Welcome to Haridwar

Propitiously located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya, Haridwar (also called Hardwar) is Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city, and pilgrims arrive here in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. The sheer number of people gathering around Har-ki-Pairi Ghat give Haridwar a chaotic but reverent feel. Within the religious hierarchy of India, Haridwar is much more significant than Rishikesh, an... Read More

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$59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh Day from Delhi

At 6am, your English speaking driver-cum-guide will pick you up and head for Haridwar, which is about a 4 hour drive.Your first stop will be Har ki Pauri. Trusted to be one the holiest Ghats in the country, Har Ki Pauri is supposedly the first place where Ganga touches plains, leaving behind the pristine ranges of the Himalayas. The ghat is also known as the Brahma Kund where you can view the stone which has an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot, as pointed out by the name. You will also explore two bridges in Rishikesh. First is Lakshman Jhula, the popular hanging bridge across the holy river Ganga. This 450 ft long Jhula is built at a height of 70 ft from the river and is about 3 kms away from the main town of Rishikesh. The other bridge is Ram Jhula which is the iron Parallax Bridge on the river Ganga in Rishikesh. Ram Jhula is the newer bridge named after Lakshman’s brother, Lord Ram. You can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) before visiting Sivananda Ashram, Parmath Niketan Temple, Gita Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Ma Anandamayee Ashram, Sapt Rishi Ashram, and The Beatles Ashram. In the evening during sunset, you will visit Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. Thousands of sects visit the ghats of the Ganga at Har ki Pauri at Haridwar to witness the aarti that started several decades ago. The tradition continues unabated and is a sight to behold. It takes place on the other side of the banks where you will see the priests light up the lamps in a clockwise manner, accompanied by songs in praise of Mother Ganga. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing. Finally, head back to New Delhi and get dropped at your hotel at around 10pm.

$140.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Independent Haridwar and Rishikesh Tour from Delhi with Private Car

Day 1: Delhi to HaridwarAfter a pick-up from your Delhi City Hotel you will head out on a private tour of Haridwar and Rishikesh. To get there it will take approximately 6 hours by air-conditioned chauffeur driven cab, and en-route you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape on both side of the road.Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the Shivalik Range in the Himalayas. This is one of the biggest Pilgrim destinations in India. After your arrival at Hardiwar, complete the check-in formality and put your stuff in your room. Then you will have lunch (own expense), have a rest in your hotel room.At 5pm you will be driven to The Ganges river at Har-Ki-Pauri (The Bank of the Holy Ganges). Here you will dip into the holy river Ganges and feel the warmth of the atmosphere around Har-Ki-Pauri. In addition, you will join the evening Ganges aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri. Take pictures and observe the warm feeling of the Ganges aarti along with the floating candles in the river. After spending free time here you will came back to the car parking lot where the chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel.Overnight stay in Hotel Park Prime or a similar class of hotel in Haridwar.Day 2: Haridwar – Rishikesh - HaridwarAfter a morning breakfast at the hotel (included in package), your chauffeur will report to you at the hotel and drive you to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is approximately 30km away from Haridwar, and the drive will take approximately 50 to 60 minutes by drive. Once you arrive at Rishikesh the chauffeur will drop you at the entry gate.From there you will explore the Holy Rishikesh and the Holy Ganges on your own. Rishikesh is located on the bank of the Ganges in the lush green mountain forest around the Ganges. Rishikesh is also the Yoga Capital of the World. Here you can walk to a temple and shops and take small boat ride (own expense) on the Holy Ganges.In addition, you can walk over the Lakshman Jhula. This is an iron suspension bridge is situated in Rishikesh. It was made over the Ganges river so people could cross the river and is also a landmark of Rishikesh. After you have some free time at Rishikesh and take some pictures, you may proceed to the car parking lot where the chauffeur will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Haridwar. Overnight stay in Hotel Park Prime or a similar class of hotel in Haridwar.Day 3: Haridwar to DelhiAfter a morning breakfast at hotel (included in package), your chauffeur will report to you at your hotel and drive you back to Delhi. It will take approximately 6 hours and then you will be dropped back off at your Delhi city hotel.

