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5 DAY TRIP FROM DELHI | LANSDOWNE - RISHIKESH

Hill Station | Pilgrimage | Adventure / Trekking

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 5 Days

Ideal Start Time: 5 AM:9 AM:8 AM:8 AM:9 AM

Total Places Visited: 14

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO LANSDOWNE & LANSDOWNE SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Lansdowne

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne Market, Tip-In-Top also known as Tiffin Top is situated in the ridge near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne. This is a popular spot among tourists visiting Lansdowne.

Tiffin Top is a beautiful picnic spot located at a height of 2000 m above sea level and it provides an awesome view of the Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. The sunset view from here is truly memorable. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends amidst this beautiful location. This place needs a short walk of about 200 meters from the motorable road.

Snow View or Sunset View Point lies on the way to Tiffin Top. The point provides an awesome view of sunset and also the snow covered peaks of the surrounding Garhwal mountain peaks.

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, Bhulla Tal is a small artificial lake situated in the town of Lansdowne. Created and maintained by Indian Army, Bhulla Lake, also known as Bhulla Tal, is one of the top places to visit in Lansdowne.

Bhulla Tal is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of Garhwal Rifles, who helped in the construction of this lake. This tourist attraction gets its name from the Garhwali word, Bhulla which means younger brother. Bhulla Lake is a famous place and a perfect picnic spot in Lansdowne.

Bhulla Lake is a well maintained lake with clean environment. The lake offers boating facilities with beautiful duck shaped boats. A children park, bamboo machan and fountains have been erected as part of beautification of pristine surroundings. One can also find small souvenir shop, a cafe, herbal plants nursery, enclosure for rabbits near the Bhulla Lake. A small over bridge on the lake attracts visitors .....

Overnight Stay in Lansdowne

DAY 2 : LANSDOWNE SIGHTSEEING

Resume Lansdowne Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 37 km from Lansdowne and 69 km from Kotdwar, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple situated in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Located atop a hill at an elevation of 2092 m, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites known as Siddha Piths dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the famous temples of Uttarakhand state.

According to the legend, Tarkasur was a demon who meditated and worshiped Lord Shiva at this location for a boon. Pleased by his devotion, Lord Shiva gave him a boon of immortality as per Tarkasur request except from Lord Shiva's son. Tarkasur started being evil by killing saints and threatening gods. Sages asked for help from Lord Shiva. Disturbed by wrong doings of Tarkasur, Lord Shiva married Parvati and Kartikeya is born. Kartikeya soon killed Tarkasur but at the time of death Tarkasur makes prayer to Lord Shiva and asked for pardon. Mahadev then attached his name to the temple where Tarkasur meditated .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per Person

At a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne Market, St. Mary's Church is an Anglican church situated near the Tip-In-Top hill point of Lansdowne.

St. Mary's Church is a popular tourist attraction of Lansdowne and was built by Col. A.H.B Hume of the Royal Engineers. Construction of this Church began in 1895 and was completed in 1896. This church was closed after 1947 and was later converted into a museum by the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre.

This Church is a beautiful structure with its Victorian style architecture. It attracts a significant number of visitors because of its beautiful stained glass windows. It has a picture gallery and a short 10 minute documentary on history of Lansdowne and Garhwal Rifles is played. It is open only on the weekends.

Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person.
Timings of Audio-Visual Presentation: 8 AM
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, St. John's Church is a Roman Catholic Church located at the Mall Road near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne.

St. John's Church is the only running Church in Lansdowne and was established in 1936 under the supervision of Agra Diocese. The beautiful interiors and beautiful surroundings of the church attract pilgrims and tourists. The construction of this church was completed in the year 1937.

After 1947, St John's Church was kept abandoned for years and it was eventually handed over to the Government of India in 1951. In 1977, Rev. Gratian Mundadan wished to start a new mission station at Lansdowne and entrusted the responsibility to Fr. John Chakkanattu. It was in 1980, that the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, granted permission to handover the church to the diocese. The re-erected St. John's Catholic Church was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. Paulinus Jeerakath CMI, Bishop .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Lansdowne Market, Garhwali Mess is one of the oldest and well maintained heritage buildings of Lansdowne.

This Garhwali Mess building was constructed by the British in January 1888. The mess kept alive the rich heritage of the hilly town. The mess is considered as a museum combining of wild animal skins, furnishings and trophies. There is a dial consisting of arrow symbols that direct the route for Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and other peaks of the Himalayan Range.

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM.

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM, closed on Sundays & on holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 per person

At a distance of 500 m from Lansdowne Market near Parade Ground, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum is one of the top Lansdowne tourist places. The Museum houses numerous antique artifacts belonging to the Garhwal Rifles.

Regimental Museum is a historical defense museum named after the famous Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi. This museum was inaugurated in the year 1983 to preserve the elements used by the Garhwal Regiment. Darwan Singh was the Naik in 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles, in British Indian Army during First World War. He fearlessly fought and impressed everyone with his performance and was awarded with Victoria Cross.

This beautiful two storey building exhibits Battle scenes of Pre-Independence and Post-Independence periods, portraits of the brave soldiers, achievements, customs, traditions, rich certificates and documents of world war I and II, war trophies, antiques, old dresses, medals, appreciations. .....

Overnight Stay in Lansdowne

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO RISHIKESH & RISHIKESH SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Lansdowne to Rishikesh

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 22 km from Rishikesh and 6 km from Shivpuri, Vashishta Gufa or Vashishta Cave is an ancient cave located on Rishikesh - Badrinath road in Uttarakhand.

