Haridwar Essay

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Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwali Himalayas. Haridwar is the place where the river Ganges enters the plain areas of north India after flowing 250 km from its origin Gurumukh (Gangotri Glacier). And this gave the city an ancient name “Gangadwara”.
Haridwar isbelieved to be blessed by the presence of all three major Gods of Hindus namely Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. Hence its often called the “Gateway to God”. During the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims assemble in Haridwar to perform ritualistic holy bathing on the banks of the river Ganges. Dense forests and absolute clear water of river Ganges and the serene fold mountains at the background
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It is known as “The Gateway to the Gharwal Himalayas”. Rishikesh is located about 25 km north of holy city ,Haridwar .Rishikesh is associated with Lord Rama and his brother Laxman. Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana. Lakshman crossed the river Ganges, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today. Rishikesh is also a Gateway to the World Heritage site Valley of Flowers National Park - The 8th Wonder of the World & Char Dham Yatra( pilgrimage to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). As Rishikesh is also known as the “Place of Sages”, It is believed that meditating here leads to attainment of salvation. The sacred river Ganges flows through Rishikesh and leaves the Shivalik Mountains in the Himalayas,flowing out into the Indo-Gangetic…show more content…
Pipalkoti is a relaxation point for people traveling to Badrinath and famous Valley of Flowers. Pipalkoti is pleasantly situated amidst lush green mountains and terraced fields and provides picturesque views of the mountains concealed by snow. This is a best place for relaxation and refreshments.

Rudraprayag Rudraprayag is situated at the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Rudranath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple , Koteshwar cave temple, The Kartik Swami temple, Basukedar temple, an aesthetic place for meditation and dhyan yoga are situated in Rudraprayag.
Badrinath is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the Holy temple of Badrinath. It lies on the banks of the Alaknanda River. Badrinath is serenely located between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges at 9 km east of Nilkantha peak (6,596m). Badrinath Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites. The idol of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone was discovered by Adi

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