‘Hari’ is one of the names of Lord Vishnu and ‘Dwar’ means entrance, hence, Haridwar literally means the gateway to Lord Vishnu. The spiritual city located at the banks of Ganga River depicts Hindu culture and its ancient civilization through its ghats and temples. Haridwar is also the gateway to four Hindu pilgrimages. It is believed that completing these pilgrimages ensures Moksha, the liberation from the endless cycle of life and death. These holy pilgrimages are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Haridwar is also renowned for Kumbh Mela which happens once in 12 years.
Haridwarhouses numerous sites which tell the mystic tales of ancient Hindu culture and religion. The Aarti of Ganga river during sunrise and sunset is the most amazing and enjoyable activity of the Haridwar for which tourists travel from all parts of the world. Ganga Aarti at Har ki Paudi in Haridwar is a captivating spiritual activity. The Aarti is performed every evening between 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Hundreds of diyas (lamps) are lit up over the holy Ganga waters presenting a mesmerizing view. The spiritual chants and drums during the Aarti fill the whole air with devotion.
The Udan Khatola is one of the popular attractions of the place and is a must do activity during your trip to Haridwar. It is actually a ropeway which is used as a transport mode between the city and hill top temples of Haridwar. The two prominent hill top temples near Haridwar are Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi.
As you go up in the air on the Udan Khatola, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of city and mountains from high altitude. The Udan Khatola ride is not recommended for the weak hearted and for those who fear heights.
Another important site in Haridwar is the Bharat Mata Mandir. It is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. This temple showcases the golden periods of Indian history through pictures and idols. Famous personalities who created positive impact in Indian society are portrayed here.
Haridwar is a great place for foodies also. Being a holy city only veg food is available but you will surely love to savor mouth watering street dishes like crispy kachoris, samosas and badam milk. Haridwar has pleasant climate during most months of the year and temperature never goes to the extreme level.
The holy city of Haridwar is place which observes some of the most pious Hindu rituals. All round the year, devotees from all parts of the country flock here in huge numbers to perform prayers.If you are spiritually inclined it will be a heavenly place for you. Haridwar is frequented by many travelers from Delhi. Choose the best car rental services and travel to Haridwar Temple stress free.
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