The Divine Twins

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Pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh (4 days and 3 nights)

Pilgrimage Information

Overview

Description

The Divine Twins is a 4 days and 3 nights pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh. As part of this pilgrimage, we will take you to important spiritual places in Haridwar and Rishikesh. The spiritual places on our itinerary are namely, Samadhi Shrine of Lahiri Mahasaya, Samadhi Shrine of Anandamayi Ma, Sivananda Ashram, Vashistha Cave and Chandi Devi Temple. We have carefully selected the places on the itinerary based on their spiritual significance.

Haridwar is a temple town in the northern part of India, at a distance of 210 km from New Delhi. It is one of the most ancient towns of India and is even mentioned in the holy scriptures of Hindus, dating back to thousands of years. It is one of the four places in India, which has the fortune of holding Kumbha Mela- the oldest and the biggest congregation on earth. Home to many ancient Hindu temples, millions of Hindu pilgrims visit Haridwar every year.

Rishikesh is located 23 km north of Haridwar. It is known as the Gateway to the Himalayas. Travel to various places in the Himalayan Region begins from Rishikesh. Rishikesh has an age-old association with various saints, who lived and meditated here for long. Visit of the Beatles in the year 1968 started a trend of international travellers visiting Rishikesh to learn Yoga Asanas and attend spiritual retreats. Since then, Rishikesh has established itself as the Yoga Capital of the world. Far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, Rishikesh is an ideal place for those who want to spend time in meditation and contemplation.

Itinerary

Description

Day One

We will receive you at the Delhi International Airport and then will drive towards Haridwar (six hour drive). We will check-in at the hotel in Haridwar. The day will be off for rest.

Day Two

Pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

After breakfast, we will visit Anandamayi Ma’s ashram, which is located in Kankhal. The ashram houses the Samadhi Shrine of Anandamayi Ma (Joy-Permeated Mother). We will spend time there in meditation and after that we will visit the Matri Smriti Museum, which is just opposite to the Samadhi Shrine. Matri Smriti Museum preserves the relics of Anandamayi ma. Previously, it was a devotee’s bungalow where Ma would often stay during her visits to Haridwar. After the visit to the museum, we will then head towards Chandi Devi Temple, located atop Neel Mountain. It is a temple of goddess Durga who is revered here as Chandi Devi. It is one of the most vibrant places associated with worship of goddesses in India. The hill-top site offers a panoramic view of the entire Haridwar. We will then return to the hotel for lunch and rest.

Pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

Post lunch, we will proceed to the Keshab Ashram, which is located on the banks of the river Ganges. This peaceful and beautiful ashram houses the Samadhi Shrine of Sri Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya, the reviver of Kriya Yoga in this age. We will spend quality time there in meditation and would leisurely soak in the divine vibration of the place. Hari-Ki-Pauri is the place where Ganga Aarti takes place every day in the evening and that would be our next destination. Post Aarti, we will walk through the lanes near Hari-Ki-Pauri, which bustles with tourists in the evening. While passing through these lanes, if the desire of shopping dawns on you, we will provide you ample time for that. We will then be back in the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day Three

Pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

We will leave Haridwar after breakfast, and head for Vashistha Cave, where one of the most revered saints of Hindus, Sri Vashistha and his wife Srimati Arundhati had meditated for long. Located on the banks of the river Ganges, this cave is an ideal getaway for a spiritual seeker who would like to meditate and spend time in contemplation.

 

Pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

We will then have lunch after which we will proceed to visit Tapasya Kutir (Cave of Austerity), the place where Swami Sivananda, the founder of divine life society and a God-Realized saint, had spent many years in meditation practice. We would cover the last 500 metres to Tapasya Kutir on foot. This enables us to behold a magnificent view of the ghats of Rishikesh from Laxman Jhula (hanging bridge). Inside the Tapasya Kutir, we will spend some time in meditation, before we visit Gurudev Kutir (Gurudev’s hut) where Swami Sivananda stayed and guided the activities of the Divine Life Society. Next on list will be Sivananda Ashram, located just opposite to Gurudev Kutir. Sivananda Ashram houses the Samadhi Shrine of Swami Sivananda and Vishwanath Temple. Vishwanath Temple is built on the site where he is believed to have obtained realization. We will spend quality time in the ashram before we head back to Haridwar for dinner and overnight stay.

Day Four

After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi, where we will drop you at the desired drop-point.

Cost

Description

  • Rs 21,000 on a twin sharing basis for a group of two people
  • Rs 14,350 on a twin sharing basis for a group of four people
  • Rs 11,400 on a twin sharing basis for a group of fourteen people

To know the travel cost in your national currency, visit the website:
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Cost includes:
  1. Cost of transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  2. Toll charges and interstate charges for the vehicle.
  3. Cost of accommodation at standard hotel in Haridwar with complimentary breakfast.
  4. Guide charges.
  5. Ticket price for the ropeway at Chandi Devi Temple.
  6. Service Tax
Cost excludes:
  1. Cost of lunch and any meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotel/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
  2. Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  3. Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.

Schedule

Description

There is no fixed day departure schedule for this pilgrimage. On demand, this pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh can be organized at any time of the year.

pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

pilgrimage to Haridwar and Rishikesh

Essential Info

Description

  • We have designed the itinerary keeping in mind the spiritual travellers who would like to spend ample time at each of the places, thus the pace of travel is engaging yet unhurried.
  • One may visit Haridwar and Rishikesh at any time in a year. During the summer months (from April to June), temperatures soar to a high in the thirties, so those who would want to avoid summer months, may visit it anytime from October to March when the climate is more agreeable. December to February are the winter months, so all those visiting during this period, should carry warm clothing with them.
  • We would humbly recommend it to woman travellers to dress modestly in order to avoid unwanted attention. Umbrellas and caps are always a must when visiting India and one should not forget to carry the meditation and Yoga mats with them.
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