Haridwar meaning ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the holiest places of the Hindus and is located on the banks of the River Ganga in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the place from where the river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is also one of the four places where the Kumbh Mela is held in rotation every twelve years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell into the Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pauri- It is therefore considered that a holy dip in the Brahmkund is very auspicious.
Height: 314 m
Climate: The summer is hot and light cottons are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are chilly and woolen clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Haridwar
Road: Well connected to major north Indian cities.
Rail: Haridwar is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India.
Air: Jolly Grant near Dehradun, is the nearest airport to Haridwar at a distance of 36 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri: This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmkund. At twilight, when evening Aarti is performed, the reflection of the golden Diyas that keep floating on the river offer an enchanting view of the Ghat to the visitors.
Chandi Devi Temple: The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir, Raja Suchat Singh. It is a 3 kms trek from Chandighat. One can reach there by trolley rope way or on foot.
Maya Devi Temple: This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Shaktipeeths. It is believed to be the place where the Heart and Navel of Goddess Sati has fallen.
Mansa Devi Temple: This temple is located on top of the Bilwa Parvat and can be reached on foot or by ropeway. This temple is one of the Five Pilgrimages within Haridwar.
Daksh Mahadev Temple: The ancient temple of Daksh Mahadev is situated at Kankhal. The mythological story about this place is that King Daksh Prajapati, father of Goddess Sati performed Yagna at this place. Daksh Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva and thus Sati felt insulted and burnt herself to the Yagna Kund.
Sapt Rishi Ashram: It is believed that seven sages meditated at this place. Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam were the seven sages. Ganga split herself into seven streams to avoid any disturbance to their meditation.
Piran Kaliyar: The Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahmer ‘Sabir’ on the outskirts of Roorkee town is worth visiting. It is situated towards the south of Haridwar. This place is one of the living examples of unity between the Hindu and Muslim religions.
Haridwar has several other beautiful Ashrams and Temples of significance such as Shanti Kunj, Jairam Ashram, Bhuma Niketan, Bharat Mata Mandir, Vaishnav Devi Temple, Radha Krishna Temple, Shravan Nath Math, Pawan Dham, Doodhadari Temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Shahi Gurudwara, Prem Nagar Ashram, Maa Anand Mai Ashram.