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Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. Haridwar city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world. Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience India's complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.

Haridwar is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests and crystal clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city. In the evening ghats looks beautiful as hundreds of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and light up the river Ganges. The Rajaji National Park is just 10 kms from Haridwar. Its an ideal destination for wild life and adventure lovers. "Agar apne paap dhone hai to Haridwar mein Gangaji ki dubki lagao" (If you want to purify yourselves take a holy dip in the water of river Ganges at Haridwar. All your sins will be purified). This is most common thing which you can hear about Haridwar in all over India.

Haridwar contains two words Hari and Dwar. Hari means god and Dwar means gate. Haridwar means gateway to the god. There are four holy temples Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath on the hills also known as chardham. Haridwar is like a entry point to these chardham. People visit Haridwar before visiting these temples so the town was became famous as Haridwar. Shaivites call it Har Dwar Gateway to Lord Shiva (Kedarnath Temple) and Vaishnavites call it Hari Dwar Gateway to Lord Vishnu (Badrinath Temple) It is also said that Haridwar is blessed by the presence of all three major Gods of Hindus namely Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. Thus, with all these mythological links attached to its name, it's little wonder why Haridwar is often referred to as 'gateway to god'.

Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas. Haridwar is welcomes the river ganga to the plain areas. Haridwar means gurgling of river Ganges, innumerable temples, groups of monks in saffron clothes, enchanting sounds of vedic hymns and the divine holiness. Apart from religious importance Haridwar is also a centre for learning different arts and culture. Haridwar is well known as great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies. Haridwar is now home to unique Indian tradition of teaching "Gurukula." Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalay is providing unique teaching in Gurukul system since 1902.

Haridwar is always place of interest for the researchers because it is one of the oldest living cities in India. Haridwar has numerous temples with interesting legacies. Maa Ganga after carrying the purity of heaven from the kamandal of Lord Brahma, washing the feet of Lord Vishnu and flowing through the sahastrara of Lord Shiva came on this earth and made Haridwar as it’s divine flow area. From time immemorial, Maa Ganga has been doing the duty of absorbing the heat and negativities of this earth. Besides and , It is Gateway for the four dhams of Himalayas viz. Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Haridwar is divided in several small areas such as Mayapur, Ranipur, Jwalapur, Har Ki Pauri, Motichur, Devpura, Bhupatwala, Haipur Kalan, Shivalik Nagar, and Brhampuri. Haridwar is also one of the four places where Kumbh Mela occurs after rotation of every twelve Years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell in to the Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pauri, therefore considered that a dip in the Brahmakund.


The Ganges emerges from the mountains to touch the plains. The water in the river Ganges is mostly clear and generally cold, except in the rainy season, during which soil from the upper regions flows down into it. The river Ganges flows in a series of channels separated from each other called aits, most of which are well wooded. Other minor seasonal streams are Ranipur Rao, Pathri Rao, Ravi Rao, Harnaui Rao, Begham Nadi etc.A large part of the district is forested, and Rajaji National Park is within the bounds of the district, making it an ideal destination for wildlife and adventure lovers. Rajaji is accessible through different gates; the Ramgarh Gate and Mohand Gate are within 25 km of Dehradun, while the Motichur, Ranipur and Chilla Gates are just about 9 km from Haridwar. Kunaon Gate is 6 km from Rishikesh, and Laldhang gate is 25 km from Kotdwara.


It has been proved by archaeological findings that terracotta culture had an existence in Haridwar during 1700 B.C. and 1800 B.C. Haridwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British arrival and still in the 21st century. Haridwar was ruled by Maurya Empire from 322 BCE to 185 BCE and later it came under the rule of Kushan Empire according to historical evidences. Well-known Chinese traveler Huan Tsang visited India in 629 AD. He has mentioned Haridwar in his travel journal. At that time Haridwar was part of the kingdom of the King Harshvardhan (590 to 647). The city was also invaded by Timur Lang (1336–1405), a Turkish King on January 13, 1399. First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at 'Kushwan Ghat' on Baisakhi Day. Later in the 16th century Haridwar came under reign of Mughals and emperors like Akbar and Jehangir stamped their dominated here. According to Ain-e-Akbari Mughal Emperor, Akbar drank water from the Ganges river collected from Haridwar, which he called 'the water of immortality'.

