Haridwar truly awakens one's religious feelings. The age-old ritual of taking a bath in the fast flowing holy Ganga takes precedence over everything else. The aarti at Har-ki-Pauri, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples is spectacular. Saptarishi Kund is another beautiful place to visit. Other sacred sites for bathing are Gau Ghat and Vishnu Ghat. Along with Ganga Jal you can take back idols, brass items and sweets.Though Haridwar has autos and cycle rickshaws, walking is the best way to explore it. The crowds are thick during aarti times so one has to be careful. There are a lot of ashrams for staying along with many good hotels. It is better to book in advance and go. Rates are low during off-season. All in all, it is a good experience.
Author: Rakesh Mathur Location: Aurangabad