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Auli - Rishikesh break with Haridwar(6 Nights)

Dehradun, Haridwar, Auli, Rishikesh, Dehradun

for Off-Beat Traveller, Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

Camping upstream on Badrinath Road
Ganga River as seen from Rishikesh
Ram Jhula (Photo Courtesy: Asis K. Chatterjee)
White Water Rafting (Photo Courtesy: Daniel Echeverri)
Views at Auli (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Har ki Pauri evening Arti

Auli - Rishikesh break with Haridwar is a popular all season itinerary that combines popular destination of Rishikesh with a visit to Auli, a renowned destination for close range Himalaya views.

Route

Haridwar(1) - Auli(3) - Rishikesh(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Haridwar
  • Day-2 Haridwar - Auli
  • Day-3 Around Auli
  • Day-4 Badrinath Excursion OR Explore area around Auli Further OR Just relax and enjoy himalayan views
  • Day-5 Auli - Rishikesh
  • Day-6 In and around Rishikesh OR White water rafting / Adventure at Rishikesh OR Visit to Rajaji National Park
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Auli - Nandadevi Views in Auli (0.50 kms), Gorson Forest Auli (5.00 kms), Badrinath Dham (47.00 kms)

Haridwar - Har ki Pauri (2.00 kms), Mansa Devi Temple Haridwar (2.70 kms), Triveni Ghat (22.00 kms), Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park (25.00 kms), Lakshman Jhula (30.00 kms), Ram Jhula (30.00 kms)

Rishikesh - Triveni Ghat (2.00 kms), Rishikund (2.00 kms), Ram Jhula (4.00 kms), Lakshman Jhula (5.00 kms), Har ki Pauri (18.00 kms), Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh (20.00 kms), Neelkanth Mahadev (30.00 kms), White Water Rafting (30.00 kms), Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Dehradun Departure - Dehradun
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking to visit all significant temples of Haridwar may look to spend additional day.

Distances
  • Dehradun to Haridwar -53 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Haridwar to Auli -284 kms (9 hrs)
  • Auli to Rishikesh -280 kms (9 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)
Route

Dehradun - Haridwar(1) - Auli(3) - Rishikesh(2) - Dehradun

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Haridwar Arrival at Haridwar. Haridwar is a renowned pilgrimage set on holy river Ganga and home to serveral significant temples such as Mansadevi Temple (A Shakitpeetha temple and accessible via a Ropeway ride). Reach in time for evening Ganga Aarti at Harkipauri which is considered a definitive spiritual experience and therefore recommended for every pilgrim.

Day-2 Haridwar - Auli Proceed early to Joshimath (270 kms - 9 hrs) (base point to Acces Auli). Reach before 04:30 PM to catch the last Cable Car to reach Auli. Auli (8000+ ft asl), a destination renowned for skiing and sporting excellent close range himalayan views all round the year. Time permitting visit temples in Joshimath.

Day-3 Around Auli At Auli enjoy magnificent 180 degrees view of the Nandadevi Peaks. During winter beginners start skiing at the Baby slopes before graduating to higher and more adventurous slopes. Experienced skiers straightway use ski lifts to reach higher slopes. During Summer, enjoy close range Himalayan beauty. Explore the area around on a walk / trek. Hikers / Trekkers will find numerous marked walks and there are also mountain bike trails at the backdrop of the resort lies the famous high altitude Gorson Reserve forest (part of Nanda Devi National Park ) richly habitated by rare Himalayan wildlife.

Day-4 Badrinath Excursion OR Explore area around Auli Further OR Just relax and enjoy himalayan views May - Oct period guests can undertake an excursion to Badrinath (9000+ ft asl, 50 kms from Joshimath base), one of the Char Dhams and prime Lord Vishnu pilgrim centre. Adventure oriented / Experiential guests can continue hiking / trekking around Auli. Guest may also just sit and enjoy 180 degrees snow views.

Day-5 Auli - Rishikesh Travel to Rishikesh (2000 ft asl - 270 kms - 8 hours). Rishikesh is a Ganga riverside destination, renowned for its riverside and spirituality experiences that it offers.

Day-6 In and around Rishikesh OR White water rafting / Adventure at Rishikesh OR Visit to Rajaji National Park Visit to Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund and other Ghat areas of Rishikesh. Guests can also visit Neelkanth Mahadev (30 kms - 1 hour one way), time permitting. Alternatively Guests can opt for White water rafting (Half day) or visit adventure sports centre here that offer Bungee Jumping or opt for a a Visit to Rajaji National Park (Park Closes April 16th onwards. Rajaji is considered excellent for bird watching).

Day-7 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Auli :

  • Nandadevi Views in Auli - Auli at 10000 ft asl offers the very best close range views of Nandadevi range on a clear day any time of the year. Auli can be visited ex-Joshimath via a very scenic cable car ride.

  • Gorson Forest Auli - Gorson Reserve Forest is a popular walking trail from guests staying in Auli during Summer. Guests enjoy sunrise. Himalayan views and a walks through dense alpine forest.

