Religious Trip to Rishikesh from Dehradun
Due to its high religious importance, this city is often visited by thousands of people just for its temples and aartis. The entire city is filled with sounds of prayers and bells from the temples and the wonderful fragrance of incense sticks. There are many hotels in the city depending upon your budget such as Hotel Vasundhara Palace, Ganga Kinare – A Riverside Boutique Hotel, Hill Top Swiss Cottage, Narayana Palace, Raj Mahal Hotel and so on. Here is a detailed itinerary for your religious weekend in Rishikesh.
See Also: Religious Places in Dehradun
Day 1: Arrive early in the morning at Rishikesh and head straight towards your hotel. Check in at the hotel and freshen up. Start your religious journey in Rishikesh by visiting the ancient temples in the city. Head towards the famous Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, located amidst the valleys of Brahmakoot, Manikoot and Vishnukoot. This temple is situated in the exact same place where Lord Shiva drank the poison from the ocean, due to which his throat turned blue.
After visiting the Neelkanth Temple, head towards the famous Lakshman Temple in Rishikesh. Another very popular temple in the city, it is believed that Lord Ram and Lakshman visited this temple to wash away their sins after killing Demon Ravan. Situated right next to the Lakshman Temple is the famous Laxman Jhula, an iron suspension bridge built on the River Ganges. It is believed the Lakshman crossed River Ganga on jute ropes to get to the other side of the town. A Similar bridge built near the Laxman Jhula is Ram Jhula. Both bridges are famous landmarks of Rishikesh and provide spectacular views of the city. Spend the evening enjoying the views and relaxing on the famous bridges and finally head back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 2: After breakfast head towards the famous Tera Manzil Temple in Rishikesh. A very popular temple among devotees, this temple consists of idols of different Gods and Goddesses. The top most floor of the temple, thirteenth floor, provides beautiful, picturesque views of the surrounding areas. However, be careful of your belongings over here due to many shoplifters. After visiting the Tera Manzil Temple head towards the famous Bharat Mandir in Rishikesh. One of the oldest temples in the city, Bharat Mandir is situated on the banks of River Ganga. Very popular among tourists and pilgrims, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple consists of a single idol of Lord Vishnu, which is carved out of Saligram, a black stone with Himalayan features. Bharat Mandir is especially visited by thousands of devotees during the famous spring festival of Basant Panchami.
Located just half a kilometer away from Bharat Mandir is the famous Triveni Ghat. This renowned bathing Ghat is at a confluence of India’s three major rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Various pilgrims visit the Triveni Ghat to take a dip over here as the waters of this Ghat are known for washing away all the sins and purifying ones soul. However, Triveni Ghat is most famous for its evening aarti, which takes place over here. Also known as ‘Maha Aarti’, Triveni Ghat is filled with sounds of Bhajans, Bells, Beating Drums and Diyas all over this place. The visitors can even release small oil lamps on tiny leaf boats in the water. The entire view of the Ghat, aartis and lamps is completely breathtaking. One is definitely filled with a sense of peace and tranquility after visiting this place. After the aarti finishes, head back towards the hotel and rest.
Day 3: Since this is the last day in the city, depending upon the amount of time you have left, you can explore the city. Rishikesh has many small markets near Laxman and Ram Jhula, which are filled with various souvenirs, clothing items, brassware, ornaments, religious paintings and so on. Spend the entire day looking at these markets and purchasing various items, then head back towards Dehradun.
Cost: Depending upon which accommodation you choose, the charges for the entire trip can cost between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 10,000 per person. This includes accommodation and transportation.
Tours: There are many travel companies in Dehradun that can arrange two night and three days tour from Dehradun to Rishikesh. For a full list of travel companies in Dehradun, click here.