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Chandi devi

Chandi devi  Video Review
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Chandi Devi Temple

Ashish
29th Dec 17

Electrifying experience

Electrifying experience  Video Review
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Ganga Temple

Unnati sanghvi Sanghvi
12th Nov 17

Mansa Devi Udan Khatola

Mansa Devi Udan Khatola  Video Review
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Mansa Devi Temple

Unnati sanghvi Sanghvi
12th Nov 17

Awesome ride, must do in Haridwar

Awesome ride, must do in Haridwar  Video Review
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Mansa Devi Temple

Prashant Kumar
12th Nov 17

Subhash Ghat

Subhash Ghat  Video Review
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Subhas Ghat

Susanta Sadhukhan
29th Sep 17

Har ki pauri ghat, Haridwar

Har ki pauri ghat, Haridwar  Video Review
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Har Ki Pauri

Swakhar Pachal
29th Sep 17

Ropeway to Manasa Devi temple

Ropeway to Manasa Devi temple  Video Review
01:52

Mansa Devi Temple

Amitava Sasmal
13th Aug 17

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple  Video Review
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Mansa Devi Temple

Geetarawat
29th Dec 17

Udan khtola (rope way) for Masa Devi temple visit

Udan khtola (rope way) for Masa Devi temple visit  Video Review
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Udan Khatola

Ashish
29th Dec 17

Travelling pod for mansa devi temple, Rs 100

Travelling pod for mansa devi temple, Rs 100  Video Review
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Udan Khatola

Sabyasachi Bhowmick
29th Dec 17

I am heading to Haridwar

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Arvind Kumar

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Reasons to go to Haridwar

1A humble religious experience
A humble religious experience

HolidayIQ Reviewer kamal bahukhandi adds, “The beauty of Haridwar Har Ki Pauri is one of the most important places in Haridwar and is famous for its evening pujas. If someone really wants to visit Haridwar they should definitely go and see the Har Ki Pauri evening puja.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Himanshu bahukhandi says, “The wonders of Haridwar Chandi Devi temple is said to be one of the most spiritual places in Haridwar and I myself have visited there many times. Chandi Devi temple is the place where you can find the true spirituality of Haridwar and there is a saying that you should probably visit Chandi Devi temple if you are visiting Haridwar.”  

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2For a spiritual escapade
For a spiritual escapade

HolidayIQ Reviewer Himanshu Bahukhandi says, “Chandi Devi temple is said to be one of the most spiritual places in Haridwar and I have visited it many times. Chandi Devi temple is the place where you can find the true spirituality of Haridwar and there is a saying that one simply must visit Chandi Devi temple if one is visiting Haridwar. This is the place where you can truly devote your time to Chandi Devi and it is said that if you make a wish there, then the wish is fulfilled by Chandi Devi. I am not just saying it but it's the thing the people talk about here in Haridwar. So it's your time to just experience the spirituality and peace of Haridwar. ”

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3For a spiritual connection, Chandi Devi Temple
For a spiritual connection, Chandi Devi Temple

Temple | Religious | Peace | Holy River
HolidayIQ Reviewer Hhimanshu Bahukhandi shares, “Chandi Devi Temple is said to be one of the most spiritual places in Haridwar and I myself have visited there many times. Chandi Devi Temple is the place where you can find the true spirituality of Haridwar and there is a saying that you should probably visit Chandi Devi Temple if you are visiting Haridwar. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vinod Kumar shares, “Har Ki Pauri is the main place of Haridwar with a religious value. Temples are situated on the bank of the river. It is a place for a holy dip and very safe. Religious chanting and songs of Maa Ganga give a pious feeling. Every day in evening Ganga aarti is being organized. ” 

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4Kumbh Mela, The World’s Largest Religious Gathering, Happens In Haridwar Every 12 Years
Kumbh Mela, The World’s Largest Religious Gathering, Happens In Haridwar Every 12 Years

Haridwar hosts the Kumbha Mela every twelve years. Millions of pilgrims take part from all parts of India and the world. Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas: the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and the Ujjain Simhastha. 

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5She flows onto the plains, Haridwar
She flows onto the plains, Haridwar

Haridwar is located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas and onto the plains, bringing along with it life giving water. This is one of the holiest cities for the practicing Hindu. Evenings are when prayers are offered and the banks of the river light up. The surrounding Himalayas are a feast of activities for the explorer.

Anisha: Going back to Haridwar and again to cherish those memories -- the pleasure of sitting next to the Ganges, listening to chants and witnessing 'maha aarti', lighting up clay lamps and making a wish -- is all what I want."

Enjoy the pooja every evening on the banks of the Ganges

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Reviews (398)

Kamal sahu

Kamal sahu5.0/5

4 reviews

Experience of my trip

My trip was a char dham trip and after returning we had stopped bat Haridwar for rest as well as sacred Bath in ganga river. Then we were in hotel madhuban guest house in Haridwar. It was an average hotel. There was multiple booking of rooms. The facility was not adequate. But we enjoyed in Haridwar.

Rajesh kumar

Rajesh kumar4.3/5

2 reviews

Haridwar a Good place for Relaxation by the Ganga

Come to Haridwar with enough time to really enjoy the beauty and serenity this place offers. A morning walk by the Ganga followed by a dip in the same really relaxes your mind and body. Surprisingly my kids enjoyed the dip in the Ganga more than me . Go to Rajajee Tiger reserve ( hire an outside vehicle) to see wildlife and leopards if you are lucky . My advice is do not be in a rush to run around the temples but devote sometime to see the natural beauty around it . Eat at Chotiwala for delicious food.

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Recommended Duration in Haridwar

Number of days to spend in Haridwar as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

5.3%

2 days

42.1%

3 days

21.1%

4 days

15.8%

5+ days

15.8%

Haridwar Overview

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.

Photos of Haridwar

Rajaji National Park, Haridwar

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Parul Upadhyay

Rajaji National Park Safari
Haridwar, Uttarakhand

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Pranav gor

Lakshman Jula
Udan Khatola, Haridwar

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Muralidharan nagarajan

view of HARIDWAR from rope car (( udan gatola))

There is so much to see in Haridwar.

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