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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Umesh Kumar

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"Find peace and natural beauty of nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A good place for people where you find peace and natural beauty of nature. At the month of August (sawan) beauty of this place is increased. So every should go to this place. I go there many times but recently on 9th August I went there and I really enjoyed this trip.
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Gaurav Agrawal

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"Perfect place for holidays" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The environment of Haridwar destination is awesome which I have ever seen. The food is also available at low prices and the rate of local buses is also low as compared to other metro cities. You will never forget your precious time spent there. I visited many places in Haridwar like Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi and it feels very great.
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Prem

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"Religious experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Good for those travelers who are religious & like to see more about Indian culture & also like to know more about the holy river "Ganga". You can experience the national integration from all over the India, people from different culture & states come here from all over the nation to make their religious wishes true.
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Sudarshan Gupta

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"A trip to Haridwar"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Haridwar is a holy place for all Hindu in India and abroad. Its name itself implies that this is the land and place where from the way to heaven starts. Ancient glorious spiritual past of India boasts of many rishi and muni (the pundits of knowledge) who started and finished their thirst of knowledge here in the lap of nature.

Haridwar is approximately 200 km from capital city of India Delhi. Haridwar is located at the foot hills and the holy river Ganga first times touches plains after leaving the hills. And just 23 km north of haridwar is Rishikesh still a part of hills, is very famous for its Laxman jhoola and Ram Jhoola (these are two bridges without any pillar across the holy river Ganga). People from all over the world visits these two places at least for their spiritual enlightenment and to pass a part of their life in the holy lap of nature. This saga of my trip is intended to help those new who wish to come to Haridwar and Rishikesh.

I started from karnal by train journey. I had in my hand two days Saturday and Sunday. The tickets can be booked in trains in advance to avoid last minute hurry. The journey is from Karnal to ambala which is 65 km and from Ambala to haridwar which is 200 km. The AC sitting chair car fare from Karnal to Ambala is Rs 165 (year 2011). Be aware while catching this train as we had missed this train because of just sake of name confusion. In telephonic inquiry an automated voice will tell you that your coach will stand behind two or three coaches from engine. So we waited quite ahead in the platform. When train came we saw written on train as Bhiwani-Kalka express and then also Ekta express. We thought this is not our train. We remained sitting. But when train started moving we suddenly see Himalayan Queen is also written on the same moving train which was ours train. So be very careful if you catch this train and that too from karnal. Should we not praise the Indian railway system for this peculiar arrangement? Anyway, there was no use repenting.

We heard soon an announcement that another train “Shane Punjab"¯ is arriving in 10 minutes. I ran to ticket booking stall. There was no time to cancel the previous ticket, so I booked general ticket in super fast and we boarded in. What to talk of this general dabba traveling. We travelled the whole 1 and half hour journey standing. I just remained asking to myself whose fault was it? I could do nothing but pity the memorable start to a holy place. My mother's feet swelled because of long standing. My nanny's old bone couldn't bear her weight standing. But we four finished the journey from Karnal to Ambala as God had wished.

I was afraid that we will miss the next train from Ambala to Haridwar which was at 11:00 am but by 10:30 we had got down. We changed platform took some snacks and boarded in the holy train. This was a very comfortable journey with AC full on and lot of chairs vacant. Soon we started feeling cold. I went to pantry and bought 10 Rs per cup tomato soup. It was hot and chilly hot that made us all feel at home. By 1:45 we were at Haridwar station. We got down. Outside the station it was quite different from the train's inside AC. As I had already researched enough about where to stay, we negotiated two rickshaws to be ready for taking us to Madwari niwas at shabjimandi in Rs 20 per rickshaw. And we headed straight for “Madwari niwas hotel". We reached there as I had already asked them about accommodation they recognized us and took us to first floor three seated bedroom with TV and a clean bath room. The windows were opening towards the road a busy street leading to “hari ki pauri"about some half or one km from here. We had some fruits with us. We freshened up and ate fruits and sipped juices to keep ourselves fresh.

I would like to tell here to readers that the Madwari niwas is although at the center between station, bus stand and “hari ki pauri"¯, I later on realized that some other hotels which are situated just at Hari ki pauri might be good. But then the cost of accommodation might have been more. We paid Rs 500 per night where we had stayed and we had to vacate latest next day by 1:30 pm. So it will be good to research more about different hotels and their location.

We had talked to some Ashram also they provide free accommodation but then there whether separate rooms are available or not is matter of further search. One among them is “Jai Ram Ashram". It has 515 rooms and they had agreed to accommodate us without giving any further details just they said you come. But its location is on the way from Haridwar to Rishikesh so for people arriving at Haridwar, it is not much a very attractive idea to go to this Ashram for stay.

The owner of the Madwari niwas told us that we can visit Mansa Devi and Chandi devi and Aarti at Hari kee pairi the very same day we had arrived. So we just purchased the package ticket right from the hotel owner, otherwise these can be purchased from the Govt booking stalls also. But since there is no difference in the prices of ticket so it was better to take it at hotel itself to avoid any hassle from crowd at booking stalls. It was just a little walking distance 200 to 300 meters from our hotel to the rope way station to go to Mansadevi temple. The packaged ticket cost Rs 165 per head. It will permit you to go to Mansadevi hill top by rope way and then come back and after traveling some 500 or 600 meters down the gulley you will reach vehicle stand. You show ticket to them and they will get you boarded in vehicle to go to chandi devi ropeway station.

