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HARIDWAR TOURISM

Location : 41 Kms from Dehradun
District : Haridwar District
Known As : Gateway to the Gods
Attractions : Temples, Ghats, Rituals

Maha Aarti in Haridwar
The Most Important Activity in Haridwar - Maha Aarti



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Best Time : September to June.
Famous Temples : Mansa Devi Temple Trekking Delight, Gorakh Nath Temple See the Imposing Edifice, Daksha Mahadev Temple Most Pious Place in Haridwar.
Famous Festival  : Kumbh Ka Mela, Will Be Held in the Year 2010.
Famous Shrine  : Piran Kalier – 23 kms from Haridwar, a Living Example of Hindu Muslim Unity. It is a Dargah Famous for Its Mystical Powers.
Must Experience : Life on Ghats on River Ganga, Various Rituals Performed on the Ganga Ghats.
Aarti Time : Evening - Maha Aarti at Hari ki Pauri Ghat. At 8 pm During Summer and 7 pm During Winters.
Must Visit : Parmarth Ashram Having the Beautiful Image of Goddess Durga.
Important Point : Sapt Rishi Point Where River Ganga Divides Herself in 7 Streams.
Trekking Delight : 3 kms Long Trek From Chandighat to Chandi Devi Temple.
Trek to Mansa Devi Temple.
Not to Be Missed : Maha Aarti Held in Hari ki Pauri Ghats, Every Evening. Taking Dips in Holy River, Ganga.
Other Attractions : Bhimganag Tank – Made by Bhim With a Jab of his Knee, Pawan Dham Ashram Hanuman Temple Built With Pieces of Glass, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar – Birdwatching.
Shop From : Government Handloom Emporium and Gandhi Ashram for Handicrafts.
Moti bazaar for Stone Artifacts.
Upper Road, Jwalapur and Kankhal For Rudrakash, Gangajali and Other Items.
Adventure Ride : Rope Way Ride to Mansa Devi Temple – Situated on a Hill Top and Gives Excellent Views of Haridwar.
Ayurveda Classes : Various Ashrams Provide Ayurveda Classes and Herbal Medication.
Eating Options : Bestee Restaurant – Chinese and South Indian, Satkar – Chinese and Indian, Ahaar - Continental, Punjabi, and Chinese, Bride Mathura Walla – Sweets.
Staying Options : Haveli Hari Ganga, Sagar Ganga Resort, Country Inn & Suites, Hotel Classic Residency.
Getting Around : Rishikesh – 24 kms, Dehradun – 52 kms, Saharanpur – 81kms, Mussoorie – 89 kms.
Important Distances : Delhi – 214 kms, Badrinath – 325 kms, Kedarnath – 250 kms. Nainital – 286 kms, Agra – 386 kms.
Getting There : Air – The main Airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (52 kms). Air Deccan Connects Delhi to Dehradun, From There one can Take a Bus or Train.
Rail – Haridwar is a Major Railhead Which is Well Connected to Various Cities and Towns of India.
Road – When Travelling from Delhi, NH 54 Passes Through Haridwar. Other Highways Also Connects Haridwar to Delhi, Dehradun, Nainital and Other Major Cities and Small Towns.
Inside Tip : Haridwar Is a Holy Town So Tourists Should Abstain From Wearing Revealing Clothes. Non Vegetarian is Prohibited.

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Haridwar - The Gateway to the Gods

Get uplifted in the spiritual ambiance by choosing Haridwar tourism for your holiday in Uttaranchal, the divine path to the homes of God. Travel to Haridwar the most popular destination in North India and make a pilgrimage tour to famous Chardham, Yamunotri, Gangatori, Badrinath, Kedarnath. Haridwar tourism holds the attractions of various temples arrayed on Ganga ghats,  Khumbh Mela and and ashrams replete with their yoga and meditation sessions. This temple town has developed as an important centre of religion and you cannot miss seeing the Gurukul traditions of teaching, that are still practiced in the various ashrams across the city. Haridwar is also a gateway to many famous hill-stations of India, take an excursion tour from Haridwar and visit the other famous places in Uttaranchal – Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Haridwar is an important town of Uttaranchal, not only in terms of sanctity but historical mythologies as well. A trip to Haridwar will give you a chance to get bowled over by the divine atmosphere at the Ganga Ghats when whole environment is baptized into the magical flames of evening aarti (a holy flame) that holds perfect harmony of peace and spirituality with the cosmos, a sight not to be missed. It is this historic time of the evening when the blue of the Ganges are filled with the golden of the prayer diyas making them appear like channel of stars floating in the dark.

Major Haridwar Attractions

Haridwar Ganga Ghats
Famous Ganga Ghat During Kumbh Mela


Ganga Ghats - The Golden Beauty

Visit the most popular ghats on the banks of river Ganges, the main attractions of Haridwar tourism. The city is blessed by the presence of pious river Ganga which has the credence of having power to purify souls. As per the Hindu mythology, one should take a dip in its holy waters, to curb the body of all sins. Visit these Ganga ghats during the morning when the mist gives way to the rising sun. There are many magical moments in store for the visitors, do not be surprised with a sight of a  priest standing in Ganga worshiping the Sun God, his daily chore. People engaged in taking bath or performing rituals. Haridwar is all about spirituality and holiness so it becomes inevitable that every corner of this pilgrimage town is drenched in holiness. All the shopaholics should not fret, as just close to the Ganga ghats, there is a bustling bazaar showcasing all that enchants its visitor. From here, one can shop for various handicrafts, holy books, metal-wear and other souvenirs. The best time to visit these ghats is during the evenings when the 'Aarti' takes place in various temples perched on the doorsteps of Ganga. The major attraction of this 'Maha Aarti' performed on the Hari ki Pauri ghat lies in the sight of thousands of earthen pots lighted together that floats on the river and the shimmering Ganges with its personified reflection enlightens the dark cloak of night. A sight that will leave you spellbound. Boatmen carrying flowers, people lighting lamps and making wishes, is a common sight. You too should light a diya and make a wish. They do come true!!!

