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Since bygone times India has been known and renowned for Meditation and Yoga methodology. As a result of the popularity of Meditation and Yoga in India; many Meditation and Yoga Centres propagated in India. They have marked their place in Indian as well as global arena. Some of the famous Meditation and Yoga Destinations in India are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi and Nashik. Meditation and Yoga Places in India have added on with time but the traditional and original element remains confined to these places only.

Haridwar - The Gateway to the Gods

Location: Haridwar is located in Uttaranchal at a height of almost 300 meters above sea level. Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology. Haridwar stands as the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages of Uttrakhand namely, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Tourist Destinations: Referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics, Haridwar has always remained a major pilgrimage for the Hindus. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Har-Ki-Pauri ghat. The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat is a 3-km trek from Chandi Ghat. The Chandi Devi Temple is also accessible by a ropeway through the Gauri Shankar Temple. The temple atop the Bilwa Parvat is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. A true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir is newly constructed here. The Gurukul Kangadi University is a center of learning where education is imparted in the traditional Indian way even now. The Veda Mandir within the university houses many archaeological exhibits situated on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road. Other important tourist places are the Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, and Shanti Kunj.

Rishikesh - Swing On Lakshaman Jhula

Location: Rishikesh is located in the northern Uttaranchal, spreading on the Ganges, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream. Surrounded by hills on three sides, it has an altitude of 356m above sea level.

Tourist Destinations: Rishikesh abounds in temples. Most of the pilgrims who pass through Rishikesh on their way to the Himalayan shrines of the Char Dham pause for a holy dip and puja at Triveni Ghat. The most spectacular view is during aarti (evening worship) when diyas or oil lamps float on the water. Nearby is the Bharat Mandir, one of the oldest dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Chandreshwar temple stands at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and the Ganges. Also there is Hanuman Mandir is flocked by a large number of devotees mainly on Tuesday.

The dense-knit complex of cafés, shops and ashrams collectively known as Swarg Ashram is the most attractive part of Rishikesh, backing on to forested hills where caves are still inhabited by sadhus or hermits. The Lakshman Jhula , a 450-feet-long suspension bridge and was built in 1939.There you can see the Lakshman Temple on the west bank.

Rishikesh is called the yoga capital of the world and there are many ashrams in Rishikesh offering courses on meditation, yoga and Hindu philosophy. The hatha yoga and pranayama meditation classes at Sri Ved Niketan Ashram are well known. The International Yoga Festival is organized every year from February 2 to 7 by UP Tourism.

How to Reach Haridwar and Rishikesh

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant in Dehradun, but it is preferable to use the highways or railways to Delhi and then take flights to the destination of your choice. Haridwar is well connected by trains to almost all the major cities in India. The National Highway No.45 crosses the city, so it is connected to other cities of the state as well as other parts of India.

There are regular buses available from Delhi to Haridwar. The state transport corporation has ordinary as well as deluxe and semi-deluxe buses on this route for long distance travel.

One can also use private taxis and buses. To reach Haridwar, the nearest airport is Dehradun. A Vayudoot service operates from Delhi to Dehradun. A few private airlines also operate flights from Delhi to Dehradun. Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar, Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities. There is a daily Shatabdi Express and a Mussourie Express from Old Delhi Railway Station to Haridwar.

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