Visitors seeking a truly Indian experience will find one at the ghat of Har ki Pauri. Each evening priests gather along the sacred Ganges River to participate in a ceremony known as Ganga Aari. Holy chants ring through the air as flaming lights and bowls of fire are set adrift in water while nearby temple gongs ring out.
During the day, travelers will find hundreds of pilgrims washing in the waters in an act of spiritual cleansing and visitors can choose to dip below the surface and participate, too. Locals warn it’s best to hold on tight to metal chains, since currents can be strong. Priests are happy to guide visitors through the process for a small fee, but those who prefer to stay dry will still find plenty of photo ops and make incredible memories.
Har ki Pauri is located on the banks of the Ganges River in Haridwar in Uttarakhand.