Haridwar and Rishikesh
Haridwar and Rishikesh are pilgrimage city in Uttarakhand, Haridwar is very famous. The River Ganges enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time in Haridwar. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus, apart form Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Ganga inters the Haridwar after flowing for 253 KM form the source i.e at Gaumukh in the Gangotri Glacier. There is several sacred places here as Har ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple etc
Har ki Pauri:
Har ki Pauri Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya. The most sacred ghat within Har-ki-Pauri is Brahmakund. The evening Aarti at dusk offered to Goddess Ganga at Har-Ki-Pauri, is great experience for visitor. After the Aarti, pilgrims float diyas, commemorating their deceased ancestors. Thousands of people from all across the globe come to attend this prayer.
Mansa Devi Temple:
Mansa Devi Temple is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat, dedicated to the Goddess Mansa Devi, literally meaning the Goddess who fulfills desires. It is a popular tourist destination. There is two way to reach mansa devi temple form the hari-ki-pauri, We can reach either by tracking or by cable cars; picturesque view of the entire city can be seen form the Mansa devi temple. It is major tourist attraction at Haridwar.
Kankhal is known for the ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev, popularly known as Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. It is situated in the south of the Kankhal town. Another well-known mythological heritage is Sati Kund, situated in the Kankhal.
Rishikesh is renowned for Yoga and meditation centre all across the world. We find foreign tourist in the large extent due to its importance as a Yoga hub. It is also called yoga city or Trith nagari. It is situated 25 Km north of Haridwar. Rishikesh is also popular for the white water Rafting, Rafting starts at Shivpuri and ends at Laxman Jhula. There is two bridge at Rishikesh named as Ram jhula and laxman Jhula, all activity revolves around these tow bridges. Rishikesh is well connected with part of the state by Road and Rail.