The ancient city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand, a northern state of India is a sacred place for the Hindus. Descending from the uphills, river Ganga enters the plains here at Haridwar. As a renowned religious destination, many well-known temples and shrines are situated in Haridwar. The name itself means ‘Gateway to God’. Thousands of pilgrims gather at the bank or the ‘ghat’ of the river Ganga every evening for the ‘Ganga arti’ of the river Goddess Ganga. Popular amongst these ‘ghats’ is the ‘Har-Ki-Pauri’ where small lighted lamps are floated on the holy river for the fulfilment of wishes. Crowd of sages and spiritual leaders can be seen on the roads and everywhere in Haridwar. Maya Devi Temple is dedicated to the presiding deity of Haridwar. Other temples like the Manasa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Daksh Mandir, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir are visited by thousands of devotees throughout the year. The beautiful Jain Temple with extraordinary marble work is also a must visit spot at Haridwar.
Haridwar is one of the sites for hosting the grand festival of Kumbh Mela which takes place every 12 years and Ardh Kumbh which happen in every 6 years. Rajaji National Park is also worth visiting with distinct variety of wild animals and birds. Haridwar has good connectivity with a railway station, nearby Dehradun Airport and major roads connecting it with other places in the state and country.