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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Devsaini ec engg

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  • Devsaini ec engg
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"Very religious place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It's a very religious place. Holy Ganga river flows through it ... Lots of Temple like Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi .. Many foreigners come here to see the beauty of Haridwar ... I have lots of fun with my family ... Har ki Pauri is famous in Haridwar.
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Vijay Potluri

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"Land of Holyness of Ganga River" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Haridwar is a Land of Holyness of Ganga River. It's a good destination for Hindu pilgrims. Here anyone can reach easily by road from almost from any North Indian junctions. The nearest destination is Rishikesh people mostly go there to see and to have Holy dip there. Here having good accomaditon food and everything. From Haridwar towards Rishikesh whole Ganga River bank about 18km almost 13km filled with Ashrams. Every Ashram ask you to come and stay and pray here. Every Ashram having their own following rituals and schedules.
It's a different kind of lifestyle we can see here. Mostly Ashrams offers free food Accomaditon material for following rituals or prayers. It's nice Hindu pilgrimage destination.
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Mr. arvind anand

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  • Mr. arvind anand
  • Lives in Jalandhar
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"Amazing Ganga Arti at Harki Pauri" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is visited mostly for its religious significance. I visited Haridwar this year during Ardh kumbh and did Ganga Snan too at one of the ghats near our hotel. But I could not reach Harki Pauri for Snan (dip in Holy Ganga) due to traffic regulation at that time as our group comprised of infant, toddlers, kids and senior citizen. So walking on foot from our place of stay was out of question in scorching heat of April. In the evening we attended Ganga Art at Harki Pauri and it was an overwhelming spiritual experience for all of us.
Every place we visited was crowded as expected but It was good to see arrangement of temporary toilets for managing needs of such a huge number of people.
Places like Haridwar can become a better tourist destination if everyone takes a pledge to not to spoil the beauty and cleanliness of the spiritual city.
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Darshan Gosar

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"Eternal experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Haridwar is famous for its Har ki Pauri and its Ganga aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. The priest and 1000's of devotees hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lighting diyas on flowing Ganga looks so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. This place is famous for its Ganga Aarti at dusk among tourists as well as devotees.
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Ashok Kumar

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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Traffic problems"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was very difficult to reach our hotel located at Har ki paudi due to unnecessary traffic restrictions. The traffic police lacks common sense and is not aware of the problems being faced by the public. They are not concerned even for the senior citizens. We faced similar difficulties on return journey to the railway station. The Haridwar Municipal Authority should device a system for proper traffic system.
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Aayushman bharadwaj

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  • Aayushman bharadwaj
  • 3 Reviews
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"Haridwar - Religious + Adventurous"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to visit, apart from having religious values of this place still have some adventurous things to do and that too in Rishikesh which is approx 20 Km away from Haridwar. But within Haridwar you can enjoy food, temples, and of course Snan @ ghat. Around 210 km from Delhi a best place for short visits best for weekends. But make sure to reach this place early in the morning else you may get stuck with heavy traffic jams.
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Ganpat Teli

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  • Ganpat Teli
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Visit only if necessary"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is a place for religious importance. Very crowded place. If you love religious people and atmosphere, you can enjoy here. Non-believer people like me feel out of place here. There are lots of places which can be visited in Haridwar, but if you are getting bored, head towards Rishikesh, which is only at the distance of 20-25 Km.

Beware of the fraud of various kind. Generally people are good but anti social elements were also there.
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Saurav Choudhary

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"Religious place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is a nice place located in Uttrakhand state is famous for his ganga ghats but I think you should go to Rishikesh instead of Haridwar because the ganga water is cleaner in Rishikesh as campare to Haridwar. You can also enjoy adventures activities in Rishikesh like river rafting, bunjee jumping, jungle safari.
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Abhishek Yadav

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  • Abhishek Yadav
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome place, full of spirituality and holiness. Perfect place to celebrate events like farewell, etc. Haridwar is as much wonder and beautiful as its name suggest. It's also economical to ever basic thing like restaurant, hotels, ATM's, transport are near and easily available.
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Aman Rawat

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  • Aman Rawat
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"Peaceful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
India's only destination where you can get peace along with an unimaginable experience like rafting bungy jumping and other activities.

There are many river side camps to enjoy beach like experience.

You're not going to have neither booze nor non-veg here as it has high religious aspirations.

There is a place Garud Chatti which is a natural waterfall, and you can have a nice time there too.
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