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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A trip to Rishikesh with family

Ganga ghat

 A couple of days ago I came back from a two day Trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh. This was my first time at both these destinations and the highlight was simply the sacred river Ganga.
People Bathing at River Ganga

Since I went with my family, the emphasis was more on religious significance of these places as high on our agenda's was bathing in the holy river Ganga, Visiting 'Mansha Devi' and 'Chandi Devi' temples, attending the famous Aarti on Ghats of Ganga in the Evening at Haridwar and visiting 'Laxman Jhula' and 'Neelkanth Mahadev' temple at Rishikesh.

Laxman Jhula

Mansa Devi Temple
view from Mansa Devi temple

We managed to accomplish most of these but only missed the Aarti due to inordinate delay at Chandi Devi temple. The people of both these places are helpful and cooperative. The facilities for commuting, Staying, eating at both Haridwar and Rishikesh are good.

I was all excited at the prospect of driving both ways (recalling my excellent experience of driving to Mathura a couple of months ago) but this one was a complete let down, The roads on the highway are below average after you leave Delhi, and it being a two-way highway with heavy traffic, you can forget all the fun and better concentrate on some serious driving. Once you enter Uttaranchal (starting Roorkee) the roads get better and stay the same way throughout, the traffic in Uttaranchal also gives you some respite. The stretch from Rishikesh to Neelkanth is a delight as well as a challenge, considering the steep and slim roads. It is advisable to park your cars at Rishikesh and hire a Taxi, or simply walk along.

Enjoy your trip.

Laxman jhula Rishikesh Uttarakhand


Chotiwala Rishikesh

Family at laxman Jhula Rishikesh
Father mother and granfather

Rishilesh Har ki Pauri

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