Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology. Ganga, the holy river of the Hindus enters the plains from here. Haridwar's scenic beauty is a blend of height and plains, the air echoes the sounds of chanting mantras. The city abounds in temples of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Haridwar has a lot of spiritual retreats or Ashrams carrying on the lineage of providing the way to body soul perfection via various yoga and meditative techniques.
A tour to Rishikesh is usually undertaken as part of a visit to Hardwar, Mussoorie and Dehradun. Rishikesh is revered as the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. A tour to Rishikesh is therefore as important to the religiously inclined, for its mythological importance; so it is for the nature lovers, who would simply love to be at green, quiet the banks of Ganges flowing by at Rishikesh.
The temple town on the banks of the holy Ganges, Rishikesh is the next stop for pilgrims on the foothills of Garhwal, right after Hardwar. Located in the Dehradun District at an altitude of approximately 1360 ft above sea level, Rishikesh is the gateway to the Garhwal region.
It is located in the Tehri-Garhwal region in the state of Uttaranchal. Rishikesh is as important as interesting to the religiously inclined, as it is to the nature lovers; for the landscape at Rishikesh is simply mind blowing, with the swiftly flowing by Ganges with greenery sprinkled all around.
This is one of the most sacred bathing ghats at Haridwar. The best time to visit this spot is at sunset when you can see the 'Aarti' of Ganga being performed.
Across the main Ganga river, on the other bank is the Neel Parvat. The famous Chandi Devi Temple is situated atop it. One has to trek at least 3 Kms. on the hill to reach it. Other temples in close vicinity on the hill itself are the temples of Gauri Shankar, Neeleshwar Mahadev and Anjani Devi.
On the way to Rishikesh, this tank is said to have been made by Bhim with the blow of his knee, when the Pandavas were going to the Himalayas through Haridwar.
Legends abound in India. Here, it is said, Ganga splits herself in seven currents so that the Sapt (seven) Rishis worshipping there would not be disturbed.
Located near Har-ki-Pauri, this bridge commands a beautiful view of the canal and all the ghats.
Other Attractions are - Kavand Mela, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Maya Devi and Shantikunj Ashram. Dehradun is at a distance of two hour drive. Rishikesh is just 24 Kms from Haridwar.