Haridwar is situated at the base of the Shivalik hills, where the Ganga, comes down from the mighty Himalayas meets the plains. Haridwar literally is “The Gateway to the Gods”.
It is one of the Hindu holy places in India located on the bank of the Ganga River. Haridwar attracts a lot of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Haridwar is often called the gateway to the Hindu pilgrimage sites of the ‘Char Dhams’ and attracts a huge number of tourists due to its amazing mountains, rivers and ancient temples.
As a travel guide in Haridwar it provides an authentic travel information, of the city, budgeted hotels & guest houses, famous places, market, festivals etc.and many more things. We also arrange travel and tour packages in and around Haridwar by car with several different car rental packages to choose from. So, book your seats know to make your vacations memorable.
Places to Visit
There are many more places to visit in Haridwar.
- Har ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat in Haridwar. This is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. “Har” means “Lord Shiva”, “Ki” means “of” and “Pauri” means “steps”. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have a visit in Har Ki Pauri. There is a large footprint there which belongs to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall. The pilgrims come there in a large quantity. In the evening when the Aarti begins a large number of peoples float fire bowls and diyas in the water by making their wish to be come true. It is one of the most popular tourist destination.
- Mansa Devi
Mansa Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar. This temple is located on the top of Bilwa Parvat, in the Shivalik Hills. The term “Mansa” means wish as it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of the devotees. A devotee who wants their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads on the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations, if you are planning to have a visit at Haridwar you must visit at Mansa Devi Temple.
- Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi situated in the holy city of Haridwar. The temple is situated on the top of Neel Parvat of the Shivalik Hills. The temple is one of the ancient temple of India. Thousands of devotees visit the temple, during the festivals like Chandi Chaudas and Navratras and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, to seek the blessings of the goddesses who are believed to fulfill their wishes. This temple is one of the famous places to visit while visiting Haridwar.
- Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti is performed at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar. Visit to Haridwar is not complete if you have not seen Ganga Aarti. Ganga Aarti means pray to River Ganga. As it is not just a river in India, It is Divine Mother. Since hundreds of years people are considering river Ganga as holy river and it became part of their life where they come to get moksha for their relatives whom passed away and to remove their sins by taking a bath in it. The Ganga Aarti is kind of thanks giving to River Ganga. There are different times of Ganga aartis in the morning as well as evenings. People at the ghat listen the whole Aarti and at the end they float diyas and flowers by making their wishes and hope that it should be completed. If you are going to visit Haridwar don’t forget to become the part of ganja aarti it is most famous in Haridwar.
Weather/Best Time to Visit
The best time to Visit Haridwar is on popular religious festivals like Ramanavami in March and April, Buddha Poornima in May, Diwali in October and Karthika Poornima in November. The weather in Haridwar from March to June is about36C and in winter season from October to February the temperature is about 16C-7C.
Things to do
Shopping in Haridwar
Shopping in Haridwar includes religious implements, brassware, cane and bamboo products, semi-precious stones, vermilion powder, herbal medicines, spices and pickles, rudraksh garland mala made from the precious seed used by the religious men’s.
Activities in Haridwar
There are many activities to do in Haridwar like shopping, ropeway, pooja, float diyas in the river and have a dip in the Ganga River to purify your soul and many more things to do in Haridwar.
Famous Food in Haridwar
If you are visiting Haridwar don’t forget to eat jalebi with rabri, gulab jammun, choole bhature with soup bowl, aloo puri etc.
Festivals & Events in Haridwar
The most famous festival at Haridwar is the Kumbh Mela. A large number of people take a bath in holy Ganga and people from all around the world wait for the Kumbh Fair. It is one of the most important festivals of Haridwar celebrated once in 12 years. Holi and Diwali are also the two other festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm every year.
How to Reach?
One of the best ways to reach Haridwar is by road because it has a lot of fun. The Delhi-Haridwar Highway offers a smooth ride with plenty of restaurants and Dhabas on the way. The road leading to Haridwar is well-connected with National Highways. As the distance between New Delhi to Haridwar is around 173 km by Road which is approximately less than 3-4 hour drive.
Traveling to Haridwar by train is a great option as it is linked with all major cities. There are many trains that are inter linked like Janshatbdi Express, Ujjaini Express Dehradun Indore Express, Uttaranchal Express and the Dehradun Madras Express are just a few of them. After reaching to the station you can hire pre-paid taxi to reach up to the station safely and comfortably.
The closest international airport is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun which is approximately 35 kms away from Haridwar after reaching the airport you can hire a pre-paid taxi from there to reach up to the city safely.