Photo Feature: Tourism: Gateway of God, Haridwar

The ghat of Har ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of the holy river Ganga. A huge procession called the Ganga Aarti takes place in Brahmakund area of Har ki Pauri.

Photo Feature: Tourism: Gateway of God, Haridwar
Tourists and devotees participating in Ganga Aarti on the bank of river Ganga at Har ki Pauri. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Uttarakhand is an Indian state in the Himalayas. The state is popularly known as Devbhumi (land of Gods) due to the presence of numerous Hindu pilgrimage sites. Uttarakhand has two Khands (parts)-- Kedar Khand and Kurma Khand with Manas Khand yet another name for Kurma Khand. As a result, religious tourism forms a major portion of the tourism in the state. Foreign tourists and people of Indian origin do visit here to explore adventure sports, spiritualism and pilgrimage apart from wildlife.

Tourists and devotees at Har ki Pauri ghat on the bank of river Ganga in Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt
Tourists and devotees attending the Ganga Aarti at the Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar. Video by: Rajeev Bhatt