After all the rituals and rites have been performed, all the hullabaloo has died down, a strange solace descends upon Haridwar. Soon the sunlight hands over the reign to the night. Darkness engulfs the town only to brim to life again the next morning. The pilgrimage destination of Haridwar is a must visit for all the people who are planning to visit India.

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Haridwar During the Kumbh Mela is More Than Pilgrimage

The temple city of Haridwar has been the reason for people of all faiths to kowtow since ages. Travel to Haridwar, one of the most important pilgrim destinations in India. Undertake Haridwar tourism during the famous festival of Kumbh Mela, when a unique sense of religiosity plunges the whole town. Held once in twelve years, the town is throng with thousand of devotees coming from all over the world to participate in this mega event. During Maha Kumbh Mela special facilities are provided by the Uttaranchal Tourism, watch the crowd who gather during this time to sanctify themselves by taking holy dips in the Ganges. This is one of the largest congregations of mankind in the world. Take up pilgrimage tours of Haridwar to enjoy your festive holidays in this holy town of Uttaranchal.

Naga Sadhus in Haridwar
The Spiritual Representation of Haridwar - Naga Sadhus


Other Travel Attractions of Haridwar

The most famous attractions of Haridwar are the hundred of temples dotted in the town, every ninth of town is spotted with a temple holding its own sanctity. Visit the most famous Gorakhnath Temple, Parmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Pawan Dham temple and Kanhal Temple rich in their architecture splendor. One of the prime attractions of Haridwar tourism is the Mansa Devi ropeway. Don’t miss the chance to reach the unattainable heights. Famous Mansa Devi temple can be reached through this rope way, it is an exciting tour of half an hour, about 540 mts long and 178 mts high. The view of Haridwar from this rope way is just panoramic, the glistering Ganges, the green mountain ranges at the backdrop and of course the view of Mansa Devi.

While on Haridwar tourism, the best thing you can savor is herbal treatment and various Ayurvedic regimes that are sure to revive your body and senses. There are many ashrams that conduct these classes and are an attraction in themselves. Gurukul Kangri Ashram is the place in Haridwar where Ayurvedic treatments are done. The Uttaranchal Tourism board makes special arrangements for Ayurveda classes, but one needs to book in advance.

Among the major attractions of Ashrams, Haridwar has Jairam Ashram and Kanva Rishio Ashram, which have magnificent heritage of Hindu mythology. For all those who want to enjoy some wildlife safari, can go to Rajaji Park, which is just at a stone's throw away.

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Getting There : Reaching the Land of Divinity

Haridwar which means 'Gateway to God', is truly one. There are multitudinous excursions that begin from Haridwar for Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath. Various other important destinations are also in close vicinity to Haridwar. Travel to the famous pilgrim destination of Haridwar which can be reached from all the parts of the country. Haridwar is well connected via airways. The Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is at a convenient distance from Haridwar. Regular flights are available from Delhi and other important cities of India.
You can also pick the option of railways that connect Haridwar to almost all the parts of the country. As it is an important pilgrimage centre in India, there are numerous trains available for reaching Haridwar from New Delhi. Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi are also connected by regular trains. As far as road ways are concerned, NH 54 links up Haridwar to Delhi. Other network of roads also connect Haridwar to different parts of the state as well as country.



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Mountain View from Haridwar

Haloed Haridwar
Enjoy exotic holy tours of Haridwar to see the beautiful landscape, sprawling ganga ghats and the green mountains that act as backdrop for this revered town. Himachal tourism promotes, temple attractions, Sapt Rishi and the religious festivals. Haridwar is the most renowned pilgrim destination in North India, and is a must place to visit by all the travellers.


Aarti on Ghats of Ganges
To see the famous Maha Aarti, travel to the ghats of Ganges in Haridwar, where every evening a grand activity takes place. There are many rituals that will make the spectator behold. Ganga ghats are the most famous attraction of Haridwar, that any tourists cannot miss. One of the best time to visit Haridwar is during the Kumbh Mela, that is held once in 12 years.


Row Row Rope the Way
The most exotic option of excitement on Haridwar tours will unanimously be won by the ropeway at Mansa Devi temple. This 40 mts long and 178 mts high rope way will take you to a great height from where you can enjoy breath taking views of Haridwar and here you should also see the famous Mansa Devi temple.


Shop to remember By
Though there are plenty of memories that you will take back with you from Haridwar, but still you should buy some souvenirs to virtualize your experience. On your Haridwar holidays do not miss shopping for intricately carved stone idols, handicrafts and kitchen set toys.


Trek to See the Temple
One facet of this pilgrim town is adventure. There are various trekking routes that one can enjoy in order to see the temple attraction. A 3 km long trek from Chandi Ghat will take you to the famous Chandi Devi temple. One can also bask the chance of trekking to the Mansa Devi temple while on Haridwar vacations.


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