Haridwar, known for its temples and bathing ghats is one of the holiest cities in India. Situated on the foothills of Shivalik, Haridwar is a point of entry to Char Dham. The city has a very rich cultural and religious heritage. Apart from being a religious center, the city is known for other things as well. The city has the first IIT in Roorkee which is world famous for the qualitative technical education it imparts. The city also a home to one of the "Navratna PSUs of India, BHEL". The city is renowned for Gurukul Kangri Vishva Vidhyala where education is still imparted in traditional Gurukul style. The city also has the privilege of organizing Kumbh Mela after every 12 years.
Referred by many names in past like Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Kapila, the sacred city of Haridwar finds mention in many ancient scriptures and historical documents. According to Hindu legends, King Bhagirath brought River Ganges to Haridwar from heaven for the salvation of his ancestors who were killed by a curse of Rishi Kapil. It is also said that this city is one of the four sites where drops of nectar were accidentally sprinkled after the Samudra Manthan. Findings by archeological department prove that Terracoota culture existed between 1700B.C. in this region.
Haridwar Tourist Attraction
The biggest attraction of Haridwar is Har-ki-pauri, a sacred ghat which was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother. The aarti ceremony in every evening on this ghat attracts thousand of devotees, the beauty of which can't be described in words. The riverbank temple of Haridwar has Lord Vishnu's imprints. It is because of these imprints that it is even considered more auspicious to take a dip in Ganges on this ghat to attain salvation. Mansa Devi temple situated on top of Bilwa Parvat is also a must visit temple. The other places to visit are Chandi Devi temple, Vaishno Devi temple, Bharat Mata temple, Maya Devi temple, Shanti Kunj besides the ghats.