Haridwar is a popular spiritual destination in Devbhoomi. The city is popular for Ganga river ghats for various purposes. Haridwar city also holds the significance for numerous temples located here.
The name Haridwar can be split into two parts – Hari (God) and Dwar (Gateway), in other words the gateway of Gods.
Location of Haridwar:
Image: Location of Haridwar in Devbhoomi
Haridwar is located at around 55 km (35 miles) from DehraDun, the capital of Devbhoomi. Haridwar is well connected by road and train. Haridwar has its own railway station, which connects to major cities of India like New Delhi, DehraDun and Mumbai. By road, Haridwar is connected to places like New Delhi, the capital of India. Haridwar to Delhi distance is about 200 km (approx 130 miles). Local cabs are available on prepaid and postpaid basis from New Delhi at New Delhi railway station.
Jollygrant Airport is the nearest airport to Haridwar and is just 25 km (16 miles) from Haridwar. There are prepaid cab services available from Airport to Haridwar.
The famous temples of Haridwar include Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Chandi Devi temple and Mansa Devi temple are located on a hill top and the tourists have an option to take a ropeway to reach these two temples. However there is also a walking route option for the young visitors.
Image: Ropeway at Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar
Haridwar has multiple Ganga ghats and among all of them Har Ki Pauri is the most famous and significant one. The famous Ganga worship (Aarti) is performed on Har Ki Pauri daily around sunset time and is a world class experience. A holy dip in river Ganga at Har Ki Pauri is believed to ward off sins of the people.
Image: Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar
Kumbh Mela is a famous auspicious gathering that happens once in twelve years in Haridwar. It is believed that holy dip in river Ganga during Kumbh Mela is auspicious. During Kumbh Mela, the holy dip is taken in the various Ganga ghats across Haridwar, but Har Ki Pauri Ganga ghat is the most prominent one.
It is believed and a ritual that the famous chardham yatra of Devbhoomi starts with a holy dip at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar. Haridwar is just 20 km away from Rishikesh, which is the entry point of chardham yatra.
There are numerous dharamshala and hotels across the Haridwar city for tourists to stay.
Haridwar is also a famous stop over destination for the tourists interested in going to Rajaji National Park, the entry point of which is just 15 miles from Haridwar.