"Let the locals bathe" Haridwar by DSwede
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I left Panipat for a 3-hr drive to Haridwar (translating into ‘God’s Gate’). This is a famous holy city for the Indians, straddling the Ganges River at the base of the Himalayan foothills. Everyday, thousands of people (at a minimum) make the religious pilgrimage to bathe in the holy river. Upon both sunrise and sunset, there is a 15-min ceremony at the Hindu shrine on its banks. I’m not sure how people manage to oversee it, but this clean, holy river which waters are used to bathe, wash and cook with, is not actually clean. The crowded sidewalks and river banks are busy with beggars, stray animals, mindlessly wandering cows, trash and waste (of all origins). All of which goes into the water. But nonetheless it is amazing to see how transformed these people’s attitudes are after submerging in the waters.
Next stop after Haridwar was the Mountain Station of Mussoorie.
- Pros:The ceremonies are captivating and memorable.
- Cons:May be difficult to find accommodation during the ceremonies.
- In a nutshell:If you visit during the baths, you'll probably wonder if any one can actually get clean in that river.
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