Haridwar is a highly revered city in the state of Uttarakhand. The holy town is a major attraction for the pilgrims around the world. The city has a very rich popularity among the pilgrimage destinations. The Haridwar city is also known as the “Gateway to the Lord”. The word Haridwar is combined of two words ‘Hari’ stands for Lord and ‘dwar’ stands for gate. That is why this sacred site is famous as “Gateway to the Lord”. This worthy place is located on the bank of sacred river Ganga. There are many shrines, temples and ashrams to offer the prayer and for pilgrimage. This is a hustling site with crowded markets.
Haridwar is the Gateway of Chardham yatra too. People from all over the world visit the devoted site every year to perform the Chardham yatra. The Chardham yatra adds Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath the sacred destinations of devotion. According to the Hindu mythology it is said that the religious professionals named this holy site Haridwar. The city also very popular for the well known fair Kumbh Mela that happening once after every 12 years and Ardha Kumbh Mela after six years. Countless people take a part in this Mela. Different types of stalls and shops having religious aspects are the major attractions for the pilgrims. At a distance of 10 kilometer there is a ‘Rajaji National Park” great for wild life lovers.