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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Hours

Base Station: Haridwar

Nearest City to Haridwar: Dehradun (54 Kms), Delhi City (208 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Haridwar: October to April

Peak Season: November & March to April

State: Uttarakhand | District: Haridwar

Haridwar Weather: Summer: Maximum - 36°C and Minimum - 20°C
Winter: Maximum - 24°C and Minimum - 7°C

At a distance of 26 km from Rishikesh, 54 km from Dehradun, 86 km from Mussoorie, 192 km from Chandigarh and 208 km from Delhi, Haridwar or Hardwar is an ancient religious city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is one of the best tourist Places to visit in Uttarakhand apart from being a popular pilgrimage site in India. It is also one of the well known getaways from Delhi city.

Haridwar, literally translated as Gateway to God, is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is situated at an altitude of 314 m. It serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

The history of Haridwar dates back to the period of King Vikramaditya, around 2nd century BC. Haridwar is referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu texts and epics. The holy city of Haridwar is considered as old as Varanasi and according to legend; gods left their footprints in Haridwar. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of the four sites where drops of Amrit (nectar) fell while it was being carried by Garuda.

Har-ki-Pauri is the most important place of Haridwar where thousands of people take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. It is believed that Prince Bhagirath served self-punishment here to rescue the souls of his ancestors who had died due to the curse of Kapil Muni. His prayers were answered and Ganga started flowing from the locks of Lord Shiva and reviving the sons of King Sagara.

Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj are some of the important historical shrines in Haridwar. Rishikesh, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary are the other nearby attractions. Haridwar is also a fast growing industrial city as well. The city houses Bharat Heavy Electricals India Ltd and also has the first technical institute of India, the University of Roorkee, which is now known by the name of IIT Roorkee.

Haridwar is one of the venues for famous Kumbh Mela which takes place once in every 12 years. Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Haridwar in 2022. The Ardh Mela is held every six years. Baisakhi, Kanwar Mela, Somwati Amavasya and Kartik Purnima are the other important festivals celebrated in Haridwar.

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 38 km from Haridwar. Haridwar Railway Station is well connected by train with Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Puri, Indore, Trivandrum, Ujjain, Madurai, Okha, Saharanpur, Mumbai, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Howrah and Kathgodam. Haridwar can also be reached by State run buses that connect to nearby cities as well as New Delhi.

The best time to visit Haridwar is from October to April.

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HOW TO REACH HARIDWAR


By Air

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - Jolly Grant Airport (38 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Haridwar Jn Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Haridwar Bus Depot (0.2 Kms)

23 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN HARIDWAR


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the River Ganges in Haridwar. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar.

Har Ki Pauri was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother, Brithari in 1st century BC. It is said that Brithari used to mediate on the banks of River Ganges. Har Ki Pauri, one of the most famous places in Haridwar, is believed to be the precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains.

Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in the Vedic times. It is also said that Lord Brahma, who is the Hindu God of Creation, performed a yagna at this place. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall. An area within Har Ki Pauri, where the evening Ganga Aarti takes places is considered most sacred and is known as Brahmakund. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Mansa Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Shivalik Hills in Haridwar. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirthas (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the Sage Kashyap. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (serpent) Vasuki. This Temple is highly revered by devotees as a Siddh Peetha which is a place of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms.

The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all the wishes of sincere devotees who tie threads to the branches of .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Daksheswara Mahadev Temple or Daksha Mahadev temple is located in Kankhal in Haridwar.

This temple is named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati. Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis, creator deities, who preside over procreation and are the protectors of life in Hindu mythology. Popularly known as Sri Daksheshwar Temple, this temple was initially constructed in 1810 AD by Queen Dhankaur. However, the temple was again rebuilt in 1962.

According to the legend, Daksha Prajapati performed a holy ritual, known as Daksha Yagna at this place. However, he did not invite Lord Shiva, who was his son-in-law, for this Yagna. However, Sati, the daughter of Daksha attended the yagna. Daksha insulted Lord Shiva in the Yagna. Feeling insulted by her father's behavior, Sati sacrificed her life in the fire of the Yagna. The Daksha Mahadev Temple is believed to .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Chandi Devi Temple is one of the famous temples situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Shivalik Hills in Haridwar at an altitude of 2,900 m.

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This is one of the most famous temples of India. This Temple is highly revered by devotees as a Siddh Peetha which is a place of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Mansa Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple.

Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir. However, the main idol of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple, also known as Neel Parvat Teerth, is one of the Panch Tirth located within Haridwar.

According to legend, the kingdom .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Vaishno Devi Temple, a replica of Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu, is located at Jwalapur in Haridwar.

The Temple is dedicated to Mata Vaishno Devi, and is modeled after the famous Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu & Kashmir. This temple is relatively new but it has been attracting large number of tourists. This temple is becoming a major tourist attraction in Haridwar.

The main deities in the temple are Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati. It is believed that all three Goddesses together became Vaishno Devi in order to kill the demon Mahishasura. It is believed that the Goddess blesses only those who truly intend to seek her blessings from the bottom of their hearts.

Apart from Kumbh Mela, the temple celebrates many festivals like Basant Panchami, Makar Sankaranti, Ganga Dussera, etc. with great devotion.

Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM.


Wildlife

At a distance of 8 km from Haridwar, 21 km from Rishikesh & 55 km from Dehradun, Rajaji National Park is a Tiger Reserve situated at the edge of the sprawling Dehradun Valley. The park is spread over an area of 820.42 sq. km. in Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand.

Motichur Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers about 90 sq. km, was carved out of Dehradun forests in the year 1966. Similarly, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary was formed from the Shivalik forests and Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary from the Landsowne forests in 1967 and 1974 respectively. The Rajaji National Park was established by merging these three wildlife sanctuaries and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the famous freedom fighter and the last Governor-General of India Sri C. Rajagopalachari, popularly known as Rajaji.

The Rajaji National Park is situated along the Shivalik ranges .....


Pilgrimage | Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 26 km from Haridwar, 42 km from Dehradun, 74 km from Mussoorie, 201 km from Chandigarh and 233 km from Delhi, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges and is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites in India and among the best Places to visit in Uttarakhand state. It is also a popular weekend getaway around Delhi city for a 2 day trip. Rishikesh is also base for several trekking trails in Uttarakhand state.

Rishikesh is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is situated at an elevation of 356 m above sea level and consists of three distinct areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and Muni Ki Reti. Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary Kedarkhand .....

Distance (From Haridwar): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (From Haridwar - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 500 m from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Sri Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is situated in the valley of Bilva Parvat in Haridwar.

This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and his Consort Goddess Parvati. According to mythology, the temple is the place where Goddess Parvati worshiped Shiva, and when Shiva appeared she asked him to accept her as his wife. Bilva is a tree which is quite sacred to Hindus. Its leaves represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva.

This ancient temple is very popular among the local people. The temple is surrounded by woods in a hilly area. It is a small temple which houses a Shiva linga and Nandi made out of stone. The place also houses small temples for Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Parvati. It is a tradition to offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and to do abhishek of the Shiva lingam with the water of River Ganga.

The temple is very close to Haridwar Jn Railway Station and can be reached by foot.

Timings: 6 AM to 9 P .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 500 m from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Sri Doodhadhari Barfani Temple situated inside Doodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram in Haridwar.

The temple is one of the popular attractions in Haridwar. The temple is famous for its beautiful architecture. Built completely using white marble, the temple attracts thousands of tourists. Within the temple complex, there are several temples dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Of these, the Ram-Sita Mandir and the Hanuman temple are worth visiting.

Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 600 m from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Maya Devi Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Birla Ghat in the holy city of Haridwar.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Maya. According to the history, this temple dates back to the 11th century. It is one of the three ancient temples of Haridwar which are still intact, the other two being Narayana-shila and Bhairava Temple. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity.

Goddess Maya is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which is a place of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple. The inner shrine consists of idols of goddess Maya in the center, goddess Kali on the left, goddess Kamakhya on the right.

The temple is visited by large number of devotees during the Navratra and .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Vishnu Ghat is one of the important Ghats along the Ganga River in Haridwar. Named after Lord Vishnu, it is believed to be the same place where Lord Vishnu bathed. Legend states that a dip in the holy water of this ghat washes away all the sins. Owing to the immense faith in Lord Vishnu by the people of Haridwar, devotees visit this land to take a dip in the ghat.

Vishnu ghat is not much crowded like the Har Ki Puari ghat so one can take a dip with complete peace. The flow of the river is fast and it is narrow. The actual river flows east of the Vishnu ghat but the river has been diverted by the government so that it is safer for people to bathe during religious events. There are steps on both the banks leading to the river where you can take a dip. There is an iron barrier which makes sure that people do not get swept away by the flow of river. There are many temples, hotels & restaurants, near by the ghat.

Timings: .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 500m from Har Ki Pauri, Kushavarta Ghat or Kusha Ghat is one of the famous ghats in Haridwar.

This Ghat was constructed by a Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar. Kushavarta Ghat is associated with the great saint of ancient times - Dattatreya. According to the history, this is the ghat where Dattatreya offered his penance by standing on one foot for thousand years.

It is one of the ideal spots for devotees who wish to perform Shraddha rites for the departed souls and mundan ceremony for kids. This Ghat was bit over crowded throughout the year as holy rituals take place here each day.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Parad Shivling is situated inside the Harihar Ashram at Kankhal in Haridwar.

Parad Shivling is a unique Shivling worshipped at Harihar Ashram and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivling was offered first prayer during the Kumbh Mela in 1986. The name Parad Shivling literally means Mercury Shivling. This holy Shivling is made from 151 kg of pure Mercury. This Shivlinga is one of its kind in the world. Solidification of mercury is a unique process which makes this shrine popular.

Thousands of devotees visit the Harihar Ashram to offer prayers to the Parad Shivling and the shrine is also known as Paradeshwar Mahadev. There is another beautiful temple of Maha Mrityunjay in the ashram premises dedicated to Lord Shiva and there is also a big Rudraksha tree.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Gau Ghat is situated on the southern part of the Subhash Ghat.

Gau Ghat is one of the sacred sites along the River Ganges in Haridwar. This ghat got its name from those who come here to pardon the sin of killing cows. The sin of killing a cow is considered equal to the sin of killing a Brahmin. In addition the ghat is also visited by those who want to offer solace to the demised family members. The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were immersed in this Ghat.

This Ghat is less crowded as compared to other Ghats in Haridwar. This place observes the celebration of various festivals.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 1 km from Har Ki Pauri, Bhimgoda Tank is a sacred tank situated in Haridwar.

The sacred tank is named after Bhima, the second of the five Pandavas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. According to a legend, the sacred tank came into existence when Bhima hit his knee (Goda in Hindi) against the ground. It happened when the Pandavas were on their way to the Himalayas through Haridwar. When Bhima felt the need for water, he stabbed his knee to the ground to create a pool of water.

The water of the Ganges flows into this tank. A dam located close to the tank is also worth watching. The tank is also lined with wonderfully laid-out gardens. The surroundings of the tank are fragrant with the flowers. In addition, there are fountains adding to the beauty of the location.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 1 km from Har Ki Pauri, Jai Ram Ashram is situated at Bhimgoda in Haridwar.

Jai Ram Ashram was founded by Adi Guru Sri Jai Ram Maharaj in 1891. Later on Sri Devendra Swarup Ji Maharaj renovated the premises and added several structures. Jai Ram Ashram houses several sculptures resembling the various characters of Hindu mythology. The Ashram is famous for its diorama exhibition and a massive white statue depicting the famous Samudra manthan episode. Unlike the multicolored deities of other temples, the statues in the ashram are vibrant white sculptures.

This Ashram is lit up beautifully at night with the fountains running in the lawn. This ashram is recognized for outstanding lodging services. It has 512 rooms where the pilgrims are offered free accommodation. It also houses a charitable hospital which offers free medical aid to the poor and to the pilgrims. Free eye camps are also organized in the hospital where .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 3.5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is a famous bird watching point situated at the Bhimgoda Barrage of Haridwar. The Bhimgoda Barrage is on the Ganges River near Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat. The barrage was originally built to aid irrigation but it also generates hydro-electric power and controls floods. The area behind the barrage is known as Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar. The place is quite popular among bird loving tourists.

The place is known for Siberian Cranes that can be spotted during the winter months at Laljiwala. In addition, the place is also a natural habitat of different species of migratory birds. Not only avid bird watchers, but the spot also welcomes a good number of nature lovers and trekkers. Also, the spot of Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is visited by trekkers as it is situated close to many trekking routes in Haridwar.

This place is known for its immense natural beauty. Visitors can also see the Shivalik Hills from the .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 2.5 km from Har Ki Pauri, Pawan Dham Temple is situated along the Rishikesh road in Haridwar.

Pawan Dham is one among the most visited pilgrimage shrines in Haridwar and is counted among the ancient temples of Haridwar. The temple is famous for its beautiful architecture. The founder of Pawan Dham was Swami Vedantanandji Maharaj.

