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Literally translated, Haridwar means the Gateway to the abode of Gods'. Haridwar, 214 km northeast of Delhi, is at the base of the Shivalik hills, where the Ganga, coming down from the mighty Himalayas, meets the plains. Amongst the many pilgrimage spots that are situated along the length of the holy Ganga, Haridwar, perhaps, is the holiest in the land.
Haridwar is also a centre of Ayurveda (herbal medicine), and traditional studies at Gurukul Kangri. There are many places of scenic beauty on the outskirts of the town.
Places to Visit :
This is one of the most famous bathing ghats at Haridwar. The best time to visit this spot, is at sunset, when you can see the 'Aarti' of Ganga being performed. A daily ritual, it is a breathtaking sight, as thousands of earthen lamps light up the night.
Bhimganga Tank :
On the way to Rishikesh, this tank is said to have been made by Bhim, with a jab of his knee, when the Pandavas were going to the Himalayas through Haridwar.
Canal Centenary Bridge :
Located near Har-ki-Pauri, this bridge commands a beautiful view of the canal, and all the ghats.
Parmarth Ashram :
About six kms, on the way to Rishikesh, is this Ashram, housing a beautiful image of Goddess Durga.
Manasadevi Temple :
Situated on the Vilwa Parvat, it can be reached on foot, by road, or through the ropeway.
Chandi Devi :
Across the main Ganga river, on the other bank, is the Neel Parvat, on top of which is the Chandi Devi temple. The summit can be reached, after trekking for about 3 km on the hill.
Daksha Mahadev Temple and Sati Kund :
Located at Kankhal, which is one of the five sacred places around Haridwar, the site has a story attached to it. Legend has it, that Daksh Prajapati, Sati's father, performed a yagna at this place. He did not invite Lord Shiva. Sati, feeling insulted, consequently, burnt herself in the Yagna Kund, here.
Pawan Dham :
The Ashram, here, is famous for its Hanuman temple, built with pieces of glass.
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.