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

History of Haridwar

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 Chardham 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.

People and Culture of 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.

Things To Do in Haridwar

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 in India, the University of Roorkee, which is now known by the name of IIT Roorkee. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya 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 Kangri 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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Thiyagarajan P r

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  • Thiyagarajan P r
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 12 Reviews
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"Good spiritual break"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is a calm and quite city with many important spiritual places. Overall one can cover by staying max two to three nights. Local autos has package for visiting all temples and Ganga Aarti.
It has Sakthi peetams. There are many temples. Must visit Mayadevi, Manasa Devi and Chandi Devi. Rope car is available for reaching the hills of Manasa Devi and Chandi Devi. Nice experience ...
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Mohan Jitpure

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  • Mohan Jitpure
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"One of Most Holiest place in India Har-ki-Pauri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hardwar is an ancient city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mil) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During the Haridwar 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 attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, "footsteps of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar. Round the year devotees, Visitors, religion come, ghat are too clean and fantastic looks and give attraction to people, Haridwar is also known for tourist place and people come from other countries. Gayatri Yog Pith Ashram situated here to visit and stay for a long time. The Ashram have all facilities to worship and give our valuable time to other.
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Venkataseshagiri rao manchala

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  • Venkataseshagiri rao manchala
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  •  255 readers

"Good experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We have been to Hari ki paudi and had Ganga Aarti and to Chandi devi temple.
The Rope way to Chandi Devi temple was good experience.
At Rishikesh we went to Ram jhula, Lakshman Jhula and Lakshman Mandir.
The biggest interruptions to our visit were the Pandas and the Monkeys. Beware of them.
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Vaidhyanathan reddiar

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"Holy city, with beautiful view of the river ganges"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2017
It is small city with full of hustle and bustle, there are plenty of eatery places at jaw dropping prices for people from all different backgrounds. Also, there is plenty to shop that you can't even imagine for such affordable price. My stay was just for a night, thus didn't have the chance to go to the temple but Hrishikesh is equally nice and peaceful with a lot of ashrams around the city offering yogic lessons.
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Om Joshi

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  • Om Joshi
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"Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
Great hotel of this class. Hotel was very clean as well as the room.  
Trip was on a busy spring break weekend so the hotel was very busy, but really no problems from that. There was an expanded pool area for the
Kids, not part of our plans but looked great for that grade school age crowd.
The breakfast was typical continental with bacon, scrambled eggs and the make your own waffle plus typical pastry, fruit and cereals. No quality issues. A busy breakfast room with all the guests but it is actually one of the larger breakfast areas I have seen at a Hampton.  
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Nived Sukhtankar

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  • Nived Sukhtankar
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Excellent Budget Hotel in Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
We stayed in the Hotel for 2 Nights. Location is very convenient. It's very close to station. All the tourist places of interest are also easy to reach. Staff is very friendly and courteous. Rooms are also neat and clean. This was our repeat stay in the hotel and we are happy with the services
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Ananda Bhatta

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  • Ananda Bhatta
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 2, 2017
Haridwar, the name itself describes the place value, that its the gateway to the Hari. A wonderful feeling you will get when you enter Into the land of God. The Ganges, our mother makes you pious, when you touch it. The temples are though small in size but gives you eternal feeling. Haridwar is a town of temples. All temples and Mathas are worthy to watch. Harihar Ashram. Dakhya Prajapati temple are the peak among all.
Although its a spiritual town but you will face touts all around the town.
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Payal chakraborty

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  • Payal chakraborty
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"Pious city-HARIDWAR"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2016
Haridwar situated in the banks of river Ganga visited by travellers for religious trip but I went with my family to see the scenic beauty of the place where the river first enters the plains !!! Rishikesh, Laxman jhula, Ram jhula, Mansa Devi Temple are other attractions of the place along with the short ride of cable car to Chandi Devi Temple. The place & surroundings are safe & the hotel in which we stayed are very courteous. As we love to travel around this place is surely be remembered by me forever.
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Pramilla kulkarni

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"Spiritually inspiring"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
Haridwar is beautiful, as long as you ignore the constant chatter of those trying to get some money out of you. I did not go there specifically for religious reasons. I just wanted to see the Mother River, Ganga, the old buildings and temples. I had mixed reactions to the place. While the entire atmosphere of the city is steeped in religion, the first reaction I felt when I saw the river Ganga was, WOW! The people are friendly and helpful. The main areas are crowded. But the main religious attractions are surprisingly Welland. Especially the cable cars to the Mansa devi and Chandi devi temples. Har ki Pauri in the evenings is a delight, but what dampens the spirit is people, be it beggar or Bramhins tugging at your sleeve for dakshina.
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Naresh chand

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"Holy, Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2016
One of the beautiful holy and scenic place surrounded with hills and temples which provides a relaxing atmosphere. Water was clean. Food was reasonably cheap and good. Most impressive thing was Ganga Aarti which was resonating. Some places at the Ghat were crowded.
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