Arrive Dehradun airport, where you will be met by our local representative to drive you to your beautiful destination in the Himalayas – Mussoorie.
Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.
A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal.
Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s film star Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.
After breakfast this morning, explore Mussoorie on a sightseeing tour including Kempty Falls. Later, you may want to visit Landour on your own. You could either hire a taxi from the Taxi stand or trek to Landour on own. For those who want a bit of adrenaline rush, try zip lining or paragliding or maybe a relaxed afternoon angling
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive to Rishikesh.
Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and with the pristine Ganga flowing through it, the ancient town of Rishikesh is one of the major tourist and pilgrimage hubs in northern India, where people from across the world arrive in search of peace. Rishikesh is commonly referred to as the ‘yoga capital of the world’ and rightly so. The destination is abuzz with visitors, who come here to learn yoga and meditation. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognised as centres of philosophical studies, yoga and other ancient Indian traditions of wellness. The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board organises the annual International Yog Festival (IYF) here, which attracts thousands of yoga enthusiasts. There are several legends associated with Rishikesh. It is said Rishikesh finds a mention in the ancient text Skanda Purana, and in the epic Ramayana. It is said Lord Rama, along with his brothers, came to Rishikesh to do penance after killing Ravana.
Rishikesh is also known for its connection with The Beatles. In February 1968, members of the legendary English rock band visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now popularly known as the Beatles Ashram) to learn transcendental meditation. The band composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on the White Album (and a few from Abbey Road). John Lennon recorded a song titled, 'The Happy Rishikesh Song' after his visit. Several other international artists, including Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Paul Horn, Donovan and Gyp Mills, visited the site to contemplate and meditate. On arrival, check into your hotel and relax.
Later this evening, participate in an evening Aarti by Har Ki Pauri.
After breakfast, the morning is free. You may want to go on a small hike to Patna waterfall on the Neelkanth road or take an optional whitewater rafting tour.
Post lunch, time to explore Rishikesh on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit popular attractions like the Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and more.
This morning, drive to Haridwar after breakfast. Considered one of the holy cities of India and also the starting point of the Chardham Yatra. Haridwar is also the site for the Kumbh Mela. Apart from being one of the most auspicious religious events for all the Hindus worldwide, the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is always a grand visual feast, attracting visitors, media, filmmakers, correspondents, writers and the common curious onlookers from the world over.
Return to Rishikesh.
After breakfast, transfer to Dehradun Airport for your onward flight (B).
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