Haridwar has become synonymous to the culture of pilgrimages. It is an ancient city and an important site in Uttarakhand, with the Ganges at Himalayan foothills. The largest of the various sacred ghats, Har ki Pauri hosts an aarti every day. Hari stands for Lord Vishnu, so the ancient city means the gateway to Lord Vishnu. To reach Badrinath, which is one of the four dhams, Haridwar is typically the place to start the journey, hence the name.
Rishikesh is a city in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, situated in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range and surrounded by the Shivalik range. Interestingly, it is the only destination in the world that is equally popular for pilgrimage, yoga and adventure sports. Hrishik stands for senses and Esh means God, hence the name means God of senses. It’s believed The Beatles were able to get in touch with their spiritual side here, writing several songs during a 1968 visit at a local ashram.