“Haridwar” – A Way to Heaven

Haridwar is also pronounced as Hardwar by many Hindu pilgrims who consider Hardwar to be the holiest place among all others. It is a city located near the borders of Uttarakhand. Hardwar is a very spiritual place and the presence of the river Ganges has made its recognition more intense and profound. The river Ganges tumbles down to the northern plains from the hills and the sight is extremely reflective and attracts millions of devotee from all over the world. The main festival of Hardwar is Baisakhi, kanwar mela, somvati amavasya and kartik purnima. The arrival of the festivals is according to the arrival of the months they fall in a year. For example Baisakhi falls in April, kanwar mela is in the first week of July, somvati amavasya is just after the kanwar mela and is as big as the kanwar mela, and kartik purnima comes after fifteen days from the night of Diwali. There are three main transportations which the individuals can board fro reaching Hardwar. These are via plane, via train and via bus. Train is the cheapest and fastest way of transportation as we all know. The journey via plane to Hardwar will be a bit difficult as there is no specific airport in Hardwar. People boarding plane have to get down at Dehradun which is twenty kilo meters from Hardwar. Although the journey by bus is cheap, it will be very hectic and tiring to board a bus. A must watch place in Hardwar is HARI-KI-PAIRI. It is basically a huge ghat of the river Ganges where all the pilgrims gather for the evening prayers at sharp seven o clock above the stairs of the ghat.

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