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Haridwar or 'The Gateway to the Gods' is one of the 7 holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar.

The list of attractions in Haridwar is endless. Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari.

The history about Haridwar will tell you that it attaches deep seated importance to the mythological and spiritual background of India. Legend says that in the Vanaparva section of the Mahabharata, sage Dhaumya cites Haridwar and Kankhal in his discussion with Yudhisthira about the various tirthas of India, Gangadwar. One of the Char Dhams (the four prime centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand namely, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, the city of Haridwar came under the control of the Maurya Empire between 322 and 185 BC, and later under the Kushan Empire during the 1st–3rd centuries.

Haridwar, one of the favorite tourist destinations in India for pilgrims and vacationers alike, offers numerous options. Situated to the north of the center, Hari-ki-Pairi (or Har-ki-Pairi) is acclaimed as the city’s nucleus, where the religious followers assemble to bathe in the holy Ganges. According to the legend a drop of nectar fell in this place as a result of the samudra manthan - churning of the oceans – Mythologically it denotes the beginning of the world.

Best Season, Climate and Clothing:

Situated at an altitude of about 300 meters above sea level, Haridwar has the temperature usually hovering around 40°C during summers and 6°C in the winters. The best time to visit Haridwar is between the months of October and March during winter. Light cottons for summer and heavy woolens for winters will make for perfect clothing in Haridwar.

The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful waters revived the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara. Mythologically, drops of nectar churned out from the primordial ocean fell at the four sites of the Kumbh mela including Haridwar.

The Kumbh mela, happening once every 12 years and the Ardha Kumbha Mela (Coming once every six years) are big draws. One of the oldest living cities, Hairdwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British advent and now even is the 21st century. Besides being a religious place, it has served as the center for learning arts, science and culture.

 

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