The Pilgrim's Route In and Around Dehradun
This ancient Shiva temple is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt area of Dehradun. The temple is well connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall drop by drop on the Shivling placed in the shrine. Annually, a fair is held here on the occasion of Shivratri.
12 km away from Dehradun, on the Rishikesh route is a famous temple known as the Laxaman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage called Swami Laxman Siddh underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a large number of devotees and tourists especially on Sundays.
Situated 7 km from Dehradun, on the Dehradun - Delhi road is the famous temple of Chandrabani (Gautam Kund). According to the mythological beliefs, this spot was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter Anjani. It is believed that the daugher of heaven, Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotees, in large numbers, take a dip in the holy Kund. This place is a beautiful tourist spot located in the midst of Shivalik hills just 2 km away from the main road.
Santla Devi Temple
15 km from Dehradun on a steep cliff of 2,083 m is located the temple of Santla Devi. To reach the temple of Santla Devi, one passes through Garhi Cantt and Punjabiwal villages. One can utilize the bus facilities till Jaitanwala, then it is a 2 km drive to Punjabiwala by a Jeep or any light vehicle and further it is a 2 km trek from Punjabiwala to the temple. Legend has it that Santla Devi along with her brother on realizing that they would not be able to face the Mughal army, abandoned their weapons and began to pray. A light flickered and within moments, they both were transformed into stone images. Saturday marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone. Since then special obeisance is paid on Saturdays. The temple stands as a symbol of the faith people have in the temple and has great cultural and religious significance.
Situated 8 km along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road is the Sai Darbar temple. This place is flocked by Sai devotees all through the year. Thursdays are specially crowded since that is the day of Sai Baba.
Situated on the extreme western region of Mussoorie town, this temple is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra, brother of Shri Krishna. About 15 km from Mussoorie, Bhadraj offers a commanding view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges.
Situated at an elevation of 3,030 meters above sea level near village Kaddukhal, the temple of Surkanda Devi is about 40 km from Mussoorie and 8 km from Dhanolti. Visitors can go up to Kaddukhal (Devasthali) by bus or by car from where the temple is about 2 km on foot.
Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill)
9 km to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 meters is the Jwalaji Temple. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and has an idol of Mata Durga in it. The temple is surrounded by these forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks and Doon valley.
Nag Devta Temple
This ancient temple, situated on Cart Road is about 6 km from Mussoorie.
20 km from Mussoorie on Dehradun road lies this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Unique for the fact that no offerings are accepted and very tasty Prasad is served.
The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple in Rishikesh, near the Triveni Ghat. This temple is dedicated to Bharat, the younger brother of Lord Ram.
Kailash Niketan Temple
This is the main temple at Laxman Jhoola and one can see the sculptures of all Gods and Goddesses in this thirteen storey mansion.
Satya Narayan Temple
The idol of Lord Satyanarayan has been enshrined inside the temple located enroute to Rishikesh, 10 km away from Haridwar.
This is an ancient temple dedicated to Shatrughan, Lord Ram's brother and is situated 5 km away from Rishikesh.
The Neelkanth Temple is situated on top of a hill across the Ganga. According to mythology, after the Sagar Manthan, Lord Shiva drank all the venom, which turned his throat blue, hence the name Neelkanth.
A sacred bathing spot on the bank of the river Ganga where devotees take holy dips and offer prayers. Triveni Ghat is believed to be the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati river. The Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat, on the south end of Rishikesh, takes place at sundown. The Aarti ceremony is indeed very beautiful and calming.
A suspension bridge across Ganga situated 5 km from Rishikesh. Originally, there was a hanging jute (rope) bridge till 1889. This was rebuilt with iron ropes. It is believed that Ram's brother Lakshman crossed the river here on a jute rope. On the west bank, there is a Lakshman temple. On the side of this famous bridge is the well known Shri Raghunathji temple. Shri Ram is said to have visited this beautiful place. This bridge is the main way for people going up the hills and down to the Gita Bhavan and Swarg Ashram.
A suspension bridge between the Shivanand Ashram and the Swargashram. It provides an alternative to a boat ride from one bank of Ganga to another. Its construction is similar to that of the Lakshman Jhoola.
Shivanand Ashram (The Divine Society)
Founded by Swami Shivanand, this well known spiritual centre in Rishikesh is renowned for its lectures on spiritual life. Meditation and Yoga classes can be attended in the morning and evenings. A person can stay here for short term study as well as for longer three month courses. One has to write in and take permission at least a month in advance.