But for this, the holy city of
Haridwar would have been a vast jungle of desolate land unfit for habitation. The
Siwalik range running parallel to the snow clad Himalayas thus had done
incalculable service to mankind in fact.
are other countless worth-seeing places here, and it takes at least a week to
cover all, and know all about all. Patience and purse enrich the mind, and fill
the soul. Of the many, Paramartha, Manav Kalyana, Sadhubella, Aryavana prastha
asrams enshrining the images of many deities deserve attention. And these
sublime places have been visited by innumerable luminaries and valorous rulers,
globe-totters and mendicants of both east and west, since ages. The names like
Hieun-Tsang, Guru Nanak,' Amar Das, Sankaracharya, Dayananda Saraswati, Lord
Aukland, Dal-housie, Hardwick and Rappiers, besides a host of celebrities of all
nationalities adorn the list of visitors who paid glowing tributes to the
deities in prose and verse deserve reverent study.