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Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Haridwar represents the point where the holy river Ganges reaches the plains. Temples and ashrams dotting this town create the ambience of a totally different world. Haridwar is situated at a height of almost 300 meters above sea level and the temperature usually hovers around 40°C during summers. Haridwar represents one of the two gateways to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, the other being Rishikesh. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries.

Haridwar Tourist Attractions

The sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat.

Chandi Devi

The temple of Chandi Devi a top the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges was constructed in AD 1929 by Suchat Singh, the then King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3-kms trek from Chandi Ghat and it is believed that the Adi Shankaracharya established the main statue in eighth century AD. The Chandi Devi Temple is now also accessible by a ropeway, which starts near the Gauri Shankar Temple.

Gurukul Kangadi University

The Gurukul Kangadi University is a center of learning where education is imparted in the traditional Indian way. Within the precincts of the University is the Veda Mandir, which houses many archaeological exhibits. It is situated on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road.

Mansa Devi

The temple a top the Bilwa Parvat is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi . One can have a panoramic view of Haridwar, the Ganges, and the countryside from this place.

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