Haridwar Travel Guide
One of the holiest cities along the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar associates a lot of significance to Indian mythology. Legend has it that in the Vanaparva section of the Mahabharata, sage Dhaumya mentions Haridwar and Kankhal while speaking to Yudhisthira about the tirthas of India, Gangadwar. One of the Char Dhams (the four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand namely, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri), the city of Haridwar came under the reign of the Maurya Empire (322-185 BC), and later under the Kushan Empire
One of the favorite tourist destinations in India for pilgrims and travelers alike, Haridwar offers several options. Located to the north of the center, Hari-ki-Pairi (or Har-ki-Pairi) is considered to be the city's focal point, where devotees assemble for a holy dip in the Ganges. Legend says that this is where a drop of nectar fell as a result of the manthan - churning of the oceans - Mythologically it signifies the start of the world.
Tourist Attraction in Haridwar
CHANDI DEVI - The Chandi Devi Temple, situated atop the Neel Parvat, gives a panoramic view of the entire Haridwar town. The temple was built in the year 1929 by the then king of Kashmir Suchat Singh.
BHARAT MATA TEMPLE - The Bharat Mata Temple is a massive eight-storey structure consecrated in 1983. Each floor of the temple houses statues of different mythological and historical legends, religious deities, leaders and heroes who played important role in the formation of the modern India. The temple was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri.
SHANTI KUNJ - Shanti Kunj is another place to visit in Haridwar. It is the most important centre for the Gayatri followers all over India. The temple here houses 24 images of Gayatri. Shanti Kunj is also famous for yoga practices. HAR-KI-PAURI - Har-Ki-Pauri is regarded as one of the major attractions of Haridwar. It is a sacred ghat built by the then King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. Thousands of devotees come here to take a holy dip in the river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela.
MAYA DEVI TEMPLE - The Maya Devi Temple holds great religious importance for the follower of Hindu religion. The temple is also regarded as one of the Siddhapethas dedicated to the Adhisthatri Devi of Haridwar.
BAZAARS - Haridwar is also famous for its local bazaars or markets. The main Haridwar bazaar is a long, winding street, probably the oldest part of the town, free of all vehicular traffic.
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