A pilgrimage spot, a holy destination, a spiritual resort is Haridwar in North India lying under the blankets of the mighty Himalayas. Moreover, it is an adventure destination because of its high altitudes and the friendly yet tricky Himalayan ranges. Being an ancient city which has space in the mythologies of India, Haridwar is considered to be a sacred location. The River Ganga enters the Indo Gangetic Plains at Haridwar for the first time by which it got another name as Gangadwara.
The soothing nature existing here will relish every heart in no time and this is the place where all the elements of nature coexist in harmony. There are temples located at a great altitude and trekkers from the different parts of the world find it challenging to overcome the steep hills and reach the temple and in winter the favourable conditions would be at bay. You can visit Haridwar throughout the year and the city is spreading over 12.3 square kilometers and located at an altitude of 315 meters above the sea level.Travellers can even go for a road tripto Haridwar for a one day trip from Delhi.
Since it is a city of sacred importance, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are not allowed at many places inside. Some of the major things you can do here are Ganga Ceremony or Ganga Aarti during which hundreds of people gather on the banks of the river to offer prayers, a holy dip in the river, yoga classes and meditation, Haridwar heritage walk, trekking or cycling or biking and much more. Its a famous tourist destination to visit within 400kms from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi to Haridwar:
Haridwar is closely located to Rishikesh around 30 kilometers away and it is located at a distance of around 222 kilometers away from Delhi and you will need a drive of more than 5 hours via road to reach Haridwar from Delhi via NH 334. There are a lot of bus services from the capital city at any time.
The most enchanting time to visit Hari ki Pauri, a divine spot in Haridwar where the sacred nectar is believed to have fallen and also the heart of the Maha Kumbh Mela, is at dusk. Chandi Devi Temple situated atop Neel Parvat is a holy shrine connected by cable car or can be reached by a 3km trek via Chandi Ghat.
Manasa Devi Temple perched on top of Bilwa Parwat gives a bird’s eye view of Haridwar. Other shrines include Maya Devi Temple, Sapta Rishi Ashram, Daksha Mahadev Temple etc.