Getting from Delhi to the northern city of Haridwar was a challenge. After about 8 hours we got to our hotel after trying to dodge cows, trucks, tuc-tucs, motorcycles and bikes. Ranjan -my friend from Delhi and official guide in India- took me to meet his family's bookkeeper. This people have been keeping records for hundreds of years for families around India.
Haridwar is considered the gate of entrance of the Char Dham, the holy pilgrimage path in India similar to the one of Mecca or Santiago de Compostela. Long time ago when highways didn't exist bookkeepers registered travelers who wish to travel north. This was to keep a record of who traveled and why. After many years people still visit Haridwar to register newborns, deceased relatives and other family issues.
Get a nice place at the aarti at night, get your water and some food because once the ceremony begins it will be hard to get food.