Thomas Coryat, an English traveler visited Haridwar during the reign of Jehangir. In 18th centaury Haridwar was a port city and it was widely used by ships of East India Company. One of the two major dams on the river Ganges is the Bhimgoda Dam. It is situated in Haridwar. Dam was opened in 1854. Haridwar Municipality' was constituted in 1868 including Kankhal and Mayapur. Haridwar was connected with railways by Laksar Railway Station in 1886. In 1901, Haridwar has population of 25,597 and Haridwar was a part of the Roorkee tehsil, in Saharanpur district of the United Province. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was established in 1902. In 1946 Haridwar was merged in Uttar Pradesh State.

Haridwar Legends : Haridwar is mentioned in various ancient Indian scriptures (Purans, Upanishads and Mahabharata) as a Mayapur, Kapilsthan, Mokshdwar or Gangadwar. In Mahabharata great sage Dhaumya mentioned Haridwar (Gangadwar) as a major pilgrimage town to Yudhisthira. The legendary King Bhagirath, great grandson of the King Sagar of Suryavanshi clan (an ancestor of Lord Rama), is said that he brought the river Ganga down from heaven, through his long penance of many years, for the salvation of the souls of his 60,000 ancestors from the curse of the sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganges trickled out from Lord Shiva's locks and its ample holy waters rejuvenated the 60,000 sons of King Sagara. Sage Kapila lived here in his ashram so this place was also known as Kapilsthan. The tradition which was established by King Bhagirath is now followed by thousands of Hindu devotees, who bring the ashes of their departed family members, in hope of their salvation by the water of river Ganges.

Pandits (Priests) of the Haridwar have been known to keep genealogy records of most of the Hindu population. Known as vahis, these records are updated on each visit to the city, and are a repository of vast family trees of family in North India. It is believed that nectar (Amrit) which was one of the fourteen valuable ornaments that came out from the sea churning (Samundra Manthan) was sprinkled at 12 places in the entire universe. Out of that 12 places 08 places are in heaven and only 04 places on earth. Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar was one of the four places where Amrit was sprinkled on earthr. As a result, every 12 years Khumbh Mela comes to Haridwar and draws more than half a million pilgrims. The Ardha Kumbha Mela comes once in every six years.

It is also said that Haridwar has been blessed by the attendance of all three major Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu is said to have left his footprint on the stone that is set in the upper wall of Har-Ki-Pauri, where the Holy Ganges touches it. It is believed to have been the place where Sati (Lord Shiva's first wife) consigned herself in the Yagna (sacrificial fire). The terrible Tandava Nrutya (dance of destruction) performed by Lord Shiva in sorrow led to Lord Vishnu dismembering Sati's body, with the different parts scattering across India. Pilgrims believe that they can go to heaven by getting their salvation after a holy dip in the river Ganges at Haridwar.

state Uttarakhand,India
Country India
Area 12.3 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
Languages spoken Garhwali ,Hindi
Currency Ruppee

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  • Har Ki Pauri

    One of the most popular places in Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri is a ghat, which was built by King Vikramaditya.

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    It is believed that Vikramaditya ordered for this ghat to be constructed in the memory of his brother Bharthari. The most famed spot here is the Brahmakund, which is thronged by devotees from all over the country. Another major attraction of Har Ki Pauri is the evening Aarti that is organized each evening with great zeal. It is in fact one of those events in Haridwar that one should not miss out on. After the Aarti, devotees float Diyas inn the River Ganga, which looks stunning in the evening light.

  • Bharat Mata Temple

    Swami Satyamitranand Giri laid the foundation of Bharat Mata Temple, which is situated on the bank of Ganga that flows through Haridwar.

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    It is one massive and unique temple in Haridwar and is dedicated to Mother India and has deities of historical legends. The temple complex is an 8-storey structure with each floor dedicated to different Gods and mythological heroes. While on the first floor there is a statue of Bharat Mata, on the second floor there is a temple (Shur Mandir) that is dedicated to the renowned heroes of India. The third floor is known as the Matri Mandir and is dedicated to the achievements of women such as Radha, Mira, Savitri, Draupadi, Ahilya, Anusuya, Maitri and Gargi. The fourth floor is devoted to saints from various religions, including Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism and this floor is called Sant Mandir.

