Haridwar & Rishikesh

The fury of Ganges was felt during the recent rains and flooding in Uttrakhand. It made me think about our trip here. I had been to Haridwar & Rishikesh last year with my mom and dad. This blog posting is photographs taken during that trip.

Date: 1st - 3rd September 2012

From Delhi we took the train to Haridwar and took the local cab to go around Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Train Name: Dehradun Shatabdi (12017)
Departs from Delhi: 6:50 am
Arrives at Haridwar: 11:25 am

Divine Resort, Rishikesh
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We had arranged for a cab to take us around Haridwar and Rishikesh through the concierge at the hotel we stayed. The driver was a very nice guy and was waiting for us at the railway station. He also was kind enough to act as our local guide. The first place we went to was the Hari ki pauri.
Hari ki pauri, Haridwar

The above photograph is that of an old Brahma Temple.
Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar - View from cable car
Chandi Devi and Manasa Devi temples are major temples in Haridwar. You can take a cable car up the hill to the temple. The ride up is interesting too, you get a nice view of the Ganges snaking its way through on one side and the mountainous greenery on the other side.
Ram Jhula, Rishikesh 
Two famous bridges in Rishikesh which connect the two land areas over the majestic Ganges, a brilliant piece of engineering. But its always crowded and two wheelers can be a real pain while you are crossing it. So its difficult to stop and stare!
View from Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
The brother bridge on the other side which is equally crowded but a different view of the Ganga flowing through the mountains. When you stand in the middle of the bridge and look around, you see "The Big Picture", the magnificent mountains all around you and the majestic ganges meandering through... a very humbling experience. The more I travel the more humble I become seeing the sights around me.
Maha Arthi at Parmarth Matt, Rishikesh
The evening sunset at the Parmarth Matt was a divine experience. With the students of Parmarth Matt getting ready for the evening arthi, singing beautiful bhajans and the sun setting over the mountains, you feel very peaceful and it calms you down.
We walked crossed the Lakshman Jhula and started walking towards Ram Jhula and Parmarth Matt. The greenery is mesmerizing.