Heaven is right here, right now – This is what you feel when you stand on the steps of the Har Ki Pauri Ghat. Situated beside the river Ganges at Haridwar, one can soak in the divine and spiritual atmosphere created by the gleaming of thousand lamps. The sacred chants of “Har Har Gange, Jai Ma Gange” by the priests and devotees reverberate through the place that is amongst the seven holiest places in India.
Haridwar, also known as Hardwar, is an ancient city situated on the banks of the river Ganges in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The city derives its name from Gangadwara, or “Door of the Ganges” as the river Ganga, enters the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar.
Haridwar, situated around 213 kms from New Delhi and around 53 kms from Dehradun, Uttarakhand’s capital, is well-connected via road and rail. The nearest airports are Jolly Grant at Dehradun and Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. The holy destination has tons to offer for those on a vacation:
The Land of Pilgrimage, Yoga & Adventure Sports
Situated just around 20 kms from Haridwar, just on the banks of the river Ganges is Rishikesh, famously known as the abode of yoga and meditation. Frequented by tourists from all over, Rishikesh is the only destination in the world that offers pilgrimage, yoga and adventure sports together. It is the perfect getaway for families, corporate meetings, and educational tours.
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
The bird sanctuary is located on the banks of the river Ganga at the Bhimgoda Barrage near Haridwar. Home to scores of migratory birds, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is a visual treat for all bird watchers and lovers of ornithology.
Besides the wondrous natural beauty of the destination, Haridwar is a place where you can explore your spiritual side. Every year, millions of pilgrims and devotees visit this holy place seeking Moksha and salvation.
Char Dham Yatra – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath
Haridwar serves as the gateway to the four famous pilgrimage destinations of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, nestled at majestic heights in the mountains of Uttarakhand amongst serene and pristine surroundings.
Ganga Ki Aarti at Har Ki Pauri
Offering prayers to Ganges on the steps of the river at Haridwar is a heavenly experience for the mind, body, and soul. Located within the city are the destinations for Panch Tirth or Five Pilgrimages outlined in the holy texts of the Puranas. These are Har Ki Pauri, Kankhal, Kushwart, Bilwa Teerth and Neel Parvat. Of these, Har Ki Pauri is considered the most sacred and witnesses beautiful ceremonies every evening in the glow of thousands of lamps.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
Located in the ashram of Doodhadhari Barfani Baba, this temple is made of white marbles and houses the deities of Ram-Sita and Hanuman. The other famous temples are those of Sureshwari Devi, Pawan Dham and Bharat Mata.
Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapta Sarovar
The river Ganga gets divided into seven different streams at this place to allow the seven sages to meditate. The other famous ashrams are those of Jairam, Ramanand, and Anandamayi Maa.
The dargah of Piran Kaliyar is a famous Sufi shrine built in the 13th century. A beautiful piece of architecture, this dargah is thronged by devotees and belongs to Hazrat Alauddin Sufi Kaliyari.
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