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5 DAY TRIP FROM DELHI | MUSSOORIE - 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:9 AM:9 AM

Total Places Visited: 13

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO MUSSOORIE & MUSSOORIE SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Mussoorie

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 14.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand and 48 km from Dehradun, Kempty Fall is a fascinating waterfall and one of the best tourist places to visit in Mussoorie. This fall is located on Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road. Kempty Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Uttarakhand and also among the top waterfalls in India. It is most often represented to promote Mussoorie Tourism and also one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places.

Kempty Falls was developed as a tourist destination by a British officer John Mekinan, around 1835. The name of the place is derived from Camp-tea, the place where Britishers organized tea parties during colonial period.

Kempty Falls is situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet. It offer a remarkable view as .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Horse Riding: Rs.100 per person for 2.5 km

At a distance of 3 km from Library Bus Stand, Camel's Back Road is a 3 km long stretch from Kulri bazaar to the Library Chowk in Mussoorie. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Mussoorie town. The road takes its name from the rock which is shaped like a camel's hump on its back.

Camel's Back Road was built in 1845 to provide a walking track with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. This road has an ancient Hawa ghar where people can sit and view the mighty peaks. This Hawa ghar was earlier known as Scandal Point. Telescopes are available here for those wanting a closer look of the Himalayan peaks. There are many stories about this road. One is that while a British couple was riding on horses, suddenly, the girl's horse jumped into the hills. When the man saw this, he also jumped down and they both died. This point was called Lover's Leap.

The road is ideal for a walk as one can get .....

Shopping

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Library Bus Stand, The Mall is main shopping area situated at the center of Mussoorie. The Mall road connects two major bazaars, Kulri and Library.

The Mall Road was built by the British residents and is dotted with benches and lampposts lined up at the sides of roads. The prime attractions of the area include 1980s style video game parlours, Methodist Church and skating rings. Alongside the Mall is the tourist office, rows of Tibetan trinket and several shops selling wooden artifacts. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top things to do in Mussoorie.

Mall Road is the starting point for the cable car towards the summit of Gun Hill, 2142 m above sea level. On clear days, the peaks of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Nanda Devi can be seen from this area. Visitors can also enjoy horse riding here. There is also a playground for children offering many games and rides.

Overnight Stay in Mussoorie

DAY 2 : MUSSOORIE SIGHTSEEING

Resume Mussoorie Sightseeing

Nature & Scenic

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

At a distance of 5.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie situated in Landour area. It is located at an altitude of 2275 m. This place offers scenic views of sunrise and sunset and is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.

Lal Tibba (or Red Hill) was also referred as a Depot Hill owing to the presence of a depot, also houses a camp of the Indian Military Services, towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio. In 1967, a telescope was placed at the tower on a cliff by municipality to offer scenic views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, and other Himalayan ranges.

There are several buildings constructed during colonial period here. Childer's Lodge is one such building and it offers some stunning views of the hills and the valley. There is an old market area called the sister bazaar where one can buy local goods.

The road to Lal Tibba is .....

Nature & Scenic

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

At a distance of 5 km from Library Bus Stand, Hathipoan is one of the tourist hotspots situated on the way to Cloud's End.

Hathipoan attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers. It is located at the summit of a hill amid peaceful and serene village known as Saskhet. It's a thickly wooded area that offers breathtaking and heavenly views of Himalayas. It is also a hotspot for adventure seekers for a number of activities organized at camps like Raincoat camp and Northern Adventure Camp.

The road leading to Hathipaon is rough and bumpy. Travelers can also walk from Happy Valley in order to reach the Hathipaon.

Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Library Bus Stand, George Everest's House, also known as Park Estate, is a heritage building located on the edge of a cliff close to the road towards Cloud's End. It is one of the most scenic places in Mussoorie.

Built in the year 1832, the house belonged to the Sir George Everest. He was a geographer and first Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. Sir George was largely responsible for completing the section of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India along the meridian arc from the south of India extending north to Nepal, a distance of approximately 2,400 km. Mount Everest was named in his honor despite his objections in 1865. He stayed in Mussoorie for about 30 years and the house showcases some interesting facts about the famous personality.

The house is situated in a picturesque place from where one can catch the panoramic view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and snow bound Himalayan ranges on the .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 18 per person and Rs. 75 per person for Boat

At a distance of 3.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Company Bagh, also known as Municipal Garden, is situated in Happy Valley area near Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administration Academy in Mussoorie. It is a popular place of sightseeing in Mussoorie. The park is maintained by the Garden Welfare Association of Mussoorie.

Company Garden is a major picnic location in Mussoorie. It was previously known as Botanical Gardens of Mussoorie. Famous geologist, Dr. H. Fackner, laid this garden in early 20th century.
The garden has a lush green carpet of lawns and a fountain, which is located in its center. It has nearly 800 different types of flowers, including Dahlias, Begonia, Pansy and Petunia. The garden has a nursery, which offers a wide range of plants for sale.

There is also an artificial lake with a small artificial waterfall. For the kids, the garden also has an amusement park with several adventurous rides. Boating facility is also available in the small lake at .....

Overnight Stay in Mussoorie

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO RISHIKESH & RISHIKESH SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Mussoorie to Rishikesh

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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