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Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar

Jim Corbett with Nainital Tour

Har-Ki-Pauri is believed to be one of the holiest Ghats in India. It is the first place where the holy river Ganga touches the plains after flowing through the Himalayan range. Har-Ki-Pauri is considered a site of immense religious importance. People from all across the world visit the site to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is believed that those who take a dip in River Ganga can wash off all their sins.

According to the history, the place has a mark of Lord Vishnu’s footprint on a stone which is even present today. This is why, it is believed that Lord Shiva visited Har ki Paudi during the Vedic period.

There are a number of temples situated on the banks of River Ganga. People visit these temples everyday to offer their prayers. Offerings are made with lighted lamps during the evenings. During evenings, one can witness leafed lamps floating all over the river. The view of this offering is completely enchanting and really can’t be missed.

A number of priests can be seen performing aarti, chanting mantras and meditating on the banks of the river. The place offers an ambiance filled with spiritual vibes which takes you to a complete different world.

The best time to visit Har Ki Pauri is during the summer season which starts in the month of March and ends in June. It is best to avoid the winter months from October to February as the weather gets too chilly. It is not a tough task to reach Haridwar as it is well-connected to major places of the country and the world via air, rail and road.

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