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. The river Ganges flows in
a series of channels separated from each other called aits,
most of which are well wooded.
Other minor seasonal streams are Ranipur Rao, Pathri Rao, Rawii
Rao, Harnaui Rao, Begam Nadi etc.
A large part of the district is forested, and Rajaji National
Park is within the bounds of the district, making it an ideal
destination for wildlife and adventure lovers. Rajaji is accessible
through different gates; the Ramgarh Gate and Mohand Gate are
within 25 km of Dehradun, while the Motichur, Ranipur and Chilla
Gates are just about 9 km from Haridwar. Kunao Gate is 6 km
from Rishikesh, and Laldhang gate is 25 km from Kotdwara.
Haridwar district, covering an area of about 2360 km˛, is in
the southwestern part of Uttarakhand state of India. Haridwar
is situated at height of 314 metres from the sea level, between
Shivalik Hills in the North and Northeast and the Ganges River
in the South.