Considered as one of the most sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated at the base of the Shivalik ranges of Himalayas. Haridwar or the Dwar of Hari, meaning Gateway to Lord Vishnu is one of the seven holy cities of India - the Sapta Puri. Additionally, devotees of Lord Shiva and devotees of Lord Vishnu, call this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively, relating to Har being Shiv and Hari being Vishnu.
Haridwar was known as Gangadwara as here's where the holy river Ganga enters the plains for the first time after having flowed for over 250km from its origin, the Gangotri Glacier. Every year trillions of people flock here to pay their respect, take a dip in the Ganges, do pooja and to perform the last rites of their loved ones.
Come June and July (the month of Shravan), Haridwar bustles with millions of Lord Shiva devotees, known as Kanwarias who come from far and wide to attend Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world. The pilgrims take the Kaavand or Kanwar Yatra to fetch the holy water of the Ganges and carry it across miles to offer to Lord Shiva. The Kavad or Kanwar is a pole of bamboo with two water pots tied on either side. The pilgrims clad in saffron, carry the Kavad and chant Har Har Mahadev or Bam Bam Bhole as they walk towards their destination. It's a photographers' delight as you can spot some uncommon sights then.
Immerse yourself in the mystic aura. Listen to the Vedic hymns and mantras. Gain an insight into your inner self.