$1120 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Golden Temple and Haridwar Rishikesh Tour

Day 1 : New Delhi - [B, D]Leave your hotel in New Delhi to board the fast air-conditioned train at 6am for Amritsar; complimentary breakfast is served on the train. Reach Amritsar at 12:20pm and check into your hotel, in time for lunch. After some rest, take an excursion to the India-Pakistan Wagah Border to witness the highly entertaining ceremony performed by army contingents from both countries. Upon return, take an evening walk in the old parts of Amritsar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 2 : Amritsar - [B, D]After an early breakfast, visit the majestic Golden Temple, the most sacred to the Sikhs, and see rituals being performed in its serene environment. Enjoy lunch at one of the city's street restaurants. In the late evening, visit the Jalianwala Bagh and the Durgiana Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 3 : Shimla - [B, D]Board the train at 6am for Chandigarh, India's most well-planned city designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Arrive at 9:30am, and after a 2-hour sightseeing of the city and lunch, leave for Shimla, a beautiful hill resort. Along the way, take a thrilling ropeway ride at Timber Trail. Arrive in Shimla by 6pm and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 4 : Shimla - [B, D]After an early breakfast, visit the Jakhoo Hill, which has a large statue of a monkey god, the Shimla Ridge & the State Museum. Return to your hotel for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Hill, the Chadwick Falls and Kufri. Take a walking tour of Shimla before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 5 : Rishikesh - [B, D] Leave at 6:30am by air-conditioned car or coach for a 6-hour drive through breath-taking landscapes toward Rishikesh. Check into your hotel, where you can enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, visit Kunjapuri Devi Temple and Vasishtha Gufa (Cave). In the evening see Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. Afterward, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 6 : Hardwar - Rishikesh - [B, D]After breakfast take an excursion to Haridwar. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple, Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sapt Rishi Temple. In the evening witness aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri on the banks of the Ganges. Return to your hotel at Rishikesh. Dinner at the hotel; your tour will end at Rishikesh after dinner.

$23 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Haridwar Sightseeing Day Tour and Ganges River Puja Ceremony

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel in Haridwar by air-conditioned private vehicle. First, take a personally guided walk through Bara Bazaar, the oldest and most popular market in Haridwar. After exploring the lively shops selling crafted souvenirs, visit Mansa Devi Temple, reached at its hilltop location by cable car.Next is Daksha Mahadev Temple, Jain Temple, and Shantikunj Ashram. You can discuss with your guide if there are other destinations you are interested in seeing in Haridwar and the guide will try to incorporate it in the itinerary.In the evening, head to Har Ki Pauri for the Ganga Aarti, a devotional ceremony to the Ganges (Ganga) River, believed to be the Divine Mother in India. Prayers, called Aarti, are offered to Hindu gods and goddesses as an act of gratitude, typically conducted at sunrise and sunset. Watch devotees carry idols to the riverside, light large fire bowls, chant mantras in sanskrit, and make offerings of food during the 45-minute ritual (you'll arrive early for a space amid the crowd). Your guide arranges you to partake in puja with a Hindu priest and make your own flower offering. Afterward, you can walk around and snap photos before you’re driven back to your hotel.

$206 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Night Private Tour to Haridwar and Rishikesh from Delhi

Day 1: Delhi to Haridwar After getting picked up from your Delhi hotel or the Indira Gandhi International Airport, begin your journey to Haridwar. Pay a visit to the Mansa Devi Temple that resides on top of the Bilwa Parvat. Observe the statue of a legend who has 3 mouths and 5 arms and another with 8-arms. In the evening, visit Bharat Mata Temple, one of the most notable temples in Haridwar. Afterwards, admire the reflection of golden hues of floral diyas in the river Ganga during the Ganga Arti Ceremony.Overnight: Country Inn Suites or similarDay 2 : Sightseeing (B,L)After breakfast, head to Rishikesh, the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point to the Char Dham. Char Dham is home to four famous pilgrim centers namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. Next, visit Rishikund and familiarize yourself with the myth that the waters of the Yamuna drenched this pond on the request of Kubz saint. Then, make your way to Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga, before strolling through the 13-storied temple nearby. See Geeta Bhawan, one of the oldest temple complexes situated by the side of Laxman Jhula. Finally, visit the Triveni Ghat to see the evening show, Goddess Ganga. It is believed that the three streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are flowing together underground at this point. Return to your hotel at the end of the evening.Overnight: Country Inn Suites or similarDay 3: Haridwar to Delhi (B)Have breakfast, then drive back to Delhi for a drop-off at your hotel or the airport.

$70 Outdoor Activities

Private Trek from Rishikesh to Kunjapuri

Meet your driver and guide at your hotel. After boarding your private vehicle, embark on a memorable trekking experience on a higher ascent one-way from Rishikesh to Kunjapuri. Begin your trek from a village on a mountaintop not far from Rishikesh, nestled in the laps of nature and surrounded by wide expanse of green. From here, witness the panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks to the north and the charming Haridwar city and Doon Valley to the south. Walk upstream along a small river for about 1 hour takes you to a beautiful secluded spot by the waterfall. Continuing the trek, encounter several local villages, such as Badkot, that provides you with a glimpse into the typical hillside village life. Enjoy stunning views of Rishikesh and the Ganges along the route with possible wildlife sightings which may include deer, wild peacock, and wild boar. At the end of the trek, meet your driver to bring you back to your hotel in Rishikesh.