It is an important pilgrimage city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River
Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri
Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar,which gave the city its
ancient name, Gangadwara.
Haridwar is one of the first towns where the Ganges emerges from the mountains to touch the plains. The water in the river Ganges is mostly clear and generally cold, except in the rainy season, during which soil from the upper regions flows down into it