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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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Haridwar is surrounded by a number of landmarks and significant temples. Some of the top attractions here are Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi Temple and Chilla Range. Har Ki Pauri, a famous ghat on the banks of river Ganga is good to stop by to watch the religious rituals, prayers and for taking a dip in the water. The Ganga aarti performed everyday should not be missed by the tourists. The Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary nestled on the east banks of river Ganga is another popular tourist attraction. Ma Anandamayi Ashram dedicated to Sri Ma Anandamayi, Rajaji National Park, Pawan Dham and Ganga temple are the other top attractions.
For buying religious and ornamental items, Bara Bazaar is the place to stop over. Besides the religious paraphernalia, another popular selling item that sells like hot cakes here are the Ayurvedic medicines. Vendors claim that these medicines are made from original seeds found at Haridwar. Jwalapur Market is another popular shopping hub among the locals and tourists. People come to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, sweets and a variety of souvenirs. An alternative place to Bara Bazaar is the Moti Bazar market. Along with religious items, one can find here an eclectic range of accessories particularly, colorful bangles, glasses and junk jewelleries.
The images of Kulhar milk, crispy samosas, puris and more comes into the mind of a food lover upon thinking of Haridwar. The lanes of the city teems with some of the oldest food joints that you would have ever walked into. Try out milk kulhar from Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodh Wale, sweet samosas Mathura Walo Ki Pracheen Dukan and kachoris at Kashyap Kachori Bhandar. One cannot leave Hardiwar without digging into a plate of chole bhature from Bhagwati Chole Bhandar. Mohan Ji Puri Wale is another popular food joint famous for Poori-Sabji, Samosa-Chatni and Lassi. The other places that are interesting to check out are Hoshiyar puri, Raghuvanshi Bhojanalay and Mashoor Mathura Wale.
The 'Panch Tirth' (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar which are Gangadwara (Har-ki-pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi) are the important and popular pilgrimage centres in the City. Besides that, there are several other temples and ashrams located in and around that are great to explore. Bharat Mata Mandir, set up by Swami Satyamitranand Giri is one such popular temple. Thronged by tons of travellers across the globe, the place is known for its intricate designs and magnificent structure. The other famous places include Daksha Mahadev temple, Vaishno Devi temple and Vishnu Ghat.
Trekking in Haridwar is one of the best ways to explore the city streets, forests and hills. Some of the places that are good for hiking are Valley of flowers, Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier and Auli Kuari pass. One can consider trekking at Kunjapuri in neighbouring town, Rishikesh besides exploring Jhilmil Gufa, Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, Neer Gaddu waterfall, Garud chatti waterfall, Phool chatti . The best time to trek to Valley of Flowers, a meadow located at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet, is during the month of July, August and September.
The verdant surroundings of Rajaji National Park make it an ideal location for camping. Located 20 km away from the main city, the park is a perfect getaway and to unwind. The forest department provides comfortable safari tents and other accommodation options for camping at the park premises. Listen to the sounds of wildlife, birds and nature as you camp here. Indulge in nature walks, cycling, day treks, rappelling and river rafting for making your camping experience exciting and a memorable one. As Haridwar is closely located to Rishikesh, one can consider camping in the foothills of Rishikesh as well and explore the place.
Rafting in Haridwar is an adventure and a fun-filled activity. It is located closely to River rafting capital of India, Rishikesh thus offering travellers an array of options .The highlight of Haridwar and Rishikesh is that they are both located at banks of the holy river Ganges which flows from the Gangotri glacier to the Bay of Bengal. The River Ganges on her way to Rishikesh offers fun-filled river rapids. During rafting along this area, one can encounter stunning views of the Shiwalik hills and the Ganges. Brahmpuri, Shivpuri, Kirti Nagar, Devprayag and Rudraprayag are some of the places near Haridwar where one can start rafting to Rishikesh.
While the adventure activities are limited in Haridwar, its neighbour Rishikesh offers an array of adventure activities such as river rafting, trekking, camping, bungee jumping, kayaking and rappelling. For rappellers, Rishikesh is a dream destination. Thanks to the steep valleys and rock formations in the town. The best place to try rappelling is Shivalik Himalayas. Mohan Chatti, another popular destination is where one try adventure sports such as giant swing and bungee jumping. Rishikesh that is located 25 km away from Haridwar can be easily reached by a bus or auto/ taxi. Autos are said to be the cheapest mode of transportation to Rishikesh from Haridwar.