  • Badrinath Dham - Badrinath (11000+ ft asl) is home to Badrinath Dham, one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage centre. It is the most visited of the four sites in Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The temple is surrounded by spectacular views of the mountain ranges. The access is difficult in high season and there are traffic regulations to control the movement. Temple is open between May - Oct. Exact opening and closing dates vary each year.

Haridwar :

  • Har ki Pauri - Hark Ki Pauri (also known as Brahmakund) is where evening Arti is conducted and the Arti is nothing short of a spiritual experience for even a non-hindu or a non-pilgrim. Its kind of a crowded area and gets even more crowded once every 12 years when Kumbh Mela is held here.

  • Mansa Devi Temple Haridwar - Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.

  • Triveni Ghat - Evening aarti is performed at Triveni Ghat. Ashes of the dead and ceremonies related to Shradh are performed here. Triveni is also a bathing Ghat where pilgrims take a dip in holy Ganga River.

  • Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park - Rajaji National Park is one that is visited ex-Haridwar (25 kms) / Rishikesh (40 kms). 23 species of mammals are found in Rajaji National Park alongwith 315 species of birds. Jeep Safaris are conducted here by the forest department.

  • Lakshman Jhula - Lakshman Jhula (1939) is a 450 ft hanging rope bridge on river ganges near Tapovan area in Rishikesh. It connects guests arriving on the other side of the river to the bathing ghats area. Its believed at this place Lakshman (Brother of Lord Rama) build a jute bridge to cross over the river and therefore the spot is also considered holy. A five storey temple is built on the other side of the bridge.

  • Ram Jhula - Ram Jhula is a bigger and more picturesque than Lakshman Jhula but surprisingly lesser known. It leads to a few known Ashrams in the area.

Rishikesh :

  • Triveni Ghat - Evening aarti is performed at Triveni Ghat. Ashes of the dead and ceremonies related to Shradh are performed here. Triveni is also a bathing Ghat where pilgrims take a dip in holy Ganga River.

  • Rishikund - Rishikund is a holy pond and where Shani temple is situated. Rishikund is a popular pilgrim visit option.

  • Ram Jhula - Ram Jhula is a bigger and more picturesque than Lakshman Jhula but surprisingly lesser known. It leads to a few known Ashrams in the area.

  • Lakshman Jhula - Lakshman Jhula (1939) is a 450 ft hanging rope bridge on river ganges near Tapovan area in Rishikesh. It connects guests arriving on the other side of the river to the bathing ghats area. Its believed at this place Lakshman (Brother of Lord Rama) build a jute bridge to cross over the river and therefore the spot is also considered holy. A five storey temple is built on the other side of the bridge.

  • Har ki Pauri - Hark Ki Pauri (also known as Brahmakund) is where evening Arti is conducted and the Arti is nothing short of a spiritual experience for even a non-hindu or a non-pilgrim. Its kind of a crowded area and gets even more crowded once every 12 years when Kumbh Mela is held here.

  • Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh - Jumping Heights, an adventure company offers Bungee Jumping and other adventure facilities enroute Neelkanth Mahadev temple at about 20 kms from Rishikesh. This is first of its kind facility in India having Jump of about 80 meters. Other activities comprise Flying fox.

  • Neelkanth Mahadev - Lord Shiva temple at 30 kms from Rishikesh, set on a hill offering good views. This is the place where Lord Shiva is believed to have drank the venom produced during Sagar Manthan

  • White Water Rafting - Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May are ideal for rafting. Camps are set up between Mid-Sept and Mid-May by the river that facilitate rafting. Camps here conduct half day and full day rafting with Class III and Class IV Rapids with a lunch break in between.

  • Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park - Rajaji National Park is one that is visited ex-Haridwar (25 kms) / Rishikesh (40 kms). 23 species of mammals are found in Rajaji National Park alongwith 315 species of birds. Jeep Safaris are conducted here by the forest department.

Destination Overview

Dehradun - Dehradun is capital city of Uttaranchal State (Now "Uttarakhand") and therefore visited by business traveler. Its an access point to many destinations in the area including Mussoorie, Kanatal, Chamba etc. Dehradun is home to some getaway resorts and destination spas as well.

Haridwar - Haridwar is situated on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and staying on the banks of the River and visiting various temples and Ghats is considered a spiritual experience.

Auli - Auli is a Ski resort, one of the highest in the word located at about 50 km from Badrinath and accessible by a cable car ride and also by Road (during Summers and monsoon period) from Joshimath.

Rishikesh - Rishikesh is a situated on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and staying on the banks of the River and a base point to visit many destinations around the area including Rajaji National Park, It is also access point to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri (known collectively as the Chaar Dham).

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Distances
  • Dehradun to Haridwar -53 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Haridwar to Auli -284 kms (9 hrs)
  • Auli to Rishikesh -280 kms (9 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Haridwar Getaway

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Distances
  • Dehradun to Haridwar -53 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Haridwar to Auli -284 kms (9 hrs)
  • Auli to Rishikesh -280 kms (9 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Auli - Rishikesh break with Haridwar is a segment of guests who would like to visit Garhwal for a bit of adventure, a bit of pilgrimage and more so for its sheer Himalayan beauty and its diversity. This itinerary is recommended for that segment.

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