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Places to Visit in Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the holiest cities of India that is majorly known for its sanctified spots and highly pious celebrations of Kumbh Mela. Every year devotees and other travelers from India as well as from abroad visit the city to take a sacred bath in Har-ki-Pauri Ghat and perform holy rituals. The city boasts of numerous attractions that keep a traveler well-engaged. Kumbh Mela is one of the most spectacular and essential attractions of Haridwar. The festival is celebrated after every twelve year and is highly religious for Hindu community.

Another major tourist site in Haridwar is Har-ki-pauri that holds the largest gatherings of Kumb Mela. The Ghat is flocked by a number of devotees to take a holy dip in the river Ganga and attend the Arti (river-worship ceremony). There are several blessed shrines such as Chandi Devi temple (devoted to Chandi devi), Mansa Devi Temple (dedicated to Mansa devi), Maya Devi Temple (devoted to Maya devi), Daksha Mahadev Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Bharat Mata Mandir (associated with Mother India).

Other attractions in Haridwar are Patanjali Yogapeeth (a Yoga institute and research center of Swami Ramdev) and Rajaji National Park (also popular as Rajaji Tiger reserve, the park is known for its countless variety of Flora and Fauna). Haridwar is also famous for its ashrams which serve great residential facilities. Some of the popular ashrams are Prem Nagar Ashram, Shantikunj Ashram and Parmarth Ashram.