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One of the most important Spiritual and Pilgrimage city in the Haridwar District of Uttarakhand- India.
The river Ganges after flowing of about 253 kms from its main source at Gaumukh Glaicer enters into the Indo Gangetic plains at Haridwar. The city is also known with ancient name Gangadwara. The literally meaning of Haridwar or Hardwar is “Gateway to Lord Vishnu”. In order to reach Badrinath, one of the four Char Dhams, (namely Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri, and Rameshwaram) with, a temple of Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is a typical place to start a pilgrim’s journey. Therefore, the name Haridwar.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the most important holy places according to Samudra Manthan Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.
There are many places of interest in and around Haridwar are Har ki Pauri, Chanda Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir-dedicated to Mother India which showcase an era in the Indian History from the days of Ramayan until India’s independence.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest Domestic Airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun located at a distance of 35 kms away. The nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi.
By Train: There is Haridwar Railways station it is well connected by most of the major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Indore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Trivendrum.
By Road: NH 58 links the city with Delhi and other SH connects to this city. Many State and Private Operators operate the service for this city