally attractive place at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal in India.3) The importance of this holy city lies in the fact that it serves as a gateway to other religiously important centers like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.4) Rishikesh, literally means Lord of the Senses, stands for Lord Vishnu5) Rishkesh is renowned for numerous Yoga centers, and perfectly termed as the World Capital of Yoga, offering training of Yoga and many other spiritual activities.6) Many water sports activities like white water rafting and adventurous activities like wild forest trekking can be enjoyed in Rishikeshwww.yaathutours.com 2
  3. 3. Yaathu ToursRishikeshHistory...1) The place gets its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to Raibhya Rishi, as a result of his tapasya (austerities), as Lord Hrishikesh.2) In Skanda Purana, this area is known as Kubjamrak as Lord Vishnu appeared, under a mango tree.3) Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, at a point, where the present Lakshman Jhula bridge stands today, using a jute rope bridge.4) The Kedar Khand of Skanda Purana, also mentions the existence of Indrakund at this very point. The jute-rope bridge was replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889, and after it was washed away in the 1924 floods, it was replaced by a stronger present bridge.www.yaathutours.com 3
  4. 4. Yaathu ToursRishikeshImportant Places...1) Bharat Mandir: Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th century, Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. In the inner canopy above the idol is shree yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D.2) Rishikund: Close to Trivenighat is the most anciant place, the rishikund. Ancient records relate this to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water.3) Triveni Ghat : Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three holy important Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy, is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh4) Geeta Bhawan: One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.5) Parmarth Niketan: One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area. Known for its substantialwww.yaathutours.com 4
  5. 5. Yaathu Tours work on Hinduism, there is a school run on traditional Indian Patterns.6) Tera Manzil Temple: A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.7) Laxman Temple: On the right bank of the Ganges is situated the ancient temple of Laxman. Lord Rama with Laxman made a twig bridge here on the way to their journey to high Himalayas.8) Laxman Jhula: Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula, very long, of about 450 ft Iron Bridge suspended over the mighty Ganges River, is constructed in the year 1939.9) Ram Jhula: A new swinging bridge, constructed a few years back and known as Ram Jhula (also Shivanand Jhula), is nearby.10) Nilkantha Mahadev Temple: It is perfectly placed at the confluence of Pankaja and Madhumati rivers. This enchanting revered shrine is placed at an altitude of 1330 m with its main deity as Lord Shiva. The panoramic view of surrounding hills of Brahmakoot, Vishnukoot and Manikoot is very attractive. It is believed that the event of churning the sea & drinking the poison by Lord Shiva occurred here in this place where the temple is located.www.yaathutours.com 5
  6. 6. Yaathu Tours11) Shri Tryambakeshwar Temple: Tryambakeshvar, means the abode of the three eyed one i.e. Lord Shiva, is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (self emanated lingas12) Outskirts of Rishikesh: - Kaudiyala: Kaudiyala, a perfect place for rock climbing, is located 380 m high of sea level nearby Rishikesh. The place is surrounded by dense forests and blessed with the rare view of a number of wild animals in their natural habitat. White water rafting is a good sport practiced here. - Kunjapuri Temple: One of the 13 most important Goddesses of Shivalik range. One can see almost all the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from here e.g Banderpunch (6316 Mts) , Swarga Rohini (6252 Mts) Gangotri ( 6672 mts) Chaukhamba (7138 mts) etc. - Vashishtha Goofa: One hour drive from Rishikesh up river, where famous saint Vashishtha mediated on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is a perfect place for meditation. - Devprayag: One of the panchprayags ( Five confluences), Devprayagais an ancient town situated at the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhgirathi river making the holy Ganges.www.yaathutours.com 6
  7. 7. Yaathu Tours - Surkanda Devi ( 10,000 Feet): Drive ( 2.5 to 3 hrs) to Kadukhal via Narender Nagar, the capital of Tehri Garhwal once. Now the palace is converted in to a world famous Spa. One of the 13 important Goddesss of Himalayan Foot hills.www.yaathutours.com 7
  8. 8. Yaathu ToursRishikeshActivities...1) Water Rafting: The main sporting activity in Rishikesh is White Water Rafting. September-November and March-May are ideal for rafting.2) Trekking: Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh, is an ideal location for rafting and cannoning and trekking activities in India. One can also witness the amazing scenarios, ancient temples, Buddhist monastaries on the way. One of the main attractions of the destination is a trek into Garhwal Himalayas.3) Shopping: Many religious and temple related articles like Rudraksha, Ganesha idols, Nataraja statues, religious books and mythological sculptures are available here in moderate rates. Winter clothes, Kurtaz and Salwar kumeez beautifully knit are specialty of this location. Handicraft items made of shells, pearls and beads are other attractions in the shops of Rishikesh.www.yaathutours.com 8
