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''It is believed that a visit to this Gateway to Gods open doors to attain Nirvana''

LOCATION : Southwest of Uttarakhand

THE ROPEWAY VISIT TO TEMPLE : The visit to the Chandi Devi temple is fascinating considering the ropeway ride up the hill. A five minute rope way ride would be enough for you to get to your destination. The sight while travelling via ropeway is indeed awe-inspiring with a view of almost the entire holy city and the thin threads of the river Ganges streaming past. While you visit Chandi Devi temple you can also have a quick trip to Mansa Devi temple that is not too far off.

THE GANGA ARTI : One of the prime reasons for most spiritual travelers’ visit to Haridwar, the Ganga aarti is definitely worth witnessing. You would agree that the visit would definitely remain incomplete without paying a visit to Har Ki Pauri in the evening. As the chants and the evening aarti commence, a strange tranquility sets in the atmosphere at Har ki Pauri. The event takes place every evening at around 6 pm. With the river Ganges at the centre, surrounded by ghats where people and priests gather to initiate the Ganga aarti, the sight is spectacular. Maybe that is why the popular belief is that a trip to Haridwar would lead you to attain Nirvana. The splendid aarti lights up the ghat with faces wearing expressions of reverence and hands folded in submission to the Gods. After all Haridrwar literally means the Gateway to the Gods. The name actually has several interpretations but this one would sum it all up to avoid much confusion.
As is the case in Rishikesh and Varanasi, the Ganga aarti is followed by people taking holy dips with their family. The entire spiritual experience at Har ki Pauri can be overwhelming.

PLACES NEARBY : • For one you can stop over at Rishikesh on your way and take a tour of the famous Laxman and Ram jhulas. River rafting is also one of its attractions.
• Dehradun and some of its bakeries can cause a traveler to stop by at the place for a while.
• Baba Ramdev’s famous Patanjali Yogpeeth is yet another place that one can visit. Yoga enthusiasts can also take part in the practices that commence daily at Patanjali. The surroundings are soothing to the eyes with inspiring and neat gardening all around the area.

BEST TIME TO GO : Although Haridwar can be visited at any time of the year, travelling to the holy site during winters would make your ride rather comfortable (if you are travelling by road from Delhi).

WHERE TO STAY : There are various ashrams and hotels that you can choose from. Ashrams would be an apt choice with impressive facilities and fairly good food. There are several hotels and ashrams close to Har ki Pauri which serve as favourable accommodation.

HOW TO GET THERE : If you want to travel by air then you would have to take a flight from Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun.
Travelers from Delhi have the option of 12 different trains to Haridwar and that would seem to be a more convenient option as opposed to a flight from Dehradun.
If you are one for road trips then you could also choose to drive all the way from Delhi to Haridwar or book a cab all the way to the holy city.

TIP : If you plan to travel by road from Delhi to Haridwar then you should stop by at one of the several dhabas that fall enroute. The food is sumptuous and reasonably priced. You would definitely find genuine Punjabi cuisine with the typical paranthas with safed makkhan and mouth-watering dal makhni.

Source / Review By : Annu Choudhury

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