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Haridwar Tourism

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Haridwar located in the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries.

Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttrakhand. Mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics.

Mythological History:
Legend has it that the holy Ganga, the holiest of all rivers, which flows through this sacred city has actually been sanctified by the powerful Trinity of Hindu mythology and the centre of the pantheon - Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

People Gathered for Ceremony by River:

Kumbh Mela:

HaridwarHoly Haridwar:
Haridwar has a literal meaning that is 'Gateway to the Abode of Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar.
Lush green forests and small ponds adorn the scenic beauty of this land. Haridwar and Rishikesh represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Five Sacred Bathing Spots:
The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall). Nearby is the Gangadwara temple, the most important of the several temples that dot this town. The Ganga Aarti which is celebrated at 7 pm each night, is a spectacular sight, when the aarti ceremony is performed at all temples in Haridwar at the same instant This place is also the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela, once in twelve years.

The other side of haridwar:
Haridwar's longstanding position as a great source for Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies as well as its unique Gurukul school of traditional education, the scenic beauty and lush greenery…all give the city a unique flavour and charm; a must among the sojourn centres in a discoverer's.

Tour time:
A period of 3-4 days is required if you are keen on visiting the pilgrim centres, or else the time can be reduced.

Tourist season:
Haridwar is situated at a height of almost 300 meters above sea level and the temperature usually hovers around 40°C during summers. Winters see the mercury dipping to as low as 6°C. The best time is from September to June, specially the summer when bathing in the Ganges can really be enjoyed.

Travel Information :
» Rail : Haridwar is well connected to Howrah (1438 kms), Bombay (1574 kms), Delhi (199 kms), Lucknow (475 kms), Agra (365 kms).

» Road : Haridwar is also accessible from all major Places within the Country.

» Air : The nearest airports are Dehradun, Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala which are connected to Delhi and Lucknow.

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