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Best Things To Do in Haridwar

Haridwar, also called Haridwar, is located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya. The name Haridwar means gateway to god and justifies both, in terms of natural beauty and spirituality. It is considered to be Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city and is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims arrive to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. It is believed that anybody who takes a dip in the holy Ganges can relieve their sins and achieve salvation. The city celebrates its own religious and spiritual significance in a number of festivals that attract a huge number of people and some of them are world famous. Topping the list of best things to do in Haridwar is celebrations at the Kumbh Mela, whose grandeur can be witnessed only once in 12 years, Ganga Dusshera, Kavad Mela and Somvati Amavasya mela. Every evening the river comes alive with flickering flames as floating diyas are offered that are released onto the Ganges. The most busy time for Haridwar is the yatra meaning the pilgrimage season that starts from May and goes on till October. Most particular during July, when hundreds and thousands of Shiva devotees known as Kanwarias, descend upon the city. Other than a tour to the numerous temples that fill Haridwar with their chants and colors, some of the other places you can visit to observe and be a part of Hindu religion are Jairam Ashram and the Kanva Rishi Ashram. The city is also famous for its Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments which come second on the list of best things to do in Haridwar. So tourists can engage in some relaxation therapies and rejuvenation. Moreover, to enjoy the best of the local lifestyle, you can also skip the restaurants for the street side hawkers who serve traditional dishes that are worth trying. Food here is dominated by vegetarian North Indian food and include mouthwatering Chole Bhature, delicious Dosas and lip-smacking Indian Chinese food that the town offers. What you should surely not miss out trying on is the Aloo Puri, Kachori, Lassi, Parathas and a huge variety of traditional sweets.

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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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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Haridwar

  • Which are the activities that I can do in Haridwar?

    Haridwar is a city vibrant and joyful. Days here are spent walking aimlessly, exploring the streets and evenings here is an everyday celebration at Har ki Pauri aarti where the entire city accumulates. The power of spirituality is then felt. Except for this, following are a few things to do in Haridwar-

     

    • Attend aarti at Har ki Pauri
    • Stay in Ashram
    • Try the street foods
    • Indulge in some yoga and meditation
    • Take a holy bath
    • Go for a wildlife jungle safari at Rajaji National Park
    • Visit various temples
    • Go shopping at Bara Bazar or Kankhal
    • Some more shopping at Jawalapur and Moti Bazar

  • Where can I see Ganga Aarti in Haridwar? Which is a popular site for it?

    Ganga Aarti means prayer for river Ganga and prayers are dedicated to gods and goddesses. If you are wondering why prayers are offered to River Ganga then the reason is because river Ganga not just a river in India, it is considered to be the divine mother who gives life in the form of water. In Haridwar, Ganga Aarti is performed at Har Ki Pauri Ghat which is one of the most famous popular sites in Haridwar. A visit to Haridwar is incomplete if you have not seen the Ganga Aarti that is performed at Har ki Pauri .

  • Which are famous yoga ashrams in Haridwar to perform yoga?

    Haridwar is famous for its Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. There are special yoga ashrams where people from all over the world come for meditation. These ashrams have certain rules and regulations that must be followed by every participant. These ashrams are known for their yoga therapies and have helped many in several ways. Some of the famous yoga ashrams in Haridwar are-



    • Aurovalley ashram Haridwar
    • Santosh puri Ashram Haridwar
    • Patanjali Haridwar

  • Which are some famous temples to visit in Haridwar?

    Temples are located on every street of Haridwar. Many of these temples attract not just local devotees but devotees from across the globe. Some of the most famous temples in Haridwar are-

     

    • Chandi Devi Temple
    • Mansa Devi Temple
    • Har Ki Paudi - Ganga Temple
    • Daksha Mahadev Temple
    • Maya Devi Temple
    • Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Bharat Mata Temple
    • Neeleshwar Temple
    • Mahamrityunjaya Temple
    • Jain Temple
    • Pawan Temple
    • Shree Yantra Temple
    • Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
    • Anjana Devi Temple
    • Sati Kund Temple

  • Which are some famous locations for sightseeing in Haridwar?

    As Haridwar is a religious destination, majority of the sightseeing locations here are religious spots. There are various temples and ashrams that can be visited in and around Haridwar. Some of the most famous locations for sightseeing in Haridwar are-

     

    • Mansa Devi Temple
    • Shantikunj
    • Patanjali Yogpeeth
    • Chilla Range
    • Saptrishi Ashram
    • Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Gau Ghat
    • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
    • Pawan Dham
    • Parad Shivlinga
    • Sati Kund
    • Bara Bazaar
    • Vishnu Ghat
    • Moti Bazaar

  • Which are some famous sites for rafting near Haridwar and what is the average cost?

    The nearest river rafting site near Haridwar is Rishikesh. White water rafting in Rishikesh is one of the best rafting destination in India and has grown to a well-liked and adventurous spot. For white water rafting enthusiasts, this place offers a impressive experience of medium to very tough and rough rapids in the regions of River Ganges. Many adventurous tourists both from India and overseas visit this place to experience the real challenges of this water sport activity. The cost of this sport depends on the rafting route you choose. The average cost starts from INR 750 per head and goes on to INR 1500 per head.

  • Which are some famous camping sites in and around Haridwar?

    Camping in Haridwar gives you natural peace and a chance to relax from your daily routine. Camping trips in Haridwar and around has become vastly popular.

     

    • Camp Tusker
    • Camping at Rajaji National Park
    • Rajaji Jungle Camp
    • Shivpuri
    • Brahmpuri
    • Marine Drive
    • Byasi
    • Kaudiyala
    • Sinthali
    • Neelkanth Road

  • When can I visit Neel Dhara PaKshi Vihar in Haridwar? What are the timings and charges?

    Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is blessed with abundance of flora and fauna and is a paradise for nature lovers. The bird sanctuary is located 3.5 kilometres from Haridwar and tourists can reach there by using shared cabs or buses. This park can be visited during any time of the year. In winters, the park is flooded with several migratory birds like Siberian crave. This place is known for its immense natural beauty and visitors can also see the Shivalik Hills from the bird watching point. Moreover, one can also enjoy the sight of the snow covered mountains from here. The park is functional for  7 am to 7 pm and the entry fee costs INR 350 per head

  • Which are some of the best treks near Haridwar?

    Trekking in and around Haridwar can be done to explore and enjoy the scenery of the trails. Uttarakhand being the hilly area has a lot to explore through trekking. Apart from going to the temple people also prefer going to the trekking in Haridwar. The best time to trek in this area is during the month of July, august, September. Kunjapuri trek Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier Trek to Shivpuri Trek to Kaudiyala Auli Kuari pass Valley of flowers

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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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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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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Chandra Acharya

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...

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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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Rachit Baweja

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

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Gandharv Mehra

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

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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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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...