Monday, 16 April 2012

Terrific Haridwar Tourist Places

Haridwar, picturesquely situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of the most sacred cities of the Hindus and visited by a staggering number of over two million devout Hindus every year, who come to bathe in its sacred waters and consecrate the ashes of their loved ones, for the peace of the departed soul!

Religious tourism has melded seamlessly with commercial travel to considerably swell the coffers and  some of the noteworthy Haridwar tourist places worth visiting here are the temple of Chandi Devi atop Neel Parvat or Blue Mountain on the banks of the Ganga, dedicated to the powerful goddess Chandi and a few kilometers from Haridwar,  Har ki Pauri Ghat – constructed by King Vikramaditya, where priests perform the pre-sunset Aarti and float lit candles down the river in an enchantingly beautiful ceremony!  Situated on the southernmost hill of the Shivalik ranges, on Bilwa Parvat, is the Durga temple called Mansa Devi, accessible by foot or cable car and provides one with a panoramic view of Haridwar city with the Ganges flowing in its middle.  Sapt Rishi Ashram & Sapt Sarovar, where the
Ganges is believed to have divided itself into seven small streams to not to disturb the Sapt (seven) Rishis meditating and worshipping, deserves your attention too!

Explore in fascinated wonder the 240 sq kms scenic biodiversity Rajaji National Park nearby, which houses the Chila Wildlife Sanctuary and boasts of 23 mammals and an astonishing 315 fauna species!    Or travel 2 hours to salubrious Mussorie with its spectacular Kempty Falls and Thousand Falls for some stunning sights!

Dotted with such a huge number of temples, ashrams and recreational centers in close proximity to the hotels in Haridwar near Har ki Pauri, the city thrives to receive maximum number of devotes from around the globe and hence is known as Gangadwar or “Gateway of the Ganges”!


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