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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Ashwani Das

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  • Ashwani Das
  • Lives in Haridwar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 readers

"Calm and cool place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The place is real fun to be with family, not talking religious purpose of this place but nearby Jungles like Rajaji National Park, Calm BHEL and Ganga River bank from Chandidevi to Premnagar Ashram is really cool. Some hidden places if go beyond Rajaji national towards Rishikesh its really awesome. So much peace if you staying at Delhi you can understand its value.
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Kshitij Pandey

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  • Kshitij Pandey
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Haridwar, a place to worship!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Me and my family visit's Haridwar every year Haridwar is best place if you wanna see a place with true spiritual power. In Haridwar you feel positivity there are lot of temples greenery everywhere and most mesmerizing place of Haridwar is Neelkanth Temple.
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Tani Pal

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  • Tani Pal
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review
  •  44 readers

"Nice place to go, best for families" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place & enjoyed a lot there with family and friends. Love to go there again and again. Me my family members were there to enjoy and we done so much fun there. Missing Haridwar and don't forget to go Rishikesh for river rafting.
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Kiran  Sood

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  • Kiran Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 6 Reviews
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"Sacred Land, Haridwar" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ganga from Himalayas showers Grace on agricultural land of India from Hardwar onwards with such turbulent flow that only Shiv could control. Bhagirath's penance is well-known to bring down Ganga for deliverance of hundreds of sons from karma-pash. Ganga Ji is playing that significant role from times immemorial till date and will continue for innumerable years to come. The year-2016 is more pious time, you can say muhurat for holy dip being marked for ardh-kumbh. I am fortunate to get opportunity for the same. Faith of lakhs brings this holy place alive for concentration for higher consciousness. This place is meant for congregation of shaives as well as vaishanavas. That's how some devotees call Hardwar and for others the same place is Haridwar. The holy river Ganga embraces all and purify all without any discrimination. This is sacred Ganga, not a picnic spot. The fury of nature has gulped many for violating Law of Nature. A human-being is tiny spec before all pervasive nature. This feeling gives chance to us to rise above pettiness. Hardwar welcomes all rich or poor, from urban high society or rural humble people. This is well connected by rail and bus and airport is in vicinity. I enjoy mantra chanting as well as devotional songs. There's prohibitive order against consuming liquor and non vegetable food. One feel like to follow rules and being grounded as this place reminds of ultimate journey of human being to be one with nature. I love this place for reasons beyond reasoning. Going beyond mind is highest level of delight.
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Bilab sen

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  • Bilab sen
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  51 readers

"A nice place & good for a short visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Lovely place filled with religious feeling. Excellent food though veg only. Aarti, temples, shops with reasonable prise will attract you. A must visit one. Those love shopping specially garments will get more than value they will be paying. Excellent service in the hotel. You will get more than your expectations.
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Arindam Mondal

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  • Arindam Mondal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Had a nice visit to temple" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a great place to visit with full family. Although it is a very religious place to visit but indeed a very good all age persons to visit. The main attraction is the Arati of at auri ghat, mansa Devi temple, cable car ride, laxman jhula, ram jhula.
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Dipak Dawar

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  • Dipak Dawar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Spirituality everywhere, Haridwar!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's one of my favourite place to visit with family. There is no other place like haridwar to visit. It is not only about holly water Ganga, but there are lots of other temples to visit like mansa devi and many more. One should already go there once.
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Nikita Rathore

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  • Nikita Rathore
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Wonderful visit to Haridwar" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is a holy place. It was a spiritual journey. Peaceful atmosphere, I lived with Nature all the time. Ganga Aarti was wonderful. Greenery was everywhere. The food was awesome. I tried momos very first time there. The people of Haridwar are good. Must visit the beauty of nature.
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Nitin Srivastava

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  • Nitin Srivastava
  • Lives in Deoria
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"Lovely place to go!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is a lovely place with lovely surroundings. My journey to Haridwar was memorable. The scenaries of this place is awestrucking. You can visit many other places on Haridwar, many religious places are there for religious people. Over all its a much a visit place.
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Srinivas Pansare

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  • Srinivas Pansare
  • Lives in Pune
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"A holy place, must visit-Haridwar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Haridwar, by name itself it denotes that, it is a Gateway to God. It is a breathtaking city, replete with temples, is a magnet for religious pilgrims from all over the globe. Religious festivals hold even further draw and tourists can't helped but compelled by the city's aura of intense spirituality. Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganga. Very nice and clean city. It is understood that, there are about 4000 temples in Haridwar. In spite of so many temples, and lakhs of devotees visiting daily, the are of all temples, Ganga river, and ghats are clean and neat. At Har ki paidi, Ganga aarati is performed everyday in the evening, which is watched by many devotees. It is a very nice and memorable view to watch this aarati. We visited Chandi Devi temple and Mansa Devi temple also. Both these temples are on a top of hill and we had gone there by cable car. The Arial view seen through cable car is very beautiful. The other temples we visited were Daksh Temple, HariHar Ashram and Pawan Dham temple. We also visited Yoga guru Ramdev Baba's Patanjali Ashram, which is located about 15 KMs from Haridwar, near Roorkee. It is a very big and nicely developed building, where Ayurvedic College and Hospital is also run. Good Food is also available at subsidised rate in a Canteen run by the Paranjali ashram.
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