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Haridwar

Updated on July 15, 2009

Haridwar or Hardwar is an ancient & sacred town at the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

The holy river Ganga starts its journey to the plain lands of India from Haridwar.

Har-Ki-Pauri is the sacred site where Hindus from all over the world take holy dips in the Ganga , which, they believe, will free them from all sins. The ambience of this place is just seen to be believed. Thousands of people, with dazzling variations in their appearances, dresses, languages & customs but with a common belief in the scripts of Hinduism mingle here with a common purpose of a holy dip in the Ganga. Holymen or Sadhus of different sects roam freely, usually with a more earthly purpose of catching prosperous clients! Sellers of different commodities wait patiently for the customers. A large number of shops compete with each other for customers. Many rich people offer free food to Sadhus & the poor. Sounds of bells & conchs mingle with chanting of holy scriptures & holy songs. The whole place is a unbelievable experience.
Haridwar is connected to all major cities of India by rail, road & air.

Ganga at Haridwar
Ganga at Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Waiting for customers (The man is selling plastic cans to carry holy water from the Ganga which the devotees carry to their homes)
Waiting for customers (The man is selling plastic cans to carry holy water from the Ganga which the devotees carry to their homes)
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar
With Him,alone...
With Him,alone...
Sunrise at Haridwar
Sunrise at Haridwar

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