"Gateway to God"
Haridwar, considered to be among the seven holiest cities in India, is an ancient city located on the banks of River Ganga in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Dotted with temples, ashrams and narrow lanes across the city, Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple town where millions of devotees come to take a dip in the holy Ganges. It's believed that taking a dip in the holy Har Ki Pauri relieves you of all your sins.
Every evening, Haridwar is witness to a set of rituals for the famous Ganga Aarti at the Ghats (River Banks) where thousands of devoteesÂ come together to pray to the river. Once in everyÂ twelve years, Haridwar isÂ hostÂ to the mega-gatheringÂ during the world famous Kumbh MelaÂ which sees millions ofÂ visitors from all over the country.Â Along with Prayagraj, Nashik and Ujjain, HaridwarÂ is one of the only four cities in India which can host the Kumbh Mela.
Haridwar alsoÂ acts as the base destination for some of the otherÂ tourist towns of Rishikesh and Devprayag as Hardwar is well connected by trains and roads.Â Apart fromÂ the religious angle, Haridwar is also now developingÂ as aÂ multifaceted cultural and spiritual centre. It's also known for its food andÂ some of the must-try dishes include kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala and the aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale.Â