To take part in an exciting jungle safari at Haridwar, opt for a visit to Rajaji National Park. One can encounter elephants, tigers, panthers and an array of other wildlife species at the park. Formed from dense green jungles, the park has the highest concentration of elephants in Uttarakhand. Besides, the park is a home to reptiles and over 315 species of birds are found in the Park, whereas the wider region has over 500 species of birds. Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is another major wildlife attraction in Rishikesh. Located on the banks of River Ganga, the sanctuary houses various endangered species and elephants, tigers, bears among other wildlife creatures.
The lovely hills, river and jungle area at Haridwar make it an ideal destination for cycling. Bikes and cycle can be hired on rent and guide can be hired when driving to remote areas. Cycling from Haridwar to Rishikesh town is a popular option among tourists. It takes roughly about 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Rishikesh by cycle. At Rishikesh one can explore local places such as Kunjapuri, Neelkanth and Vasisthgufa and picturesque destinations such as Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram and the ghats for a fun and exciting time. While in Haridwar, one can explore small areas such as Mayapur, Ranipur, Jwalapur, Har Ki Pauri, Motichur, Devpura, Bhupatwala, Haipur Kalan, Shivalik Nagar, and Brahampuri.
Traveller Tales From Haridwar
01 March 2016
I had a nice time during the Kuari Pass trekking. This trekking was a lot of fun and it was very interesting. Also, the camping done was very relaxing and rejuvenating in between. It was planned trek and our trek leader was amazing. He made sure that we are enjoying the trek and shared lot of his trekking stories with us.
18 December 2015
Wao What a view it was!!!!! Can you imagine millions of species of flowers such as saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia all at one place!!! sounds exciting right??? Thats exactly hw i felt when i first heared about the place, i was very desperate to make a visit there. we went there with my best friend,clicked hundreds of photos, wao it was so nice to be there. in could feel the aroma of the enchanting place, its wonderful. The place is surrounded by the Himalayas mountains, like someone is trying to protect those beautiful flowers. Its the most attractive place i had ever seen.
16 May 2015
WOW! Yes, the trekking was just wow. I had a really nice time with the trek. I loved it completely. I am spellbound by the fact that this trek was inexpensive yet so brilliantly. I recommend this to all trek and travel lovers.
12 September 2013
Our trip started from Haridwar from where drove to Joshimath. In between we had seen confluence of rivers which was amazing. Our trekking expedition started from day 2 from Dhak village. 4th day trek was very challenging as we trekked for 15 kms to Kauri Pass. Camping arrangement for very good and sleeping were of good quality. Terrain is tough so make sure you carry good trekking shoes.
23 November 2015
For a nature lover, there can not be a better place than this, i can guarantee that! The valley of flowers is place everyone will certainly and entirely love. for me the only setback is its too far from my location. but one thing i can say is just dont miss this one otherwise you will never find the heaven on earth!!!
02 June 2016
Just can not wait to visit again!!! we are planning to go in our next anniversary, The money spent on this trip was worth it.there are some other places also in the nearby where you can spend good times. i forgot the name of a restaurant there, it was damn good. i can not forget the taste of the meals offered there.
05 August 2017
This place is bliss.
04 June 2015
The Kuari Pass trek started after we were driven to Dhak village by our trek guides. From there, we started hiking through dense forests, snowy trails and lot more and reached the Chitrakantha camp. The tents for our overnight stay were of very good quality and we got the required break and rest in them. Following this, the third, fourth and fifth day also followed the same routine: trek and rest. The overall experience was really fascinating and One must go for this atleast once.
09 February 2015
For me, Chandrashila Peak trek was a memorable trek. There is a lot to explore and discover on this trek. From Haridwar, we completed a total circuit and every bit of it was enjoyable. At our every step, there was something new and our trek guides did his best to keep us up-to-date about everything. Though I did not had an amazing camera, here are some of the pics I would like to share...hope, everyone enjoys this Deoria Tal trek!!
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