Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the 5 holiest cities in India.  It is located close to where the Ganga (Ganges) leaves the Himalayas, and is also the city where Reuben worked for an IT company for several years when he lived in India. Visiting Haridwar for Reuben is like visiting his second home! We spent a week in Haridwar, and our main activity was visiting with friends.  We were welcomed into the homes of some of Reuben’s former workmates and had a wonderful time catching up with them and their lives.

 

Rupesh and family
Rupesh and family

 

Sachin and family
Sachin and family

 

Suriya and family
Suriya and family

 

 

We also did a few more touristy things – we took a gondola up the hill to visit Mansa Devi temple, we visited Haar Ki Puri  (pictured above), where thousands of pilgrims come and bathe in the river, and we visited Prem Naghar ashram and Sati kuhn, the place where the custom of Sati is said to have begun.

 

In the gondola that goes to the temple
In the gondola that goes to the temple

 

Looking down on Haridwar
Looking down on Haridwar

 

Inside the temple
Inside the temple

 

At Mansa Devi temple
At Mansa Devi temple

 

At Haar Ki Puri
At Haar Ki Puri

 

At Haar Ki Puri
At Haar Ki Puri

 

At the ashram
At the ashram

 

Late afternoon
Late afternoon

 

 

We also did some life tasks – bought new glasses from Reuben’s favourite optometrist, bought new clothes, had a haircut – it’s helpful when you find a place while travelling where you know your way around! Haridwar has changed a lot since Reuben lived there – it now has a huge new mall (although a lot of shops are still empty) with a McDonalds and a surprisingly frightening haunted house!  I have put a couple of photos from our honeymoon at the bottom, when we went to more of the temples and ashrams and to Haar Ki Puri at night for the Aati ceremony (which we didn’t do this time).

 

The massive mall
The massive mall

 

This was unsettling!
This was unsettling!

 

McAloo Tiki at McD's
McAloo Tiki at McD’s

 

Crowds in the evening
Crowds in the evening

 

Ceremony by night
Ceremony by night

 

Incredible looking temple
Incredible looking temple

 

Exploring in the cave temple
Exploring in the cave temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    Haridwar = happiness for Karen & Reubs

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