Bustling with devotees, its air filled with the sweet smell of incense sticks and clanging of temple bells, the city of Haridwar at the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of Hinduism’s holiest destinations.It sees thousands of people taking a dip in the holy waters of River Ganges, which emerges from the Himalayas here. Devotees, sadhus (saffron-clad men) and saints throng the river’s ghats (stepped banks), to take a dip in its sacred waters and, according to Hindu beliefs, wash away their sins. The most famous ghat, the bustling and colourful Har ki Pauri, sees a large number of bathers throughout the year, but more during festivals.

Every morning and evening, the ghat witnesses the blissful Ganga arti (a fire ritual), which also attracts devotees and tourists. The evening ritual being more popular, it makes for a mesmeric sight to see the river being venerated with loud and rhythmic chants and tall lamps, their lights lightening up the darkening waters. Soak in the spiritual fervour of the city, as you watch the spectacular sight of thousands of small diyas (earthen lamps) floating on the river. 

Haridwar is among the seven Indian cities considered sacred by Hindus. It is also one of the four venues for the holy Kumbh Mela that is organised once in 12 years. A visit to the city during this time is a must. Apart from the much-revered temples, there are many ashrams as well, which provide meditation and yoga sessions.

The city is also considered a gateway to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, which together form the Char Dham, a set of four pilgrimage sites that are considered especially auspicious by  Hindus.  

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Har-Ki-Pauri

Har-Ki-Pauri

One of the holiest ghats of Haridwar, Har-ki-Pauri is visited by...

Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple

Situated on top of the Neel Parwat, the Chandi Devi Temple is...

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple

Offering beautiful views of the city of Haridwar, Mansa Devi Temple...

Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar

Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar

Sapt Sarovar is the spot where River Ganga splits into seven...

Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi Temple

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi and is one of the three...

Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sati Kund

Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sati Kund

The Daksh Mahadev Temple lies to the south of Kankhal town and is...

Piran Kaliyar

Piran Kaliyar

Located towards the southern part of Haridwar city, this dargah is...

Patanjali Yogapeeth

Patanjali Yogapeeth

With a firm belief in ancient practices as its backbone, Patanjali...

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

The grand Kumbh Mela is organised on a massive scale every 12 years...

rishikesh

rishikesh

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh is one of the most...

Yamunotri

Yamunotri

Yamunotri makes one of the four pious Hindu pilgrimage places in the...

Gangotri

Gangotri

Nestled in the high and majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri, in...

Badrinath

Badrinath

A perfect blend of divinity and serenity, the picturesque town of...

Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Ensconced in the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas, surrounded by a lush...

Dehradun

Dehradun

Lying at the foothills of the majestic snow-capped Shivalik range,...

delhi

delhi

With old monuments and busy neighbourhoods subtly merging with a...