  • Bara Bazaar

    Situated on the Railway Road, Bara Bazar is a popular shopping place in Haridwar.

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    Haridwar is a religious town, all you can expect here are the items that are required in a Pooja (Worship). However, at Bara Bazar you are likely to find handicraft articles as well; these in fact can very well be taken back home as souvenirs. Rudraksha seeds, churan (digestive powders) and a variety of sweets made from milk can also be brought from the shops in Bara Bazar. Ayurvedic medicines are also quite a popular buy in the market.

  • Daksha Mahadev


    This temple is a tribute to a Hindu mythological legend. According to the legend, King Daksha Prajapati.

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    According to the legend, King Daksha Prajapati, who was the father of Dakshayani (Lord Shiva’s first wife), organized a yagña, in which is he deliberately did not invite Lord Shiva. However, Lord Shiva arrived at the yagna and on doing so he was insulted by the king. When Dakshayani saw this, she felt infuriated and self-immolated herself in the yagna kund. Later King Daksha was killed by a demon called Virabhadra, which was born out of Shiva’s anger. However, after sometime the king was brought to life and was given a goat’s head by Shiva.

  • Mansa Devi Temple

    Presiding over the Bilwa Parvat is the temple of Mansa Devi.

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    It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Haridwar and can be reached by a cable car. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa (the goddess who fulfills wishes) and has two prime idols of the Goddess in the main temple; one with three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms. Another reason for the temple being famous is the spectacular view from the cable car.

  • Chandi Devi Temple

    Dedicated to Chandi Devi, the temple is located on the top of neel parvat on the eastern summit of sivalik hills, the southern most chain of the himalyas.

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    It was built in 1929 by the king of kashmir. The temple is a very famous pilgimage and gathers devotees all around the year. Because of its location the Chandi Devi temple also prefered choice of trekking tourists. Built in 1929 by then king of kashmir Suchat Singh is said to be established on already present statue of chandi Devi believed to be there since the 8th century. The temple garners huge number of devotee's in the festival season. The famous festivals celebrated here are chandi chaudas, Navratra and the kumbh mela. The temple gives a great view of haridwar, and visitors prefer trekking to get to the top to the temple. The view from cable cart is exhilarating.

  • Ganga Aarti

    Ganga Aarti is a religious prayer that takes place at the bank of the sacred river Ganga at the Har-ki-Pauri ghat in Haridwar.

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    Bringing in tourists and devotees from all over the world, it is a ritual of light and sound where the priests perform prayers with bowls of fire and the ringing of the temple bells. Visitors float "diyas" (small candles) and flowers, surrounded by the chanting of the mantras and the reflection of the lights off the surface of the flowing river, which is said to be blessed by the Goddess Ganga. Haridwar is a sacred town in the state of Uttarakhand, on the banks of the river Ganga. The town is believed to be blessed by the holy trinity of gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Haridwar, literally translating to "Gateway to the Gods", is a passage of pilgrimage for all worshippers who wish to purify and cleanse themselves of sins in the present and previous lives.

  • Chilla Wildlife


    Spread across 249 sq km east of Ganges, the wildlife sanctuary.

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    Spread across 249 sq km east of Ganges, the wildlife sanctuary is home to small cats, tigers, elephants and bears apart from various birds.

  • Vaishno Devi Temple

    A replica of the Vaishno Devi temple in Kashmir.

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    Spread across 249 sq km east of Ganges, the wildlife sanctuary is home to small cats, tigers, elephants and bears apart from A replica of the Vaishno Devi temple in Kashmir, the temple is marked by tunnels and caves that leads to the inner sanctum containing the shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.

  • Maya Devi Temple

    Built in the 11th Century, the Maya Devi Temple is a place of worship of the goddess Maya.

