Haridwar - Rishikesh - Laxman Jhoola Haridwar, the city considered as the spiritual heart of India, is located in the lap of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. It is believed that having a dip here in the holy river Ganga opens doors to salvation. Pilgrims flock here from all over the world to ceremonially bathe in the holy ganga. A visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world. Sprawling waters of Ganga, serene soft environment, enthralling mountains, saints performing prayers in Ashrams, all form a picturesque panorama. Several temples and ashrams spot this town. Places to see : The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari ki-Pauri. It is known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Teertha and Kusavarta.