Haridwar located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern uttranchal is where the ganga reaches the plains. Regarded as an ageless pilgrimage destination the town held its sanctity and reverence for centuries with its countless number of temples and ashrams taking us into a completely different world. This town previously known as Gangadwara represents the gateway to Himalayan pilgrimage shrines Badrinath and Kedarnath. The rich religious and cultural heritage of this town made it famous by another name mayapur. Other than the holy river Ganges the city is also well known for Kumbh fair which is organised every 12 years and attracts around 1 crore pilgrims from all over the world.
Har Ki Pauri
One of the most secret ghats in India was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother bhartrihari. The ghat also called brahmakund illuminated in a magnificent way in the evening during a Maha aarti performed here and is a visual spectacle.
Located at top of the hill called bilva parvat is this Temple for the goddessmansa Devi. This Temple can be reached by the ropeway or one can trek up to the top for a magnificent view of haridwar.
This Temple located on top of the hill Neel parvat is on the other side of the river ganga and was constructed by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh in 1929 and is a 3 kilometre trek from Chandi ghat.
The holy river ganga splits into 7 small streams One each for The seven ages of the Hindu mythology. Here is where this splitting happens and is one of the most eye catching locations in haridwar.
Another please that is accessible from all parts of Guwahati is this Temple that is another Shaktipeeth in India and is the adhisthathri deity of haridwar. It is believed that Lord Shiva’s wife Sati burnt herself to keep the honour of her husband and her heart and navel fell here.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
This Temple is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar and is the reminder of a legend that the daughter Sati who is married to the Lord Shiva came to a yagya to which neither of them were invited to and burnt herself in the yagya kund because of the insult she faced there. On knowing the Lord shiva’s followers killed the king daksha but Lord Shiva resurrected him here.