Of Vishnu’s 1008 names, one of the most interesting ones is the one that means ‘Lord of the Senses’ – Rishikesh. So if you are looking to rejuvenate your soul and senses, this pretty town in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand is your perfect destination.
Rishikesh and Hardwar (an hour away) are home to a large number of sprawling Ashrams located besides the Ganges. For many decades now, these have been the go-to places for those seeking salvation from the crimes that modern men and women commit on their senses with over-indulgence of all kinds.
If you are looking for a spot to revitalize your mind, body and soul, there are many Yoga and Ayurveda packages available here. We offer Yoga and Meditation Tour which might interest you. Depending on your schedule, you can spend from anywhere from as little as three days to months as you let the wisdom of ancient India work its magic on your senses and soul.
Distance from Delhi and Transportation:
Rishikesh is located at a comfortable travel distance of 258 km from Delhi. With a recent addition of a new bypass, travel by road has become that much easier. You can either hire a car, or take the morning Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar. From there Rishikesh is just 20 kms, and plenty of local cars and jeeps are available to ferry tourists and pilgrims between the two holy places.
Given below are some of the pics taken by our clients at Rishikesh..
While in the recent years, the fact that Jodhpur is the ‘Blue City’ has become popular, few people know that Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan. That makes Jodhpur the largest city in India’s largest state!
It is known as the blue city because of the blue painted houses in the area that overlooks the Mehrangarh Fort. From a distance, it is like a beautiful blue sea right in the middle of the great Thar desert.
Johpur was founded by Rao Jodha of Mandore in 1459. According to the Ramayana, the Ahirs were the original inhabitants of this area, before the Aryans came in.
Jodhpur is now one of Rajasthan’s and India’s largest tourist attractions. Did you know that Lonely Planet ranked Jodhpur as no.1 on the list of the most extraordinary places to stay in 2014?!!
The city is famous for its many forts, temples and palaces – especially for the grandeur of these historical building as set against the backdrop of the great Thar.
Key Places of Tourist Interest:
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Jodhpur: Weather and Temperatures
Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ for the bright, sunny weather the place enjoys all the year round – though the Jodhpur summer sun may not be the right idea if you are looking for a nice, sunny spot!
However, the coming winters (November 2015 to March 2016) should be the perfect time to visit Johpur, and experience the magic of the Thar.
Jodhpur – Rajasthan – India – UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Jaipur – The pink city is the capital of Rajasthan is the colorful and vibrant land of the Rajputs, and India’s largest and most popular state among travellers coming from Europe and America.
Interestingly, it is one of India’s rare cities for which an exact foundation date is available – Jaipur was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Another interesting facet about the city that it is one of the rare pre-modern era Indian cities which has an organized architecture with a clear division of the city into sectors, and a proper road framework.
The Conde Naste Traveller Readers Choice Survey for 2008 ranked Jaipur at no.7 on the list of the best cities to visit in Asia.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, a state on India’s west, and is the largest Indian state by area and also the region which attracts the most tourist footfalls during the peak Indian tourist season from October to March. So if Rajasthan is on your mind, it is a very likely that you may start your Rajasthan itinerary from the Jaipur airport, or after arriving in Jaipur by road or rail from Delhi.
Jaipur is well connected to Delhi by road, rail and air – and is at a very comfortable distance of just over 300 kms from the Indian capital city. One of the most comfortable and affordable ways to reach Jaipur from Delhi is by the morning Shatabdi Express train. You leave Delhi at 0605 am in the morning, and your train pulls in into the Jaipur junction at 1040. Breakfast is served on the train.
Key Places of Interest:
Hawa Mahal Complex
The city is dotted with places of historical and cultural interest. Besides them, you will also love checking out the markets selling a variety of traditional Indian artefacts, jewellery and more. Be assured – if you love shopping, you will love Jaipur.
Delhi is a city like few others in the world. It is many cities within a city – Delhi has been built and destroyed and built again several times, at least seven times if we go by modern historical records.
In central Delhi in the area around the India Gate c-hexagon, you will broad, leafy avenues. This is Lutyens’ Delhi – the modern British capital city founded in 1930. Adjacent to it, also in the central part of Delhi is the old city. This is the city founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
The two markets of Connaught Place (in the British city) and Chandni Chowk (opposite the Red Fort in Old Delhi) are a stark contrast to each other.
Towards the south lie the more modern city that has developed after India’s independence. The Asian Games of 1982 was a major catalyst in the modernization of south Delhi, which is where the games were held.
Delhi is replete with history and heritage, and a serious explorer would need months, if not years, to fully appreciate the rich offerings of the city. Besides this, India’s capital city is famed for its food – especially its street food of the old city.
Key Places of Tourist Interest:
Red Fort Complex
National Gallery of Modern Art
Qutb Minar Complex
Chandni Chowk and Bazaars of Old Delhi
For those coming with a view to explore the wonders of North India, Delhi is an ideal launch pad or central venue. It is well connected to all major tourist attractions around by road, rail and air.
Agra is the home of the Taj! While that should be sufficient credential by itself to make Agra one of the world’s most sought after tourist destination, there is more to the city than the Taj.
Agra is located on the banks of the Yamuna – about 200 kms south-east of Delhi. With the new Taj Expressway, traveling from Delhi to Agra has become a smooth and beautiful experience.
Besides the iconic Taj, this city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh also boasts of two more UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri (close to Agra). These majestic Mughal era structures are high on the priority list of most visitors coming to India, and for good reason.
While the history of Agra is closely aligned with the Mughals, the city was in fact established much earlier. The first mention that the place finds is in the Mahabharata – where it is referred to by the name Agrevana.