Haridwar Tourism
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Haridwar Tourism

Haridwar Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 314 m
  • Pincode: 249403
  • District: Haridwar
  • 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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Seven Sermoney

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  • Seven Sermoney
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review
  •  49 readers

"A temple city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Haridwar is a family holiday package. Being in Haridwar is like going to the temple. You can do lots of thing daily. Nothing more to see rather than temples, there are lots of temples. Best time to go there is in cold season. No Crowd, no religious festival. hotel rates r low. You won't get non-veg, only veg. You'll have very pleasant and shanti walla holiday with your family or your partner.
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Alok misra

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  • Alok misra
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"Place is very economical" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Most mesmerizing and fascinating place I have ever been to. Filled with religious sentiments and gives you immense energy for your life. The place is really HariDwar as named. You can never forget the ganga aarti experience where thousands of devotes from all across the country come and pay respect to holi river Ganga. On the eve of Ardha Kumbha its a dream of every Hindu to take the dip in the river Ganga and start fresh life once again. Place is very economical and is very clean and well maintained.

Temples like Mansa Devi and Chandi devi are must to be visited as they are equipped with ropeway to make the to and from journey very easy and exciting.
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Shivaram Nayak

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  • Shivaram Nayak
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 6 Reviews
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Ganga Aarti at the Har ki Pauri ghat and a stroll along the beautiful bazaar adjacent to the ghat could be your highlight of a visit to Haridwar. Never miss a dip in the pure and gorgeous Ganga and marvel at this great river flowing under the bridges constructed for the tourists to have closer look at this majestic mighty river. This could be an experience by itself when you are in Haridwar. My son and I had a very nice experience watching this mighty riven rushing down the ghat after the Aarti.
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Harshit Chand

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"Is always great"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Take bath at Har Ki Pauri is always great, chilling water of Ganga ji is always refreshing, taking bath at Har Ki Pauri is must. You will not be able to drive upto Har Ki Pauri so it's better to keep your vehicle in the parking lot and walk as there are so many small shops where you can buy small decorative items and good food to eat.
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Kamal Rao

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  • Kamal Rao
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Feels awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Last month I visited this place, feels very awesome. Lots of temples in Haridwar, market is full of unique things. Taking holy dip in Ganga makes your soul pure, no worry to stay in Haridwar because there are lot of hotels and dharamshalas available at very low price. Good food is available.
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Harshit Tiwari

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  • Harshit Tiwari
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review
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"Spectacular day"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a wonderful trip that was liked by me the most. I had gone there with my family, the Ganga Aarti was mind blowing, in my whole trip the Ganga aarti was the only scene that I liked most. There was one boat in we had taken a ride. The ride was awesome and traffic.
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Khurafati Nitin

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  • Khurafati Nitin
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Religious and adventurous place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a very good place for family trip, you can enjoy having fun in Ganga River and you can visit various temples such as Mansa Devi. Some mile further you can also visit Neelkanth which is temple of lord Shiva where pilgrims came in rainy season for Kawad.
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Jawwad Khan

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  • Jawwad Khan
  • Lives in Seoni
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"Religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is very good place for Hindu religion people, it is surrounded by many ancient and sacred temples like Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi, and also a religious & most sacred Ganga river which is known for the place - Har ki Paudi (a river bank with bridge), moderate place in according to travel conveyance. You can travel by road, rail and air (thru Dehradun Airport).
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Smriti Upadhyay

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"Excellent Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful city with lots of religious place and wild area, hilly areas are good, I had seen elephants and bear there, if you want to go to Shitla Mata Mandir then I recommend you all to go up of hill through walking, don't use tram, otherwise you will miss the adventure.
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Keshav Khatodia

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  • Keshav Khatodia
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Very good and religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Everyone sholud visit this, as the name indicates about it Hari which means lord Krishna and Dwar which means the door so the door to Lord Krishna is a very beautiful place to visit every body should go there and take bath in the religious lake. I visited there in the month of November and I liked it very much. I visited many ashrams saw the Ganga Pooja and had a ride in mountain jhula which was a great moment for me. I also collected old coins which were great and the temples are must visit. It was great for me and my family I think everyone should visit there.
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