When I visited Har ki Pauri, I was overwhelmed with a sense of serenity and peace. It may or may not be because I know that if you bath in the river, you will be cleansed of the sins in the present and previous lives and achieve Nirvana. The Ganges in Haridwar is clear when compared to Varanasi and I feel, it is best to take a holy dip here if you are concerned about pollution. The holy dip in the Ganges was so refreshing. Even in the hot summers, the water is icy cold. It is not so deep as well. There are iron chains and grills for safety. The changing rooms for women are, however, few.
2. Ganga Aarti
Even if you are only a traveler or a photographer, you do not want to miss this religious prayer that happens in the bank of river Ganga.