Located on the banks of river Ganga in the foothills of Shivalik, Haridwar
is said to be the gateway to the abode of Gods. The terrain of Haridwar is a
unique blend of hills and plains which makes it extremely picturesque.
Haridwar is the very place where the holy river Ganga enters the northern
plains of India. It is also the site for the famous Kumbha fair which takes
place here every twelve years. If you are a person with a religious bent of
mind, you are definitely going to be interested in the numerous temples of
the city. One notable attraction for those visiting Haridwar is the
simultaneous Aarti performed at 7 pm every evening at all the temples in
Haridwar. Every tourism attraction in Haridwar has more than one legend
associated with it which tell us a lot about the events that might have
shaped the present of the city.
» Har ki Pauri :
It is the main ghat (river front) of Haridwar. It
is the very point, it is said, where Ganga leaves mountains and enters the
plains. It is believed that a stone at the place bears a foot print of Lord
Vishnu and devotees visit this place regularly to pay obeisance to the Lord.
It is quite a sight to see thousands of Diyas floating on the river surface
in the evenings as the priests chant Om.
» Mansa Devi Temple :
You need to take a cable car
ride to reach this temple as it is located atop a hill. You have an
alternative option to reach here as well though for that you'll have to
climb up for about 1.5 km. It is said that Mansa Devi is a form of Goddess
Durga and by praying here all your wishes are granted.
» Chandi Devi Temple :
The presiding deity of
Chandi Devi Temple is also a form of Goddess Durga. This temple is also
located on a hilltop though climbing atop this hill is more arduous than the
climb at Mansa Devi temple.
Staying in Haridwar
Since it is a popular pilgrimage destination, Haridwar is also overwhelmed
with the pilgrims and the tourists visiting it. We'd say that Haridwar
manages to cope well with the tourist influx equipped as it is with a wide
range of hotels right from the deluxe category to the economy class hotels.
The place is an important stopover for the pilgrims and these hotels cater
to the needs of these pilgrims well by providing them with every possible
facility. Some of the important hotels of Haridwar are Sagar Ganga Resorts,
Hotel Classic Regency and Ginger Hotel.
Shopping in Haridwar
will strike some of the most attractive bargains at the Moti Bazar (market)
located on the Railway Road at Haridwar. Since it is a holy site, the most
popular buys are the obvious rudraksh beads which are usually
worn as a religious symbol. Other items popular among the tourists are
handicraft items, brassware and bangles among other things.
Delhi is the nearest airport which is well connected with the other Indian
as well as the international major cities of the world. Haridwar is well
linked by a rail network that connects it with all the major cities of
India. The road network connecting Haridwar with other cities is an
extremely comfortable way to reach the holy city of Haridwar. Regular buses
operate between Haridwar and Delhi, Agra, Shimla and Varanasi.