Hardiwar

Overview

Home to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is the starting point for the journey to the sacred sources of Ganga and Yamuna rivers. As per a popular legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance in the city to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to sage Kapil’s curse. Hindu pilgrims bathe in the sacred holy waters of Haridwar to pray for the salvation of their ancestors as in the tradition of Bhagirath.

City Facts

  • Population:
    14,44,213 (2001 census)
  • Altitude:
    294.7 metres
  • Area:
    12,302 sq. kms
  • Weather:
    40.9°-15.6°C in Summers, 16.6°-06°C in Winters
  • Languages:
    Hindi and English

Attractions

  • Hari Ki Pauri

    King Vikramaditya built the Hari ki Paudi ghat to commemorate the descent of Ganga after years of difficult prayers and fasting done by his ancestor Bhagirath. It is believed that Lord Vishnu left his footprints on a rock at this ghat. One can experience the spiritual essence in the evening aarti as the Hari ki Pauri ghat comes to life with melodious prayers and lighting up of lamps along the Ganges.

  • Chandi Devi

    Built in 1929 AD by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh, the Chandi Devi temple stands atop Neel Parvat. It is believed that the main statue of goddess Chandi Devi was laid here in the 8th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya.

  • Mansa Devi

    The southernmost hill of the Shivalik ranges hosts the Durga temple popularly known as Mansa Devi. A panoramic view of the Haridwar city with the Ganges flowing in its middle is visible atop the temple perched on the Bilwa Parvat.

  • Sapt Rishi Ashram & Sapt Sarovar

    The Ganges is believed to have divided itself into seven small streams to not disturb the Sapt (seven) Rishis meditating and worshipping here.

How to reach

By Flight

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala, Dehradun, situated 41 km away.

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By Road

Haridwar is well connected to all major cities and other parts of the state viz. Delhi (214 km), Agra (386 km), Ambala (168 km), Badrinath (325 km), Dehradun (52 km), Kedarnath (250 km), Saharanpur (81 km), Nainital (286 km).

Local Transport Services: Private bus services, tempos (vikrams), auto rickshaws, tongas, cycle-rickshaws and taxis.

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By Train

Connected with all important cities of India viz., Bombay, Delhi, Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritsar, Dehradun, Lucknow, etc.

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Accomodation

Aalia Resort

Location: Near Rajaji National Park, Chila Range, Shyampur, Haridwar

Radisson Blu

Location: Plot No. C-1,Sector-12,SIDCUL, Haridwar

Hotel Ganga Sadan

Location: Niranjani Akhada Road, Shravan Nath Nagar, Haridwar