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We had Rishikesh recommended to us over Haridwar a few times. . .although we didn't change our destination, it did have us reconsidering briefly. I'm very glad we stuck with our intuition ~ any reputation that Haridwar has as being too "hard-core" Hindu is in error (an exception perhaps being during major festivals).
This little town has a pleasant marketplace, a hilltop temple (reached by aerial lift) overlooking the city & river, and a magical evening aarti ceremony on the Ganges to boot.
Each night at dusk, thousands gather to place lit candles, cradled in leaf boats, onto the river. The Ganga is clean and clear here, having just descending from the Himalayas, and the mood of the event is spiritually uplifting. The exceptionally friendly pilgrims, floating candles, ringing bells, and prayers playing over loudspeakers all combined to create a singularly memorable Christmas Day for us.
Directions: 200 kilometres north of Delhi
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