Scenically located where the Ganges river comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a small town in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India and known as the gateway to the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the state also known as Dev Bhoomi, the Land of God. The Char Dham Yatra (pilgrimage to Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamnotri) ideally begins here.
Numerous myths and legends are associated with this place and it is here where from ages onwards Yogis and Rishis have been doing their Tapasya (austerities/ spiritual discipline for purification). Nowadays Rishikesh attracts many pilgrims and tourists each year, from India and all over the world. Rishikesh became famous in the West when the Beatles stayed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the world capital of yoga.
Besides making a pilgrimage to the holy places, famous temples and ashrams of the region, you can also choose to indulge in a host of adventure sports including river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and camping.
Major attractions, apart from the fragrance of spirituality and amazing vibrations that have lasted through the centuries: magnificient nature, clean air, clear waters, serene atmosphere, there are numerous temples, ashrams, world-renowned yoga schools and meditation centres, the evening aarti (light ceremony) with enchanting mantras and bell echoes on the banks of Ganga, shops selling religious paraphernalia (brass work and local craft), clothing, spices, sweets, CDs, spiritual books… Note: Rishikesh is officially vegetarian (and alcohol is prohibited).
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...THE GARHWAL HIMALAYAS
The Garhwal Himalayas are mountain ranges located in the state of Uttarakhand and covers the districts of Chamoli, Pauri Garhwal and Rudraprayag. Magnificient nature, dense forests and lush terraced valleys, breathtaking mountain peaks and glaciers. Garhwal has more than 20 summits over 6000 m, the highest are Nanda Devi (7817 m) and Kamet (7756 m), rich flora and fauna plus a range of beautiful temples, which are off the mainstream paths, almost hidden gems.
Uttarakhand is also revered as the ‘Land of the Gods’ (Dev Bhoomi) and every mountain, place, rock and stream of Uttarakhand is somewhat associated with the mythological background of India. Garhwalis relate every peak, lake or mountain range to a God or Goddess, mythological personality, event or saint. Gangotri is for example connected with the legend of Ganga descending from heaven. And Agastyamuni, Srinagar, Parkandi (Khat Sali, Jaunsar), Dewalgarh and Rudraprayag are considered to be sacred because sages like Agastya, Kapil, Parashar, Dattatreya and Vishwamitra had done penance there. (Source: The Holy Himalaya: A Geographical Interpretation of Garhwal by Nitya Nand, Kamlesh Kumar).
The region was originally settled by Kols, an aboriginal people who were later joined by Indo-Aryan Khas tribes that arrived from the northwest (Vedic period). However, in the Middle Ages Saka Indo Sycthians swept and settled in these hills, giving them the richness of their culture and traditions. The hill people are typically thought to be descendants of the ancient Kamboj people who were of Eastern Iranian origin. The culture of the present Garhwal is an amalgamation of influences from the indigenous population coupled with traditions superimposed by various immigrants. Myths, dialects, languages, folk literature, festivals and arts are an expression of that.
What to Do?
We’d be delighted to organise for you any of the listed activities, trips, transportation and guidance:
+ Taxi & Driver services
(cars, vans, buses)
+ Airport pick up
+ Tickets (flights, trains, buses)
+ Guided Trekking
+ River Rafting
+ Rock Climbing
+ Meditation & Yoga classes
+ Wildlife & Safari trips
+ Bungee Jumping
+ Excursions to neighbour cities,
temples and holy sites
+ Yatra / Pilgrimage tours
+ Planning & organisation of
journeys across North India
The Garhwal Himalayas are mountain ranges that cover the districts of Chamoli, Pauri Garhwal and Rudraprayag. You find magnificient nature, dense forests and lush terraced valleys, high mountain peaks, various glaciers and temples.
Chopta, also known as the Switzerland of India, is one of the most picturesque spots in this region and is famous for its breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayas and scenic landscapes – picturesque villages and fairytale-like forests. Chopta enjoys perfect weather almost throughout the year. For nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts this place is a perfect destination for trekking and camping.
Yatra & Prigrimage
Experience the divinity and mysticism of the sacred powerspots in and around Rishikesh – in the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand, the state in North India also called ‘Dev Bhumi’, the Abode of Gods! Every mountain, place, rock and stream of Uttarakhand is somewhat associated with the mythological background of India. Choose your destination – whether a single spot like Badrinath or the entire Char Dham yatra, your preferred time frame and vehicle, and we will organise the rest through our partnering travel agent. English or Hindi speaking tour guides available.
We recommend Rajaji National Park and Corbett National Park. Established in 1966, Rajaji National Park is spread over 820 sq km (crossing the districts Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal). Wild animal species found include: elephants, a good number of tigers and leopards, as well as jungle cats, striped hyena, the Indian Hare, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, king cobra, jackal, barking deer, sambhar, wild boar, Rhesus macaque, Indian langur, monitor lizard, python.
Nearly 600 species of birds, also other wildlife animals like sambas, hogs, otters, boars, elephants, sloths, gorals, pangolins and langurs can be spotted.
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