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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Ranjana Gautam
  • Ranjana Gautam
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews

"Best way to relax your mind" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Amazing place. Mansa devi temple, chandi devi temple, Nilkanth are the main attraction. Aarti @ har ki pauri is really awesome.. In rishikesh ram jhula n lakshman jhula is very famous. There aarti in triveni ghat is major attraction. Only veg food is there. If you want to eat non-veg you will get in rishikesh. Water is very good in taste.
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Deepak Dawar
  • Deepak Dawar
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"An awesome place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place to travel but I want more cool & more reliable place to stay in & as I stay there with my family. It is a religious place but some people go there for outing or to spend some quality time. Place of staying there should be maximized & also be stayable. In short, place for staying there should be improved.
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Dipesh Banerjee
  • Dipesh Banerjee
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place for summers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is a very cool place to spend your summer vacation as the climate is very good and also religious. The river is great at this place and gets you refreshed so go ahead and try Haridwar this summers and not to forget the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi mandirs.
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Ravi Jaiswal
  • Ravi Jaiswal
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 4 Reviews

"Simple and holy place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You can take a bath in holy ganges. I observed the food and the way of serving the food by servers are completely different and excites me about the place when ever I heard the word HARIDWAR. The boating in haridwar, the walk on cradle bridge, the journey to MANASA DEVI temple in rope are the places to see. I spent most of the time in capturing the scenic beauty of Haridwar. My advise to travellers is it is the must visit place once in life time.
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Arvind
  • Arvind
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"City full of temples" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haridwar is religious destination and visited with our all family, Haridwar destination is famous for Ganga. Haridwar is holy place city around many temple like Ganga Mata temple, Bharat Mata temple, Shiva temple, Baba Ram Dev ashram and so many temples and Ashram's. As its a holy city so food available only veg food available and many hotels in around the city.
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Kashish  Chopra
  • Kashish Chopra
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Peaceful and holy place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you want peace, this is the place to visit. Make sure you carry extra clothes, if want to a bath in the holy river Ganges. Food is also nice! Aaloo puris, samosas and lassi.

PS : Non veg is a strict no no!!

Go there with friends or family! The temples are good. If you are in a hush-hush, it can be even a one day trip!
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Rahul Gupta
  • Rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Muzaffarnagar
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"The place is very charming and splendid" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Har ki Paudi is the holiest place in Haridwar. The place is very charming and splendid with Maa Ganga Jal. This is the place connected with the Amrit Kalash that Dev and Asura got from the Sagar Manthan. Some drops of Amrit dropped on four places in India where Kumbh Mela is organised every 12 years.
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Kalyan kumar Saha
  • Kalyan kumar Saha
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Crowed city with plenty of modern restaurants" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall Experience is very good. I visited Haridwar in Nov 2014. This is my repeat visit after more than 40 years. What I have now found that the place has lost its virginity. Earlier it was so virgin place. There was no good hotels or restaurants in the town. River Ganga without cemented bound ghat was very beautiful. There were hundreds of diyas flowing in the river and the sounds of chanting mantras and bells used to take you to a different world.

But now it is like another crowed city with plenty of modern restaurants and amenities. The ghat is now cemented and lost its natural beauty. It looks very mechanical.

However, one can't ignore the modernisation and I have (though painfully) accepted the changes and thus I still liked the place.c
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Rohit Sinha
  • Rohit Sinha
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"The city of temples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is one the best places where one can enjoy the temples and river Ganges. There are many temples in Haridwar like Chandi Devi temples, Manasa Devi temple, etc. One can also visit nearby Rishikesh and Mussoorie from Haridwar. Don't miss the Har Ki Paudi and the Chanda Devi temples. Really I want to visit there again. You must also visit and don't forget to attend Ganga Aarti in evening at Ganga ghat.
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Samriddha Roy
  • Samriddha Roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A lively town by the Ganges where spirituality and divine beauty of nature meets" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
At the foot of Lord Siva, (where from the name has been derived) this splendid valley thrives for centuries as the bearer of Indian civilization. The vivacious town of Haridwar has grown over years at the bank of the pacy rapid flowing river Ganga (our holy river). Not only this popular place pulls pious souls but also mountain lovers, as it offers to them a soulful sight of some great mountain ranges - from Manasha to Chandi Pahar. This land of river and famous temples in the lap of mountains has much to offer and is certainly not a place to miss.

