Rishikesh and Haridwar

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I live in USA. My wife and I plan to visit Rishikesh and Haridwar in Feb 2012. How cold it might be in first week of Feb.? Can someone recommend a nice hotel in Haridwar with Ganga waters view in Rs 5000 range. Also could someone recommend an ashram in Rishikesh specializing in yoga. Is it better to stay in a hotel in Rishikesh and take yoga classes in an ashram or stay in the ashram and take yoga classes there. Any recommendation of hotel in Rishikesh by the water in Rs 5000 range.

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I expect it will be quite cool. The nearest town for which there is long-term climate data is Dehradun:

http://www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/m...tm#_February_1

I'm afraid I've never understood someone's desire to simply turn up at an ashram, any ashram, without having some commitment to the spiritual practices of a particular ashram; or to a yoga class without nominating which yoga practice they currently do.

That said:

http://www.yoga-magazine.net/Rishikesh.htm

http://blisspassport.com/2010/10/20/...a-yoga-ashram/

http://www.rishikeshyogpeeth.com/
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art of living ashram in rishikesh is good
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Thank you very much DrRudi. I go to a yoga class given by a retired attorney in a local temple on Saturdays and Sundays. I am over 60 years old and the yoga class is moderate. I have lower back problems and want to consult a knowledgeable yoga teacher in Rishikesh or Haridwar to get some help.
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Nameste, Hardiwar is crowded but fun to visit, so stay in Rishkish, less than 20 miles away. Quiet village where the Beatles used to have their ashram although it is now no more. It is also a yoga center. I was there in February. Nice in the day, kinda cold at night especially when the wind picked up, but in the day so nice I'd go swimming in the Ganga (Ganges River)as it's clean and clear there, unlike Varanasi where it is so dirty and nasty I wouldn't even stick my toe in it. You can get nice riverfront hotel rooms in Rishkish for your price range. Happy trails warning:don't carry food across the foot bridge or the monkeys will steal it from you. Unbelievable how bold they are.
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Thank you Michael. Any recommendation on hotel in Rishikesh and ashram for yoga?
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@Chapman,

For many people, and particularly in India, yoga is much more a spiritual practise, not a physical one. If you are seeking help for a bad back, then you should stay in a hotel and take yoga classes. Do not stay in an ashram.

At INR 5,000 per night you could almost have your pick of hotels.

Have a look at this accommodation: http://www.sanskritivedicretreat.com/

It could be what you are looking for.

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_...d.html#REVIEWS
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Thanks again. Sanskriti seems like a nice place to stay. I read on trip advisor about an area of Rishikesh
Called swarg. Do you know how is that area?
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Nameste Chapman, I had a beautiful one bedroom hotel room with private bath on the river for 150 rupees a night. Can't remember the name. It was so nice with river view out the balcony and on the other end of the hotel was a balcony to watch the street and people for entertainment as on my side of the river there was but one road that goes from one end of Rishkish to the other. Some real nice high end hotels there on the side where there is a great bakery and even they were going for under 500 rupees. Just go there, some kid will accost you and find you a nice hotel room as he gets a fee for doing this. Great bakery on one end of the foot bridge altho I was a bit put off by the flies but the baked goods were top notch. I'm a pastry chef so I know good baked goods. Just remember, cross the foot bridge with a bag of food and the monkeys will steal it from you. They are so fast it's unbelievable. I found out the hard way how fast those thieving little fur balls are. Ashrams easy to find. Rishkish is a small village and very nice. Happy trails
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There are two hanging bridges connecting Rishikesh town to the other side of the river : Laxman Jula and Swarg Ashram Area(both have ashrams and hotels/guest houses) I stayed near Laxman Jula when i was there, but in retrospect Swarg Ashram area is nicer as it is less busy and noisy. (relatively) It also has 2 automatic teller machines which is handy. I had to walk from Laxman Jula to Swarg to draw money - a very pleasant and beautiful walk, (recommended to get a lovely country feel for the place) but alas no public transport available between the two. You will find plenty of places all over Rishikesh offering yoga classes. When i was there in February last year Prem Baba was in residence at the SatshaRam Ashram where he gives satsang (talks and singing) most days of the week. Its really worth going - i found his presence quite profound and the singing was great. One cannot however stay at SatshaRam - they also have some beautiful, shiny and well fed cows at the back and plenty of naughty monkeys!

The waterfall walk is also recommended - it gets quite hot during the day at that time of year and it makes for a very pleasant outing. Go early in the morning. Walk from Laxman Jula west for about 2 km where you will find a small hamlet with chai stand - on you right look out for a water tank and follow path up into the hills its about a 20 min walk from there to waterfall.

Last feb a cold wind came up every evening and would subside mid morning when it starts geting hot.

Rishikesh is lovely and relatively clean and yes, you can swim in the Ganga, but its darn cold... bbbbbrrrrr
enjoy!
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Thank you indiayes. Looks like you had a good time there. Where else you went in India?
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Oh, i had a wonderful time.
I spent some time in Ujjain (Madaya Pradesh) which was very different to Rishikesh in that there were NO foreigners to been seen except at the ashram i stayed at. Therefore NO western food which was a bit challenging for me, but an amazing place (they call it little varanasi). Then also Rajasthan (Bundi, Pushkar, Udaipur) and Mumbai.
I am planning to visit southern india in august next year and happily doing my research on IndiaMike which has such a wealth of information.
Will this be your first visit to India?
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Nameste Chapman, yes as Indiayes says the Ganga is a bit brisk in February but fun for a quick dip and then warm up on the sandy beaches. Swarg area is nice but doesn't have that great little bakery for great morning coffee (rather than chai)so I stay on the other end of Rishkish. Puja in Swarg area is not to be missed. I'd go nightly as I stayed over a month in Rishkish last time I was in India. Happy trails

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