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Haridwar, located on the banks of the River Ganges, is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations. Haridwar is the point where the Ganges descends to the plains; the city is world famous for the celebration Kumbh Mela which takes place every 12 years.

Situated in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, on the banks of the Ganges River, Haridwar is a significant pilgrim destination for Hindus from all over the world. Located just 200 km from Delhi, Haridwar is an ideal destination for peace lovers, adventurers and spiritual seekers. According to mythological beliefs, anyone taking a holy dip in the Ganges can get rid of his or her sins. Due to this belief, huge numbers of pilgrims travel to this holy town, which is dotted with numerous temples, ashrams and ghats. The spiritual environment of the city is accentuated by the sounds of bells, artis and chants coming from the temples and ashrams that are a vital part of the city.

Haridwar, whose name literally means the gateway to God, is a very serene and soulful place, with many temples both old and new. The city is considered one of the main cultural and religious capitals of the country.
 Apart from its religious significance, the destination is rich with natural beauty. The free flow of the Ganges River, as it descends to the plains at Haridwar, is an exceptionally beautiful sight. It appears as if the river is welcoming travelers with its arms wide open. The greenery around the banks is further enchanting.
Haridwar is also the gateway to several other pilgrimages, such as those to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.

Har ki Pauri at Haridwar is known as the point where the Ganges descends to the plains. The ghat at this point attracts many devotees, who come to pray to the holy river, and to bathe and wash away their sins. Other ghats, such as the Gau Ghat, the Vishnu Ghat and the Kushavarta Ghat, also are vital places of worship and are thronged by pilgrims.
Mansa Devi Temple, Chandika Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksh Mahadev Temple, Kamraj-ki-Kali Temple, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Maya Devi Temple, Pavan Dham, Shravanathji's Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram and Vaishno Devi Temple are some of the major attractions at Haridwar.
Most of the sight-seeing attractions at Haridwar are religious; they feature fascinating architecture, age-old culture and the complex representations of mythological beliefs. Most of the temples at Haridwar are old, and are associated with interesting historical facts and beliefs.
Haridwar also boasts spectacular natural beauty, which attracts nature-lovers and adventurers. The Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the eastern banks of the Ganges, is home to elephants, tigers, deer and numerous species of birds.

Har Ki Pauri
Har ki Pauri is the point where the Ganges River enters the plains of India, leaving behind its rugged journey through the hills. Also known as Brahma Kund, the ghat at this location was built by Hindu King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari. This ghat is also associated with Lord Vishnu, as it bears an imprint of the Lord’s foot on one of the stones. The temple of goddess Ganga at Har Ki Pauri is a symbol of the pious respect that is given to the river by the people of the country, as it is considered the lifeline of Hindu India. The major attraction at Har Ki Pauri is the evening arti, where priests perform rituals to honour and worship the river. People also offer their prayers by lighting lamps and floating them in the river. Thousands of lamps on the river surface light it beautifully, and the chants and hymns provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for the sight.
Mansa Devi Temple
This temple, situated on the top of Shivalik Hills surrounding Haridwar, is devoted to Goddess Mansa Devi, wife of the Nag King Vasuki. Devotees throng this temple to get their wishes fulfilled, since the residing goddess is known to grant the wishes of pilgrims who visit her temple. Mansa Devi Temple is one of the Siddhapeeths, and pilgrims coming to this temple tie a sacred thread on the holy tree in the temple complex. From the top of the hill, one can see the beautiful sight of the city with the mighty river flowing through its centre.
Chandi Devi Temple
Devoted to goddess Chandi, this temple, like the Mansa Devi and Maya Devi Temples, is also situated on a hilltop. The temple complex is accessible by means of a rope bridge, which provides a spectacular view of the greenery below and the surrounding city. Devotees can also climb stairs up the hill to reach the Chandi Devi Temple.
Maya Devi Temple
The Maya Devi Temple forms a triangle together with the Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temples on three different hilltops. The Maya Devi Temple is also one of the Siddhapeeths, and dates to the 11th century. It is believed that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva, fell here in this ancient temple. Hence, the goddess here is considered to be an incarnation of goddess Shakti. People come here to offer prayers and seek blessings from the goddess Maya Devi, the chief deity of Haridwar.
Kushavarta Ghat
This ghat was constructed by the Maratha queen Ahilya Bai Holkar. Visitors who wish to pay tribute to their ancestors and dear ones come here to perform rituals. This ghat is also associated with a renowned saint, Dattatreya. Locals believe that on this very ghat Dattatreya prayed to God for nearly a thousand years, standing on one foot all the time.
Sapt Rishi Ashram
This is an ancient ashram where seven famous sages, namely Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam, meditated. To avoid disturbance to the meditating saints, the river split into seven currents here at this ashram. Therefore, it is also known as the Sapt Sarovar. This ashram is 5 km from Har ki Pauri.
Rajaji National Park
This sanctuary is renowned among nature lovers and adventurers coming to Haridwar. Located on the eastern banks of the river, this sanctuary spreads across an area of 249 km2. The extensive green cover here is home to numerous elephants, tigers, bears, cats and birds. The best time to see wildlife is early morning, or twilight.
Rajaji National Park
This sanctuary is renowned among nature lovers and adventurers coming to Haridwar. Located on the eastern banks of the river, this sanctuary spreads across an area of 249 km2. The extensive green cover here is home to numerous elephants, tigers, bears, cats and birds. The best time to see wildlife is early morning, or twilight.

Fairs and festivals
Due to its religious importance, Haridwar is the venue of several significant Hindu festivals and fairs, including the auspicious Kumbh Mela, the biggest fair in the world, which is held only every 12 years.
The Kanwar Mela is celebrated in the monsoon month of July, and brings huge numbers of pilgrims to Haridwar. Some even come here on foot, traveling hundreds of miles to pray to Lord Shiva.
Somvati Amavasya and Kartik Purnima are other festivals enthusiastically celebrated at Haridwar. 

As one of the oldest living cities in the country Haridwar is magical for all age groups and has a great deal to offer to every visitor coming here to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Also renowned for its Ayurvedic medicines, herbal remedies and Gurukul school of traditional education, a visit to Haridwar can be an unforgettable experience.

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