Haridwar in Uttarakhand, is one of the important locations where the river Ganges flows from the Himalayas and enters into the plain areas. The place is filled with lush green forests. The clear waters of river Ganga and the mountains form the background to the charming beauty of this holy city.
The evenings at the ghat here are simply beautiful to look at with numerous lamps and flowers floating through the river.
Haridwar is made of two words Hari and Dwar. Hari means God and Dwar when translated means gate; hence, it is known as the gateway to God. There are four important temples here which are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath which are also known as Chardham. Haridwar is the base camp to the journey of the Chardham.
Haridwar is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites located in the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Garhwal Himalayas.
Best Time To Visit Haridwar
Haridwar can be visited any time throughout the year; however, most people prefer to visit during the months starting from August to October as the weather remains pleasant.
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How To Reach Haridwar
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Haridwar which is located at a distance of 36 km from here. The airport has regular flights to most of the major cities across the country, with regular ones to Delhi and Mumbai.
By Train: Haridwar Junction is the major railway station here and has frequent trains to all the major towns and cities across the country. There are trains to Dehradun at an interval of every hour and to Delhi every 4 to 5 hours.
By Road: One of the best ways to reach Haridwar is by road, as the place offers excellent connectivity by road. The place is well connected by buses which ply regularly to Delhi and major cities across the state of Uttarakhand.
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri is one of the most important landmarks and a well known ghat on the banks of river Ganga here. It is the centre place of attractions amongst the devotees who come here. It is believed to be the exit point of river Ganga from the mountains.
The place also hosts the famous Kumbh mela and the Ardh kumbh melas. According to legends, King Vikramditya is said to have constructed the holy ghats here in fond memory of his brother, Bhatrihari. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu had come over to Brahmkund here and one can notice a stone wall which has a large footprint which is said to be that of Lord Vishnu.
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Mansa Devi Temple
The temple is dedicated to Manasa Devi who is considered as a form of Shakti and is believed to have emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik ranges which is the southernmost part of the Himalayas. Mansa Devi is one amongst the trio Siddpeeths in Haridwar apart from the shrines of Maya Devi and Chandi Devi.
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Bharat Mata Mandir
The Bharat Mata Mandir is a multi storied temple dedicated to Mother India. The temple is built in dedication to the patriots and freedom fighters who laid their lives for the freedom of the country.
The temple was inaugurated by the former Indian Prime Minister Late Indira Gandhi in the year 1983. The structure has eight floors and each floor has a different theme and different deities.
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Haridwar is well known for its Ganga Aarti; the Ganga aarti takes place every day from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and is witnessed by many devotees. The priests hold large lamps in their hands, and move the lamps in the clockwise direction which is accompained by the ringing of bells and chanting of prayers to Ganga Devi. It is a sight which should not be missed when in Haridwar.
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