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Hardwar (Haridwar)
Hardwar is also named Haridwar

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Hardwar is one of the 4 holy cities along the Ganges where a Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years. Hardwar or Haridwar is a beautiful city located at the foothills of the Himalayas around 210 kms from Delhi. Haridwar, the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttarakhand region, is located on the foothills of the Shivaliks. Several temples and ashrams dot this town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world. Haridwar is among 7 sacred cities of India . There are many places of scenic beauty on the outskirts of the city.

Haridwar or Hardwar has been given many names in the prehistoric times. Haridwar has a literal meaning that is the " gateway to the abode of Gods ". Lush green forests and small ponds adorns the scenic beauty of this holy land. In mythology Hardwar is known as Kapilsthaan, and its other names are Gangadwar, Tapovan, Mayapuri,... It is said that gods left their footprints on the land of Haridwar. Metaphorically they also left an indelible mark on the spiritual ethos of every hindu - more so, the devout, who would later follow their holy paths all across this blessed land.

Haridwar has not only remained the abode of the weary in body, mind and spirit, but also served as a center of attraction for many, for learning the arts, science and culture. Haridwar is one of the first towns where ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the plains. And that is why the water at Haridwar is crystal clear and cool. Mythologically drops of nectar churned out from the primordial ocean full at the four sites of the Kumbh Mela fair including Haridwar.

Enjoy the following pictures of Hardwar by clicking to see the large pictures :


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The text on Hardwar (Haridwar) was made by Anushree Agarwal and the pictures of Hardwar and maps were provided by Peter & Chris Marchand. We are sure that India Travelers can provide us with more and more beautiful pictures. Send these images to peter.marchand@sanatansociety.com. Use JPG formats at 72 dpi, in RGB color and an approximate size of 800 x 600 pixels. If you have no experience in image editing like that, just send whatever you have. But please do mention the year, month, place and event for each picture that you send !

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