Get to know the culture and history of Mussoorie with a walking tour that allows you to explore it from earth level. After meeting up with your guide outside of St. Paul's Church, your tour begins, starting with the Church itself, which is a historic site, built by the East India Trading Company. Your next stop is another church, the Kellogg Memorial Church, which replicates the church of the same name back in Wales. You will be taking a more scenic route afterwards, seeing the colors of the Sister Bazaar and the residential and divine area, with all it oaks and pines lining the streets and pathways. A local Prakash store, famous for its cheese, jams and other pantry items, will be your next stop, and you can sample or purchase some of their products yourself. Continuing this tasty road, you'll head to a vintage English bakery, which calls back to the days of colonization, followed by a trip to Mussoorie's local British cantonment. The colonial era left a great deal of history in Mussoorie, which will be evident in the colonial churches and 19th century cottages around the area. As you get closer to the outskirts, you'll be able to enjoy the Himalayas as you stand upon the “red hill” near the area, and capture photographs of the beauty of nature in full panorama. Your last stop is at the Chaar Dukaan, a lane filled with shops and stores.
Mussoorie, a hill station in Uttarakhand, is well known for its beautiful natural scenery all around. Your nature walk among its wonders begins with a meet up with your guide at Seegreen Lodge. You'll be able to see the famous preserved elephant footprint at Hathi Paon before going to the Sir George Everest House. This former home of the famous Surveyor-General of India is a piece of history in itself. Then it's off to the McKinnon Brewery, where some legendary whisky was made, and then to the home of the owner of Delhi Land and Finance. Happy Valley, your next stop, will take your breath away, with its splendid views of emerald greenery, along with the plunging waters of Kempty Stream and Kempty Falls. While the enchantment of nature is over you, you can visit the Wishing Well, where you can toss in a coin and make a wish for yourself. After passing through the popular Mussoorie Adventure Camp, you'll come upon some scenic picnic spots and the pure splendor of Doon Valley. As you head into the flat grassland over a cliff, you can see nature's incredible bounty spread before you, going all the way to the Himalayas far in the horizon. Your tour ends afterward and you return to the hotel.
Travelers who are looking to explore what Rishikesh has to offer but don't have plenty of time will benefit from this two hour jaunt into the city's history and most famous sights. Starting with Trimbakeshwar Temple, you'll met your guide and begin your tour. Explore the ancient temple and discover why it's often called the holiest temple in all of India. This is followed by a trip to the famous Laxman Jhula, a suspension bridge of great beauty over the River Ganga, where Rishikesh's cityscape looks splendid over the water. Upon crossing the bridge, you head to the Maharani Sri Vidyawati Kuor, one of the famous landmarks and temples of the city, as well as the Dharamraj Temple. After a trip to the city's Gaushala, you head to the Rishikesh View Point for a splendid panorama of the cityscape in all its splendor. The tour then takes you to Ganga Beach for a relaxing stroll and watching the waters lap upon the shore, before you head to the city's Gita Bhawan, a riverfront ashram, or place of spiritual study. The tour ends at the Parmath Niketan Aarti Sthal during the evenings, where you'll be able to see a true Ganga aarti ceremony, which is a cultural experience to remember.
Yogic culture and spiritual studies have spread all over the world, calling to millions who have learned and reaped from its benefits. This two hour two in Rishikesh offers travelers a true yogic experience as they will visit one ashram to another, learning about authentic Yogic culture from these centers of spiritual studies. Beginning with a meet up with your guide, you first head to Sivananda Ashram, which is perfectly situated in beautiful, natural surroundings, making it incredibly conducive to meditation and tranquility. After some time here, you then proceed to Yoga Niketan for some spiritual learning. You'll discover the background of Yogic culture, and life lessons from one of the great Yogis of the 20th century. This is followed by a visit to the Vanprastha Ashram, known for its sprawling garden and beautiful location next to the sacred River Ganga, and then the Swarg Ashram, which is considered as one of the biggest epicenters of Yogic culture and meditation, with its hundreds of rooms. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is your next stop; located in the base of the Himalayas themselves, just by the banks of the Ganges, it's a special location in many ways, and the largest in Rishikesh, playing host to celebrations in Yogic culture. As you walk down the banks of the sacred Ganges, reflect on yogic lessons learned, as well as enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings before heading to the Beatles Ashram, named after the same famous English rock band that had come to visit and learn Transcendental Meditation, and thus made history in the location. Learn about the same form of meditation that gave the band their most productive songwriting stretch in their career, and find peace from the stresses of life. Your final stop is at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram, to discover the band's artwork and explore the history and stories behind the Ashram. It's a day of history, culture, meditation, and learning about ancient techniques that bring peace and balance into your life.
When the sun goes down in Rishikesh, the city comes to life, illuminating in a medley of lights and evening activity. Your tour guide will take you to Parmath Niketan Ashram, the largest center for meditation and yogic culture in the city, just by the banks of the Ganges, and walk along its lit path down the river. Make your way towards Ganga Mandir, a famous temple dedicated to the Goddess Ganga, and the Swarg Ashram as they illuminate in the night, learning about their history from your guide. At the view point, you can get that perfect panoramic shot of the city in all its lights, before heading to one of the local hangout spots for some tea or coffee. While there you can meet and swap stories with the locals, learning about daily life. It's time for history as you go visit the Maharani Sri Vidyawati Kuor and to Laxman Jhula. The latter is an iron suspension bridge in the city, where you can see the cityscape's lights reflecting off the river as you hear stories about the bridge. This is where your tour of the beautiful city ends.