Haridwar Tourism, India 2020 (109 Tours & Activities)

The ancient city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand has been a major Hindu pilgrimage site for centuries. Located where the sacred River Ganga emerges from the base of the Himalayas, it’s considered one of the 7 Sapta Puri. The Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years, is also celebrated here. The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture and offers the best tourist places in Haridwar. Being one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar often bustles with devotees. It propitious location near the holy River Ganga has made it gain more popularity.

With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual centre and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors. Here is the list of best 12 places that one must see in this holy city.

While religion plays an important role in Haridwar – many visitors are pilgrims and devotees – there’s more to this holy city. The cuisine is excellent and food lovers eager to try authentic Indian fare will find their palates satiated many times over. Travelers in search of yoga ashrams and centers hoping to improve their physical and mental health won’t be left wanting either. If you’re eager to experience the tourist places in Haridwar, read on to know the best time to visit, how to get here and where to stay.

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12 July 2018
Excellent
This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
13 April 2019
Excellent
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.
06 September 2018
Excellent
All the arrangements, food, logistics, and support was superb. Both our trek guides especially Mr. Narendra supported and took very good care, continuously motivating and helping throughout the journey. This trek requires good fitness and endurance, it would have been good if we were given a heads up about the steep trails and low oxygen. Other than that I loved and enjoyed the experience. Happy with Thrillophillia team. Devashish was also very patient and helpful.
18 April 2019
Excellent
"it was incredible experience. VOF is famous for its 80 and more rare flowers species. trek was 12000 ft above from the sea level. It was not easy but when I saw the colors of flowers it inspired me to go ahead and explored more.."
16 November 2018
Excellent
"This is one of the finest treks I have ever been to. The food was too good. Love the team and how they talk is a treat to watch. Overall, it was a relaxing and mind-blowing."
20 March 2020
Excellent
Amazing trek & experience ! Have been to few other treks but this one will be right at top. So beautiful 360 degree views, along with perfect snowfall! Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath & Chandrashila makes it a complete package. One can also combine Haridwar/Rishikesh, either way of the trip. It all starts from beautiful Sari Village. Then we reach Deoriatal camping. Its surreal site and great views around. One can easily get lost with the 360 degree views all around. Next is Chopta. Again a swanky place to stay in Swiss tents , with snow surroundings. Next day, one starts for Tungnath & Summit. That greed to chase, reaching the top & feeling so liberated, is totally worth it. All-in-all, a must go trek.
17 March 2020
Superb
The trek was awesome and I am out of words to explain the beauty of the trek. We all enjoyed each other's company. This trip was very well organized and managed by Thrillophilia. It was one of the most beautiful places I have been till date. The hospitality was superb with the Trek Leader and even the driver. The food and cottages were awesome and delicious.
30 December 2019
Superb
Trekking with you guys has been an awesome experience. The scenery was beautiful and lively all throughout the trek. The campsites were good. And the best part was the team I personally thanking Narendra Ji who was our trek guide. Due to heavy snow, it was impossible to make it to the Kuari pass summit, but still, the trek leaders helped us get to the maximum possible height. We walked in 3 to 4 ft of snow. All 2 days our camping was in the snow. It was my first experience of sleeping on the ice bed. special cheers for the kitchen team did a tremendous job they served meals hot and fresh all the time and the quality of food was awesome I liked it very much. this was my first trek with your many more to come. Thank you guys
21 December 2019
Prashant Yadav Kuari Pass Trekking, 2020
Excellent
"this was one if the best experience of my life and in fact kuari pass trek prooved to be a lefe transforming trip fir me"
02 November 2019
Very Good
This was my first high altitude trek with Thrillophilia and second overall (18th Aug 2019). After reading the reviews, I had high expectations from the organizers. However, there were a few basic things that were ignored. The trek leader (I don't recollect his name) sounded like he was very experienced. However, he did not make us do any warm up or cool down before starting the trek every day. The first thing he said is that nobody should either cross him and go ahead or be left behind the other trek guide. However, this discipline was not maintained most of the times especially the day we went to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund. We had to keep looking for him. He did not manage to keep the small group of 11 together which was not the case with my previous trek organizers. They used to wait at specific intervals till the last trekker got to the point. The very first night we reached Ghangaria, I started having breathing problems due to the claustrophobic rooms at the hotel (Hotel Devlok) and had to literally run around at 2 in the night with my roommates to find the trek leader since he had not informed us the place he would be staying. We did manage to find him later after constantly requesting the hotel staff and he did a few checks and helped me calm down. There was one girl in our group who started having migraine issues midway while going to the Valley of Flowers and decided to return back alone to the hotel. However, none of the guides accompanied her back which was quite surprising for obvious safety and security reasons. Another girl slipped off from the saddle of the mule while going to Hemkund and was barely saved from falling in the valley. He didn't carry the basic first aid. Wasn't it his responsibility to check the saddle and moreover a teenager controlling 4 horses way way too much which the guide should have realized and acted upon initially. Coming to the Hotel Devlok in Ghangaria, it was ok except that they provided Hot water only for around an hour or 45 mins in the morning and evening and it was difficult for 3 in a room to finish in that time. Also, they did not clean the room even once after requesting multiple times. The Hotel at Govindghat was pretty good and we got the best food there. However, when we returned back from the trek, the owner was splitting us up and asking us (3 ladies) to stay in a room which had entry from outside and was at quite a distance from the common area and the rest of the folks in our group. Even after requesting the guide to arrange for rooms together, he was asking us to walk out in the rain to the far away rooms. We literally had to fight with him and get a room inside the main building. Why were the rooms not allotted properly in advance itself to avoid the issues later? The vehicle and driver that picked and dropped us from and to Rishikesh were good. The overall trek experience was Good and we managed to see more than 5 varieties of flowers and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I expected a lot more professionalism on the management part from the Thrillophilia.

