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
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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Ashok Kumar

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  • Ashok Kumar
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  114 readers

"Traffic problems" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was very difficult to reach our hotel located at Har ki paudi due to unnecessary traffic restrictions. The traffic police lacks common sense and is not aware of the problems being faced by the public. They are not concerned even for the senior citizens. We faced similar difficulties on return journey to the railway station. The Haridwar Municipal Authority should device a system for proper traffic system.
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Aayushman bharadwaj

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  • Aayushman bharadwaj
  • 3 Reviews
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"Haridwar - Religious + Adventurous" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nice place to visit, apart from having religious values of this place still have some adventurous things to do and that too in Rishikesh which is approx 20 Km away from Haridwar. But within Haridwar you can enjoy food, temples, and of course Snan @ ghat. Around 210 km from Delhi a best place for short visits best for weekends. But make sure to reach this place early in the morning else you may get stuck with heavy traffic jams.
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Ganpat Teli

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  • Ganpat Teli
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 9 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Visit only if necessary" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haridwar is a place for religious importance. Very crowded place. If you love religious people and atmosphere, you can enjoy here. Non-believer people like me feel out of place here. There are lots of places which can be visited in Haridwar, but if you are getting bored, head towards Rishikesh, which is only at the distance of 20-25 Km.

Beware of the fraud of various kind. Generally people are good but anti social elements were also there.
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Saurav Choudhary

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  • Saurav Choudhary
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Religious place" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haridwar is a nice place located in Uttrakhand state is famous for his ganga ghats but I think you should go to Rishikesh instead of Haridwar because the ganga water is cleaner in Rishikesh as campare to Haridwar. You can also enjoy adventures activities in Rishikesh like river rafting, bunjee jumping, jungle safari.
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Abhishek Yadav

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  • Abhishek Yadav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  252 readers

"Nice place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Awesome place, full of spirituality and holiness. Perfect place to celebrate events like farewell, etc. Haridwar is as much wonder and beautiful as its name suggest. It's also economical to ever basic thing like restaurant, hotels, ATM's, transport are near and easily available.
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Aman Rawat

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  • Aman Rawat
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  1786 readers

"Peaceful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
India's only destination where you can get peace along with an unimaginable experience like rafting bungy jumping and other activities.

There are many river side camps to enjoy beach like experience.

You're not going to have neither booze nor non-veg here as it has high religious aspirations.

There is a place Garud Chatti which is a natural waterfall, and you can have a nice time there too.
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Chandi adhikari

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  • Chandi adhikari
  • 3 Reviews
  •  352 readers

"A lot of experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This my great tour of life, lot of experience I collected. I faced ahead of many natural situations. Mini Swize called by Chokta Name. This valley beautifully filled with nature, the most religion place is lord Kedarnath, Badrinath, amazing tour and experience of trip.
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Prabhat  Kumar

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  • Prabhat Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Most religious place to visit in India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of my long wishs was achieved last weekend when I visited Haridwar with three of my friends who compelled to travel by road only and fortunately we got a wonderful deal from AHA Taxis of paying only one way trip charge that also within our budget. Thanks to AHA Taxis that provided on time taxi at New Delhi station as promised. I would like to share some glimpses of my trip.

Haridwar is really one of the most religious places with beautiful temples, religious festivals and yummy local food. Our day started with hot frothy kulhar milk and crispy kachoris near Chandi Devi Temple and then began the aura of intense spirituality with numerous beautiful temples, sacred ghats and nightly Ganga Aarti at Hari ki Pauri. In short it is a good place to visit with family and friends where you can enjoy holy bath at sacred Ganga Ghats, delicious food and beautiful temples.
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Sushil sharma

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  • Sushil sharma
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"Great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We always feel great experience in Haridwar. Me and my family many times came here. We feel fresh here. Here we visit Mansa Devi temple and Chandi Devi temple also. Me and my family whenever get a chance, we come here. Morning and evening aarti of Ganga river is very good. From here we can also go to Rishikesh also.
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Seven Sermoney

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  • Seven Sermoney
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 8 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  601 readers

"A temple city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Haridwar is a family holiday package. Being in Haridwar is like going to the temple. You can do lots of thing daily. Nothing more to see rather than temples, there are lots of temples. Best time to go there is in cold season. No Crowd, no religious festival. hotel rates r low. You won't get non-veg, only veg. You'll have very pleasant and shanti walla holiday with your family or your partner.
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