Haridwar is a significant pilgrimage destination and is considered by Hindu worshippers as the Gateway of the Gods. The spiritual city is located on the banks of India’s famous holy River Ganges, after the waters have just exited the Himalayas. An ancient city that is centuries old, Haridwar was first mentioned in the ancient scriptures and Indian epics under its former names, Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Mokshadwar. Every twelve years, the city invites in thousands of Hindu pilgrims for its famous Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
At the juncture where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas lies Haridwar, the gateway to the 4 pilgrimages in Uttrakhand, where pilgrims come to bathe in the rivers’ holy waters. Dotted with imposing ancient and modern temples, ‘dharamsalas’/pilgrim rest houses and ashrams, Haridwar is also famous for Ayurvedic medicines. Visit Chandi Devi Temple atop Neel Parvat hill, accessible by a ropeway ride (740m long-208m high) to the top; walk to the view point overlooking Haridwar town; visit Mansa Devi temple atop Bilwa Parvat, dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi; explore the famous Har Ki Pauri ghat on the banks of the Ganges, where you can witness the evening Aarti’s performed by priests and experience a divine aura of lamps floating on the river accompanied by spiritual chants.