Haridwar is considered the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region, the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Hardwar being the first major city in the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely, however, is very safe and quiet here. The water is clean and people prefer taking a bath on the numerous ghats built on the banks of river. It is said that taking a bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana. Haridwar has earned fame as the place that was blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. There is also a major Shaktipeeths. Over the ages Hardwar has purified the mind, body and soul. Not only in spiritual or religious Hardwar was raised as an important learning center for the arts, science and culture. This place has maintained the Gurukul tradition of teaching.
This ancient tradition of teaching has maintained its fervor in Hardwar. Haridwar has since been a source of the ages of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal medicines provided. Hardwar one of the first cities to develop in the Ganges, is still green and lush, with forests and trees. With Rajaji Park in the vicinity Hardwar has also been the destination for lovers of wildlife and nature. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats be pretty impressive with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of the Ganges. About three and a half lakh people reside in this city. Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and English are the main languages of communication.