The ancient city of Haridwar is located on the banks of the Ganges river in Uttarakhand and is considered one of the seven holiest cities in India. Dotted with temples and ashrams, Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple city where millions of devotees come to bathe in the sacred Ganges. It is believed that bathing in the sacred place of Har Ki Puri frees from all sins.
Every evening Haridwar witnesses Ganga Aarti rituals on the banks of the Ganges, where thousands of devotees gather together to pray to the river. Once every twelve years, Haridwar hosts the world’s largest festival, the world – famous Kumbha Mela, which attracts millions of visitors from all over the country.
Haridwar literally translates as the gate (Dvar – door) to the Lord (Hari – Lord, Supreme). This name is easily explained, as the city is a kind of gateway to even more sacred places in the Himalayas, such as Rishikesh, Devprayag and four Himalayan Shrines Char Dham.