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Best and Unique Places to Stay in Haridwar

An ancient city of Uttrakhand, Haridwar firstly gets its name from being the entry point to the char Dham (the four main centres of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand. Namely: Badrinath, Jedarnathm, Gangotri and Yamunotri) hence it is rightly called Haridwar. No wonder, there are some of the best and unique places to stay in Haridwar.

 

It is regarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus in India. The pilgrims arrive in this city in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. The history has it that bathing in the Ganges helps in cleansing your soul and washes all the sins. This is one of the most popular reasons why people make their way to Haridwar in search of devotion and peace.

 

The sheer number of people gathering around Har-ki-Pauri Ghat gives Haridwar a chaotic but reverent feel. Within the religious hierarchy of India, Haridwar is much more significant than Rishikesh, an hour further north, and every evening the river comes alive with flickering flames as floating offerings are released onto the Ganges.

 

It's especially busy during the yatra (pilgrimage journey) season from May to October, in particular during July, when hundreds of thousands of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwarias, descend upon the city. There are various accommodation options which are counted among the best and unique places to stay in Haridwar.

 

Today, Haridwar is the home of many Ashrams (hermitages and places for meditation) and Dharamshalas that have been established by various swamis, yogis and religious institutions. The auspicious Ganga aarti at the ghat is a sight to behold with the glittering diya and chanting of the mantras to appease the gods. Being the religious pitstop of so many tourists, there are some good places to stay at in Haridwar. Even the adventure and camping and trekking in Haridwar are talked about a lot. This just goes to show that how a tiny town of gods and goddesses, offers you everything, especially best places to stay in Haridwar.

 

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Attractions

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Mansa Devi Temple

Manasa Devi Temple seems to have a significant space among the minds of the devotees of Shakti, the goddess this temple is dedicated to. Perched on the top of Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the temple offers a splendid view of the mighty Ganges and the holy city of Haridwar. Rather than being a pilgrim centre, the temple makes its value higher among the adventure seekers as well because, the temple is accessible either only by trekking the high altitude or taking the recently established rope way. Chandi Devi Temple located very close to this shrine attracts a large number of devotees everyday as there is a belief that the two forms of Goddess Parvati, Mansa and Chandi stay close to each other.
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Crystal World

In a short span of time, Crystal World Park has spread its wings to fly high among the people of Uttarakhand as well as people from outside the state. Its name was roaring loud as the fun and entertainment provided here would come above any other forms of activity outside. The park is the pride of the holy city, Haridwar now, located amidst the mighty Ganges, spreading across 18 acres of lush greenery and it holds many subtitles as North India’s largest family water pool, Wildwood Jungle Themes- Multi Slide Water Tower and so on. Over 32 rides steal the hearts of anyone who visits the park, be it children or adults; both the water based rides and land rides create fun in a peak level.
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Har Ki Pauri

It is just marvelous to have the views of Har Ki Pauri, a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, especially in the evening, lit by thousands of lamps along with the glittering mountains in the backdrop. The name Har ki Pauri means the steps of Lord Shiva and the ghat witnesses many different festivities including the majestic Kumbh Mela in every 12 years, Ardh Kumbhmela in every 6 years. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims offering prayers here are an unusually usual sight every day. The Ganga Aarti happening in the evenings is very special to the pilgrims coming over, the lights are floated on the holy water as an offering to the lord. Being such an auspicious location, Har Ki Pauri brings forth high spirituality and refreshing attitude which in turn make the devotees keep attracted to the place again and again.
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Haridwar

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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Traveller Tales From Haridwar

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Shubha Kaniyar

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 ...

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Durgeshwari Jha

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 an

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Dhanu Deshpande

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.

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Vaijayanthi Talwar

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 a...

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Subhashini Tagore

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 Grad...

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Gandharv Mehra

15 June 2015

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Rachit Baweja

23 February 2015

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Chandra Acharya

28 September 2014

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Aslesha Desai

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...

What You Should Know More About Stays in Haridwar

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay 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:

     

    • Aalia Resort
    • Namami Ganges Resort & Spa
    • Ganga Kinare
    • Haveni Hari ganga
    • Ganga Lahiri
    • Devnadi The Heritage Hotel
    • Hotel Ganga Sadan
    • Hotel Teerth
    • Brij Lodge

  • Q. Which are the best homestays in 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.

  • Q. Which are the top family resorts in Haridwar?

    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:

     

    • Radisson Blu Haridwar
    • Classic Residency
    • The Haveli Hari Ganga
    • La Casa
    • Ganga Lahiri Hotel

  • Q. Which are the best places to stay within 100 Km of Haridwar?


    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:

     

    • Hotel Bhaj Govindam
    • Lakshya’s Hotel
    • Hotel Suncity
    • Hotel Teerth Grand
    • Hotel Suryodaya
    • Golden Tulip

  • Q. Which are the best budget stays in Haridwar?


    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:

     

    • Hotel Sunshine
    • Hotel Gyan
    • Treebo Sun Hotel
    • Hyphen Grand
    • Hotel Queen
    • Har ki Pauri Hotel
    • Hotel Landmark
    • Hotel Neelkanth
    • Hotel Krishna
    • Hotel Ganga View
    • Hotel Purohit Lodge

  • Q. Which are the best Dharamshalas to stay at in Haridwar?


    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:

     

    • Govind Bhawan Dharamshala
    • Mandi Gobingarh
    • Tayal Dharamshala
    • Sukhdham Yatri Bhawan
    • Barnala Dharamshala
    • Nishkam Seva Trust
    • Kumar Bhawan Dharamshala
    • Madrasi Dharamshala
    • Q. Which are the best ashrams to stay in Haridwar?

      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:

       

      • Shri Santosh Puri Ashram
      • Saptrishi Ashram
      • Sukhdham Yatri Ashram
      • Shantikunj
      • Parmarth NIketan Ashram
      • Prem Nagar Ashram
      • Soham Ashram
      • Jai ram Ashram
      • Sivananda Ashram