Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Factored in some time for the evening prayers (conducted daily) at Har-ki-Pauri when I overnight-ed at Rishikesh on my way to Garhwal this summer. It seemed, so had the entire world…and its uncle. Though it took me well over an hour to make the 15 kms between the two spiritual centres, it was worth every minute of the muggy June evening.
Hope this glimpse tempts you into a visit, for images do the brightly lit spectacle little justice. Loud, incessant chants, aromatic incense, fresh flowers, beating cymbals, floating diyas, devoted crowds; all lend themselves to a remarkable yet indescribable experience.