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

History of Haridwar

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 Chardham 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.

People and Culture of 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.

Things To Do in Haridwar

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 in India, the University of Roorkee, which is now known by the name of IIT Roorkee. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya 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 Kangri 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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Vipin J

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  • Vipin J
  • 18 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  70 readers

"Religious place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Haridwar is an important religious place for Hindus. Very beautiful ganga aarti in morning and evening. Nearly maa chandi Devi and mansa Devi temples on different mountain peaks. After taking dip on cold water of holy Ganges at har ki Pauri with many devotees, it looks like everything changed and feel the peace of mind.
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Jeevan

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  • Jeevan
  • Lives in Berhampur
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good one with family" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I stayed at kailash hotel
The hotels is not good
Hotel rooms is not good actually Haridwar city has lots of ashram.
Hotel price is costly but services is very bad
Haridwar is a calm and quite city with many important spiritual places. Overall one can cover by staying max 2 days
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Raj

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  • Raj
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  89 readers

"Haridwar is really hari ka dwar"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The hotels is not good in this city. Hotel foods is very low standard in this city. Hotel rooms is not good actually Haridwar city has lots of ashram. Hotel price is costly but services is very bad.
I booked 5 room from make my trip but I shocked the hotel Orion Staff only one person.
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Naveen Srivastava

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  • Naveen Srivastava
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  94 readers

"Visit for Panoramic view of River Ganga and Jungle Safari of Rajaji National Park"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I must say visiting Haridwar is an rejuvenating experience, when you take a dip in holy river Ganga. All pains are gone. One should fix one day only for holy dip in the early morning and Ganga Aarti, a must see even at evening at Har Ki Pairi.

Remaining time can be used for Mansa Devi and Chadi Devi Darshan at hilltop. But may be tiring for children and our senior citizen. One must use Udan Khatola (Ropeway) for these two temples.

Must see places are:
Patanjali at Kinkily.
Shanti Kunj.
Bharat Mata Mandir.
And one full day for jungle safari of Rajaji National Park.
Visiting at the peak of summer is not advisable.
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Thiyagarajan P r

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  • Thiyagarajan P r
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 13 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  8056 readers

"Good spiritual break"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2017
Haridwar is a calm and quite city with many important spiritual places. Overall one can cover by staying max two to three nights. Local autos has package for visiting all temples and Ganga Aarti.
It has Sakthi peetams. There are many temples. Must visit Mayadevi, Manasa Devi and Chandi Devi. Rope car is available for reaching the hills of Manasa Devi and Chandi Devi. Nice experience ...
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Mohan Jitpure

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  • Mohan Jitpure
  • Lives in Betul
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  • 53 Reviews
  •  56 helpful votes
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"One of Most Holiest place in India Har-ki-Pauri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2017
Hardwar is an ancient city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mil) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, "footsteps of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar. Round the year devotees, Visitors, religion come, ghat are too clean and fantastic looks and give attraction to people, Haridwar is also known for tourist place and people come from other countries. Gayatri Yog Pith Ashram situated here to visit and stay for a long time. The Ashram have all facilities to worship and give our valuable time to other.
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Venkataseshagiri rao manchala

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  • 4 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  401 readers

"Good experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2017
We have been to Hari ki paudi and had Ganga Aarti and to Chandi devi temple.
The Rope way to Chandi Devi temple was good experience.
At Rishikesh we went to Ram jhula, Lakshman Jhula and Lakshman Mandir.
The biggest interruptions to our visit were the Pandas and the Monkeys. Beware of them.
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  • 5 votes

Vaidhyanathan reddiar

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  • Vaidhyanathan reddiar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  415 readers

"Holy city, with beautiful view of the river ganges"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2017
It is small city with full of hustle and bustle, there are plenty of eatery places at jaw dropping prices for people from all different backgrounds. Also, there is plenty to shop that you can't even imagine for such affordable price. My stay was just for a night, thus didn't have the chance to go to the temple but Hrishikesh is equally nice and peaceful with a lot of ashrams around the city offering yogic lessons.
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Om Joshi

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  • Om Joshi
  • 19 Reviews
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"Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as well as the room.  
Trip was on a busy spring break weekend so the hotel was very busy, but really no problems from that. There was an expanded pool area for the
Kids, not part of our plans but looked great for that grade school age crowd.
The breakfast was typical continental with bacon, scrambled eggs and the make your own waffle plus typical pastry, fruit and cereals. No quality issues. A busy breakfast room with all the guests but it is actually one of the larger breakfast areas I have seen at a Hampton.  
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Nived Sukhtankar

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  • Nived Sukhtankar
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Excellent Budget Hotel in Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
We stayed in the Hotel for 2 Nights. Location is very convenient. It's very close to station. All the tourist places of interest are also easy to reach. Staff is very friendly and courteous. Rooms are also neat and clean. This was our repeat stay in the hotel and we are happy with the services
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