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    It is a Hindu temple and one of the oldest in India that is frequently visited by the devotees of the adhisthatri (presiding) deity Shakti who is believed to be the goddess of divine power. Located on the Birla Ghat in Haridwar, it forms one of the 52 Shaktipeeths as well as the believed vertex of the 3 siddhapeeths. Devotees of the Goddess visit in large numbers during Navratra and Kumbh Mela to take her blessings. The Maya Devi Temple is one that is high on a devotees' list. Considered to be one of the most revered and ancient temples in India, this is always a priority on a pilgrimage to Haridwar. The temple is a shrine to the goddess Maya, believed to be a three-headed, four-armed incarnation of the Goddess Shakti. Being the prevalent deity of Haridwar, the town was previously also known as Mayapuri. In the inner sanctum of the temple, there are idols of the goddesses Maya, Kali and Kamakhya. The trio of temples that form the Siddhapeeth includes the Chanda Devi and Mansa Devi temples along with this one.

  • Sapt Rishi Ashram

    It is also believed that Ganga split herself into seven currents at this spot.

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    Famous for having hosted 7 great sages- Kashyapa, Vashishta, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam, this ashram is well known for its tranquil atmosphere ideal for meditation.


  • Jalebi

    The Jalebi – is number one on your list, we strongly suggest you partake.

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    Jalebi is a dish of and is the main dish. The devotion of service to community is absolutely tear jerking. Jostling with other devotees and visitors for a taste of Ganga Lahari Hotel is worth it, considering that it has a taste like no other. Maybe it's because discrimination and inequality are things that are not tolerated.

  • Chole Bathure

    Chole Bathure is a popular seafood dish in haridwar and is made from fresh crabs cooked .

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    Chole Bathure is a popular seafood dish in Haridwar and is made from fresh crabs cooked along with potatoes, onions, gingers and a variety of spices. stuffed kulchas with chhole are just some things that they do better than any place. Do keep in mind, due to their close proximity to Haridwar. But don't let that hamper your decision just because you're a hardcore meat-eater. The kebabs can wait. .

  • Mix Namkeen

    Mix Namkeen is silted Ladyfinger stuffed with fillings of mixture of spices.

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    Mix Namkeen,A simple broth spiced with garam masala, chilli and lentil leaves and generously blessed with pieces of hooves, the dish is best paired with kheema paratha, although it breaks into a million pieces in your hand.

  • Stuff Kulcha

    A major food item Stuff Kulcha served in the breakfast is , which is flattened rice, puffed rice and is eaten fried or with curd.

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    A major food item served in the breakfast is Raghuvanshi Bhojanalay, which is flattened rice, puffed rice and is eaten fried or with curd.. Churned the way lassi is, the secret ingredient is a natural essence the many patrons still cannot decipher. The original lassi is hands down the best so far, and we suggest a tall steel glass of it first thing in the morning.

  • Dosa plaza

    Dosa plaza is prepared with rice cooked with lentils together with a lot of ghee and is offered as bhog to Lord.

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    Dosa plaza is prepared with rice cooked with lentils together with a lot of ghee and is offered as bhog. It is also very popular among people of Bhubaneswar.



Things to do - London general

Situated along the holy Ganges, Haridwar means gateway to god and justifies its name both in terms of natural beauty and spirituality.

Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims bathe to relieve themselves of their sins and achieve salvation. The Jairam Ashram and the Kanva Rishi Ashram are places where one can go to hear narratives of the Hindu legacy, other than a tour to the numerous temples that fill Haridwar with their chants and colors.


Things to do - London Sports and nature

The city celebrates its own religious and spiritual significance in a number of festivals that attract a huge number of people.

These include the Kumbh Mela, whose grandeur can be witnessed only once in 12 years, Ganga Dusshera, Kavad Mela and Somvati Amavasya mela. The city is also famous for its Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.


Things to do -Haridwar Nightlife

Haridwar's platter is dominated by vegetarian North Indian food, you will not run out of choices to flatter your appetite with South-Indian, Bengali, Chinese, Continental food as well as an elaborate and delicious assortment of delicacies, forming a staple meal, 'Thali', which is popular all over.

Other than the mouthwatering Chole Bhature, delicious Dosas and lip-smacking Indian Chinese food that the town offers, what you just cannot miss is the rich, colorful street food, which has some of the best preparations of the city. It is from the streets, that Haridwar gets its most popular and delicious items that almost define the food here. Don't miss the popular Aloo Puri, Kachori, Lassi, Parathas and a huge variety of traditional sweets.