Haridwar is a holy city located in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and with the River Ganges meandering through the city, Haridwar is regarded as the doorway to heaven. Every year millions of pilgrims visit Haridwar to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges and the holy Ghat of Har-Ki-Pauri is revered for its spectacular show of the Sandhya Aarti – where every evening lakhs of people gather around Ganges to see the temple chieftains offering prayers to the holy river. The river gets illuminated by hundreds of diyas or lamps and is an invigorating sight to experience.
Pilgrims visit Haridwar to pay patronage to the temples of Chandi Devi and Mansa devi located at a hilltop a little distance from the main city. Sightseeing tours in Haridwar to the temples are a major tourist hotspot and one can reach the temples via cable car rides operated from Haridwar itself. The town of Haridwar still retains a beautiful charm where street hawkers sell everything starting from noodles to momos, thukpas to pasta, but everything that you get in this city is strictly vegetarian. The main streets are lined with hordes of old ashrams and little shops selling religious sculptures, curios and souvenirs.
Haridwar does not restrict itself to its religious offerings, the town is a gateway to major hill stations in Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie. Haridwar is also the base to many important treks around the region like the Chopta-Tunganath Trek, Har-ki-Dun Trek, Roopkund Trek, Chopta Chandrashila Deoriatal Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek and many more prominent treks. During the months of May to October is the Yatra period of the city when thousands of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwarias, head for sightseeing tours in Haridwar to pay their homage and respects to the place.
One of the Tourist places in Haridwar is Har ki Pauri which basically means footsteps of the Lord. It is the holy ghat where river Ganges touches the plains after winding its ways through the Himalayan ranges. Visitors flock along this pious ghat around dawn to take a holy dip. during the Ganga Aarati. It is mesmerising to watch the whole ghat getting illuminated by the shimmering lights of the three-tiered lamps of fire in the hands of the priests . Additionally, devotees float thousands of diyas on the surface of the water giving the river Ganges an ethereal aura of beauty. A prime attraction during the day time is a footprint imprinted on a wall which is believed to belong to Lord Vishnu.Location - harkipodi, near Krishna Dham, KharkhariTiming - Open at all timesBest Time to Visit - Can be visited every month of the year although summer can be hot during day time.
Relish a realm of spirituality and wellness at ShantiKunj when you are in Haridwar. It is known as the headquarters of All World Gayatri Power and attracts dozens of pilgrims. It is said that the ashram guides you towards the right path and offers perpetual happiness. Taking inspiration from spiritual principles, Shanti Kunj is a pioneer in the revival of Rishi traditions and divine culture. When you are here, you can participate in one of the training camps and take home wonderful memories of moral and spiritual upliftment. Some of the prominent attractions of Shanti Kunj are the Yagya shala, Gayatri Mata temple, Akhand Deep, Devatma Himalaya temple and various other temples dedicated to ancient rishis. If you are interested to know more, do go through one of the exhibitions at the world famous ashram on Divine culture. You will not return disappointed after returning from Shanti Kunj. Location: Shantikunj, Sapt Rishi Rd, Motichur, Haridwar, UttarakhandTiming: All dayBest Time to Visit: October to February