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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Pramilla kulkarni

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  • Pramilla kulkarni
  • 2 Reviews
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"Spiritually inspiring" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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 1 month 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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  • 2 Reviews
  •  138 readers

"Awesome experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Hrishikesh is better than Haridwar"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Anil pal

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  • Anil pal
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"Religious city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is bhole shankar city Ganga river is main attractions in the city. The city is very crowded and traffic is not good. Traffic management is totally faloure. Baba Ramdev Ashram and shantikung is religious and samaj sudhar place. Hotel in Haridwar is very old and some new hotel in sidkul industrial area.
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Mansi khare

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  • Mansi khare
  • 3 Reviews
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"Haridwar Visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is famous religious place for tourists and local India. Every place we visited was crowded as expected. 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. Mansa devi, Chandi devi, Maya devi hindu mandir are very popular temples in Haridwar. Har ki paudi famous place for Bath in Ganga ghat. Lots of puja ghats are there for sukh and shanti for deceased person. Very popular is Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is a mela held every 12 years at Haridwar. Many people from world visit Haridwar for Kumbh Mela. Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula is popular bridge on Ganga River and looks like heaven. We enjoyed a lot. The experience was super awesome. Rishikesh is only 20 km from Haridwar which is also a great place to visit. Rishikesh has some magic which attracts so many pilgrims, tourists, adventurers and devotees. Rishikesh has river rafting for those who love adventure. For pilgrims and devotees, it has temples and sacred Ganges.
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Pranjal Birthare

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"Glimpse of Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
According to me this is the best place to stay. You are enjoying the rich culture of Hindu here. As its name Haridwar means hari ka dwar is religious place. The view river ganga was pleasant. Evening aarti at har ki pori you enjoy a lot.
In Haridwar many place to see but in this some important once are as follows
#daksh mahdev tempel
#har ki pori
#mansa devi
#chandi devi
#maya devi
#shanti kunj
#neeleshwar maha dev
#bilkeshwar mahdev
#bhart mata mandir
#dudhadhri barfaani temple
#saptrishi ashram
#patnjali peeth
These are the some important temple or ashram in Haridwar you must watch.
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Vishwanath nayak

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  • Vishwanath nayak
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"Heavenly Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2016
Haridwar is famous as a holy place for Hindus. I had a chance to visit this holy city in the month of shravan ... August.
Lately this small holy city has become a city only as a tourist place for minting money. No holiness has left in this city. Its always crowded. Right from small shopkeepers to autowala, cabbies to beggars, priest and sellers of holy items. Its Holymess.
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Jayaprakash sivadasan

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  • Jayaprakash sivadasan
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"Haridwar an abode of sacrilege by the Dharmacons"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016
Haridwar is revered as one were mother Ganges provides salvation to the souls and per the Hindu culture immersion of the ashes at this holy confluence ensures freedom to the soul and passage to the next destination.
However, the ghats have been polluted and corrupted by the Dharmacons (the many Bahrain cons who fool gullible visitors in the name of dharma) for whom every human being who reaches the ghats is entrapped like the fly trap plant. The only target is to relieve the person of the maximum money including the so appointed security guards who have a target to seat the visitors & ensure they collect money through printed receipts for ₹. 101/- and conveniently pocketed and the location of the gullible donor announced to entice other gullible souls into relieving their pockets and all this in total connivance of the authorities & police personnel turning a blind eye. The most surprising and ironical aspect you will find is that every temple at the Bhrahmakund is touted to be the main temple (mukhya) dedicated to mother Ganges and is a convenient advertising gimmick to entice and lure gullible devotees with the only target of relieving them of their money in the name of offerings!
It is no less a sacrilege of religion with money only being the sole motive of the Dharmacons of Haridwar!
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