Rishikesh is world’s most revered pilgrimage site that invites millions of pilgrims on various auscpious days when they take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga along thebeaches of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Infact, Rishikesh is the starting point of the world famous pilgramge to Chardham comprising Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
The best time for the pilgrimage is from April end to October or November beginning.As believed by the Hindu Scriptures,the world is a vast ocean,and a "Yatra" to holy places is the only way to attain nirvana.
Therefore,pilgrimage tour to holy places in the Himalayas offers you both- spiritual happiness as well as mental peace!
Yamunotri shrine situated 3,235 mt above sea level is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It is situated opposite to Gangotri, and you can also visit the shrine via Mussoorie and Barkot.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at the height of 3200 meters. It is a beautiful site surrounded by trees of pines and deodars. Thousands of people visit the shrine every year people. The place houses many ashrams and dharamshalas along side the river. You can also visit the natural Shivling at Gangotri, which is submerged in the river. According to mythology, Lord Shiva sat here when he received the Goddess Ganga in his entwined tresses.
Visit Kedarnath shrine to see one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This too is a beautiful place set against the majestic Kedarnath range at an altitude of 3,581 mt. It is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund. Kedarnath has more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, and Kedarnath is one of the most important shrine.
The shrine of Bardrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, and is one of the most religious Hindu shrines of India. You can visit one of the most pious shrines -Badrinath temple, which is situated at a height of 3,133 mt. The place is extremely beautiful and offers many recreational spots for tourists from across the globe.
Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya in the 12th century, Bharat Mandir is located in the heart of the town on the Banks of the Ganga river. You can find the detailed story about the oldest temple of Rishikesh in anciant record of Kearkhand.
It is another famous temple in the area , which is known for its world famous work on Hinduism. The temple complex houses a school and an ashram, which are run on traditional Indian Patterns. You can participate in the magnificent Ganga Arti and Hawan every evening.
You can drive to Kunja Puri, which is one of the thirteen most important temples of Goddesses of Shivalik range. You can witness sunrise or sun set on the Greater Hiamalayan from this temple and view the the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from here.
Near Trivenighat, Rishikund is another ancient place with records relating it to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water. This pond reflects the temple of Ragunath in its waters, which is dedicated to lord Rama and his wife.
It is one of the main Ghats in the town where many pilgrims take holy dip. Pilgrims even come here every evening to witness and participate in the Ganga Arti.
The best time for the pilgrimage is from April end to October or November beginning.Rishikesh is the beginning point of the pilgramge to Chardham of Yamnotri, Gangotri , kedarnath & Badrinath. The Pilgrimage season starts in end April/ Early may and lasts till the day of Deepawali or end of October/early November.