|--> Location :
||Uttarakhand Region (Uttar Pradesh)
|--> Main Attractions :
||Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple
|--> Near by Attractions :
|--> Best Season :
||September to June
Haridwar-- gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region, is
located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga.
The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the
first major town on the plains.
Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it
becomes very quite and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer
taking bath on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that
taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate
Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the
trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is also one of the major
Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, the body and the soul. Not
only in spiritual or religious terms Haridwar has come up as a major
learning center for arts, science and culture. This place has maintained the
Gurukul tradition of teaching. This ancient tradition of teaching has
maintained its fervour in Haridwar.
Haridwar has since ages been a source of Ayurvedic medicines and has been
providing herbal remedies. Haridwar one of the first towns to be developed
on Ganges is still lush and green with forest and trees. With Rajaji Park in
the vicinity Haridwar has also been the destination for the wildlife and
nature lovers. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the
ghats become breath takingly beautiful with thousands of Diyas and Marigold
floating in the waters of Ganges.
Prime Attractions of Haridwar (Religious Places)
§ Har Ki Pauri
This ghat is one of the most sacred ghats in India. People say that this
ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This
ghat is also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed
on this ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.
§ Mansa Devi
This temple is located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. The temple
can be reached by the rope way or one can take the normal trekking route to
the top. The top of the hill gives you an excellent view of Haridwar.
§ Kavand Mela
The fair is held ten days before Shivteras, during the Hindu months of
Shravan & Phalgun.
§ Chandi Devi
This temple is on the top of a hill called the Neel Parvat which is on the
other side of the river Ganga. The temple was constructed by the King of
Kashmir, Suchat Singh, in 1929 AD. Chandi Devi is a three km trek from the
§ Sapt Rishi
At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is
known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight.
§ Maya Devi
It is one of the Shaktipeeths in India. This ancient temple of Maya Devi is
also the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is said that when Lord Shiva was
carrying his wife Sati, who had burnt her self to keep the honour of her
husband, then the heart and navel of Sati had fallen at this place.
§ Daksha Mahadev Temple
Four kms from Haridwar is a town called Kankhal. Mythology says that the
king of this place King Daksha Prajapati performed a yagya. His daughter,
Sati was married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was not happy with this marriage
and did not invite Shiva-Sati in the Yagya.
But Sati came and was insulted by her father. She could not take the insult
and burnt herself in the yagya kund. On hearing this the followers of Shiva
killed Daksha. But later Mahadeo (Shiva) brought Daksha to life. The Daksha
temple is an attribute to this legend. This place is one of the five sacred
places in Haridwar.
Other Attractions of Haridwar
§ Gurukul Kangri University
This university is known for its unique system of education. it is located
on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road. This old institution follows the
ancient tradition of Guru-Sishya pattern of education. The institution also
has the Ved Mandir Museum which is has a very good collection of
archaeological exhibits and displays artifacts which are of historical
§ Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
This place is an enchanting bird watching point particularly during the
winters. There are various species of birds which can be spotted here.
Around Laljiwala on the banks of river Ganges one can expect the Siberian
Cranes, which are one of the prized visitor to this Pakshi Vihar.
§ Beauty Point
On the Mansa Devi temple road, about two kilometer from Haridwar is a point
which provides an excellent view of Haridwar and the near by greenery. This
place is called the beauty point as the sight from here of the surrounding
is very exciting and enthralling.
Excursions of Haridwar
24 kms from Haridwar is Rishikesh. This place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or
the place for meditation of the Gods. Rishikesh is one of the popular
pilgrimage for the Hindus. At this place the Ganges leaves the mountains and
prepares herself to begin a long journey through the plains.
The queen of hill stations is just 89 kms from Haridwar. The salubrious
climate and deep woods makes it an ideal hill station.
This hill station is located in the Shivalik hills. Just 54 kms from
Haridwar. The thick woods and scenic beauty of the place is enough to
capture the imagination of any tourist.
At Chila is located the Rajaji National Park a popular destination for
nature and adventure lovers. The pristine scenic beauty and rich
biodiversity of the park has been attracting wildlife lovers from India and
abroad The park has 23 species of mammals and about 315 avifauna species.
§ Piran Kalier
On the outskirts of Roorkee is the Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali
Ahmed 'Sabir'. It is a must for any visitor to visit this place. The place
is known as Piran Kalier and is located 23 kms South of Haridwar. This
Dargah is famed for its mystical powers and is visited in large numbers both
by Hindus and Muslims. In fact this place is an living example of
Hindu-Muslim unity. During the Rabeeull month of Islamic calender, an Urs is
celebrated from the first day of sighting the moon to the sixteenth day.
This is again one of the sacred places for the Hindus. At this place the
aggressive Alaknanda merges with the gentle flowing Bhagirathi. The place is
95 kms from Haridwar.
Fairs & Festivals of Haridwar
Though all the Hindu festivals are celebrated here with pomp and gaiety, it
is the Ardh Kumbh which attracts the mind of any tourist to this place. The
Ardh Kumbh is held every six years and the last Ardh Kumbha of this century
ended this year. It is said that a holy dip in the river Ganges during the
Kumbh gives you Moksha or Nirvana.
People gather in huge number to take the holy dip during these holy days.
There are Saints, Naga Sadhus, Politicians almost every one is here. The
city is overflowing with people. If going to Haridwar during the Ardh Kumbh
then avoid the over crowded ghats. Every there are reports of stampedes and
the various factions or Akharas of Sadhus clash with each other. Ensure your
accommodation well in advance if going during the Kumbh.
Shopping in Haridwar
Haridwar is a pilgrimage center and visitors come here to visit the temples
so as such there is no particular item which can be recommended to be bought
here. But Haridwar offers you some good handicraft items which can be kept
as decorative pieces or can be used as gift items. In the markets
surrounding the temples, one can find jewellery imitations which are very
popular among the devotees. The bangles, chains, ear and nose rings are some
items which can be bough there.
Then the shops also have items made of stone. From Rishikesh, Ganga enters
the plains and in all this area it sheds its load of stones which are not
only polished naturally but come out in amazing shapes and sizes. These
stone are used to make small idols which are very neatly, delicately and
Look out for Kitchen set toys made from stone. You can also get some items
of talk stone. The main shopping centers are Moti Bazaar, Upper Road,
Jwalapur, Kankhal. The UP handloom Emporium is near the Bharat Mata temple
and the government Emporium, Gandhi Ashram is near the Haridwar post office.
Haridwar is located at a height of almost 300 meters . One Should never
expect any sort of pleasant high altitude climate here. During the summers
the temperature usually hangs around 40 degrees but winters sees the mercury
dipping as low as six degrees. So neither of the seasons are suitable or
ideal for tourists to venture in Haridwar. The monsoons further add to the
miseries of the visitors. The best seasons to visit Haridwar is some where
between September and June.
Tourist Information Centres of Haridwar
» Regional Tourist Office - Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
» Tourist Bureau - Laltarao Bridge, Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, India
» Tourist Information Center - Railway Station, Haridwar, Uttar
» Tourist Reception Centre - 36, Chandralok Building, Janpath, New
Delhi - 110 001
General Information about Haridwar
About three and half lakh People reside in this city.
§ Main Languages
Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and English
Near by Cities of Haridwar
- 24 kms.
» Meerut - 129 kms.
» Mussoorie - 90 kms.
» Badrinath - 290 kms.
» Yamunotri - 240 kms.
- 52 kms.
» Kedarnath - 250 kms.
» Ambala - 168 kms.
» Saharanpur - 81 kms
Tour Packages of Haridwar