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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Gaurav raj
  • Gaurav raj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Amazing place with many attractions" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Overall experience is good. My family and I enjoyed it too much. Amazing place. Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple and Nilkanth are the main attractions. Aarti at Har Ki Pauri is really awesome. In Rishikesh Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula are very famous.

If you go to Haridwar don't miss to add Rishikesh in your trip list. Specially Shivpuri. We feel that Shivpuri is the main USP of Haridwar and Rishikesh.
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Shilpi Agarwal
  • Shilpi Agarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"A nice religious place" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A very good experience. We travelled to Haridwar by own car. Route is very good and smooth. We stay in b/w and take breakfast near Mujjhafarnagr. It was totally 5 hours of Journey.

Hotel entrance is like shit and once we find hotel though that it was worthless to spend so much money but once we enter in hotel it was awesome. Very good rooms, service and most important thing is personal Ganges Ghat. It was my first experience to bath on ghat without any rush.

Then places is good in Haridwar like Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temple and ropeway ride is very good. Although in Nov we didn't find much scenic beauty but can see overall Haridwar from around 1000 ft.
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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 4 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
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 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 4 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 4 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"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  • 3 Reviews

"The place is very charming and splendid"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  • 7 Reviews

"Crowed city with plenty of modern restaurants"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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