We had the darshan of mata Mansa Devi. We bowed our head and asked for blessings. Here now a day inside the temple, you will find so many pujaris (worship man) they will attract you to offer some money (daan/donation) for receiving some blessings or winding wrist threads or putting tilak (anointment on forehead) and so on. It is advisable that you should not indulge much in these karm-kands (activities). You do darshan (view of Goddess/God) and come out with your perception. It is just a matter of astha (faith) in God. How do you do it where do you do it does not mean much.

While visiting “Chandi devi"¯ temple, it had started blowing long wind and the time was around 4:30 pm. In such situation they stop rope way and wait for the wind to lull. We waited for 10 -15 minutes and then ropeway started. It is to be known that if you have taken the package ticket this is valid for up to three days. But those “single" temple tickets could not be used for other time. When you are on Chandidevi temple hill a way still toward top will take you to mata Anjani Devi temple. We went there also. On the way be aware of monkeys. They are very notorious. They will snatch anything and everything from your hand if you are slightest of oblivion of their presence. Some are so courageous that they catch children and ladies by clothes and will try to snatch materials from their hands.

The Aarti (a routine ceremonial activity of lightening mudded lamps with oil/ghee in them) is very spectacular scene at Hari kee Pauri. So people start gathering in large number to Hari kee Pauri by 5:30 pm itself. We were not sure of time of aarti. Somebody told it is 5:40 pm someone told 6:40 and even someone told by 7:00pm.

When we got down from Mata Chandi Devi temple vehicle waits for you to drop you where from they had brought you. We took those buses and told them to drop us near Hari kee pauri. They will drop you at some near place from where you have to go to Hari kee pauri by some auto that will cost some Rs 5 per person. By the time we reached there it was 6:00 pm and the Aarti had been over. But still it was a nice view. We wandered on ghat (the shore of river) and offered some worships to holy river Ganga.

By that time we were pretty tired and we entered the adjacent market. We took food at “pracheen chotiwala restaurant"¯. We were hungry so we ate whatever it was, otherwise food was costlier and quality was not good. From there it was almost a walk of 2-3 kms through very busy street of market selling all kinds of spiritual items to our Madwari Niwas. We slept in.

Next morning, I had booked a car (Tata indica) from the hotel owner. Its capacity was enough to carry four of us along with the driver. We hired it in a sum of Rs 850 for whole day (till 6:00 pm). We started from hotel in cab at 7:00 am for Rishikesh.

The ideal way is you first go to Daskhewar temple (where sati had given her life by jumping in the agnikumbh/hawankund). There you see king Daksh temple, sati mandir, the veds university (the rare one where Sanskrit and other Indian epics are taught). Nearby is mother Anandmayee temple (the spiritual guru of ex-Prime minister late Smt Indira Gandhi). Just near only is Harihar nath ashram. Here the shivling is made of mercury. The Rudrakhs tree is very much in its campus. They sell different types of Rudraksh (seed of the tree) which are of different types like ek-mukhi, do-mukhi, teen-mukhee etc. They are said to be associated with the concept that wearing them in the form of garland protects you from many disease like hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problem etc. You move on from there and on the way stop to visit baba doodhadhari shiv temple. Here they rear a large number of cows. The milk of which is given as lassi Prasad (the blessing from God) free of cost. Go and drink as much as you want.

Then we reach Rishikesh which is 23-25 kms from Haridwar. First you will see Laxman Jhoola don't stop here go ahead you will reach Ram jhoola. Here just at footbridge is one ashram of maharshi Mehiji Maharaj. He was a saint whose followers are still here and they provide accommodation and food for their followers who come to Rishikesh.

You get down and you are in Ram jhoola. It is said that It was made by British people. It is in fact a bridge across the holy river Ganga which is without any pillar in between. While walking on it, it will sway in slow lurches. You cross the bridge and you see a thirteen storied temple. Don't be tempted and much expecting. Just some idols of God and in between some shops to sell their stuffs on every floor and finally leading to top they say there is a temple. I didn't go. I had no courage to walk thirteen floors just to see those shops and idols.

We were feeling hungry. So we got down just near to the Ram Jhoola to Ghat (the river shore). There we took open view public bath. There is thick rope to hold when you are bathing lest the current of water while some rafting and motor boats are passing through should destabilize you. Then we took food in a nearby restaurant. The food was not so good. And we took a public vehicle to reach to Laxman jhoola. Because we had left our vehicle on the other side of river, the driver told us that he will meet us there at Laxman jhoola.

We reached Laxman Jhoola. Here visited some veda studying campuses and crossed it to catch our car. From here we moved to “ShantiKunj"¯ the center for the followers of Gayatri stream. This is one of biggest stream whose philosophy is to spread knowledge among people. They have a very big campus with all sorts of facilities. It is worth watching. Time was nearing it was 6:00 pm. We had our train at 9:40 pm from Haridwar to Ambala. So we departed. We asked our driver to drop us at Hari kee Pairi. We say aarti. Took food in the market and reached to station. By morning 4:00 am we were at sweet home.

The purpose behind this article is to help you how to look for destinations and which places in what sequences you should visit to better utilize the short time while touring.
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Shekhar Jain

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"Peaceful location"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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"Excellent experience"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Good place to stay for a week"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Very nice experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"A good trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Happy holidays in Haridwar"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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