Haridwar is a holy city, which is located in the northern state of India, Uttarakhand at a distance of 214 km from Delhi. Haridwar extends from latitude 29° 58' in the north to longitude 78°13' in the east. The place is well connected to other cities of north India by road and train.
Haridwar in Uttarakhandis at the point where the river spreads over the northern plain. It lies at the base of the Shivalik Hills where the Ganga passes through its last gorge and begins a 2000 km journey across the plains. One of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela held once in twelve years, it is among the seven sacred cities of India. Legend: A footprint, claimed to be Vishnu's, exists on the bank of the holy river giving Haridwar (Vishnu's gate) its sanctity. Therefore the holy dip at Har-Ki-Pairi is a must for every devotee. Situated at the confluence of the rivers, Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual center.