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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Priya Sahu
  • Priya Sahu
  • Lives in Durg-Bhilai Nagar
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit place" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Overall experience was good. Haridwar is a pilgrimage place and its very famous among the Hindus. It's a good place for shopping. Har ki Paudi Market is good shops for buying bangles, jewellery. If you love nature, then you will love this place. Temples near by gives you good sightseeing. Rishikesh is near to Haridwar so one can enjoy camping and river rafting there.
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Anurag Verma
  • Anurag Verma
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews

"Full masti" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was awesome trip full of masti, fun and enjoyment. It was great experience with friends. Climate was very good, ganga aarti was awesome. View was very good with thousands of people worshiping ganga together was very nice. Hotel was very good with lot of facility. It was best experience of the life.
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Amrita Sinha
  • Amrita Sinha
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 1 Review

"A religious place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Haridwar is a wonderful destination for holiday. Wonderful experience of aarti and bath in har ki podi in haridwar. A must visit destination. Rishikesh is also a great place. It is few kilo meters from Haridwar. Mansa devi and chandi devi is religious place on mountain top. Temples are the attraction of this place.
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Sonia Gupta
  • Sonia Gupta
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review

"My best experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Few days ago, I visited haridwar, Uttarakhand. It was so wonderful to see a city like this. Very religious and exciting. I went to Haridwar with my family. Best part was bathing in Ganga. That was my best experience so far. Haridwar is really the place of devtas. Must visit once as per me.
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Ankit Naagar
  • Ankit Naagar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 5 Reviews

"A must vist place for everybody" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A good destination for summer vacyton. Rishikesh Is Heart Of Uttarakhand. It is a very religious place. Can even shop for things like maalas nd murthis of hindu gods and godess. The CDs and DVDs of aarti nd bhajans etc.
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Jayesh Kumar
  • Jayesh Kumar
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 12 Reviews

"Religious and spiritual place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I think that each one must visit Haridwar in life at least once a while. I think the most religious and spiritual place in Haridwar is Harki Podi the sound of water flowing in Ganga was amazing during the sun rise taken the bath in Ganga I feel that I got lots relaxation after the long journey. Arati during sunrise and sunset at HarKi Pauri was excellent. But also there many pundits baba's and local peoples who are always ready to cheat you some how so be aware of and have safe journey.
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Gaurav Pathak
  • Gaurav Pathak
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very nice place for holiday in summer vacations. Rishikesh is heart of uttarakhand. It is a very romantic place, the view of pure nature and religious place is good. Everyone like this place. This place is also know as city of god and this is true for me. Everyone must visit this place.
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Amit Chugh
  • Amit Chugh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice experience of visiting a peaceful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We started visiting this place from Delhi at around 3:30 pm in our car. The road till Meerut-bypass road was not that good and we covered approx. 60 km in 2 hours. The next stretch of 80 km was a toll road and the same was covered in around 50 minutes. This managed to cover up the lost average in the initial stretch :). The next 20-30 kms were horrible and the under-construction flyovers added to the bad quality of the road. This stretch was covered in another 1 hour.

The remaining part of journey till Haridwar was a mix & match of good & bad roads and we managed to reach Haridwar by 9:00 pm. There we stayed in a guest house. The weather was little cooler in the evening and this helped us in feeling little relaxed after a long journey. There were not much tourists around (being off-season), so, the place little cleaner than when we visited this place in peak season time earlier. We stayed there for a night and returned back to Delhi the next day after taking bath in Holy Ganga river. Overall, the experience was good and recommended.
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Sumit Sen gupta
  • Sumit Sen gupta
  • Lives in Ahiwara
  • 4 Reviews

"A visit is good"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Aarti during sunrise and sunset at Har Ki Pauri is excellent, having meals at Dada Boudi hotel new one is very good. The parking area is good, went to see the local market, had tea and snacks like chips. Should take water from river Ganga and bring back to home.
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Rajan  Singla
  • Rajan Singla
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Emense statisfaction & devotion"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited Haridwar for the first time with my parents. They used to go there but its for the first time I accompany them to Haridwar. I was very excited thinking will enjoy a lot having perception that I will be at a place to roam and see the beauty but when I stepped there Ii came to know its a place to recognise the beauty inside you. Huge crowd of disciples having deep faith in god. People from far places came on foot covering miles of miles without foot wears just to ask for forgiveness for their sins. Awesome experience of taking bath at Ganga river well known for its holiness. Heart filled with peace on darshan of statue of god amazed to see getting mad for khazana given over there.

With all beauty peace devotion there is some evils also exist at this place big pockets take all your money without knowing you. Its the worst thing so one should be extra careful. All in all its amazing and thrilling experience.. :) :)
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