Skip to content

Your Pilgrimage

Please find below a selection of the many possible trips and excursions.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TUNGNATH SHIVA TEMPLE

Visitors and Lord Shiva devotees may visit the famous Tungnath Mandir. Located at height of 3680 m above sea level, Tungnath – ca. 1000 years old – is the highest temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in the Rudraprayag district.

Chopta is the best starting point for a trek up the mountain to the temple at a distance of 3 km. Chopta is located in the Rudraprayag district of the state Uttarakhand and is famous for its breathtaking views of the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas and scenic landscapes. Though comparatively unexplored, the scenic village has been gradually gaining importance as a popular tourist destination. For nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts this place is a perfect destination for trekking and camping. Recommended: 4- or 5-days-trip with visit to Deoria Tal Lake (see also “Your Adventure”)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NEELKANTH TEMPLE

The temple (situated at a height of 1330 m) is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan (ca. 30 km from Rishikesh).

The tower of the temple is adorned with sculptures of various Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the form of Shivalinga is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple complex also has a natural spring where devotees usually take a holy bath before entering the premises of the temple. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated about 22 km from Swarg ashram and there is also a trekkable road to the temple. Recommended: Half-day-trip

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GOMUKH

Gomukh is located in the foothills of Bhagirathi at a height of 4255 m (18 km from Gangotri) and is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. This glacier, source of the Ganges, is one of the largest caves in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometers. Gomukh is also referred to as “Gaumukh” or “Gomukhi” – the word “Gomukh” (go + mukh) literally means “Mouth of a Cow”. Many saints, religious people and travellers went there to worship the place. The trail to Gomukh is ideal for trekking. It begins from Gangotri and is about 19 km long.

Gangotri Glacier is located in the Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, a region bordering China. It is a traditional Hindu pilgrimage site. Devout Hindus consider bathing in the icy waters near Gangotri town to be a holy ritual, and many make the trek to Gomukh and Tapovan. Recommended: 5-days-trip

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH

9 days are sufficient for a tour to three of the four sites of India’s Char Dham pilgrimage: Gangotri (3415 m), Kedarnath (3553 m) and Badrinath (3753 m). Located only a few kilometers from the Indo-China (Tibet) border, Badrinath was re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century, but it as been mentioned as a holy place in scriptures and legends for thousands of years.

According to the Hindu scriptures, the holy centres of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath – collectively called the Char Dham (meaning the four sacred spots) – are the most sacred of all the pilgrimages – with Badrinath being the most important of the four sites. It is also said that heaven and earth converge in these holy spots, and to be born or die here is a boon only the very fortunate have.

The Chardham should be visited from left to right – beginning with Yamunotri, followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama or clockwise circumambulation. The Char Dhams are open for the general public from first week of May till October depending upon the weather conditions in the region.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
KUNJAPURI TEMPLE

Kunjapuri Devi Temple is located on a hillrock around 15 km away from Rishikesh. This temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known amongst travellers as it gives a breathtaking view of the sunrise and the sunset across the greater Himalayan peaks. Kunjapuri is one of the most renowned temple of the goddess Durga. Located at an altitude of 1650 m and hidden in the mountains near Rishikesh, it offers a 360 degree panoramic view. Being a prime religious center, thousands of visitors come throughout the year especially during ‘Navratras’ (April and October). Grand Celebrations are held during the Dussehra festival. Kunjapuri is a beautiful site with the mandir built in white and bright, vivid colors. Recommended: instead of driving back, there is a beautiful and easy trek back to Rishikesh (3-4 hours). Duration of this trip (temple visit incl. trekking): half a day/early morning til midday.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
WORLD PEACE STUPA, DEHRADUN

In 1965, Khochhen Rinpoche and small group of monks began the process of re-establishing Mindrolling monastery in Dehradun, a 1 hours drive from Rishikesh. It now contains Ngagyur Nyingma College, one of the largest Buddhist institutes in India. Constructed to benefit all beings and dedicated to world peace, the World Peace Stupa was inaugurated on 28th of October, 2002.

The great stupa is 185 feet tall and 100 square feet in width. It is the world’s largest stupa and is a magnificent example of buddhist art and architecture. It is surrounded by a 2-acre landscaped garden

On the several floors inside the stupa are shrine rooms with elaborate murals excuted in the finest tradition of Tibetan Buddhist art. The interior walls are covered in hand-drawn images from the Buddha’s life. (You’re not permitted to take photographs inside the stupa.) Duration of this trip: half a day (starting/returning to/from Rishikesh)

dscn1174 copy

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MANSA DEVI TEMPLE

Situated atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills in the holy city of Hardwar, this ancient temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa. Also known as Bilwa Tirth it is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.

The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree.

To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. The rope-way service known as “Mansa Devi Udankhatola” was introduced for the benefit of the pilgrims and it caters to the pilgrims also to the nearby located Chandi Devi shrine. Duration of this trip: half a day (starting/returning to/from Rishikesh)


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GANGA AARTI HARIDWAR

The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular event that is highly sought after by national and international tourists and pilgrims. It is a daily event performed in the early evening on the banks of the river Ganges invoking her blessings. Whether in Rishikesh or Haridwar, the aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the Ganga. Around 50-100 people visit the aarti every day. You can witness the ritual quietly or join the crowds chanting with them in devotion.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .