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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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12 July 2018
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13 April 2019
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06 September 2018
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18 April 2019
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28 July 2018
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17 August 2019
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29 July 2018
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20 September 2018
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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.