  9. 9. Yaathu ToursHaridwarAbout the Destination...1) Haridwar or Hari-dwar in Hindi literally means Gateway to God; Hari is synonymous to God and Dwar means gate!2) Situated in the state of Uttarakhand3) The ancient Indian mythology refers to Haridwar as Gangadwar, Kapilsthan and Mayapuri, as also known in olden times.4) Placed at a height of 249.7 meters above sea level and spread across an area of 2360 sq km, this district witnesses hot summers and cold winters.5) This city hosts religious festivals throughout the year. Some of the well known festivals (mela) are Kumbh mela, Kavad mela, Somvati Amavasya mela and Ganga Dussehra.www.yaathutours.com 9
  10. 10. Yaathu ToursHaridwarHistory...1) Various scriptures have also mentioned the city as Kapilsthan, Mayapuri and Gangadwar.2) The city has been linked to various mythological heroes like King Bhagirath, who is said to have brought river Ganga from heaven.3) The most revered Sikh guru, Guru Nanak is also said to have bathed at the popular Kushwan Ghat, which today is commemorated by a Gurudwara.4) The East India Company used the ‘Upper Ganges Canal’ at Haridwar extensively, causing deterioration to the Ganges water flow.www.yaathutours.com 10
  11. 11. Yaathu Tours Haridwar Important Places...1) Udan Khatola: or ropeway, is a mode of transport to reach the hill top temples of Haridwar. Also known as the ropeway to Gods, this facility came into effect more than a decade back.2) Chilla Wildlife Sanctury: A treat for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the east bank of the Ganga River. Spread across an area of 249 sq km, the wildlife fauna includes elephants, tigers, bears and small cats.3) Bharat Mata Mandir: The Bharat Mata temple is a religious shrine, founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. This temple salutes all the patriotic freedom fighters who contributed to the freedom of India.4) Chandi Devi temple: It is known to be a divine place where wishes are granted and fulfilled by Goddess Chandi. One can either take a ropeway ride or spend over 45 minutes to climb the steep steps leading to the temple.5) Har Ki Pauri: is believed to be the exit point of the Ganges from the mountains and entry into the plains. Also known as Brahm Kund, this ghat was built by King. History records an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot on one of the stones present on the ghat, which is indicative of the name. www.yaathutours.com 11
  12. 12. Yaathu Tours6) Mansa Devi Mandir: Goddess Mansa Devi, wife of the Nag King Vasuki, is believed to fulfill the wishes of devotees visiting her temple. Mansa Devi temple is one vertex of the Siddhapeeth triangle formed between three temples, Chandi Devi and Maya Devi temples being the other two.7) Maya Devi Temple: This temple dates back to the 11th century. It is believed that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati (first wife of Lord Shiva) fell in the premises of this ancient temple. Goddess Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, is known to be an incarnation of power or shakti.8) Sapt Rishi Ashram: is an ancient ashram famous for having hosted seven (sapt) sages (rishis), namely, Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam. In order to avoid any disturbance to the seven sages meditating in the ashram, it is believed that river Ganga split herself into seven currents at this spot. Hence, this ashram is also referred to as Sapt Sarovar or seven streams.9) Vaishno Devi temple: This temple was recently built and does not fall into the league of ancient temples. Goddess Vaishno Devi is full of tunnels and caves. www.yaathutours.com 12
  13. 13. Yaathu Tours10) Daksha Mahadev Temple: 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 incident provoked the disciples and followers of Mahadev who killed King Daksha, but later on Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. Daksha Mahadev temple is thus a tribute to this legend .11) Bhimgoda Tank: 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.12) Piran Kaliar: The tomb Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects from all over the world. URS festival is organized every year on the holy dargah in summer.13) Parad Shivling: Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Shivling weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are main attractions here. www.yaathutours.com 13
  14. 14. Yaathu ToursHaridwarShopping...Moti Bazaar:- One of the best and busiest shopping areas in Haridwar, Moti Bazaar is situated between the Har-ki-Pauri and the Upper Road.- Religious items such as Rudraksha or sacred beads, Gangajal or water of the holy Ganges stored in a container, precious stones for prosperity, images of deities, food offerings, sacred threads, pickles, and ayurvedic medicines are available here.www.yaathutours.com 14
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