The heaven on Earth for nature lovers, Haridwar is the City of Rituals and worship. The gateway of Lord Hari (Vishnu), has Deep-rooted Indian culture and civilization. It is also known by other names such as Gangadwar, Mayapuri, Kapila. The city is situated in Uttarakhand state (Devbhoomi), Haridwar is itself one of its districts.
The River Ganga, which is the most sacred river of India flows in Haridwar coming all the way from the Himalayas travelling a long distance. The most popular Har-ki-Pauri and Ganga Maiya Aarti is the centre of attraction for people from different parts of the world. Haridwar is also known for the beginning point of Char Dham Yatra.
According to Indian Mythology, Legendary Isvaku king Bhagirath, The Ancestors of Lord Rama is said to have brought the river Ganga from heaven to earth in order to provide salvation to his ancestors, who were died due to the Curse of Sage Kapil (Rishi Kapil) in Haridwar.
It is also believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in Brahma Kund in Har-Ki-Pauri and has footprints over the stairs where Sacred Ganga touches it all the time. According to Indian mythology, It is believed that during Samudra Manthan, a few drops of Amrit (elixir of immortality), fell in Brahma Khund at Har-ki-Pauri Haridwar, that’s why Kumbha Mela (Fair) is celebrated here, Kumbh every 12 years and Ardh Kumbh in every 6 years.
People and Devotees all over the world used to visit here, they have a belief that after getting a dip in the holy Ganga can attain salvation and can go to heaven. It is also believed that Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar was constructed by King Vikramaditya in 1 st Century BC in the memory of his beloving Brother Brithhari.
How to Reach Haridwar
Being the centre of attraction from all the world due to Its rich culture and spirituality, people used to visit here across the year. There are mainly 3 means by which you can reach here easily.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Haridwar. It is approximately 44 km away from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local Transport can be accessed from outside the airport to reach Haridwar by road from Dehradun.
Haridwar can be reached easily by road from Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Punjab, Nainital, Deharadun and other parts of Uttarkhand. It has a UTC Roadways station and Private Bus Association which has no buses that connect many parts of the country with Haridwar. Bus service is available on a frequent basis and fares are also Budget Friendly.
Visitors can board these buses depending upon their suitable timing. Apart from this, you can access Taxy and Cab services from here to different parts of the country at affordable prices.
Railways are always the Cheapest and economically best way to travel in India, so this place provides you with the same facility. Haridwar has its own railway station which connects the pilgrimage city with the rest of India. It is directly linked with cities like Delhi, Haldwani, Moradabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Patna, Gaya, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Kochi by a good number of express trains.
Hotels And Accommodation
So being conventionally a holy city, Haridwar has a lot of Good Hotels with good facilities with Different price ranges according to your Suitability. Apart from this, you can Access Homestays to feel at home with low prices and also there are many dharmshalas and Ashrams where you can stay even free for some days.
Places to Visit Nearby
Always being a favourite place of tourists, Haridwar offers a large no of tourist spots nearby to visit.
Here are some of them.
Har Ki Pauri
Being Regarded as one of the most sacred Ghats in Haridwar and India, Har Ki Pauri is a revered landmark and is visited by devotees and visitors in large numbers seeking the blessings of the Holy Ganga by offering their prayers. A dip in the river Ganges here is believed to wash away one’s sins
Distance- 1 km away from the main city centre.
There is a Temple of Sacred Ganga (Ganga Maiya) at Har-ki-Pauri, along this Ganga Maiya is worshipped by the Eleven priests with mantra recitation and chanting prayers at the Har-ki-Pauri Ghat. It is performed twice a day, in the morning and the evening.
Distance– 1 km away from the main city centre.
Mansa Devi Temple is a famous temple in Haridwar in Uttarakhand that is dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi, who is considered to be a form of Shakti and it is also believed that Goddess Mansa emerged from Lord Shiva mind. The temple is also popularly known as Bilwa Tirth and is situated on the top of the Bilwa Parvat on the Shiwalik Hills.
Distance– 1 km away from the main city centre.
There is an ancient temple of Goddess Chandi another form of Goddess Durga. Anyone can reach the temple through ropeway and by trekking of 45 min.
Distance– 2 km away from the main city centre.
Rajaji National Park
This Park is named In the Honour of Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, popularly known as Rajaji, was an Indian statesman, writer, lawyer, and independence activism. Famous for its wildlife and biodiversity, especially for tigers and elephants, Rajaji National Park is a Tiger Reserve. It is spread over 3 districts of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. Apart from the Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari, the 34 km jungle track is a major attraction here.
Distance– 26 km away from the main city centre.
Patanjali Yogpeeth, located in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It is also known as one of the largest yoga institutes in the world. If anyone is interested in Ayurveda and Yoga, it is one of the best places to visit in Haridwar.
Distance- 16 km away from the main city centre.