Gateway to the Gods
A Hindu devotee meditates on the banks of the River Ganges, in the holy town of Haridwar, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Standing at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas and enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains to begin its long journey across northern India, to the Bay of Bengal, the town of Haridwar (lit. ‘Gateway to Lord Vishnu’ or, in its alternate spelling of Hardwar, ‘Gateway to Lord Shiva’) is a ‘Sapta Puri’, one of the seven holiest places to Hindus.
We photograph Haridwar on our Sacred India Photography Expedition, a spectacular photographic journey along India’s holiest river.