Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. The priest hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri.
Haridwar has several temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses. The temple of Mansa Devi is very popular as she is considered to be the wish-fulfilling goddess. You can either walk up the hill or you can use ropeway. The Maya Devi temple on the riverbank and the Chandi Devi temple on Neel Parvat are some of the other important temples in Haridwar.
Apart from spirituality, Haridwar is also famous for other activities such as trekking, bird-watching and rafting. For rafting you can went towards Rishikesh which is 23 km from there.
There are many ashrams in the city which provides you the true feeling of spirituality. Shanti Kunj Ashram is set in a beautiful garden and provides lodging, meals and spiritual activities. Patanjali Yogpeeth is another popular ashram, especially for practicing yoga and meditation. Jai Ram Ashram is good for meditation activities because ashram has its own private Ghat.
Street food of Haridwar is well-known you can tuck your tummy with aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale and the kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. You can also the sweets at Mathura Walon Ki Prachin Dukaan.
There are four markets in Haridwar from where you can purchase spiritual books, sindhoor, carved stones idols, colorful glass bangles, sweets etc. Bara Bazar, Kankhal, Jawalapur and Moti Bazar are the main markets of the city which are located in the different locations of the city.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is one of the most traditional treatments of physical, mental and emotional sickness. Positioned beside the holy river Ganga, the Yoga Ashrams in Haridwar are the perfect spot for the spiritually. There are four famous ashrams in Haridwar from where you can learn yoga. They are Bhaj Govindham, Sahajayoga centre, Kripalu Ashram, Divya Yog Mandir and Patanjali.
Ayurvedic Treatment in Haridwar
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means 'science of life'. Ayurveda emphasizes on a healthful and enlightened living a concept that is gaining wide acceptance across the globe. Haridwar is a hub for Ayurvedic treatment. You can avail Ayurvedic treatment at Patanjali, Suman skin clinic, Sri Kalyan Ayurveda Ashram, Shakti Aushdhalya.
Thousands people gather for prayers on the Ghats and the river comes alive with flickering flames offerings as are made to the holy Ganga. People come at Har Ki Pauri for the holy bath. The Ghat is lighted up every evening at the time of Maha Arti. Morning and Evening aarti of this place is very famous among devotees. Har Ki Pauri, Gau Ghat, Ashti Parvath Ghat and Subhash Ghat are the main Ghats of Haridwar.
Wildlife Jungle Safari
Tourist can do jungle safari at Rajaji National Park.Visit of Rajaji National Park, which has a large population of wild elephants and if youre lucky, you might even spot a tiger. It is important to take permissions and tickets from the forest department before entering the premises of park. Jeep safaris are offered for 3 hrs each time in morning and evening from sunrise to sunset.