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Propitiously located at the point where the Ganges River emerges from the Himalaya, Haridwar (also called Hardwar) is Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city, and pilgrims arrive here in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. The sheer number of people gathering around Har-ki-Pairi Ghat give Haridwar a chaotic but reverent feel. Within the religious hierarchy of India, Haridwar is much more significant than Rishikesh, an hour further north, and every evening the river comes alive with flickering flames as floating offerings are released on to the Ganges. It's especially busy during the yatra (pilgrimage) season from May to October, in particular during July, when hundreds of thousands of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwarias, descend upon the city.
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A fascinating and somewhat off-the-beaten track town on the Ganges, Haridwar is easily accessible by rail from Delhi and, like Rishikesh, is one of India's seven Hindu holy cities.
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Best Time to Visit Haridwar
Best time to visit Haridwar is during October to March. The arrival of October marks the beginning of the winter season, which ends in March. The weather is pleasant during this time, with temperatures that vary from 6°C to 24°C. Owing to the cold weather, warm clothes and woolens are a must. The festivals that are celebrated in Haridwar make the entire city light up, with people enjoying with much gusto. Ram Navami and Buddha Purnima are the main festivals, but the most awaited festival is the Kumbh Mela, which occurs every 12 years in winter.
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