Ashrams of Rishikesh

Ashrams of Rishikesh

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Rishikesh, the holy city for Hindus
  • Visit the ashrams of Ram Jhula
  • Attend evening prayers at Geeta Bhawans ghat

Trip Summary

The Himalayan foothills are the backdrop for Yogis who meditate on the banks of the River Ganges. We visit the temples, ashrams and ghats of Rishikesh and view the evening prayers at Geeta Bhawan's ghat as Hindus pay homage to their holy river.

Suitability

These are our least demanding trips. These journeys of discovery and cruises involve little or no extended activity and are suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. The itinerary may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and may involve long travel days on various types of transport. Sightseeing may be conducted on foot and all participants should be capable of carrying their own luggage from vehicle to hotel rooms.

Itinerary

Named after the Lord Vishnu, Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus. Located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India it is also known as the yoga center of the world and is home to many world renowned ashrams. It is the place where the Holy River Ganges starts its long journey from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal. If arriving by train today you will be met and transferred from Haridwar train station to the centrally located hotel. No activities have been planned for the rest of the day so you are free to explore this bustling city.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast your local guide will meet you to begin the day of sightseeing in Rishikesh. 3km north of town is Ram Jhula, a popular place for people coming for religious purposes due to its large number of ashrams. Most well known here are Geta Bhawan and Swarg Ashram both of which are packed with temples, statues and people. Further along the valley the hanging footbridge at Laxman Jhula has numerous temples lining either side of the riverbank at this point. The evening prayer at Geeta Bhawans ghat known as arati is a unique experience to see how Hindu’s worship the River Ganges. The evening prayer takes around 30 minutes and is a delight to witness with lamps being lit and placed into the river.

Meals:  B

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the train station for your onward connection.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 2 breakfasts
  • accommodation on a twin share basis
  • English speaking local guide for sightseeing
  • Transfers to/from Haridwar train station
  • private vehicle
  • sightseeing and site entry fees
  • Indian government tax

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transport to/from Rishikesh
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc
  • International airfares or departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:3 Days
Countries:India
Starting Point:Rishikesh
Activities:Adventure Touring
Grade:Discovery and Cruising  Click for more information
Trip Code:RKX
Prices From:USD$599