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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Sumit Sen gupta
  • Sumit Sen gupta
  • Lives in Ahiwara
  • 4 Reviews

"A visit is good" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Aarti during sunrise and sunset at Har Ki Pauri is excellent, having meals at Dada Boudi hotel new one is very good. The parking area is good, went to see the local market, had tea and snacks like chips. Should take water from river Ganga and bring back to home.
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Rajan  Singla
  • Rajan Singla
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Emense statisfaction & devotion" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited Haridwar for the first time with my parents. They used to go there but its for the first time I accompany them to Haridwar. I was very excited thinking will enjoy a lot having perception that I will be at a place to roam and see the beauty but when I stepped there Ii came to know its a place to recognise the beauty inside you. Huge crowd of disciples having deep faith in god. People from far places came on foot covering miles of miles without foot wears just to ask for forgiveness for their sins. Awesome experience of taking bath at Ganga river well known for its holiness. Heart filled with peace on darshan of statue of god amazed to see getting mad for khazana given over there.

With all beauty peace devotion there is some evils also exist at this place big pockets take all your money without knowing you. Its the worst thing so one should be extra careful. All in all its amazing and thrilling experience.. :) :)
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Avinash
  • Avinash
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Haridwar is a place which is full with lots of natural beauty. One can see the holy river Ganga in its purest form here in Haridwar. There are so many famous temples in Haridwar like Mansa devi, Chandi devi temples and many more. Har ki Pauri is a must visit place in Haridwar. Ganga Aarti, one of the programme at Har ki Pauri, is treat to eyes.
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Chirag Doshi
  • Chirag Doshi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Unique experience along the Ganges"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We just had a day in Haridwar but we were looking forward to visit this holy place. Watching the free flowing Ganges during sunset at Har-ki Pauri is a unique experience. What we loved most is the street food, especially Mohanlal Kachauri at Har-ki-Pauri. The narrow streets with local food and shopping is a great wind-up away from a busy city life.
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Ruchi Chaudhary
  • Ruchi Chaudhary
  • Lives in Bijnor
  • 2 Reviews

"Good holy place to visit and spend memorable time"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to Haridwar on a family trip in summer vacations. The har ki pauri arti and the diyas floating in the holy water of Ganges was a beautiful moment to capture in my eyes. I went to various temples and each had a story of its own. Its a religious place and you feel different at this place, calm and soothing. It was an awesome experience.
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Rt Trip
  • Rt Trip
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews

"A good religious place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very religious place. You feel a different power after you come here. Its must once in your lifetime. The river is very clean and wavy here. So no swimming. But you can have the all street food. Also you can enjoy the street shopping while you are here. Do buy the carved wooden item. They are very cheap and directly sold from the makers. Also buy the brass items. You will definitely get good deals on them. Also try the patanjali clinic which is very near.
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Ram Yadav
  • Ram Yadav
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 4 Reviews

"A good religious place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a religious place to visit during summer between June and Sept. Avoid visiting during rains to enjoy bath in the river. You can visit the chandi devi and mansa devi with the ropeway car for around Rs 180. Book for to and fro to save money. The train drops you very near to the har ki pauri.
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Surajit Jana
  • Surajit Jana
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 1 Review

"A good place to be in"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been few times but each and every time I felt new feelings. Spend the evening time in the Har-ki-pauri ghat and see the ganga puja aarati and the lamps floating around the river. Mansha and Chandi mata temple are the other attraction to those who love mounting. Haridwar is the entry point to Musouri and many other Uttarakhand tourist spot. You can only get veg food. non-veg is not allowed. lots of ashram or dharamsala are there to spend with almost free of cost and most of them provide dinner also! Can find lots of hotel (both cheap and expensive one!) and the shopping around the Ganges are amazing. Quality product are of a cheap rate. So, be there once in your life if not been till now.
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Sunali Vij
  • Sunali Vij
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 10 Reviews

"A good religious place to visit."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Must visit especially with parents and family. Must carry bottles to fill them with holy water for your home. Make sure that the stay is in a good hotel which is at least three star, nothing less. Lot of bargaining can be done in the local markets. Food items at the roadside are good.
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Anshul Rana
  • Anshul Rana
  • Lives in Noida
  • 3 Reviews

"Best place to visit during winters"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The trip was awesome. We enjoyed a lot. I had gone with my friends, so the fun was doubled. The weather over there was cool and nice to hang around. It is a good place to chill. Ganga Snan is a must if you visit this place. It is regarded as one of the seven holiest place in India. Hardware is popular for The River Ganga. Har ki Pauri is popular in Hardwar. Many foreigner visit this place to see the holy River Ganga.
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