According to a popular belief Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is one of the four cities where drops of Amrit accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is the manifestation of Kumb Mela which occurs after every three years at each of this destination and thus occurs after every 12 years to each place. The other major attraction of Haridwar is Ganga Aarti. Devotees from all corners of the world gather here to have glimpses of this famous aarti at Har ki Pouri. According to a popular belief a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga purifies the body and soul from all sins. Har ki Pouri is the main ghat of Haridwar along with five sacred bathing spots which are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta.
The Major attractions of Haridwar includes:-
Har-ki-Pauri:- Har-ki-Pauri witness's maximum number of devotes every year. It shelters millions of pilgrims of Char Dham and is the is the highly preferred place for taking a holy dip. At the time of sunset, Aarti (form of prayer) is performed which creates a magical ambience for the devotees.
Chandi Devi:Chandi Devi located on the bank of Neel Parvat needs 3 Km trek to reach it. Chandi Devi is a highly visited place filled with meaning and devotion.
Mansa Devi Temple: Situate on top of a hill towards the center of Haridwar is the temple of Mansa Devi. It is reached either by cable car or by a road that runs up to the hill, starting from the Railway Road. The scenic landscape around the temple is the main attraction among the visitors.
Bharat Mata Mandir: It is located at a distance of 5 km North of Central Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Mother India. The temple represents the true secular India in its seven stories which houses the deities, saints and secular heroes of India.
Other Destinations of Haridwar:
The other major attractions of the Haridwar include Gauri Shankar Temple, Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple and Anjani Devi Temple which are located at the very close vicinity to Haridwar.
How to reach Haridwar
By Air:The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From here the visitors can get flights from all the major cities of India.
By Rail: The major pilgrimage center of Haridwar is well connected by trains to all the prominent cities by Rail. Dehradun Express, Dehradun Shatabadi Express and Ddn Jan Shatabadi are the major trains connecting Haridwar to other major parts of the country.
By Road:National Highway no.45 crosses the city of Haridwar and thus connects with Delhi and other travel destinations of India to it.