People Also Ask About Haridwar

  1. Travel Advice

    • The temples and ghats in Haridwar are usually crowded and hence, there are chances of thefts and pickpocketing. Hence, do not wear expensive jewelry or carry a lot of cash with you.

    • There are a lot of scammers in Haridwar who would sell you gems, sacred items claiming them to be of holy importance. Stay away from such marketers.

    • There are a lot of tour guides who offer to take you on a day excursion all over the city. Do not pay them a large sum of money. If you need a guide, hire one through an authorized travel agency.

    • As Haridwar is a holy city, consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is prohibited here. Hence, refrain from doing so and respect the prescribed ethos.

    • There are a lot of Dharamshalas, resorts and Hotels which claim to provide best stay services but turn out to be in a deteriorated condition when you actually visit there. Hence, review your accommodation properly before visiting.

    • Do not make advance payments for any tourist facility unless you are getting a proper receipt for it.

    • As it is a holy city of religious importance, it is not advisable to wear clothes which are body showing and overly exposing.

  2. Drinking Laws

    As Haridwar is a pilgrimage place and is regarded as holy and sacred, it is not legal to consume alcohol in the city of Haridwar.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Har Ki Pauri

    This is one of the most popular ghats in Haridwar. It was built by king Vikramaditya and this place is crowded by devotees in mornings and evenings. The evening aarti is organized here every evening and no matter what, you should definitely not miss out on witnessing it as it is one of the most important things to do!

    Chandi Devi Temple

    This is a temple of Goddess Chandi and to reach here, you can either trek for 3 km if you love adventure or take a cable car ride. Once you reach at the top, you will get a really mesmerizing landscape view of the blue waters of Ganga gushing with force, surrounded by mountains.

    Bara Bazaar

    This is a popular shopping place where you can buy souvenirs, Rudraksha seeds, Ayurvedic herbs and medicines and items of religious worship. There are also some authentic sweet shops and street food stalls in the area. You can enjoy an evening at Bara Bazar with your family and friends.

    Mansa Devi Temple

    This is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi and people crowd here from all over the country, especially during Navratri.

    Kanva Rishi Ashram

    If you are a nature lover, this place is a true paradise for you. It is situated in between the green mountain forests and is a perfect hide for people who want to spend some time in peace and solace and seek relaxation. It is a getaway for those who want to just spend some time by themselves, in the lap of nature.

    Shanti Kunj

    It is one of the most famous spiritual organization in India. This place is visited by a lot of people who are seeking spiritual guidance. This place mainly works of ideals like Social reforms, Psychological Engineering, Self-reliant development, Revival of Vedic Culture and literature and different Methods of Sadhana, You should pay a visit here to understand life in a better way and seek some positive and inspirational guidance.

    Prakash Lok

    Apart from visiting the temples and holy places, you should also not miss having a creamy Lassi at Prakash Lok, which is famous being perfectly cold, flavored and served in tin cups. You will relish this taste for long and hence, you really cannot afford to miss it.

