Har Har Bolo


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A long wait of 4 years…for vacationing outside West Bengal came to an end on 31st October, 2015.

This time I was going to Delhi, Haridwar and Agra with my family. Till August we had not made any plans for going anywhere. Suddenly in September my parents planned to go somewhere near the end of October. And thus this highly anticipated tour was planned. Every person needs a break from the regular humdrum life. This holiday trip was really needed for us.

We started our tour in Delhi, travelled to Haridwar, Delhi, Agra and once again to Delhi before coming back to Kolkata. Today I am going to show you some photographs I took on my mobile phone.

The photographs are of Haridwar and nearby places. We went to a lot of places in Delhi so I will soon write a blog post on Delhi. And Agra…the land of TAJ MAHAL- it deserves a separate post of its own.

So without further delay here are some clicks.

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Dad overlooking Har Ki Pauri

 

Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar. Literally, “Har” means “Lord Shiva” who is the god according to shaivite Rishav school of Hindu theology, “Ki” means “of” and “Pauri” means “steps”. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in the Vedic times. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall.

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Har Ki Pauri

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Panoramic view of Haridwar

Every year generally on the night of Dussehra the waters in the Ganga in Haridwar are partially dried to do the job of cleaning the riverbed and undertake the repairing of the ghats. The waters are generally restored on the night of Diwali. So we couldn’t see the beauty of Haridwar with the flowing waters of Ganga passing through.

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Jai Ram Ji Puri Wale

You will find only vegetarian food in Haridwar which might make you feel angry at first (like me). But the fare on display tastes delicious. The shops selling Puri Bhaji are the maximum in number. Chotiwala is a well known restaurant which has many branches in and around Haridwar. But the best thing about Haridwar is its sweets. The picture below will give you some idea of what I am mumbling about.

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Sweets on display

 

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Ganga Aarti

The evening prayer (Aarti) at dusk offered to Goddess Ganga at Har Ki Pauri is an enchanting experience for any visitor. A spectacle of sound and colour is seen when, after the ceremony, pilgrims float Diyas (floral floats with lamps) and incense on the river, commemorating their deceased ancestors.

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Rope-way to Mansa Devi Mandir

Mansa Devi Mandir is considered a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. From here you can get a spectacular view of the Ganga (see below)

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The Ganges

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The Ganges in Rishikesh

We went to Rishikesh one day where we witnessed the crystal clear waters of the Ganges as opposed to the filthy waters found in Kolkata.

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Rishikesh

Below you will find some random photographs in Haridwar.

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Colourful vegetables

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Idols

So that’s all for today. Delhi and Agra coming soon.

I will end this post with this snap taken in the Haridwar Railway Station.

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Information source: Haridwar Wikipedia

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