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Haridwar

Overview of Haridwar

Home to highly revered Goddess Ganga, Haridwar is one of the holiest places in India. Starting from Gangotri, the River Ganga crosses many cities of Uttarakhand and Haridwar is considered one of the holiest even for performing death rituals. For hindus the place holds a great importance and value due to the legend and ancient history attached to it. Besides having the religious value, the Ghats of Ganga are highly peaceful and soulful. During the day the place is hilghy crowded with the flock of devotees visiting the holy shrine however if you want to experience the best of Haridwar and the Ghats of it, come here during the night. The nights here are magical and that is when you can actually feel the presence of majestic River Ganga and its divinity.

The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps) is Har Ki Pauri that hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela. Haridwar is amongst seven holiest places and according the legend, during Samudra Manthan, the drops of Amrit or elixir fell on to four places –Ujjain, Nashik, Prayag and Haridwar. Therefore, the water of Ganga in Haridwar is considered most sacred and pure.

Places of attractions

Har Ki Pauri

Location: Haridwar, Uttarkhand, India

Haridwar is a divine place and considered most sacred by Hindus. Hari means lord and pauri means stair. Therefore Hai ki Pauri is a ghat on the river Ganga where devotees from all over India come for holy bath considering it will forgive all sins committed by them. The water of Ganga is considered highly powerful and sacred.

Things to do at Har Ki Pauri: Visting The Place

Mansa Devi Temple

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

Mansa Devi Temple is placed atop a hillock known as the Bilwa Parvat of the Shiwalik Range of the Himalayas. This temple has a rope way to go there, you have to trek a bit to reach this destination.

Things to do at Mansa Devi Temple: Visting The Place

Rajaji National Park

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Rajaji National Park is a large tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over 820 km², and three districts of Uttarakhand: Saharanpur, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. You can enjoy a jungle safari in the jeep and spot some animals on the way.

Things to do at Rajaji National Park: Visting The Place, Wildlife Watching

Birla Ghat

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

Birla Ghat is one of the oldest ghat of Haridwar.It is about 2 kms away from Har Ki Pauri. It is quaint and solitary ghat in Haridwar. Hindu devotees take holy dip here in river Ganga. This ghat is cleaner than famous ghat Har Ki Pauri.

Things to do at Birla Ghat: Visting The Place

Moti Bazaar

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

Spread between Ganga Ghats to upper road; this famous market starts from Har ki pauri end and is nearly a km in length.  It is a narrow street with hundreds of small shops that offer from religious items to clothing to wooden articles to brass utensils.

Things to do at Moti Bazaar: Visting The Place

Chandi Devi Temple

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

This is one of the oldest temples in India and is surprisingly well maintained. The introduction of the rope-way, it has become more accessible. The ride is beautiful and the temple dedicated to the goddess who fulfills wishes is definitely worth a visit, even if you are not religious.

Things to do at Chandi Devi Temple: Visting The Place

Weather in Haridwar

Haridwar has temperate climate throughout the year. The summers are quite hot with temperature rising to even 45 degree Celsius. Winters are not very cold but temperature can get down to less than 10 degree Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit the holy site all year round and best months to visit when temperature is pleasant are September to Mid April.

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How to Reach

Road

Haridwar is well connected with roads from almost all major cities. You can either take a private bus or hire a taxi till Haridwar from Delhi or Chandigarh.

By Rail:

Haridwar is also well connected by railways, infact it is one of the main Railway stations in Uttarkhand. You can board the train from Delhi which will drop you at Haridwar railway station.

Air

Closest Airport is at Dehradun named as Jolly Grand Airport. From the Airport you can reach Haridwar by taxi and can enjoy your Haridwar trip

Places to visit in Haridwar :
Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Rajaji National Park, Birla Ghat, Moti Bazaar, Chandi Devi Temple
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