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Haridwar, Uttaranchal
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Information about Haridwar
Haridwar is situated at an altitude of 294 m and one of the seven holy cities of Hindus. The name Haridwar means the Dwar of Hari or the Door of Lord Vishnu. In Haridwar, the Vishnu’s footprint are placed on the banks of the holy river giving it its sanctity. Haridwar is situated at the base of the Shiwalik hills and on the west banks of the river Ganga. The River Ganga passes through its last gorge and begins a 2,000 km journey across the plains of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal to

Haridwar Uttaranchal

the Bay of Bengal. The River Ganga irrigates its vast expanses of land with the help of canals and wells. Haridwar is a very old town that belongs to 1400 AD and was mentioned by the Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang. The wealth of Haridwar attracted the attention of Timur who sacked it in 1399 during his bloodthirsty foray into North India. Various episodes from the Mahabharata were set here.

Festivals of Haridwar
Haridwar receives thousands of pilgrims every year and the numbers of pilgrims increases to almost 100,000 when the birth of the river (Dikhanti) is celebrated in spring. The Kumbha Mela is also held here in the month of April. During the Kumbha Mela, the thousands of devotees gather at the confined area near Har-ki-Pauri to bathe in the waters.

Shopping in Haridwar

The bazaar is interesting, colourful, invariably crowded and clean and tidy. There are stalls with piles of coloured powder piled high in carefully made cones, stalls selling saris, jewellery, brass and aluminium posts, sweets and snacks.

Tourist Attractions in Haridwar

The main tourist attraction in Haridwar is the Har-ki-Pauri. Har-ki-Pauri is the place where Lord Vishnu is believed to have left his footprints. Some part of the Ganga has been diverted here and this later becomes the canal. Bathing here is believed to cleanse all sins. There is a modern clock tower and some temples which surround the steps. Besides this, there are various other temples in Haridwar like Mansa Devi Temple, Kankhal. The Mansa Devi Temple is worth visiting for the view of the city of Haridwar. This temple is set on the southernmost hill of the Siwaliks and can be reached by chairlift.
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How to reach Haridwar
By Air:

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, situated about 16 kms. from Rishikesh.

By Rail:
There is a branch line from Haridwar to Rishikesh.

By Road:
Haridwar is connected by road to Rishikesh, Dehra Dun, Delhi and Mussoorie and various other parts of the country.


 
 
 
 
 

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