Haridwar is one of the holiest of cities for the Hindus. It is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of the Uttarakhand. After flowing 253 kilometres, the river Ganges from its source at the Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier flows in the Indo-Gangetic plains for the first time at Haridwar. Therefore it had an ancient name of Gangadwar. It is one of the four sites where the drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality were accidentally spilled over while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda in a pitcher. Therefore the most famous Kumbh mela is held every twelve years in this city. People from all across the globe attend the Mela and offer prayers here. One of the most famous of events in the city is the evening Aarti held at the Har Ki Pauri. The sight of thousands of burning wick lamps in the waters of the river is a breathtaking sight.
Haridwar is one of the seven most holiest of places for the Hindus. It is believed that the Gods left their footprints here in the city. Its geographical location makes it the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages of uttarakhand namely the Kedarnath, the Badrinath, and Rishikesh. It is also known by many other names like the Mayapuri, Gangadwar and mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu scriptures and epics. It has been the holiest of cities for the Hindus since ancient times.
The city is also well known for a number of classic hotels and resorts. The best known hotels are the Haveli Hari Ganga and the Ganga Lahari.
Haveli Hari Ganga
This Hotel is ranked among the finest of hotels in Haridwar. Built by the Maharaja of Pilibhit 90 years ago, the hotel combines the classic with the modern hospitality. The hotel combines tranquility with comfort. Within the premises of the hotel there is a well that has sweet water and great digestive powers. Even the atmosphere of the hotel is very intimate with only 20 rooms.
This is another of the popular hotels in Haridwar. It is located at the gateway to the four dhams. It combines the luxurious comforts with the warm hospitality. The atmosphere is very intimate with only 16 luxurious rooms with each of them facing the Ganges.
Both the hotels combine luxury with comfort. A stay at any of these hotels would make your sojourn to the city of Haridwar the most memorable one.