Moreover, if you are to take a trip to some renowned tourist spots of North India, like hill stations of Rishikesh, Dehradun, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, etc or even venture further north to Kedardham, Badri nath, or Gangotri and general places like Amritsar, Delhi, Mathura-Brindaban, your tour should preferably be orienting Haridwar, so you can cover most of north. This place serves as a pivotal point also for the mountaineers who head toward Rishikesh or plunge into the depth of Corbett national forests. And for us, we have dropped in Haridwar nearly every time and the last was our 6th visit.



If someone is to explore the religious significance of Hinduism, this is the place to be, where not only the sages and hermits come down from Himalayas but also some curious foreigner tourists assemble to seek peace and rediscover the meaning of life. The most remarkable event that practised regularly in evening is the Sandhya-Arati at the Har Ki Pauri ghat by the Ganges - innumerable candles and the glowing flames of 'aarti' illuminate the darkness around and from devotees some floating candles and offerings go into the river. The crowd chants together the popular 'om jai jadadish hare' -the overall picture is an amalgamation of both peace and chaos - while the setting is chaotic and full of madness, something brings inner peace - it will definitely give a life time experience to all (irrespective of one's religious status).

Haridwar carries its tradition well too. The Dashera festival held in October is the best thing to witness, the festive fervour which lifts the enthusiasm to another level - the fair goes on near the ghat, the crackers boom the night sky, many colourful processions fill the roads (where rural culture and customs prevail like the walking of cross dressed Parvati and Siva, some hermits, babas, etc). I have been there for twice and I would select Autumn as the best time to visit Haridwar.

Autumn also adorns the nature here with all flamboyance and beauty as the nearby Rishikesh, Laxman jhula and such other regions become more scenic, the water of Ganges chills down, the (often) dried up canal of main Ganga gets its water back, and the mountains turn haven to many migrating birds.

Not much adventurous activities are found here and not much has changed with Haridwar even in past few years as the atmosphere and ambiance here is homely and more conservative but tourism has propagated and developed much in Rishikesh (where one can find para-suiting, gliding and rafting in the current). Though to me the ordinary cable-car (known as rope-way) rides seemed extraordinary when we moved up the Chandi pahar, the height, the wildness, the forests far below and the ruggedness of the Garhwal all seemed amazing.

However, if one likes to stay way from the crowd & bustle, stay somewhere beyond Har ki Pauri, towards Rishikesh where from you will get complete views and good resorts. But we have always liked to stay in and around the main street - the lane of madness and crowd, market, staying amidst the life, by the canal flowing in between Manasha pahar and Chandi pahar. Oh well, these two mountains are the site of two temples of the deities - Manasha and Chandi respectively to where the toy-like colourful pack of rope-ways carry.

As for shopping, Haridwar provides some good quality woollen items (apart from regular items) - shawls with local embroidery, stoles, heavy coats, blankets and winter wears which are available in the shops of market area that runs along the main street (crowded with hotels, lodges and inns) and the hand loom industry.

Writing about Haridwar and not mentioning about the major type of tourists it attracts for its uniqueness is a crime. Like Puri and unlike some posh over advanced tourist spots, Haridwar has an aura of simplicity and homely atmosphere about it and hence has always been a favourite spot for the relaxation factor and comfort destination for family travellers like us.

Now talking of the food, you can get many hotels and (not so opulent restaurants) in the spot which may run out of supply for heavy demands but the food quality in general is good (which serves lunches of thalis or a meal of tasty dal-sabji, pickle and flavoured basmati rice with papad and other). The hotels are mainly veg-friendly and in most non-veg is strictly banned. The breakfast platter is simply alluring with UP favourites like hot puris/kachoris and crispy jalebis.
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