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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Vishwanath nayak

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"Heavenly Haridwar" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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"Haridwar an abode of sacrilege by the Dharmacons" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Vishal Sharma

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"My travelling is very good and the hotel is very nice because of thus app my adventure is very" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Also spelledHardwaris an ancient city and municipality in theHaridwar, India. TheRiver Ganga, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source atGaumukhat the edge of theGangotri Glacier, enters theIndo-Gangetic PlainsofNorth Indiafor the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) toHindus. According to theSamudra manthan, [2]Haridwar along withUjjain, is one of four sites where drops ofAmrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over fromthe pitcherwhile being carried by the celestial birdGaruda. This is manifested in theKumbha Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During theHaridwar 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 attainMoksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located atHar ki Pauri(literally, "footsteps of the Lorud") and is considered to be the most sacredghatof Haridwar. [3]Haridwar is the headquarters and the largest city of the district. Today, the city is developing beyond its religious importance, with the fast developing industrial estate ofState Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand(SIDCUL), and the close by township ofBharat Heavy Electricals Limitedas well as its affiliated ancillaries. Etymology
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Vishal Sharma

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"My travelling is very good and the hotel is very nice because of thus app my adventure is very" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Also spelledHardwaris an ancient city and municipality in theHaridwar, India. TheRiver Ganga, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source atGaumukhat the edge of theGangotri Glacier, enters theIndo-Gangetic PlainsofNorth Indiafor the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) toHindus. According to theSamudra manthan, [2]Haridwar along withUjjain, is one of four sites where drops ofAmrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over fromthe pitcherwhile being carried by the celestial birdGaruda. This is manifested in theKumbha Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During theHaridwar 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 attainMoksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located atHar ki Pauri(literally, "footsteps of the Lorud") and is considered to be the most sacredghatof Haridwar. [3]Haridwar is the headquarters and the largest city of the district. Today, the city is developing beyond its religious importance, with the fast developing industrial estate ofState Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand(SIDCUL), and the close by township ofBharat Heavy Electricals Limitedas well as its affiliated ancillaries. Etymology
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Kushal Sharma

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"Haridwar the Gate to The Holiness" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited Haridwar in the month of April. It is a weekend trip destination covering three place that is Haridwar, Rhishikesh, and mussorie. Though I have been only to Haridwar. It is nice place to visit with family or friends. One can take dip in The Ganges. Some famous food stall poori wala. Near the ghat. The morning and evening aartis are mesmerising. And the best thing is uddan kahtula that will take you to the Mansa Devi Temple.
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Devsaini ec engg

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"Very religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a very religious place. Holy Ganga river flows through it ... Lots of Temple like Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi .. Many foreigners come here to see the beauty of Haridwar ... I have lots of fun with my family ... Har ki Pauri is famous in Haridwar.
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Vijay Potluri

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"Land of Holyness of Ganga River"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Haridwar is a Land of Holyness of Ganga River. It's a good destination for Hindu pilgrims. Here anyone can reach easily by road from almost from any North Indian junctions. The nearest destination is Rishikesh people mostly go there to see and to have Holy dip there. Here having good accomaditon food and everything. From Haridwar towards Rishikesh whole Ganga River bank about 18km almost 13km filled with Ashrams. Every Ashram ask you to come and stay and pray here. Every Ashram having their own following rituals and schedules.
It's a different kind of lifestyle we can see here. Mostly Ashrams offers free food Accomaditon material for following rituals or prayers. It's nice Hindu pilgrimage destination.
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Mr. arvind anand

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  • Lives in Jalandhar
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"Amazing Ganga Arti at Harki Pauri"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is visited mostly for its religious significance. I visited Haridwar this year during Ardh kumbh and did Ganga Snan too at one of the ghats near our hotel. But I could not reach Harki Pauri for Snan (dip in Holy Ganga) due to traffic regulation at that time as our group comprised of infant, toddlers, kids and senior citizen. So walking on foot from our place of stay was out of question in scorching heat of April. In the evening we attended Ganga Art at Harki Pauri and it was an overwhelming spiritual experience for all of us.
Every place we visited was crowded as expected but It was good to see arrangement of temporary toilets for managing needs of such a huge number of people.
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.
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Darshan Gosar

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"Eternal experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is famous for its Har ki Pauri and its Ganga aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. The priest and 1000's of devotees hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lighting diyas on flowing Ganga looks so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. This place is famous for its Ganga Aarti at dusk among tourists as well as devotees.
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"Traffic problems"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was very difficult to reach our hotel located at Har ki paudi due to unnecessary traffic restrictions. The traffic police lacks common sense and is not aware of the problems being faced by the public. They are not concerned even for the senior citizens. We faced similar difficulties on return journey to the railway station. The Haridwar Municipal Authority should device a system for proper traffic system.
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