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Haridwar The city of holy Ganges, Haridwar is lies on the foothills of the Himalayas, is the point from where the legendary Ganges reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient revered pilgrimage site for centuries. It is the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Several temples and ashrams dot this sacred town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into the abode of God. Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is also one of the major Shaktipeeths.

Though one can visit this holy town through out the year, the town in packed with the pilgrims, when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the venue of the Kumbha Mela celebration, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The pilgrims throng the Ghats of the Ganges to take a holy dip at this time. It is believed that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom (Nirvana).

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Har Ki Pauri
This ghat is one of the most sacred ghats in India. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.

Mansa Devi
This temple is located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. The temple can be reached by the rope way or one can take the normal trekking route to the top. The top of the hill gives you an excellent view of Haridwar.

Kavand Mela
The fair is held ten days before Shivteras, during the Hindu months of Shravan & Phalgun.

Chandi Devi
This temple is on the top of a hill called the Neel Parvat which is on the other side of the river Ganga. The temple was constructed by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh, in 1929 AD. Chandi Devi is a three km trek from the Chandi Ghat.

Sapt Rishi
At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight.Maya Devi:
It is one of the Shaktipeeths in India. This ancient temple of Maya Devi is also the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is said that when Lord Shiva was carrying his wife Sati, who had burnt her self to keep the honour of her husband, then the heart and navel of Sati had fallen at this place.

Daksha Mahadev Temple
Four kms from Haridwar is a town called Kankhal. Mythology says that the king of this place King Daksha Prajapati performed a yagya. His daughter, Sati was married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was not happy with this marriage and did not invite Shiva-Sati in the Yagya.

But Sati came and was insulted by her father. She could not take the insult and burnt herself in the yagya kund. On hearing this the followers of Shiva killed Daksha. But later Mahadeo (Shiva) brought Daksha to life. The Daksha temple is an attribute to this legend. This place is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar.

HaridwarLook Beyond
Chila
A popular destination for nature and adventure lovers.

Piran Kalier
On the outskirts of Roorkee is the Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahmed 'Sabir'.

Deoprayag
95 km from Haridwar is one of the sacred places for the Hindus.

Travellers FactoidLocation : On the banks of the river Ganga.
Language : Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and considerable % of people speak English.
Climate : Moderate
Best time to Visit : September to June, though it can be visited through out the year
The Gateway to God or Heaven
Getting There
By Air : Jolly Grant, 10 km from the city centre.
By Rail : Convenient railway connection to all major cities, which includes - Mumbai, Delhi, Dehradun, Kashi / Varanasi, Ujjain, Gorakhpur, Mussorie.
By Road : Haridwar, on highway No 45, is connected to all major centres in the region and other parts of the country by roads.
Not to Overlook - Excursions
Rishikesh - 24 kms from Haridwar is Rishikesh, the popular pilgrimage for the Hindus. This place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or the place for meditation of the Sages.
Mussoorie - The queen of hill stations is just 89 kms from Haridwar. The healthy climate and deep woods makes it an ideal hill station.
Dehradun - Dehradun is located in the Shivalik hills, just 54 kms from Haridwar. This hill station is unique with thick woods and scenic beauty, enough to capture the imagination of any traveler.

Related Traveller's Storie(s)
Allahabad - The City Of Sangam- By Ankit Surekha
Badrinath - A Confluence Of Spiritual Fervor- By Ramashish Chaturvedi
Chakrata – A gift Of Nature To Dehradun- By Dheeraj Deewedi
Nainital- Paradise Of North- By Niranjan Kumar
Haridwar - Sacred Place Of Uttarakhand- By Ginny Bansal
Dhanaulti – A Paradise In Uttarakhand- By Abhishek Kumar

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