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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Prabhat  Kumar

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  • Prabhat Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  67 readers

"Most religious place to visit in India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
One of my long wishs was achieved last weekend when I visited Haridwar with three of my friends who compelled to travel by road only and fortunately we got a wonderful deal from AHA Taxis of paying only one way trip charge that also within our budget. Thanks to AHA Taxis that provided on time taxi at New Delhi station as promised. I would like to share some glimpses of my trip.

Haridwar is really one of the most religious places with beautiful temples, religious festivals and yummy local food. Our day started with hot frothy kulhar milk and crispy kachoris near Chandi Devi Temple and then began the aura of intense spirituality with numerous beautiful temples, sacred ghats and nightly Ganga Aarti at Hari ki Pauri. In short it is a good place to visit with family and friends where you can enjoy holy bath at sacred Ganga Ghats, delicious food and beautiful temples.
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Sushil sharma

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  • Sushil sharma
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"Great experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We always feel great experience in Haridwar. Me and my family many times came here. We feel fresh here. Here we visit Mansa Devi temple and Chandi Devi temple also. Me and my family whenever get a chance, we come here. Morning and evening aarti of Ganga river is very good. From here we can also go to Rishikesh also.
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Seven Sermoney

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  • Seven Sermoney
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review
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"A temple city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  379 readers

"Place is very economical"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  2 helpful votes
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • 3 Reviews
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  •  495 readers

"Is always great"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • 24 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  8957 readers

"Feels awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 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
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  634 readers

"Spectacular day"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 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
  • 1 Review
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"Religious and adventurous place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 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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  •  617 readers

"Religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 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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