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Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.
Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.
Distance from Delhi: 208km
Best time to visit: February to March and August to October
Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple
Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits
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What You Should Know More About Stays in Haridwar
Can anything match taking a dip in the holy river while staying on the river side and breathing in the holy air? We always have been grateful to Haridwar to being our destinations for the utter peace and calm. Nothing can match the experience of taking a dip in the waters that are known to have healing powers. Having known that, and understanding that this is a great time to cool yourself by the river, here are the best places to stay around Haridwar:
Haridwar hotels are all about location! There are plenty of options but you'll want to stay somewhere near the Ganga River to really enjoy and appreciate the holy city being it biggest reason why people trace their way to this place. Homestays on the other hand let’s you live there and not just visit. Unfortunately, Haridwar doesn’t have very any options for homestays, but one that is good is Maa Ganga Haveli.
When choosing your accommodations, keep in mind that most hotels are situated in three main areas: along the river, on the main road near the railway station and bus stand, and on the outskirts of town along the Haridwar-Rishikesh Highway (you'll find most of the more upmarket hotels there). Here are the best riverside picks for all budgets, including some noteworthy heritage properties:
Haridwar being a very small holy town has places with thin the radius of 100km for the tourists. All the resorts provide visits to the Har ki Pauri ghat at frequent intervals as that becomes the basic reason why people visit Haridwar. They also offer visits to other must see places in this holy city. Some options below:
The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture. 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. Some budget stay options below to choose from:
The holy city of India has evolved and reinvented itself with the times. 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. Such distinct activities happen mostly at Dharamshalas, we give you some options to choose from if this is what you ae looking to do while in the city:
When visiting Haridwar, being close to the pundits and the devotees of the city helps you learn a lot of the ancient history of the place and all the beautiful Hindi stories that have laid the very foundation of Haridwar. Ashram living is one such way of doing that. Living like a saint, connected to god. If you wish to experience that while visiting Haridwar, some names of the ashrams you can stay at:
Traveller Tales From Haridwar
13 July 2014
This exciting Alaknanda River Rafting experience is sheer adventure that will give you an amazing chance to actually quench all your adventure thirsts. This adventure offered a myriad of opportunities for the famous white water rafting in the gorgeous, stunning, and gigantic surroundings of the Himalayas. I am happy about this trip. It took me on a ride on one of the most holy rivers in the Indian Himalayas known as the Alaknanda River.
17 February 2014
I took this trip to ride on rapids of river Alaknanda. This is a 5 day river rafting expedition that I booked from Chamoli to Rishikesh. It was a well spent week. In this tour Rapids of Grade 2 to Grade 5 were performed. During rafting the whole time was allocated to understand the basics and move forward with the rafting with high knowledge about it. We experienced high rapids on this stretch which includes Hillary Fall, Kakad Fall, The Wall, etc.
30 April 2016
We were welcomed with a refreshing drink. Post that we were explained about rules of river rafting. This was crucial step as it was very useful later on. Other than rafting, we also had cliff jumping and body surfing. We played beach volleyball as well. Food, i.e. breakfast and dinner were provided, but it was not good. On all nights there was bonfire in the camp site. Accommodation was good with a nice beach side luxury camp.
28 September 2014
The rafting is accompanied by camping. The camp site on the banks of this holy river is gifted with a thick forest. This forest served as a brilliant backdrop for our camp. The forest is also a home to a variety of birds. Waking up to the rhythmic sound of the chatty river waters was a serene experience. It was soothing to the ears and it also serves as beaches that fit perfectly playground for both adult and kids.
24 August 2015
This trip took us through a number of Grade III, IV to IV+ rapids. For those who do not know about the grades, these are the levels of difficulty with rafting. These included the famous Hillary Fall and the Kakkar Fall. It was a thrilling experience.
23 February 2015
The mighty and ferocious waves crushing against our rafts and face were just awesome. No other river rafting expedition can beat this one. LAst year October, this rafting experience made me a fan of Alaknanda and its IV+ grades!
15 June 2015
This trip actually starts from the place called Chamoli. This is actually situated near the sacred Badrinath temple. The trip ends at Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is the convergence of the Alaknanda and Madakini rivers.
20 October 2013
The beauty of this trip is the upper stretches where one can have wild rapids and changing landscapes in terms of gorges and forests.
15 June 2015
The Day one of our trip started with a drive from Haridwar to Jayalgarh. After breakfast at Jayalgarh, we were taught about the basics of rafting, and after a brief session, we started to report to our leader. After lunch we had a basic rafting at the Lower Alaknanda. This was more of a teaching session. After sleeping that night in camp, the next morning we went to Chamoli where we rafter in the Upper Alaknanda until noon and moved to Nandaprayog. After a bit of sight seeing and knowing local culture of Nandaprayog, we spent the night again in tents. The Day 3 was the most challenging day, we rafted from Nandaprayog to Karanprayag. It was super tough and exhausting. However, it was fun. The next day was higher grafe rafting through 10-12 rapids and then stay at Gauchar. The final day ended with Grade 5 rafting at the Kakkar Fall, which is the show stopper of this adventure. After that we went back to Rishikesh.
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