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Best 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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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

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, Haridwar

Timing: 5 am to 9 pm

Crystal World

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


Har Ki Pauri

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


Chandi Devi Temple

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, Haridwar

Timing: 7 am to 7 pm

Maya Devi Temple

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


Sapt Rishi Ashram

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 Haridwar

Timing: Open 24 hours

Bara Bazar

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


Shubha Kaniyar

13 July 2014

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30 April 2016

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17 February 2014

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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