haridwar

Continuing from our previous trip to

Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek

Shri Kedarnath temple

Chopta and Tungnath

Badrinath – Joshimath – Auli

{Day14}: 8th June 2009
From: Joshimath-Haridwar
By: By road
Distance: 270km / 8-9 hrs

Next morning we left for Haridwar in a private Taxi (there is a taxi association in Joshimath and they charge flat 3500rs for Haridwar).

As we begin to retreat gradually from Garhwal Himalayas leaving behind the snow-capped mountains, deep river gorges, the meadows, the dense forest and speeding along the serpentine roads, we crosses the prayags starting from Nandaprayag, then Karnaprayag followed by Rudraprayag and finally Devprayag. Henceforth the river is known as Ganga-the lifeline of India.

We reached Haridwar in the afternoon and boarded at hotel Alpana (pre-booked) on Ram Ghat.

Haridwar or ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the seven sacred cities lying in the Shivalik foothills is located on the right bank of river Ganga. Legends state that king Bhagirath brought the river Ganga from the heaven to earth by performing penance here.
It is also famous for the kumbh and ardh-kumbh mela that are held once in every 12 and 6 years respectively.

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Har ki Pauri @ Haridwar

Har-ki-Pauri also known as, ‘Bhramakund’ is the focal point of Haridwar where thousands of devotees gather to take a holy dip. King Vikramaditya built this sacred ghat in memory of his brother Bhratrihari. According to Hindu Mythology, this is the site where drops of the elixir or ‘Amrit’, obtained after ‘Samudra-manthan’ spilled over from the pitcher in which it was being carried away by the celestial bird Garuda.

The evening Ganga aarti is a truly enchanting experience as large number of diyas (lamps) being offered to Mother Ganga accompanied with devotional songs and prayers.

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Evening Ganga arti @ Haridwar

The main shopping centers in Haridwar are Moti bazaar, Upper Road and Jwalapur. One can also check out the Government Handloom and Handicrafts Emporiums that offers a range of handicraft decorative pieces, intricately carved stone idols and fashion accessories. There are number of eateries scattered around in Haridwar, but do check the Hoshiyarpuriwalas and popular Chotiwalas on Subhash ghat. In addition, if you have a sweet tooth then does not forget to buy Mathura das ke Peda on Ram ghat.

Among the other attractions in Haridwar are Rajaji National Park (10km), Maya Devi temple, Mansa devi temple, Saptarishi ashram, Shanti kunj, canal centenary bridge (offering a panoramic view of Ghats and Ganga canal) etc.

{Day15}: 9th June 2009
From: Haridwar-Delhi-Bangalore
By: Train (2018A Jan-Shatabdi express) and
By: Air

Distance: 4hrs 30 mins(train) and 2hrs 30 mins (flight).

We caught an early morning Jan-Shatabdi express to Delhi, reached there in the afternoon, took a taxi to the airport and waited there for the Jetlite flight to Bangalore.

As we headed back to our daily life, leaving behind the majestic mountains, the jungles, gorgeous rivers, the blue hills, the streams, the temples, the ghats, the people…..the past few days seemed to have been from another dream world.

We smiled at each other….knowingly that the journey never ends…only the destination changes…it is in fact the continuum of infinite number of steps…with short breaks in between…before venturing out again…..in search of the unknown.

 

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