Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wandering Haridwar, India

Haridwar is considered the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region. The Ganga leaves the Himalayas and enters the plains, Haridwar being the first major town. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely, it becomes very quiet and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer taking baths on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that bathing here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana.


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