The wonderful glass work and artistically designed walls are the special attractions of the temple reasons of its popularity. The work describes the rich culture and heritage of the ancient India. Stories of Hindu Mythology such as Sri Ganga Avatar, Krishna Aur Balaram Kaa Makhan Chori, Mahabharata, etc. are displayed on the walls of the temple and colorful patterns on the glasses.

There are also well decorated marble idols of Hindu gods and goddesses such as Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, Durga, Santoshi Mata, etc. The idols of Lakshmi-Narayana, .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Mata Anandamayi Ashram is a famous ashram located at Kankhal in Haridwar.

Ma Anandamayi Ashram is a spiritual place dedicated to Sri Ma Anandamayi, an eminent spiritual personality. She was a Bengali mystic, born on 30th April 1896 and died on 27 August 1982. A Samadhi was made to bury the immortal remains of the mother inside the Ashram. The Samadhi was built in white marble with an enclosed crypt. Ma Anandamayi Ashram is a center of devotion and spirituality.

Visitors from all over the world visit the ashram and pay tribute to Ma Anandamayi, known for her yogic powers. She had travelled all over the world spreading her spiritual beliefs. This Ashram has several buildings in the well maintained complex. Tourists can visit to Gayatri Yagnashala, Ati Rudra Yagnashala, Rudraksha Tree, Shankaracharya Hall, Annapurnasthal, Ma Anandamayi Museum and Ma Anandamayi Vidyapeeth in the Ashram.

The significance of Ati .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Bharat Mata Mandir, also known as Mother India Temple, is situated at Motichur in Haridwar. This temple is one of the most visited temples in Haridwar

Bharat Mata Mandir is a famous multi-storey temple of Mother India built to salute the dedication of all the patriots and freedom fighters. This shrine was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. It was inaugurated by Late Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi, in the year 1983.

With a height of 180 feet, the temple stands tall with eight stories and each story has different theme dedicated to several legends and deities. In addition, the Bharat Mata Mandir is also dedicated to all the patriotic freedom fighters, who contributed to the freedom of the country. There is a lift facility to reach upper floors of the temple.

On the first floor, Statue of Bharat Mata adorns the hall, where the Goddess is holding a milk pot in one hand and stack of grain in the other hand. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6.5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Shantikunj is a pilgrim center of Gayatri Pariwar members. It is situated amidst serene location on Rishikesh Road in Sapt Sarovar Area of Haridwar.

Shantikunj is also known as Gayatri Shakti Peeth. It was established by late Pandit Shriram Sharma in 1971 and is the head-quarter of All World Gayatri Pariwar, which has more than 70 million followers all over the world. Shantikunj has initiated a global movement known as Yug Nirman Yojana (Movement for the Reconstruction of the Era) for moral as well as spiritual regeneration.

A magnificent temple of Gayatri Mata and idols of Sapt Rishis are located here. The place is charged with spiritual energy generated by penance of the most celebrated seven rishis of ancient times. Shantikunj is working towards national integration and awakening of cultural, ethical, moral and spiritual values of people.

This complex offers spiritual teachings, trainings and education .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6.5 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 5 km from Har Ki Pauri, Saptrishi Ashram is a beautiful ashram located on the banks of Ganga at Sapt Sarovar in Haridwar.

The Ashram is one of the most famous ashrams of Haridwar. It was established by Goswami Guru Dutt in 1943. As per mythology, in ancient times there were seven great sages namely Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam who used to meditate on the banks of river Ganga. Their meditation used to get disturbed by heavy gushing sound of river flow. The rishis trapped the flow of river Ganga and Ganga split her flow in seven separate streams to make lesser noise. Those seven streams of river Ganga known as Sapt Sarovar and place where Sapt Rishi meditated is called as Saptrishi Ashram. All the seven streams reunite further ahead.

The Pandava brothers on their way to heaven, passed through this place. This is shown by statues of the five brothers near the river bank. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station and 6.5 km from Jwalapur, Sureshwari Devi Temple is located amidst the popular Rajaji National Park in Ranipur at the outskirts of Haridwar.

Sureshwari Devi Temple is an ancient temple in Haridwar and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The devotees strongly believe that this ancient temple is the abode of the Goddess Durga and has the powers to bring spirituality into the lives of the worshippers.

The temple is surrounded by exceptional natural beauty with thick forest and the swaying trees making the weather pleasant even in peak summer. The trail which leads to the shrine inside the forest offers excellent views of the holy town of Haridwar.

Timings: 6 AM to 8 AM

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