Mansa Devi Temple, Uttarakhand, India

A paradise for nature-lovers, Haridwar presents kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar also termed as ‘Gateway to Gods’ is known as Mayapuri, Kapila, Gangadwar as well. The followers of Lord Shiva(Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu(Hari) pronounce this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively as told by some. It is also a point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (Four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand) Viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Take the cable car to the crowded hilltop temple of Mansa Devi, a wish-fulfilling goddess. The path to the cable car is lined with stalls selling packages of prasad (a food offering used in religious ceremonies) to bring to the goddess on the hill. You can walk up (1.5km) but beware of prasad-stealing monkeys. Many visitors and pilgrims combine this with another cable car up Neel Hill, 4km southeast of Haridwar, to Chandi Devi Temple.  

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