Kalesar Forest Rest House lies on the Yamuna river, on a spur or promontary over the river valley below, just as it enters the plains from the Himalayan foothills, near the confluence with the Giri nadi. This old British FRH lies along the Paonta Sahib (a famous Sikh temple destination) access in Haryana, near the Uttarakhand state border, en route Dehra dun and Mussoorie. Monsoon clouds roll in over northern India and over the Jamna / Jamuna river!
Later in the clip one sees the valley of Dehra dun from the route heading up to Mussoorie, across the Shivalik foothills range.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.
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