Haridwar Tourism
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Haridwar Tourism

Haridwar Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 314 m
  • Pincode: 249403
  • District: Dehradun
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01334
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 40°C, Winter 2 to 30°C
Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is located in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Haridwar is considered as one among the ‘sapta-puris’ (seven sacred cities) and is an important pilgrim destination.

Haridwar is located at a distance of about 214 km from Delhi and 28 km from Rishikesh. Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and English are the languages used in the area. Geographically, Haridwar stands as a gateway to the three other Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath.

The history of Haridwar dates back to the period of King Vikramaditya. Haridwar is referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu texts and epics. The ancient holy city of Haridwar is considered as old as Varanasi and according to legend; gods left their footprints in Haridwar.

The main pilgrimage spots in Haridwar are located along the banks of the River Ganga. Pilgrims who visit Haridwar have the custom of floating floral lamps on the River Ganges to commemorate the deceased ancestors.

Haridwar is also the venue for the famous Kumbh Mela which takes place only once in 12 years. There are many historical shrines in Haridwar some of which are mainly located along the banks of the River Ganges.

Some prominent spots among them are Har-Ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj, etc. The tomb, Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is also visited by hundreds of tourists.

Besides being a popular pilgrim destination, Haridwar is a fast growing industrial city as well. The city houses the Bharat Heavy Electricals India Ltd.  Haridwar also has the first technical institute of India, the University of Roorkee, which is now known by the name of IIT Roorkee.

Gurukul Kangadi Vishva Vidyalaya is another popular learning centre at Haridwar on Haridwar –Jwalapur bypass road where education is imparted in the traditional Gurukul technique of ancient India. Veda Mandir, which exhibits ancient relics, is also situated within the precincts of the Gurukul Kangadi University.

The proximity of Haridwar to Rishikesh, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. has made Haridwar a popular destination among holidaymakers. The best time to visit Haridwar is from September to March.

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Vaidhyanathan reddiar

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  • Vaidhyanathan reddiar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  16 readers

"Holy city, with beautiful view of the river ganges" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is small city with full of hustle and bustle, there are plenty of eatery places at jaw dropping prices for people from all different backgrounds. Also, there is plenty to shop that you can't even imagine for such affordable price. My stay was just for a night, thus didn't have the chance to go to the temple but Hrishikesh is equally nice and peaceful with a lot of ashrams around the city offering yogic lessons.
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Om Joshi

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  • Om Joshi
  • 19 Reviews
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"Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as well as the room.  
Trip was on a busy spring break weekend so the hotel was very busy, but really no problems from that. There was an expanded pool area for the
Kids, not part of our plans but looked great for that grade school age crowd.
The breakfast was typical continental with bacon, scrambled eggs and the make your own waffle plus typical pastry, fruit and cereals. No quality issues. A busy breakfast room with all the guests but it is actually one of the larger breakfast areas I have seen at a Hampton.  
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Nived Sukhtankar

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  • Nived Sukhtankar
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  69 readers

"Excellent Budget Hotel in Haridwar" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We stayed in the Hotel for 2 Nights. Location is very convenient. It's very close to station. All the tourist places of interest are also easy to reach. Staff is very friendly and courteous. Rooms are also neat and clean. This was our repeat stay in the hotel and we are happy with the services
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Ananda Bhatta

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  • Ananda Bhatta
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  131 readers

"Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Haridwar, the name itself describes the place value, that its the gateway to the Hari. A wonderful feeling you will get when you enter Into the land of God. The Ganges, our mother makes you pious, when you touch it. The temples are though small in size but gives you eternal feeling. Haridwar is a town of temples. All temples and Mathas are worthy to watch. Harihar Ashram. Dakhya Prajapati temple are the peak among all.
Although its a spiritual town but you will face touts all around the town.
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Payal chakraborty

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  • Payal chakraborty
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  188 readers

"Pious city-HARIDWAR"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar situated in the banks of river Ganga visited by travellers for religious trip but I went with my family to see the scenic beauty of the place where the river first enters the plains !!! Rishikesh, Laxman jhula, Ram jhula, Mansa Devi Temple are other attractions of the place along with the short ride of cable car to Chandi Devi Temple. The place & surroundings are safe & the hotel in which we stayed are very courteous. As we love to travel around this place is surely be remembered by me forever.
Payola Chakraborty
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Pramilla kulkarni

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  • Pramilla kulkarni
  • 2 Reviews
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"Spiritually inspiring"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is beautiful, as long as you ignore the constant chatter of those trying to get some money out of you. I did not go there specifically for religious reasons. I just wanted to see the Mother River, Ganga, the old buildings and temples. I had mixed reactions to the place. While the entire atmosphere of the city is steeped in religion, the first reaction I felt when I saw the river Ganga was, WOW! The people are friendly and helpful. The main areas are crowded. But the main religious attractions are surprisingly Welland. Especially the cable cars to the Mansa devi and Chandi devi temples. Har ki Pauri in the evenings is a delight, but what dampens the spirit is people, be it beggar or Bramhins tugging at your sleeve for dakshina.
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Naresh chand

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  • Naresh chand
  • 2 Reviews
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"Holy, Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the beautiful holy and scenic place surrounded with hills and temples which provides a relaxing atmosphere. Water was clean. Food was reasonably cheap and good. Most impressive thing was Ganga Aarti which was resonating. Some places at the Ghat were crowded.
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Sasi Priya

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  • Sasi Priya
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
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"Great experience except for the disturbance caused by money minded people"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Haridwar is a holy place and the Aarti that is performed every day at 6pm is a great experience. You could feel the spiritual energy of the devotees. Be there 30 min ahead to keep yourself seated facing the brahm kund as it would get really crowded so quickly. The one thing that would be distracting is the number of people in blue uniform who make lots of sound moving people around, they occupy spots and charge you to sit there. They also collect money for aarti, pooja, etc, from the poor devotees who are so innocent to trust them and pay. You need to completely be focused on the Aarti to enjoy it.
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Pinaki mozumder

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  • Pinaki mozumder
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"Awesome experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Haridwar is naturally famous for the holy & religious place.. Har Ki Pauri, In Har Ki Pauri we should must watch the "sandhya arati" in the evening time at 6 pm. Very nice and holy feelings will be realized. Ganges water is so clear that somebody can see his face there. There are some bengali hotels for some delicious bengali foods, and the normally you can get Puri, kachori, aloo-gobi, etc all are veg and tasty. I visited all days evening to Har Ki Pauri to see the "sandhya arati". It will be better if I can go further in winter season.
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Sohan suman

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  • Sohan suman
  • 5 Reviews
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"Hrishikesh is better than Haridwar"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I loved Hrishikesh more than Haridwar. I have visited Har ki Pauri, Mansa devi temple, Chandi devi temple & Daksh Mandir Kankhal. I have seen Ganga aarti at Har ki Pauri and it was so nice. Mansa devi & Chandi devi temples are situated at mountain. You can reach in temple by ropeway and by foot path.

In Hrishikesh Ramjhula & Laxman jhula are so beautiful. Very good natural scene is there. The water of ganga is so clear and looks awesome.

Overall very nice visit at Haridwar & Hrishikesh. Enjoyed the tour.
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