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.