Haridwar (Uttarakhand)

Haridwar, meaning the gateway to God's abode,is one of the foremost pilgrimage place out of seven holiest places of Hindus. Located on the bank of river Ganga, it has its own identity among the tourists as well as among holy places of India. It is also recognized as gateway to four sacred abodes of Uttrakhand. There are many holy temples, famous ghats alongwith worth seeing historical places.

Harki Pauri :is the foremost ghat of Haridwar. On this ghat, there is a sacred temple, where a crowd of priests and pandas remain everytime. Here, Kumbh and Ardhkumb fairs are held after a gap of twelve years and six years respectively. In the temple, worship of river Ganga, during evening, is a treat to watch and is beyond description.

Mansa Devi : situated on Mount Vilva, is a fascinating temple. It is approachable through a 600m rope- way or a walking route. From this hill, the aerial view of Haridwar is fascinating.

Gurukul Kangri University :was established by Swami Shradhanand. There is a beautiful and well- organised museum of archaeological objects.

Sapt Sarovaris : located on the way to Rishikesh. The view of this pond is charming. Here, ashram of Saptrishi is also worth a visit.

Vaishno Devi Temple :is a small from of Vaishno Mata temple at Katra and is worth seeing.

Daksh Mahadev : Templelocated at Kankhal, is dedicated to PrajapatiDaksh, father of Sati, who organized a yagna, in which Lord Shiva got annoyed and performed 'tandav' dance.

Bharat Mata Mandir : situated on Rishikesh route, comprises attractive idols, pictures of gods- goddesses and saints of Hindu religion.

Chilla Sanctuary : part of Rajaji National Park, is spread over 249 sq.km. Many wild animals and birds like elephants, reindeers, deer, lion etc. take refuge in it. They can be viewed during a jeep safari.

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