Haridwar: The Holy City

Posted in Asia | November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Haridwar is located in the Uttarakhand region of India. Har Ki Pauri, and Chandi Devi Temple are two, popular Haridwar temples. The best time to visit Haridwar is the period from September to June. Rishikesh and Deoprayag are two nearby attractions that are in close vicinity to Haridwar.

Haridwar India is often regarded as the gateway to four pilgrimage sites located in the Uttarakhand region in Uttar Pradesh. The holy Ganges flows from the mountains and reaches the plains. Haridwar is the first, primary town located in the plains. The Ganges is pretty quite and calm as it flows through the city. You will be astonished to find the water clean and clear here. Pilgrims opt for a bath on the numerous ghats that adorn the river shores. It is believed by pilgrims that a dip in the Ganges will purify the soul, wash away one’s sins, and ultimately lead to nirvana or moksha, which is a state of enlightenment.

It is said that the trinity of Hindu gods –Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva—have blessed the holy city of Haridwar. The city is also considered as one of the major Shaktipeeths. Pilgrims throng Haridwar to purify not only the mind and body, but also the soul. Haridwar has been a primary learning center in India for the arts, science, and culture. The city is renowned for its unique, Gurukul tradition of teaching. This ancient form of teaching still maintains its religious fervor.

Many Ayurvedic medicines and herbs can trace their origins to Haridwar India. The city has lush green forests and trees. Rajaji Park lies in close vicinity to Haridwar. Therefore, the city is a brilliant destination for lovers of wildlife and nature.

The city of Haridwar tour displays a unique charm during the evenings. The ghats become beautifully illumined by the thousands of diyas and marigold that float on the holy Ganges. The population of Haridwar stands at an impressive three hundred and fifty thousand. The languages spoken in this city include Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali, and English.

Haridwar India is located at the feet of the Shivaliks and along the banks of the holy Ganga. The city is an iconic pilgrimage center that is well connected to the important towns of India via the railways. In fact, the majority of pilgrims that enter the city arrive through trains. The city is situated at a height of nearly 300 meters. Despite this, one should not assume that there will be pleasant climate typical of places situated at a high altitude. The temperature hovers around 40 degrees in the summers. The winters see the temperature dip below 6 degrees. Therefore, neither peak summer nor peak winter are ideal times for proposed pilgrimages. The rainy season only adds to the woes of the travelers.

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