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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Shekhar Jain

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"Peaceful location" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Haridwar is a welcome change from the hustle bustle of Delhi and we found it extremely relaxing and fulfilling. The place is totally commercialized, however, still retains the charm, peace and beauty of a small town with religious fervor. Travel within the city is easy as people are very helpful and guide you properly. The food is also very tasty and suits the palette of north Indians well with awesomely tasty lassi to down the rich tasty food.
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Dev prakash sharma

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"Excellent experience" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Our experience to Haridwar is good as you know Haridwar is the best place to visit. Many people come for many purposes but my family came only to see the beauty of river Ganga which looks fabulous, charming and quiet place to sit under the shadow of tree with legs in Ganga. At night, beautiful sound of river and air around. It is a much relaxed place but when we go for a bath the cold water makes our condition tight.
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Gowinraj .

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  •  2 helpful votes
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"Good place to stay for a week" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is nice place. We have stayed in Haridwar for three days. We have seen many place in Haridwar city. Hari ki Pauri, Chandi Devi, Manasa Devi and other temples. We went from Haridwar to Devprayag by taxi. On the way we visited Rishikesh also. Very nice to say that, we got some positive energy during the stay in Haridwar. There are so many night flies and other insects.

We are veg. So no food problems. Food is nice. Good place to stay for a week.
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Somnath Paul

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  • Somnath Paul
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  20 helpful votes
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"Very nice experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very nice experience. The cold water of River Ganges is amazing. It was very hot at Haridwar in the month of June 2015. It was a short trip, so I visited only Manasa Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Haridwar is a very congested place. Must taste Rabdi in Haridwar. Rishikesh-Laxman Jhula-Ram Jhula are very good to visit.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
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"A good trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a very good trip. It was main river, Ganga river is the main gate to reach god. It is very good river, the flow was fast. There bank was very great. There Aarti of ganga maa is very famous all over world. It is very big river of India. You must be visit in your life.
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Priya Goel

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"Happy holidays in Haridwar" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haridwar is as awesome as I thought of Place of ganga. We enjoyed so much that we have no words. Had a very religious trip to haridwar went har ki paudi. Lovely. Holidayiq.com helped very much in planning my trip to Haridwar. Will always visit holidayiq.com for any trip in coming years.
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Anjalee  Agarwal

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  • Anjalee Agarwal
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"Enjoyed the trip"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The overall experience was great, a bit tiring because of the high temperature but I enjoyed it a lot, especially the backwaters of Haridwar. The tourists can walk to the Ganga ghats enjoying its great market area.

Enjoyed a lot :)
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Chetna Kharwa

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  • Chetna Kharwa
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
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"An awesome place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We had visited two dams that is Kedarnath and badrinath both the places were awesome. The Climate at both the place was cool even in the Hot Summer. Helicopter experience at Kedarnath was the best and it was first exo for all of us but a very long waiting time. We all love it.
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Yatin Mago

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"Want to visit again and again"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I want to visit 1000000 times more haridwar. As I have visited Haridwar 5 times it is the best place for religious and for fun. My family and I go to Haridwar every year. There is so much relaxation there. The food of Haridwar is also awesome. There is a 7d cinema also. We also shopped something from Haridwar. Small things like jewelry and all other small things. I advice every man should go to this place.
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Vikas Sharma

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"Masti in Rishikesh"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Last week, I have visited Rishikesh and did rafting there with 300/- per member, don't talk with dallas go direct with dealer or shop and talk with them. 12 km rafting was good and we enjoyed the moments, we didn't take the hotel there, we slept in car :( because no space was available.
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