Many pilgrim centers and holy cities are located
along the course of river Ganga.
River Ganga is one of the largest rivers of the
Indian sub continent. It originates in the Gangotri glacier and
traverses through the great Indian plains of North India. Right from its
origin to its confluence with the ocean, river Ganges flows through many
ancient pilgrimage towns and cities of India. Some of the important
pilgrimage centers on River Ganga are Rishikesh, Haridwar, Prayag and
Rishikesh is the Gateway to the Himalayas. It is at Rishkesh that one
experiences the might and purity of the Ganges River. Situated in the
serene atmosphere of the Himalayas, Rishikesh has been an important
Hindu pilgrimage center for centuries. Many ancient as well as modern
temples are located on the banks of River Ganga, at Rishikesh. Besides
the temples, the most important attraction at Rishikesh is the Lakshman
Jhoola (a bridge) across the Ganges. In recent times Rishikesh has
developed as an important center of adventure sports, including water
In Hindu religion, Haridwar is famous as the Gateway to God. The River
Ganges enters the North Indian plains at Haridwar. Haridwar forms an
important destination for the Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.
Kumbha Mela, one of the most sacred events for Hindus, is held at
Haridwar, Prayag, Nashik and Ujjain. The
occurs four times
every twelve years, once at each of the four locations. Millions of
devotees gather at Haridwar on the occasion of Kumbha Mela and other
important Hindu festivals. Har ki pairi, where the entire riverside is
lit up with the glow of hundreds of lamps, in the evening, is the most
important pilgrimage spot in Haridwar.
Prayag is another important pilgrimage center for Hindus. It is one of
the four pilgrim places, where the "Kumbha Mela" is held. The
place where river Ganga merges with River Yamuna is called "Sangam".
Prayag is an ancient pilgrimage site and attracts thousands of Hindu
pilgrims every year from all over the world.
Varanasi, also known by the name of Kashi or Benaras, is the most
venerated of the Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. Varanasi, known as the
cultural capital of India, is located on the banks of the holy Ganges