Vashishta Gufa, situated on the banks of the Ganga River, is a popular place for meditation lovers. This is the cave where great Sage Vashishta said to have meditated. He was also among the seven great sages (Saptarishis) and the guru of Lord Ram. According to Hindu mythology, after the death of his children, Sage Vashishta, he decided to commit suicide in River Ganga, but was refused by Goddess Ganga. Arundhati, Vashishta's wife, liked the location and decided to stay here. Sage Vashishta meditated here for long time in a cave.

It is believed that in the year 1930 Sri Swami Purushottamananda Ji visited this gufa and now his ashram is located close to the Vashishta Gufa, where meditation is practiced. At present, the Swami Purshottamanand Trust manages this cave. The cave is a natural formation of 60 feet deep .....

Adventure / Trekking

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rafting: Rs.350 per Person

At a distance of 8.5 km from Rishikesh Railway Station, Brahmapuri Rafting Point is situated on Bhadrinath Road in Uttarakhand. It is one of the best places for adventure sports in Uttarakhand. This rafting stretch serves as the inaugural rafting trip every year in Rishikesh. The rafting trip is the first one to open and the last one to get closed each year.

The Brahmapuri rafting is one of the cost-effective and safe river rafting packages in Rishikesh. This stretch has around 4 rapids most of which can be classified as Grade I and Grade II. These are ideal for family rafting trips in Rishikesh and school groups. The 9 km long rafting stretch that starts from Brahmapuri takes about 2 hours which can be participated by anyone aged 8 years and above. The package includes Brahmapuri rafting trip and several fun activities like camping, bonfire, volleyball, cliff jumps, Body surfing, etc.

Rafting Cost: Rs.350 Per Person, Rs.1450 per person for 1N/2D

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: Aarti: 5.30 PM - 6.30 PM in winter & 6.30 PM - 7.30 PM in summer
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1.5 km from Rishikesh Railway Station, Triveni Ghat is a scared Ghat and bathing spot on the right bank of River Ganges in Rishikesh.

Triveni Ghat is located at the confluence of three religious rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Various pilgrims visit this place to take a holy dip in Triveni Ghat, before visiting the famous temples of Rishikesh. A popular belief is that anyone who takes a dip in Triveni Ghat will have a relief from all sins carried out and attain salvation.

The Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, also called as the Maha Aarti, is an evening prayer performed on the banks of the River Ganga. It is a major highlight of the ghat, which attracts a large number of devotees and visitors. The Aarti is accompanied with chanting of bhajans, beating drums and bells. People lit oil diyas, put them on flower-filled leaf boats and release in the holy waters of the river. These illuminated lamps in the evening .....

Overnight Stay in Rishikesh

DAY 4 : RISHIKESH SIGHTSEEING

Resume Rishikesh Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Rishikesh Railway Station, Tera Manzil Temple is a major landmark and a multi-storey temple located on the banks of river Ganga near Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh. This temple is also known as Kailash Niketan Temple and is one of the most significant places of worship in Rishikesh. It is believed that this ancient temple is established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century AD.

The temple is famous for its huge and beautiful architecture. It is a 13 floor structure and each floor has many small temples dedicated to many Hindu gods and goddesses. Tera Manzil temple is not dedicated to any single deity unlike other temples. The top floor of the temple offers panoramic view of sunset over the mountains of Rishikesh. This temple attracts a large number of tourists especially during Shravan Somvar and Maha Shivratri festivals.

Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM

Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Rishikesh Railway Station and 3 km Swarg Ashram, Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh. It was erected over the Ganges River and is a landmark of Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula is originally a jute rope bridge. According to legend, Lord Rama's younger brother, Laxmana crossed the river Ganges at this point using Jute Rope Bridge. The bridge was washed away in the 1924 floods and it was replaced by the present iron bridge in 1939. It is 450 feet long and is situated at a height of 70 feet from the river. The bridge connects Pauri district with Tehri district. Another similar suspension bridge Ram Jhula was built in 1986 at nearby Sivananda Nagar.

This jhula provides a beautiful view of famous temples, ashrams and River Ganga. The jhula has now become one of the most visited tourist spots of Rishikesh, not simply because of its ancient origin and religious sanctity, but also because of the grand temples situated around this area. .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 per Person

At a distance of 9 km from Rishikesh Railway Station and 5 km from Lakshman Jhula, Neer Gaddu or Neer Garh Waterfall is a natural water fall situated on Rishikesh - Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.

Neer Gaddu Waterfall is a famous waterfall for small trek. The water flowing from natural rocky cliffs tempts the holidaymakers to take a cool dip in the narrow stream. The trekking to the waterfall is an adventurous activity as it involves walking through the jungle on narrow trails. This is a beautiful waterfall and is extremely refreshing to stand near the waterfall.

This is a two tier waterfall with two bathing pools. There is very small waterfall after 200 m trek from the road where visitors can also take bath in a small pool. Further 1.2 km trek will take you to the bigger and .....

Overnight Stay in Rishikesh

DAY 5 : RISHIKESH SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Resume Rishikesh Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 26.5 km from Rishikesh and 50 km from Haridwar, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at an altitude of 1330 m and is located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. This is one of the popular temples in Uttarakhand state and among the top places to visit in Rishikesh.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is surrounded by dense forest and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. The temple lies amidst the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.

According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that originated from the sea when Devas and Asuras churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. He stopped the poison in throat, due to which his neck turned blue. Thus, Lord .....

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