Top Choice Ghat in Haridwar

Har-ki-Pairi Ghat

Har-ki-Pairi (The Footstep of God) is where Vishnu is said to have dropped some divine nectar and left behind a footprint. Every evening hundreds of worshippers gather for the ganga aarti (river worship ceremony). O…
Top Choice Lake in Nainital

Naini Lake

This pretty lake is Nainital’s centrepiece and is said to be one of the emerald green eyes of Shiva’s wife, Sati (naina is Sanskrit for eye) that fell to earth after her act of self-immolation. Boatmen will row you …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Rishikesh

Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple

This 13-storey wedding cake of a temple dominates the left bank of Lakshman Jhula, with dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level.
Hindu Temple in Haridwar

Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple was built by Raja Suchet Singh of Kashmir in 1929.Many visitors and pilgrims combine this with a cable car to the crowded hilltop temple of Mansa Devi, a wish-fulfilling goddess. Pay Rs 144 at Man…
Historic Building in Rishikesh

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

Just south of Swarg Ashram, slowly being consumed by the forest undergrowth, is what’s left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. It was abandoned in 1997 and is now back under the control of the forest depa…
Hindu Temple in Rishikesh

Neelkantha Mahadev Temple

Follow the dedicated pilgrims who take water from the Ganges to offer at Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, a 7km, three-hour walk along a forest path from Swarg Ashram. Neelkanth (Blue Throat) is another name for Shiva, wh…
Notable Building in Dehra Dun

Forest Research Institute Museum

The prime attraction of this museum is the building itself. Set in a 5-sq-km park, this grand remnant of the Raj era – where most of India’s forest officers are trained – is larger than Buckingham Palace. Built betw…
Mausoleum in Dehra Dun

Ram Rai Darbar

The unique mausoleum of Ram Rai, the errant son of the seventh Sikh guru, Har Rai, is made of white marble, with paintings covering the walls, archways, and ceilings. Four smaller tombs in the garden courtyard are t…
Monastery in Dehra Dun

Mindrolling Monastery

The region around Dehra Dun is home to a thriving Tibetan Buddhist community, mainly focused on this monastery, about 10km south of the centre in Clement Town. Everything here is on a grand scale: at over 60m tall i…
Hindu Temple in Dehra Dun

Tapkeshwar Temple

In a scenic setting on the banks of the Tons Nadi River, you’ll find an unusual and popular Shiva shrine inside a small, dripping cave, which is the site of the annual Shivaratri festival. Turn left at the bottom of…