I started from my home town Panipat at sharp 5 am and reached Haridwar at 8:30 am. It was a good ride of 170 km from here.The weather was so pleasant to ride in early morning and traffic was also few.Reaching there booked a superb Dharamshala near Har Ki Pauri named PUNJAB AND SINDH KSHETRA. It was nearly impossible to find a stay in Haridwar as it was a rush month of june but fortunately I found it in just ₹ 300 can you believe.I visited Har Ki Pauri and took a holy morning bath there.There were lots of tamples in haridwar to visit as it is known as HOLY CITY.You can visit :1. Mansa Devi Temple (can opt trails to reach)2. Chandi Devi Temple (can opt trails)3. Mata Vaishno Devi Temple.4. Ram Jhula & Lakshman JhulaIt is enough for one day trip in haridwar and you barely left any famous place.
As soon as I stepped in Har Ki Paudi, all the negative thoughts in my head just vanished. I felt almost cleaned and pure. Positive vibes got me entangled like never before.Langar at Haridwar serves one of the best "Poori Sabji and Sweet", highly recommended. Ganga aarti at Har Ki Paudi is the best aarti I ever witnessed although couldn't take any snaps because of chaos.
We started our journey from Delhi by bus at night and to make the best of the first day, we reached Haridwar by 5 AM and went to Har Ki Pauri Ghat.
When it comes to Haridwar, the main attraction is Ganga Arti, It’s a place where you can just sit by the banks of Ganges for hours, staring at the ripples and listening to the music of the gushing water, and maybe you can take a dip in the water to add more freshness to life and the Ganga Arathi is really breath-taking, which started exactly at 6.30 PM and prior to this the rituals started around 5 PM or so. There were close to 100-200 devotees gathered to watch the Arathi and i must say that the energy of the people gathered is very positive and exciting. There were about 20-30 pandits lined up to perform the Arathi. They were dressed in Maroon Kurtha, White Dhothi and a White band around their shoulder and waist.To the pious Hindu, a dip in the river at the ghat is believed to wash away all the sins. There were many people, young and old, men and women, thronging the ghat and many taking a dip in the cold water of the Ganges. The local administration had made arrangements for keeping the shoes and clothes of those wishing to have a dip. There were changing-rooms and bathrooms too which one could use following a dip. Yeah, we took a dip in the holy river with the chilled water.
There was a cover of fog in Har Ki Pauri, there were chilly winds. It was cold and we hadn't even reached the cold part yet. The religious spirit of the people was such though they dipped their bodies in that stone cold water of the eternal ganges leaving only the upper body dry, a few didn't even do that.