Haridwar is a sacred Himalayan town and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttrarakhand.The holy River Ganges, after flowing thru its source at Gaumukh enters for the first time in Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India at Haridwar.Thereby justifing its ancient name 'Gangadwara' perfect in every sense.Where as some other names are also mentioned in the ancient Hindu epics and scriptures like 'Mayapuri', Mokshadwar' etc.Haridwar, literally translated as a Gateway to Lord Vishnu.As per old hindu methologies Haridwar is one of the places where drops of Amrit accidentally spilled over from kumbha carried by Garuda.The other three places are Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag.This is manifested in the form of Kumbha Mela which is celebrated in all these cities by rotation in every 12 years.During this Kumbh Mela millions of Hindus reach the pilgrim site to perform ritualistic bathing for Moksha
This holy Himalayan town represents a living lesson on Hinduism.It has a number of religious destinations where tourist can start their sacred spree. These holy places are mostly the temples which are situated on the banks of the River Ganga.Some of the temples which people visit most during their tour's are Mansa Devi temple, Chanda Devi temple, Sapt rishi temple and many more.
Mansa Devi:- This Hindu Temple on top of the Shivalik hills is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi.The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that goddess fulfill the wishes of those who visit here. It is a tradition with the devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie sacred threads around the tree that stands within the premises of the Mansa Devi temple.
Chandi Devi:-This Hindu Temple stands in dedication to Goddess Chandi. One of the Shakti peethas in the country, the temple can be reached in two ways: on foot or by cable car. The rituals at the temple begin early in the morning and devotee's are required to strictly follow rules before entering the premises of the temple.
Sapt Rishi:-Sapt Rishi ashram is both ancient and beautyful place near Haridwar. The words Sapt Rishi stands for 7 great sages or Saptarishis who perform meditation here.According to the Hindu legends, Ganga, not wanting to agitate them so she divides herself into seven conduits around each Rishi. These seven streams are known by Sapt Sarovar which flows in the front of Sapt Rishi Ashrams.
During your tour to the holy city never miss out Ganga aarti held at Har ki Pauri with thousands of tiny diyas and marigolds floating in the water.The other added attractions of the tour to the Haridwar are Shanti Kunj, Bharat Mata temple, Pawan Dham, Daksha Mahadev Temple and Chila Wildlife Sanctuary. So all these things make your Haridwar tour package a journey of joy to the hills.