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There are some wonderful excursions tours that you can enjoy during your holidays in Rishikesh. The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has numerous travel destinations. You can easily plan to visit some of these destinations from the town of Rishikesh. Visiting the nearby places gives you an opportunity to know Uttarakhand closely. No matter whether you are an adventure freak, a spiritually inclined person, a wildlife lover or a traveller that wishes to visit some of the most scenic locations, Rishikesh provides excellent excursion tour opportunities for all. Popular tourist destinations located near Rishikesh are as follows.
NARENDRANAGAR (16 KM)
Over the past few years, Narendranagar has gained much popularity as a small hill station in Uttarakhand. If you are a spa lover, you can not afford to miss a visit to this place. It has become popular, as it is where the world renowned spa resort 'Ananda in the Himalayas' is located. World class yoga and alternative therapeutic treatment is offered at the spa. The galvanizing environment of the Himalayas (Shivalik ranges) and the eye-catching views of the Ganges contribute much to the picturesque location of the spa resort. Being the one-time capital of the former state of Tehri, Narendranagar is also home to many palaces of the former King Narendra Shah.
SHIVPURI (16 KM)
It is a rafter's paradise. If you are a river rafting enthusiast, Shivpuri offers you some of the most thrilling adventure opportunities. The stretch of River Ganges here has multiple excellent rapids, categorized from Grade I to Grade V. Whether you are a first-timer, a non-swimmer or a seasoned adrenaline junkie, there are opportunities for all abilities. Camping at Shivpuri has also its own unique taste. Starting from Shivpuri, you can choose to raft along popular Ganges rapids including Three Blind Mice, Sweet Sixteen, Cross Fire, Roller Coaster, Golf Course etc.
CHILLA (16 KM)
The state of Uttarakhand welcomes tourists of all backgrounds and tastes. If you are a wildlife lover holidaying in Rishikesh, you can also plan to visit Chilla, where the popular Rajaji National Park is located. Spread over an area of 820.42 sq km, the national park shelters around 23 mammalian species and 315 avian species. Popular wildlife species to watch here include elephant, tiger, panther, wild cat, bear, wild boar, sambar, python, monitor lizard, king cobra etc.
HARIDWAR (24 KM)
One of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India, Haridwar is world popular for its Ganges ghats, temples and of course the Kumbh Mela. The word 'Haridwar' is a combination of two Hindi words- 'Hari' (meaning god) and 'dwar' (meaning gateway). That is why, Haridwar is referred to as the Gateway to God. The Mansa Devi Temple and the Har ki Puri ghat are two of the most important tourist attractions here. The Ganga Arti ceremony, performed at the Har ki Pauri ghat, is a spectacle to watch for all