Uttarakhand Journals

India 2010 Part 4 - Rishikesh and Haridwar

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An October 2010 trip to Uttarakhand by koshkha

Ram Jhula (Shivandra Jhula) Suspension Bridge Photo, Rishikesh, India More Photos
Quote: Farewell to Rishikesh and off to Haridwar. A set of reviews from two very holy cities

Ram Jhula (Shivandra Jhula) Suspension Bridge

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Attraction | "Monkey Madness"

Ram Jhula (Shivandra Jhula) Suspension Bridge Photo, Rishikesh, India
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Rishikesh is a town that splits itself across the river Ganges with most of the 'action' on the left bank (assuming you're looking downstream) but still plenty of hotels, ashrams and temples on the right bank too. To get from one side to the other there are boats but most people use the two suspension bridges – the Lakshman Jhula and the Ram Jhula (or Shivandra Jhula). Jhula just means bridge. Our hotel was sandwiched between the two bridges, although I didn't realise there were two until it was almost time to leave. We only used the Ram Jhula, it being closer to the place where the nightly Ganga Aarti takes place.Ram Jhula is an elegant suspension bridge which was built in the 1980s. Like...Read More

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Ram Jhula (Shivandra Jhula) Suspension Bridge
Connects Rishikesh to Gita Bhawan across the Ganga
Rishikesh, India

Haridwar - Religion and Ritual

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Flowers for the river Photo, Haridwar, India
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Very few foreign tourists go to Haridwar which is surprising since it's considered to be one of the seven most holy locations in India for Hindus. In fact of the seven holy sites, it's the only one of which I – and probably quite a lot of Indiaphiles – had even heard apart from Allahabad. The reason for its holiness is that it's said that it's one of the four cities on which drops of the elixir of immortality were spilled as Garuda (the holy bird, not the Indonesian airline) flew over and as a consequence, taking a dip in the waters of the holy river Ganges has the power to wash away not only your sins, but those of generations before and possibly generations yet to be born. That's the kind of offer t...Read More

Ginger Haridwar

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Hotel | "Stepping Gingerly in the Holy City"

Ginger Haridwar Photo, Haridwar, India
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I'm often scathing about chain hotels and the way they offer exactly the same thing regardless of where you find them. I'm less scathing in India where there's comfort and reassurance to be gained from knowing what you're going to get beforehand. Of the six hotels I booked for our recent trip to India, the one where I knew exactly what we'd get and what to expect was the Ginger in Haridwar.On our trip to the south last year we stayed at the Ginger in Mysore and we liked it a lot. So when I learned there was a Ginger in Haridwar, I booked it without much further investigation. We booked a room for one night for my sister and her girlfriend and a room for two nights for ourselves. This was because...Read More

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Ginger Haridwar
Khasara No. 48/50m, Opp. Dudhadhari Temple, Bopatwala Kalan
Dudhadhari Chowk, Haridwar, India 249 410
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Riverside temples Photo, Haridwar, India
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We arrived in Haridwar after a 40 minute drive from the smaller town of Rishikesh. My sister Aileen and her girlfriend Joyce were reluctant to leave Rishikesh, having discovered the delights of shopping and banana pancakes and the peace and quiet of our riverside location. We bundled them into the car and dragged them to Haridwar before they got too holy and signed up for a life of yoga and meditation. I lured them with the promise (based on only the sketchiest reading of my guidebook) that Haridwar would be just as fascinating.Our hotel was about 4 km from the main city centre so once we'd settled in, packed our mosquito repellent, clean water and emergency loo rolls, we grabbed a couple ...Read More

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar

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Attraction | "Cable Cars and Free Sweeties"

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar Photo, Haridwar, India
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Haridwar has two famous hilltop temples – Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. Since the former is easily accessible from the centre of the city whilst the latter needs a bus trip to reach, we kept life simple and opted for visiting the Mansa Devi temple. The auto-rickshaw driver dropped us near the ticket office and we were pointed in the right direction by shop keepers. My husband queued for the tickets for the cable car to take us up the hillside and we wandered towards the cable car station passing all the stalls selling flowers and prasad (offerings) for the temple. Without someone to guide and explain how to use the elements of these offerings you are likely to be completely confused so we kept it simple...Read More

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Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar

Haridwar, India