Monday, 31 March 2014
The Char Dham or the four places of pilgrimage for the devout Hindu have always had a great deal of significance from time immemorial. However, till the creation of Chardham hotels in 2003 there was no serious effort made for the pilgrims to stay en route to and from these four holy places that were Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Today there are six Char Dham hotels, one for each of the Char Dhams besides one each at two beautiful places of Dharali and Maneri.
The four Char Dham hotels that serve the Hindu pilgrims well are one at Joshimath for pilgrims headed for Badrinath, at Guptkashi for Kedarnath, at Barkot for Yamnuotri and at Harsil for Gangotri. The other two at Dharali and Maneri serve both pilgrims and tourists out for a pleasant tour of the majestic mountains. While Dharali is a picturesque village, Maneri is right next to a lake of awesome beauty formed by the damming of the Bhagirathi.
The Chardham hotels are an excellent concept. They ensure optimum comfort for the pilgrims headed for the four places of pilgrimages while taking care for the fragility of the surrounding area. The mountains are a very sensitive environment. The area therefore needs to be nurtured. These camps are superior to any hotel you will find nearby. Further, the accommodation is in the form of spacious, all weather-proof luxury thatched roof cottage camps. Excellent multi-cuisine dining facilities serving wholesome vegetarian meals are provided to the tired pilgrims. Hot water bottles at sundown and attached baths and toilets with running hot and cold water are some of the other facilities provided in these fine hotels. Special offers make these hotels more attractive for your stay.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
There are many reasons for one to visit Haridwar. Haridwar, as the name signifies, is the gateway to the kingdom of the gods. One needs to visit Haridwar on the way to the four pilgrimages of the Hindus, Gangotri, Jamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Situated on the banks of the Ganges Haridwar is known for Har Ki Pauri where devotees offer their pujas round the year.
Haridwar is also where the Maha Kumbh Mela takes place once in every 12 years. Besides, the Ganga Aarti ceremony each evening is an amazingly beautiful ceremony that will captivate all. In order to enjoy all these and many other attractions of the place, one must stay in either of the two fine hotels in Haridwar - The Haveli Hari Ganga and The Ganga Lahari.
The Haveli Hari Ganga is a premier hotel in Haridwar. It is also among the best hotels in the city. It was built 90 years ago by the Maharaja of Pilibhit and is a heritage hotel of great charm. At the Haveli you will experience luxurious comforts and excellent hospitality owing to its 20 well appointed air-conditioned rooms and suites. This imposing hotel in Haridwar has a multi-cuisine restaurant, a coffee shop and massage & steam rooms. There is an astrologer as well for consultation while facilities also exist for yoga and meditation.
Ganga Lahari is the other fine hotel in Haridwar featuring 14 air-conditioned rooms and two Maharaja Suites with each room facing the Ganges. This excellent hotel is located in the heart of the town and has facilities similar to those of the Haveli.