“Haridwar is a gateway of four pilgrimages, as Hari is one of the many names of Vishnu and the word Dwar means doorway. Therefore, Haridwar is the gateway to Vishnu.”
Haridwar has fascinated people from all over the world with its secularism and the way people follow traditions there, with a variety tourists destinations like historical monuments, , ashrams, ghats, hotels, Kumbh Mela, Ganges river, temples, places of religious interests, yoga, etc. The city is famously known for its handicraft, fairs, folk dances, music, and its people.
The city is surrounded by four important and blissful pilgrimages that are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. Haridwar is located in Uttarakhand, it gave beautiful pilgrimage sight to its tourists. The city is also known as Ganga-Dwara that is because the River Ganga enters the plains here. There are several well-linked pilgrimage spots near Haridwar. Some of the famous temples of the region are Vaishno Devi, Bharat Mata Temple, and Gauri Shankar Temple. The city is great for meditation and peaceful surroundings.
Places to visit in Haridwar
Tourists and travelers get to know about various Indian mythologies and legends of ancient times from the city of Haridwar. This adds to the mystic side of the city, making the travelers curious. The most enjoyable and a sight that stays with the tourists is the Aarti of Ganga River during the sunset and the sunrise. The city has an amazing charm that draws upon a number of tourists.
IIT- IIT Roorkee is the well-known oldest technical institute of Asia that was constructed in the year 1847. The institute was developed initially just to teach the engineers about the construction of Ganga Canal. But now it is one of the most famous institutes in the country which is a dream for many as it makes the students ready for global challenges.
Chandi Devi Temple - It is situated about 6 km from Haridwar on top of Neel Parvat. Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar draws numerous pilgrims from all across the country, it is believed that Goddess Chandi who killed the devil king Shumbha-Nishumbha of the local region, is the presiding deity of this temple.
Kaliyar Sharif - Kaliyar Sharif was also known as 'Sabir paak', Kaliyar Sharif is the ‘Mazaar’ of Hazrat Alladdin Ali Ahmed 'Sabir'. He was a respected Sufi saint of the 13th century. Piran Kaliyar Sharif place is sincerely honored by the followers of each religion; therefore this place attracts a variety of tourists from all religions, showcasing harmony and unity beautifully.
Udan Khatola - it is one of the most popular tourists spot in the city. It catches the attention of people from all over. It is a ropeway which is used as a mode of transport to reach the hilltop temples of Haridwar, therefore making it easier for the pilgrims to make way to various temples.
Best time to visit Haridwar
The best time to visit Haridwar is during the months of October to March, as the summers are quite hot and high on humidity. The winter season is extremely pleasant in the city. The city remains occupied by the tourists all round the year.
How to Reach Haridwar
Uttarakhand is a popular state in North India when it comes to tourism. Haridwar is a popular site for Har ki Pauri Ghat and the evening Ganga Aarti.
By Air - The nearest airport to Haridwar is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. The airport is well connected to the major cities of the country like Delhi and Mumbai.
By Rail - Haridwar has its own railway station that is very well connected with rest of India. It is directly linked with various cities.
By Road - Haridwar can be reached easily by road from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other parts of Uttarakhand; a number of state transport and private buses connect Haridwar with these places.