1. From Delhi: 2-Day Tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar
Day 1- After pickup from your hotel, sit back and relax as you’re driven 240 km to Rishikesh. Known as the gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is home to many famous ashrams and has the River Ganges flowing through it. Head to the ‘Beatles Ashram’, where The Beatles were taught transcendental meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s. See the yoga hall and spiritual discourse studio, and walk past huts that are made from pebbles from the River Ganges. In Ram Jula, stand on an iron suspension bridge over the River Ganges. The bridge links Swarg Ashram and Sivananda Ashram, which stand on opposite sides of the river. Join a 1-hour yoga session in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and is located on the banks of the River Ganges. The last activity of the day is an evening prayer on the banks of the River Ganges. Afterward, you will spend the night at a hotel in Rishikesh. Day 2 - Start the day with a drive to the holy city of Haridwar. This ancient city is an important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple, built atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills. It can be reached either by trekking or by a rope-way. It is said that this very holy temple emerged from the mind of the great Kashya. Continue to Har ka Pauri, one of the most ancient pilgrimage centers in India. Har Ka Pauri is popular as it is known as the site of the footprints of Lord Vishnu. King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred place in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is believed to have come to Haridwar to meditate.