  4. What you will like there?

    Spiritual Feel

    Even if you are not a religious person, the entire aura and vibe of the place will make you feel very positive and serene. The whole environment is filled with devotion of pilgrims and so, you are ought to feel very positive and calm.

    Calm Evenings

    You will experience an entirely different tranquility during evenings in Haridwar, especially when the Ganga aarti takes place. The aarti takes place every evening and the view of oil lamps in the darkness of dawn is a mesmerizing and breathtaking view.

    Local Food

    The local vegetarian food served in Haridwar is made with authentic Indian spices. You can try simple lunch plates, Dal Makhnis, Parathas and Paneer delicacies in Haridwar, along with some Indian sweets like laddus and Halwa.

    Clean Waters of Ganga

    Unlike other places where people worship river Ganga, the river waters in Haridwar are very clean and pure. This is one specialty about the place as you can go and get a dip in the fresh cold water of the Himalayan River, which is not at all polluted.
  5. Recommended reads for destination

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    Lonely Planet Uttarakhand

  6. What is the best time to visit Haridwar?

    Haridwar witnesses climate extremes of sorts.

     

    Summer

    The summer months from March to June can get very hot during the day with temperatures sometimes touching 40 degrees Celsius.

     

    Winter

    Winter is a lot more pleasant, ranging from 30 to a chilly 10 degrees Celsius.

    The best time to visit is February to March and August to October when the weather is pleasant during the day and night. Try to avoid traveling in July when the Savan festival is held as it becomes very crowded and roads can get blocked.

  7. How to reach Haridwar?

    Haridwar is connected to cities within and outside the state by road, air and rail.

    Road: Most travelers coming from Delhi go by road via NH 45.

     

    Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun and is about 20 kms away. Visitors coming in from abroad will land at Delhi Airport, which is about 5 hours away and is the nearest international airport.

    Rail: Haridwar Railway Station is the point of entry if traveling by train. It’s linked to major cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Indore.

  8. Which are some best resorts to stay in Haridwar?

    Haridwar is visited by different classes of travelers and has resorts catering to various budgets. Here is a list of some of the best resorts –

    • Radisson BLU Hotel Haridwar
    • Haveli Hari Ganga
    • Regenta Orko's
    • Alpana Hotel
    • Hotel Hari Heritage
    • Hotel Sun City
    • Aalia Resort
    • The URMI
    • Brij Lodge
    • Le Grand Hotel
    • Hyphen Grand
    • Lakshya's Hotel
    • La Casa Hotel
    • Ganga Lahari
  9. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Haridwar?

    Local cuisine in Haridwar largely centers around sweetmeats and classic Indian fare like chole bhature, samosas, kachoris and puris. Some of the best joints to tuck into these mouth-watering foods are –

    • Mathura Walo Ki Pracheen Dukan
    • Kashyap Kachori Bhandar
    • Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodh Wale
    • Bhagwati Chole Bhandar
    • Mohan Puri Wala
    • Aahaar Restaurant
  10. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Haridwar?

    Local buses, taxis and autos are the commonest modes of transport to explore Haridwar. However, hiring a taxi or an auto is a better option as you can take your time and reach out-of-the-way destinations easily. Keep in mind that taxis and autos are more expensive than buses.

  11. What are the best places of shopping in Haridwar?

    Haridwar is a shopper’s delight especially if you lean towards handicrafts, ornaments and handlooms. The street markets are very popular but there are upscale places and shops catering to mid-range budget shoppers. Here are a few –

    • Moti Bazaar
    • Bara Bazaar
    • Kankhal Market
    • Government Handloom and Handicraft Emporium
    • The Pentagon Mall
    • V-Mart
  12. Which is the best place and time to experience Ganga Aarti in Haridwar?

    The best time to experience Ganga Aarti is in the morning and evening, particularly sunrise and sunset, as the light from the wicks is brightly illuminated.

    The most popular place to witness and participate in Ganga Aarti in the ghats of Har Ki Pauri. It’s accessible by bus from Haridwar bus stand and by taxis and autos. If you’re traveling by train, Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest stop and is only 3 kms away.

  13. Which are the best yoga ashrams in Haridwar?

    Haridwar is a famous yoga destination in India and the practice ties in closely with its culture and traditions. Make the most of the opportunity when you’re here by visiting an ashram and taking yoga classes and sitting in on teachings. It’s an experience you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Head to Anantbodh Yoga and Shantikunj to immerse yourself in yoga