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HaridwarIndia

The “Gateway to God” is an energetic city and pilgrim center blessed with magnificent temples, colorful festivals and striking Himalayan scenery.

Awash with striking temples and mystical bathing ghats, Haridwar draws religious pilgrims and curious travelers. Participate in extravagant festivals, walk through serpentine bazaars and discover breathtaking natural landscapes. Haridwar is one of India’s seven holiest cities. Its name means Gateway to God. The city straddles the sacred Ganges River in the Himalayan foothills.

Haridwar’s heart is Har Ki Pauri, a hectic yet humble bathing ghat where the Ganges Canal and Ganges River meet. Watch pandits (Hindu priests), pilgrims and sadhus (holy men) bathe in the river’s spiritually cleansing water. Arrive at dusk for the entrancing Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony), when the sounds of mantra fill the air and candlelit lamps illuminate the river. Find similar activities at Birla Ghat, Gau Ghat and Vishnu Ghat.

Witness more spiritual devotion at Haridwar’s resplendent temples. Stroll along the canal banks to the 11th-century Maya Devi Temple. Hike with pilgrims to hilltop Mansa Devi Temple and ride a scenic cable car to Chandi Devi Temple. Take an auto-rickshaw to Bharat Mandir, a multilevel temple full of statues of revered deities. Visit the Daksh Prajapati Temple Complex in nearby Kankhal district.

Throughout the year, festivals light up the river and temples. These include March’s flamboyant Holi (Festival of Colors), June’s Ganga Dussehra and November’s Kartik Poornima. The most famous of all is Kumbh Mela, which takes place once every 12 years and welcomes thousands of colorfully dressed sadhus.

Browse the stalls of Bara Bazar and Moti Bazar to purchase religious paraphernalia, handicrafts and ayurveda medicines. Alternatively, enjoy family-friendly fun at Crystal World, an amusement park with roller coasters, swimming pools and waterslides.

Located in Uttarakhand state, Haridwar is easily reachable via trains from major Indian destinations such as Amritsar, Chennai, New Delhi and Varanasi. Get around central Haridwar on foot to truly experience the city’s lively atmosphere. Otherwise, use affordable auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws. Many people visit Haridwar before traveling to Rishikesh. Take the opportunity to join a wildlife safari in Rajaji National Park.

Where to stay in Haridwar

Triveni Ghat which includes a river or creek, a sunset and a small town or village

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Parmarth Niketan and Ram Jhula.

Rishikesh
Parmarth Niketan as well as an individual male

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Corbett National Park and Gandhi Park.

Lansdowne
Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India

Roorkee

You'll enjoy the parks and riverfront in Roorkee. You might want to make time for a stop at Piran Kaliyar Sharif Dargah or Crystal World.

Roorkee
Lakshman Jhula showing a small town or village and a river or creek

Tapovan

While visiting Tapovan, you might make a stop by sights like Laxman Jhula and Lakshman Jhula.

Tapovan
Narendranagar, Uttarakhand, India

Narendranagar

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Narendranagar. You might want to make time for a stop at Kunjapuri or Kunjapuri Temple.

Narendranagar

Top hotels in Haridwar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar
Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar
4.5 out of 5
Plot C1, Sector 12, SIDCUL, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs4,650
per night
15 Apr-16 Apr

Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Daksh Prajapati Temple, Har Ki Pauri and Har-ki-Pair Ghat. Mansa Devi ...

3.8/5Good! (102 reviews)

"Really nice hotel, first rate buffet. Great staff as well"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar
Lemon Tree Premier, Rishikesh
Lemon Tree Premier, Rishikesh
4 out of 5
Shesdhara, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rs7,499
per night
16 Apr-17 Apr

Situated in Rishikesh, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Parmarth Niketan is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Property location and facilities r good.Room amenities r perfect but staff needs more training to make them more responsible."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Lemon Tree Premier, Rishikesh
Ananda In The Himalayas
Ananda In The Himalayas
5 out of 5
The Palace Estate Narendra, Narendranagar, Uttarakhand

Situated in the mountains, this luxury resort is within 9 miles (15 km) of Kunjapuri Temple, Ram Jhula and Kunjapuri. Laxman Jhula and Triveni Ghat are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"It was an Excellent break from Delhi....the Servers were Very Hospitable, Courteous, and the Massage therapy were superb too. Food was delicious and they Cooked every thing fresh for you..... Couldn't ask for more..... really enjoyed the experience...."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2018

Ananda In The Himalayas

Popular things to do in Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
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Har Ki Pauri

4/5(10 reviews)

Learn about the history of Har Ki Pauri, one of the top monuments in Haridwar. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Parmarth Niketan
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Parmarth Niketan

4/5(5 reviews)

Marvel at breathtaking scenery and tranquil gardens at this expansive ashram on the banks of the River Ganges.

Ram Jhula
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Ram Jhula

4/5(15 reviews)

The longer of two suspension bridges in Rishikesh offers great views of the river and features lively markets at both sides.

Laxman Jhula
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Laxman Jhula

4.5/5(12 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Tapovan when you make a stop at a well-known site such as Laxman Jhula. Amble around the area's riverfront or seek out its yoga studios.

Triveni Ghat
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Triveni Ghat

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Enjoy a mesmerizing display of music and light on the banks of India’s most sacred river, where pilgrims come to pray and dip in the holy water.

Lakshman Jhula
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Lakshman Jhula

4/5(19 reviews)

Enthralling culture, stunning scenery and magnificent architecture come together to make this 20th-century bridge one of Rishikesh’s most popular attractions.

Reviews of Haridwar

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Kalpana

4 Nov 2019

The Ganga Aarti was wonderful and loved the whole experience.We were disappointed with the eating out experience and felt Hotel Alpana had the best food.Chotiwale at Haridwar was a bad experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Oct 2019

Come for peace of mind, shopping, good food, see Ganga Aarti

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

A religious place all should visit for a tribute to holly Gangaji

5/5 - Excellent

RekhhaMallhotra

12 Jun 2019

Dip in Ganges for a longer time to harmonise body, mind and soul.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Apr 2019

haridwar is excellent. Expedia are cheaters

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