Ganga is the longest and largest river that runs through India and is holds a place of special importance in the Hindu religion. It is one of the most sacred water bodies that millions of people take a dip in and offer prayers to wash their sins. It is believed that a sage named Bhagiratha meditated for hundreds of years praying for Ganga to descend on earth. Ganga Dussehra is celebrated to commemorate the day when Ganga descended on earth. Here are the five best places to visit in India to be a part of the Ganga Dussehra celebrations. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Today Latest Update After KKR vs KXIP, Match 46: Kings XI Punjab Move to Fourth Spot After Win Over Kolkata Knight Riders; KL Rahul Extends Lead Over Orange Cap, Mohammed Shami Grabs 2nd Spot in Purple Cap Tally

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1. Varanasi

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Varanasi is home to over 87 ghats and is one of the holiest cities of India. It is located in Uttar Pradesh and is visited by millions of devotees annually . Varanasi is one of the most famous places in India to witness Ganga aarti and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who visit the holy city.

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2. Haridwar

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Haridwar is located in Uttarakhand and is one of India’s seven holy cities. Along with being a religious hub among Hindus, it is also surrounded by tall mountains that offer splendid views of nature, making it a trip worth the while.

3. Rishikesh

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Rishikesh is often referred to as the International Yoga Capital and a favorite among adventure enthusiasts. The fact that the Ganga flows through Rishikesh, makes it one of the spiritual destinations in India. The beautiful weather and nature only add to the experience of the Ganga aarti at Rishikesh.

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4. Garhmutkershwar

If you’re looking for a place that isn’t as crowded and popular among tourists, then Garhmutkeshwar in Uttar Pradesh is the place to be at. It is home to temples that are dedicated to Ganga, the goddess. Not too many people know about Garhmutkeshwar, making a destination worth exploring.

5. Allahabad

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Yet another city situated in Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad is an ancient Indian city and it also plays host to Kumbh Mela which is organised once in every 12 years. Millions of people visit Allahabad each year to take a dip in the holy Ganges, what better time than Ganga Dussehra to be a part of the magnificent celebrations?

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