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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
Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most revered religious spots in Haridwar, pulling tourists and devotees from different parts of the country. Since Haridwar is one of the holiest cities for the followers of Hinduism, it naturally houses a great number of temples. However, the significance of this temple located on the top of Bilwa Parvat is unique.
The temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi. It is believed that the wishes of every sincere devotee are fulfilled here. There is an interesting folk tale concerning the inception of this temple. Since the temple is located atop a hill, you can reach here by either trekking or by taking a ropeway ride.
Location: Bilwa Parvat, HaridwarTiming: 5 am to 9 pm
If you are looking for a break from temple visits while you are in Haridwar, Crystal World is the best option for you and your family. Renowned as one of the major entertainment parks in the state of Uttarakhand, Crystal World has attractions for people belonging to all age groups.
The park features a wide range of rides and slides that will please the adventure junkie in your, giving you a wholesome dose of thrill and fun. The park spans over a large area, so there is a lot of space for leisure and adventure. The park is also a great place to organize all kinds of events at.
Location: Badheri Rajputan, Haridwar
Timings: 10:30 am to 8 pm
Entry Fee: INR 450 per person
One of the most sacred spots in the town, Har Ki Pauri holds an unmatched significance in the divine aura of Haridwar. It is a holy ghat located on the bank of river Ganges. Devotees from all over the country come to this ghat to take a dip in the river, seeking absolution of their sins as it is believed that the holy waters of the river wash away sins.
For the best experience, visit this ghat during sunset when you can catch the famous evening aarti that is held here every day. Har Ki Pauri is, owing to its popularity among pilgrims visiting Haridwar, counted among the major places to visit in Haridwar.
Location: Near City Control Room, Haridwar
Timing: Open 24 hours
If you are looking for the most famous spiritual places to visit in Haridwar, do not forget to include Chandi Devi Temple on your list. The temple was first built in the year 1929 by Suchat Singh, and has been through some renovations and expansions since then. This temple is a popular place not only among pilgrims but also among Indian and foreign tourists since its aura offers a better and a closer understanding of the Hindu culture.
Situated on the top of Neel Parvat in the Shivalik Range of Himalayas, this temple also offers splendid views of the green beauty spread all over in the region. A trek of 3 km and a cable car ride are the two options to reach the temple.
Location: Neel Parvat, HaridwarTiming: 7 am to 7 pm
One of the three most prominent Hindu temples located in Haridwar, Maya Devi Temple is also counted among the most visited tourist places in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Hindu goddess Maya. According to the popular belief, the site where the temple is situated is the same site where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell.
Though the temple complex exhibits a modest architecture and structure, the importance of the temple is not smaller than any other temple in the city. Whether you are visiting Haridwar for attaining spirituality or you just want to experience the cultural hues of this holy city, Maya Devi Temple is a must visit place.
Location: Upper Road, Birla Ghat, Haridwar
Timing: 7 am to 7 pm
If the purpose of your visit to Haridwar is to indulge in a peaceful holiday experience, relaxing in the company of pristine nature, Sapt Rishi Ashram is one of the most appropriate places to visit in Haridwar. The peaceful ambience of this ashram located on the bank of river Ganges makes it a perfect spot for meditation and yoga.
The site where the ashram is located is called Sapt Sarovar. As per the popular myth, this is the place where seven great sages meditated once, but the gushing noise of the river interrupted their focus, so they split the river into seven different streams.
Location: Motichur, 5 km from HaridwarTiming: Open 24 hours
Haridwar may not have options for luxury shopping, but you can find almost everything you need at the markets here. The traditional bazars like Bara Bazar complement the old world charm the city wears around it like a priceless shroud. This colourful bazar is the main marketplace in the city.
From a number of restaurants, sweet shops, and food vendors to small shops selling handicrafts, ornaments and ayurvedic products – Bara Bazar will keep you hooked with all that is on offer here. You will easily find something here that you can take back home as a souvenir.
Location: Subhash Ghat, Haridwar
Timing: 9 am to 10 pm
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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 ...
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
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.
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...
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...
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 Ma
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 Al
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...
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...
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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: