Har ki Pauri or the steps of God is considered as one of the five main holy sites of Haridwar. It is believed Lord Shiva and Vishnu, the two great Hindu Gods, appeared in the Vedic era here. This place is considered equivalent to the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Banaras, in religious terms. It is also said that Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, performed a yagya (religious ceremony) at the Har Ki Pauri. Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of the river Ganges from the mountains and its entry into the plains. A dip in the holy water at the ghat is said to relieve a person of all his sins. The place is surrounded by some ancient temples and throughout the year, religious rituals like ‘upanayan’ or the initiation ritual, ‘mundan’ or the head tonsuring ritual, ‘asthi visarjan’ or immersion of the ashes of the dead and ‘shraddha’ or prayers appeasing one’s ancestors take place here.
We take you on this walk, showing you the ancient temples, Hindu Ceremonies and giving you an insight into the rituals that take place here. This walk culminates into mesmerizing Ganga Aarti that takes place here after sunset. A group of Brahmans hold huge fire bowls in their hands and recite their holy mantras to river Ganges, Shiva – the Hindu God of destruction, Surya – the Sun God and the entire Universe. The devotees then offer flowers and diyas (lighted earthen lamps) to river Ganges, in order to pay respect to their ancestors in heaven.
I- FIT (01 – 04 Pax) INR 2000 Per Guest
II- Groups (04 + Pax) INR 1700 Per Guest
(This walk is conducted everyday at 1630 hrs and includes : Diya offering, bottled water, tea & refreshments and services of an accompanying volunteers)