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Haridwar, also known as Gateway to the God, is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains & enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests, clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city.
Haridwar - Places to Visit
The city has numerous temples with interesting legacies and is also known as great source of Ayurvedic and herbal medicines. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted number of visitors from all around the world.
Events in Haridwar
Haridwar Ganga Dussehra: June
Mentioned in John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, the holy river Ganga is considered to be one of the four holy rivers in the world for Hindus. This blessed river is said to be the incarnation of goddess Ganga and it is believed to bring with it purity of heaven. People from all over the country go to the banks of this divine river in the beginning of June to take a dip and vindicate their sins or to pay homage to their departed and forever cherished loved ones. Every day in the lives of people residing in nearby holy cities namely Rishikesh, Haridwar, Gangotri and Varanasi, give Ganga the utmost importance in their lives by spending their time in the worship and dedication of the river. Also, in the month of Jyeshta, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal get immersed in festivities, celebrating this holy river on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, also known as Dasar or Gangavataran. This year, the festival will fall on 18th June with the celebrations carrying on for almost ten days.Stay at OYO to not miss out on the evening aarti which is a sight to behold and will leave you in complete awe. Beginning before sunrise and stretching beyond sunset, the ghats echo of shlokas and chants of the river. Lighted diyas spread a golden-yellow light of divinity and faith as far as one can see. Travel to one of the ghats this year and experience the strength of belief while OYO takes care of your needs. With hotels situated right there and near all the pomp of the festival, the only worry you will have is figuring out a way to take all that divinity at once.