- District: Haridwar
- Languages: Hindi, English
- Best Season: February, March, and August – October
- Latitude: 29.58 degree north
- Longitude: 78.13 degree east
Haridwar serves as the Gateway to the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. The ‘Panch Tirth’ or the five pilgrimages located within the periphery of Haridwar, are Gangadwara (Har Ki Pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Tirtha (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi).
A paradise for nature-lovers, Haridwar presents a kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar, termed as ‘Gateway to Gods’ is also known as Mayapuri, Kapila, Gangadwar. The followers of Lord Shiva (Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu (Hari) pronounce this place Haridwar and Hardwar respectively as told by some. It is also a point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (Four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand Viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri).
Har Ki Pauri
The Har Ki Pauri is the most famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges at Haridwar. This is the ghat that witnesses the daily Aarti ritual and welcomes crowds which flock the banks for the Aarti. The Har ki Pauri is also known as Brahmakund and mythology suggests that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu had visited this place during the Vedic times. A temple is built around a large foot mark which is believed to be the imprints of Lord Vishnu. Budget and Luxury hotels are located near the Har ki Pauri to house all types of visitors and guests who visit Haridwar.
A standout amongst the most visited temples in Haridwar, Mansa Devi Mandir is situated on top of the Shivalik slopes. This temple is devoted to Goddess Mansa Devi, who is believed to satisfy the wishes of the individuals who visit here. It is a convention among lovers, that they tie sacred strings around the tree that stands inside the premises of the Mansa Devi shrine. From the shrine, one can catch beautiful glimpses of the Haridwar town. Alongside the Chandi Devi and the Maya Devi shrines, Mansa Devi temple completes the Siddhapeeth Triangle
Chandi Devi Temple, located on the top of Neel Parvat, is one of the major tourist attractions in Haridwar and is a sign of devotion to Goddess Chandi. It is also a major religious site of this town. It is around 3 kms from Chandighat and It is one of the Siddhapeeth. The main temple is situated on top of the Hill peak.
Chandi Devi is of great religious importance and is also considered as one of the Shakti peethas of North India. This temple is also known as Siddh peetha, as it is believed to have powers that can fulfill the wishes of the devotees.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
This temple is located towards the south of Kankhal town in Haridwar which was built by Rani Dhankaur in 1810 A.D. . The Daksha Mahadev Temple is the site where Daksha performed a Yagna (a Hindu custom to conjure divine beings and look for their gifts).
In the Hindu mythology, Daksha Prajapati is the father of Sati, the life partner of Lord Shiva. The sanctuary is only short drive away from the railway station.
This Ashram is both ancient and much prominent. The words Sapt Rishi is a mix of sapt (seven) and rishi (sage). As per the Hindu conventions, it is the spot where the holy Ganga parts herself in seven streams to keep any aggravation to the seven sages (Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam) who were profoundly caught up in reflection. A 5 km drive from Har ki Pauri takes you to the Sapt Rishi Ashram.
Devoted to goddess Maya Devi, the sanctuary is a noteworthy fascination for all guests that come to Haridwar.
The temple is considered to be one of the shakti peethas in India. As per the Hindu mythology, it is the spot where the heart and navel of goddess Sati tumbled down, while Lord Shiva was conveying her smoldered body. Various celebrations are held at the Maya Devi sanctuary, keeping in line with the traditions and customs.
Haridwar is a fortune trove of consecrated tanks. One of these fanciful tanks (Kund in Hindi) is the Bhimgoda Tank. The sacred tank gets its name from Bhima, an incredible character of the Hindu epic Mahabharat and the second of the five Pandava siblings. The perfect sacredness of the site pulls in swarms of lovers from the whole way across India and by extension, the world. Found exactly at 300 mts. from Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, the Bhimgoda Tank breathes life into the wonderful scenes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
By Air:Haridwar can easily be reached from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other parts of Uttarakhand. State transport and private buses can easily be reached from Haridwar from all these places. Visitors can board these buses based on their appropriate time.
By Train:Haridwar railway station in Haridwar is under the control of Northern Railway area of Indian Railways. It has direct links to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Indore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad but it does not have direct connection to the major cities of central India.
By Road:The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is located 37 km from Haridwar. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest international airport in New Delhi.