Haridwar Travel Guide
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest pilgrimage destinations of
Hindu religion. A place of pilgrimage since time immemorial, Haridwar is
situated on the foothills of Himalayas. The holy pilgrimage destination now
lies in the newly carved state of Uttaranchal in northern India. Also known
as 'Gateway to the Gods', Hindu mythology proclaims that Gods have
left their footprints in Haridwar. There is a great mention of Haridwar in
the ancient Hindu religious scriptures. Ancient traveller Hyuen Tsang
praises Haridwar as mayura (peacock) on the eastern banks of the Ganges.
With uncountable temples, ashrams and ghats, holy Haridwar takes tourists to
a mystical world of spirituality.
It may also be mentioned that Kumbh fair is organised in Haridwar at an
interval of every 12 years. Lakhs of pilgrims from all over India and abroad
come to participate in the Kumbh. In ancient scriptures, Haridwar has been
mentioned as Mayapur. Haridwar also represents the point where river Ganga
reaches the plains.
River Ganga and the snow clad Himalayas have a soothing effect on the
climate of Haridwar. Though summers can be hot with temperatures rising upto
40 degrees, Haridwar is largely immune from the kind of sweltering heat the
rest of northern India experiences. Winter nights can be very chilly with
temperatures dropping close to 0 degrees. Haridwar receives good rainfall
during the monsoon season.
Best Time to Visit
Anytime during the year
How to Reach
Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest
landing facility from Haridwar at a distance of 41 kms. There are flights to
Jolly Grant from Delhi and a few other destinations.
Haridwar is well connected to the rest of
Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh with rail network.
Deluxe bus services regularly operate to Haridwar
from Delhi and most destinations of Uttar Pradesh. National highway 45
connects Haridwar with the rest of India. The holy town is at a distance of
214 kms from national capital of Delhi.
Haridwar to Badrinath:
The route is straight from Haridwar via Rishikesh. You can take Bus also but better if you take taxi on fixed rent basis from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The route requires some steep climb and height of about 10000 ft. is reached often. You will be required to take necessary medicine and potable water too. Badrinath ji is a road head and you can walk to the temple alternatively, "Pitthu" may be taken for going to the temple.
Where To Stay
Haridwar India has a few good hotels in the top-end category. Mid-range and
budget hotels are in plenty. Some people also stay in the ashrams and
dharamshalas of the place. A good hotel in the luxury category is Classic
Residency while Sagar Ganga Resort is a government approved hotel offering
Places To See In Haridwar
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Legend has it that Ganges Haridwar, the holiest of all rivers, which flows through this sacred city has actually been sanctified by the powerful Trinity of Hindu mythology and the center of the pantheon - Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Har Ki Pauri :
Also known as Brahmakund, Har Ki Pauri is
one of the most sacred Haridwar ghat. Many religious rituals are
performed on this ghat by devotees. The one thing that devotees do not miss
is a holy dip in the ghat waters which is believed to rid them of all past
sins. Legend has it that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of
his brother Bhartrihari.
Haridwar Darshan: The Ghat is always illuminated in the evening
during a Maha Aarti performed on this ghat. This is a spectacular sight
which tourists must not miss.
Patanjali Yogpeeth Haridwar
Pantanjali Haridwar is about 20km from at Kankhal and About 15km from Roorkee. Shared auto-rickshaw and buses can be taken to reach there.
Mansa Devi :
Mansa Devi is one of the most visited temples
of Haridwar. Perched on top of the Bilwa Parvat, tourists can reach the
temple through ropeways. A nice way of combining spirituality with
adventure! Most devotees also trek to the top of the temple.From the top of
Bilwa Parvat, a splendid view of Haridwar is available.
Daksha Mahadev Temple :
One of the most ancient temples of
Haridwar is the Daksha Mahadev temple. The temple is also regarded as one of
the five sacred places of Haridwar. Religious rituals are carried out very
strictly in the temple.
Maya Devi :
At the famous Maya Devi temple, the goddess is
worshipped as an embodiment of power or shakti. The temple is one of the
saktipeeths of India. According to ancient scriptures, when Lord Shiva was
carrying his burnt wife Sati, the heart and navel of Sati had fallen at this
Vaishno Devi temple :
The temple dedicated to Vaishnoo
Devi is the newest of Haridwar temples. The temple is a true replica of the
original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir. Devotees visit the
temple in large numbers.
Bharat Mata Temple :
Unlike the ancient temples of
Haridwar dedicated to religious deities, this temple pays tribute to the
heroes who played a pivotal role in securing India's independence and laying
her foundations. It is a huge eight storey building. The temple was founded
by Swami Satyamitranand Giri.
Sapt Rishi :
The best place to offer prayers to holy river
Ganges in Haridwar is Sapt Rishi. This is the point where river Ganga
divides herself into seven small streams.The beauty of the place is
Excursion places near Haridwar
Rishikesh is another holy pilgrimage place near Haridwar having many big and
small temples. It is located at the confluence of rivers Ganga and
Chandrabhaga. Rishikesh is also called the ashram capital of Hinduism.
Rishikesh is also a hub of yoga, meditation and ayurvedic treatments. These
activities are promoted by numerous ashrams of Rishikesh located in serene
surroundings. The place is at a distance of 28 kms from Haridwar.
Triveni Ghat :
The Triveni Ghat is a sacred bathing ghat
located few kilometres away from Haridwar. After sunset, many rituals are
performed on the ghats. Earthen lamps are set floating on the water to mark
the aarti ceremony.
Chila Wildlife Sanctuary :
Situated at a distance of 10
kms from Haridwar, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary is home to some rare varieties
of Himalayan flora and fauna. The sanctuary brings some diversity to the
pilgrimage centre of Haridwar.
Shopping in Haridwar
Shopping in Haridwar is also a delightful experience. The main market place
is a long, winding street free of all vehicular traffic. The tiny but
attractive shops on both sides of the road are full of religious items like
bead necklaces, clay images of gods and goddesses, Shiva lingams, sacred
texts and ritual designs. Other items include shells, pearls, bangles,
chains, ear and nose rings.
Haridwar Vacations Tour Packages
Highlights : Temple, Ghats,
Corbett National Park, Tiger, Elephant, Kaladunghi Foothills, Taj Mahal,
Bharatpur National Park.
Features : Red fort ,
Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Birla Temple, Ghats for Arti, Yogic Breakfast,
In-House Yoga, Asana, Dynamic yoga, Advance yoga, Vashist Gufa, Ganges,
Saint Vasistha, Garhwal Himalayas, Vipasana Class, Red fort, Taj Mahal,
Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort.
Highlights : Red Fort, Qutub
Minar, Bhagirathi River, Gangotri, Gaumukh, River Ganges, Tapovan,