places to stay in rishikesh and haridwar

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I decided to extend my vacation in India and go visit the above places for a week or so. It would be from December 13th through December 22nd. Where can I get cheap and clean lodging? Are there ashrams I can stay in? do I need to make reservation?
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There are loads of places to stay in both towns.
Parmarth Niketon in Rishikesh is a pretty nice place to stay with a beautiful arti and okay food for about 400/night. That is one of many ashrams, and if you look around on this site, you will read of many more.
You can do day trips from Rishikesh to Haridwar or vise versa... but for a hotel in Haridwar, I like Hotel Teerth (you just may have to haggle a bit for a decent price)
Where ever you stay, enjoy your time- that is a really magical area of India!
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Would I need to book in advance for either of the 2 places?
Also, does anyone know of an inexpensive and clean hotel near the Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar? I would like to participate in the ganga aarti
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Booking for Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Has anyone been to the Ashram recently? Do I need to book in advance for a room (preferably one that faces the Ganges river? I plan to be there on December 14th for 5 days.

thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by metoo View Post Has anyone been to the Ashram recently? Do I need to book in advance for a room (preferably one that faces the Ganges river? I plan to be there on December 14th for 5 days.

thanks in advance
http://www.parmarth.com/home.html
I'm not trying to be funny but if you are going to stay in an Ashram it may be wise to forget your preferences/likes/dislikes.
That's the whole point of staying in an Ashram. KK
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Hey me too,
I am responding to your pm here in case other people are interested.
Kullukid makes a valid point : ) and gave you the url for parmarth.
The # for Hotel Teerth (Har-ki-pauri, Haridwar) is 01334-225211 or 225311
Good luck!
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I emailed Parmarth Niketan and received a confirmation for a 5 night stay. Donation suggested is 700 rupees per night excluding food. This is for a single room overlooking ma ganga.
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Originally Posted by metoo View Post I decided to extend my vacation in India and go visit the above places for a week or so. It would be from December 13th through December 22nd. Where can I get cheap and clean lodging? Are there ashrams I can stay in? do I need to make reservation?
there are official website of uttrakhand tourism department........www.gmvnl.com it is river side hotel......u can also camping in around 1600 rs per night ...including rafting



in hardwar all hotel are veg and boozing is not allowed but this country and inn is just on staring of hardwar...so u can get both veg or non veg...liquo..
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RishiKesh and Hardwar, lodging

in Nov 2005 my brother and I went from Mussoorie to Rishikesh and then on to Hardwar, where we stayed. It is off season late in the year, and rishikesh will be chilly in December. it's very easy to find a hotel once you get to the town. Just walk around or ask a few people. Hotels are common in those places. You don't need upscale and expensive hotels to get a clean room. Middle class Indians don't like dirty rooms either, so your average cost hotel will be decent most likely. ask to see a room. bargain with the rate during off season. give a small tip for bags, like 20 rupees.

Hardwar is much bigger and more spread out, so you may have to have a taxi drive you to a few places to check them out. don't spend too much time looking around, first place you find that's decent, take it and use your time to enjoy the location.

I would stay in Rishikesh if I were you. it's much more scenic, smaller and easier to get around, accustomed to foreign tourists, and quieter. There are loads of ashrams in Rishikesh, some are open to foreigners and some are not. Internet is available in most towns these days, and it is in rishikesh.
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Wow, the price at Parmarth has gone up alot in a pretty short time. That or December is a peak time- don't know. Enjoy yourself either way.
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I'm considering going to Parmarth in the last week of december. Does anyone have anything to say about the atmosphere there, what's the experience like? I've stayed at one other ashram in rajasthan a few times. It was beginning to get very crowded and overwhelming. It seems like Parmarth is a very big place, but is it OK to get around in without having to endlessly queue up etc.?

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My experiences at Parmarth have been good. I have been there both when the guru is there and when he is not. I find it mellow, and your level of participation in stuff is up to you. Some people have complained that it is too unstructured- but I like that. Also, I have never been to Rishikesh in Dec, so I can't give advice about crowds at that time. The only queues are for food, and I haven't experienced them as too long... but I am pretty tolerant of crowds (I like India... so my opinion may be skewed) And there are plenty of other good places to eat in town.
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I like India too! But it's when the crowds get very "pushy" that I freak out a bit!! Thanks so much for your comment. Any other details about what to expect or what I should bring with me and be prepared for would be much appreciated!!!
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LOL, I wasn't trying to say you didn't. Maybe I should have said I seem to have a comparatively higher tolerance for some things. In the past I have given advice to friends about stuff that I think is cool to do in India, only to have them seriously question my judgement after they have tried it.
Parmarth feels relatively modern & clean and easy to me. I am just a bit shocked at the big price hike.

When you get there, go to reception and they will help you out. I usually call ahead- I have no idea how busy it will be next month. Also when you call, there is usually an English speaking volunteer if you have limited Hindi so they can answer any questions.

The arti at night is great. I also usually get up and attend the puja at the dieties in the morning. Some times there are darshan talks with visiting gurus too. And they have always been helpful at letting me have a space to do yoga if there aren't classes going on.
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Thanks!! I didn't think you were trying to say I didn't... LOL!! :-)

I was a bit worried when I saw the price comments... I don't want to feel like I'm somewhere where they take advantage of foreigners, or see them as a business too much. But I'm very happy to "donate" more than locals, that said. I know there is a tour company that organises a stay at parmarth and charges alot for it.

Morning puja sounds great! Do they have any silent meditation times?

Cheers!

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