One of the holiest pilgrimages in India, Haridwar, or the ‘gateway to gods’, is located where Ganga, the sacredest of all Indian rivers, enters the Indo-Gangetic plains. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Haridwar is a city of temples and ashrams and its pious ambience envelops everyone.
- Ganga Aarti: Haridwar is renowned for its daily Ganga Aarti ceremony held at Har Ki Pauri ghat. Thousands of people gather on the banks of the holy river Ganges to witness this mesmerizing ritual, where priests offer prayers and lit lamps to the sacred river.
- Spiritual Significance: Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places in Hinduism, and it is believed that a dip in the Ganges here cleanses one's sins. The city is a gateway to the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
- Temples: Haridwar is home to numerous temples, including Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, and Bharat Mata Temple, each with its unique history and religious importance.
- Yoga and Ayurveda: The city is also known for its yoga and Ayurveda centers, attracting wellness seekers from around the world.
- Rishikesh: Haridwar is in close proximity to Rishikesh, another spiritual and adventure hub on the banks of the Ganges. Visitors often explore both cities on the same trip.