Haridwar is one of the holiest places in India, sacred to the Hindus and draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. It is the place where the Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills and is worshipped for her purity. The Hark i Pauri is the most popular bathing ghats which also hosts the Ganga Aarti daily at 6:30 p.m. after sunset. Thousands of pilgrims flock the banks of the Holy river to witness the Aarti and seek the blessings of Mother Ganges. Small lamps lit on leaves are let out to float in the river from the banks, making it a beautiful sight.
Situated at an altitude of 3290 meters above ocean level in Uttarkashi area of Uttarakhand, the Yamunotri Dham is the first hallowed destination of the Chardham Yatra. This Dham is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, who is regarded as the daughter of the Sun God, Surya Dev. The sanctum lies in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, however the real wellspring of stream Yamuna, Sapt Rishi Kund (a solidified pool of ice and glacial mass) is situated on the Kalindi Mountain at a stature of 4,421 meters above ocean level. From the Kalindi Parvat the stream flows down to the Bandar Poonch range, which is adorned by a wild bloom.