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Haridwar MapHaridwar located in the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the river Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for hundreds of years. The Chinese pilgrim Hyuen Tsang who visited India in the first millennium, describes Haridwar as Mayura, on the eastern banks of the Ganges. Several temples and ashrams dot this town as well as a visit to Haridwar is like stepping in to a different world.

Legend has it that Bhagiratha brought the Ganges in to the earth and in to this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila. Kapilastaan, a spot in Haridwar is pointed to as Kapila's hermitage. Haridwar was one time known as Gangadwara.
Haridwar Facts

• Area: 15.07 sq. Km
• Population 1,75,010
• Altitude 292.7 m above sea level
• Languages spoken Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali, and English
• Best time to visit October to March
• STD code 0133

Tourist Attractions in Haridwar

Haridwar attracts lots of tourists through out the year. Har-ki-Pauri is the centre of action in Haridwar: piousness and brisk business go hand in hand here. There's numerous Hindu ritual and ceremonies performed on the banks of Ganga here. Some popular ones include thread ceremonies, holy dips, tonsuring ceremonies and ash immersion ceremonies. But the actual beauty is of the evening aarti when the ghats of Har-ki-Pauri command rapt attention from the spectators. The other attractions here include the Chandi Devi Temple on top of the Neel Parvat and the eight-storeyed Bharat Mata Temple towering over the tiny town. Then there is Shanti Kunj, with its Gayatri Temple housing 24 images of Gayatri, close to the Saptarishi Ashram. The bazaars of Haridwar display kumkum (vermilion), rudraksh, Gangajal (vessels containing Ganges water), Ayurvedic medicines and precious stones. The famous bazaars include Moti Bazaar, Upper Road, and Jwalapur.

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