Why you should visit Haridwar in winter?

Haridwar, a beautiful and serene city situated at the banks of the river Ganges which has a different beauty within itself. The cool waves of the Ganges make this holy city even more beautiful. Haridwar is also called “Ganga Gate” because it is from here that the Ganges river descends from the mountains and enters the plains. Haridwar has a special spiritual importance among Hindus as many mythological beliefs originate from here.

The morning in Haridwar starts with the sweet echoes of hymns and mantras which infuse new energy into the body. The Ganges passing through the city takes on an unforgettable view in the winter season. The crowd of devotees on the banks of the Ganges is a phenomenal sight of divine spirituality. The Ganges seems to be shining in the soft winter sun and the sound of the flowing water provides a very pleasant experience like a sweet melody. In the winter season, Haridwar is packed with people seeking solace and peace, adventurers, and curious devotees who want to explore the secrets of Haridwar.

You can visit many places and temples in Haridwar, the list is very long but there are some places you must visit.
Harki Pauri is an iconic and venerable place that has been a landmark of the Sanatan faith since ancient times. Devotees believe that by taking a bath in Har Ki Pauri Brahmakund, one gets free of all sins. Har ki Pauri Haridwar is the area where the drops of Amrit (nectar) fell during the samudra manthan (churning of the ocean). Many puja and traditional rituals take place along the Ganges. You can find the pandit ji for puja paath and do ceremonies at the ghats of the Ganges.

Ganga Aarti is one of the main attractions of Harki Pauri. The view of Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri is very beautiful and Ghats lit with lamps create a warm and inviting glow. Devotees, locals, and tourists visiting Haridwar often participate in the Ganga Aarti which creates collective energy and a feeling of unity.
A large number of devotees gather for Ganga Aarti. Reach well before the scheduled time to secure a good place.

Mansa Devi Temple is the temple of Mata Mansa situated on Bilva mountain in the Shivalik range in Haridwar. Mata Manasa is also called Manasputri of Lord Shiva. Mata Mansa received her initiations from Lord Shiva and she is the sister of “Takshak Naga” seated around the neck of Lord Shiva, which is why she is also called the goddess of snakes. People come to Mansa Devi Temple to seek the blessings of Mata Mansa to protect themselves from any kind of snakebite harm and mishaps in their lives.
The temple is located on top of the hill, you can reach the temple by a small trek or you can also take a ride in Udan Khatola (cable car) to Mansa Devi Temple and enjoy the view of the mountains from the cable car.

There are many temples in Haridwar and all of them are worshiped by devotees, but Chandi Devi Temple is one of the special ones in Haridwar, situated at the peak of Neel Parvat of the Shivalik range the temple boasts a serene spirituality, and devotees come from all over the world for a glimpse of the goddess. The main idol of goddess chandi is believed to be first inaugurated by Adi guru Shankaracharya. Chandi Devi temple is also believed to be one of the 51 sacred Shaktipeeths.
Devotees reach the temple by a small trek or by the cable car(Udan Khatola) ride.

There are so many temples and places in Haridwar you can visit in winter and as well as summer. you can visit the famous Shanti Kunj, experience the ayurvedic and wellness retreats, enjoy local cuisine and street food, take a stroll around the ghats of the Ganges, visit many temples along the Ganges and so more. this city is filled with mysteries, there is a saying in Haridwar that whenever you are lost in life just come to Haridwar and sit along the Ganges. this river will wash away all your worries and problems.

During the colder season, the view of Haridwar city is a must; one will never forget the feeling this city gives just by being here. I encourage you to visit Haridwar during the times of the winter season to avoid the hustle and bustle that you will usually experience at other times. In winter the Haridwar city becomes a city to be explored by peace lovers and adventure seekers.
So what are you waiting for, pack your bags come to Haridwar, and make the most of your winter getaway. This will be an experience you will never forget.

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