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Haridwar , Uttarakhand

Haridwar literally means God’s Gate. What more can we say? This is a place which is said to have the powers to absolve you of all your misdeed. Its also said that the person who visits Haridwar at least once in their lives attain moksha. This is the place in Uttaranchal where Hinduism actually comes alive. A place which can boast ofthousands of years of history and faith it is was also known as Gangadwar, Kapilsthan and Mayapuri, in the olden times. The descent of river Ganga from the mountains into the plains touches Haridwar before moving down other towns. Haridwar opens the doors to Char Dham or the four religious centers Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and promises a very pious experience for travelers. Because this is the place where the river enters the plains and blesses all the farmers with waters, it is believed that if you take a dip in the river here you will achieve salvation. If you are visiting Haridwar, keep some time in hand. Because you will always need more time than you allotted to visit all the temples in this region. Almost all of them have great religious value. This is the starting point of the greatest Hindu pilgrimage and it maintains the faith in every corner of the city. Being of religious significance, it is needless to say that this city hosts religious festivals throughout the year. Some of the well known festivals are Kumbh mela, Kavad mela, Somvati Amavasya mela and Ganga Dussehra. Of course the Kumbh Mela every twelve years is a stampede. But Haridwar is the one place you should visit just on faith.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 25.0°C /77.0°F 106 mm 949feet 14228.0 /km2 Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Udan Khatola

    "Uran Khatola is a 1955 Hindi movie produced by music director Naushad and directed by S. U. Sunny. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, Jeevan and Tun Tun. The films music is by Naushad. Songs are written by Shakeel Badayuni.Kashi travels by an ill-fated plane, which crashes on the outskirts of an isolated city that is ruled by women, who worship Sanga, their God. Kashi is rescued by pretty Soni and taken to her home, where she lives with her widowed dad, and brother, Hira. Since the roads are blocked, Kashi is unable to return home, and in order to continue to stay here, he must first obtain permission from the Raj Rani, the ultimate ruler. He meets with her and she finds him attractive and charming, and invites him to stay with her at her palace and sing for him, which he does. Kashi and Soni have given their hearts to each other, they meet secretly, with Soni disguised as a man, Shibu. Watch what happens when Raj Rani finds out that a Kashi is ignoring her love for a mere peasant."

    Udan Khatola

  • Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary

    "A treat for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the east bank of the Ganga River. Spread across an area of 249 sq km, the wildlife fauna includes elephants, tigers, bears and small cats. This area is mostly inhabited with elephants, apart from a variety of interesting birds. \nThe best time to visit this place is between November to June. Tours for visiting this wildlife sanctuary can be easily arranged. Those interested in a close encounter with the flora and fauna of nature must make it a point to visit the Chilla Wildlife sanctuary."

    Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Bharat Mata Mandir

    "Bh?rat M?t? (Hindi, from Sanskrit ???? ????, Bh?rata M?t?), Mother India, or Bh?rat?mb? (Sanskrit: ?????????; ????? amb? means 'mother') is the national personification of India as a mother goddess. She is usually depicted as a woman clad in a saffron sari holding Indian national flag, and sometimes accompanied by a lion.[1]"

    Bharat Mata Mandir

  • Chandi Devi Temple

    "Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: ????? ???? ?????, ????????) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir. However, the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion.[1][2] The temple also known as Neel Parvat Teerth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) located within Haridwar.\nChandi Devi Temple is highly revered by devotees as a Siddh Peetha which is a place of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Mansa Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple."

    Chandi Devi Temple

  • Har Ki Pauri

    "Har Ki Pauri (Devanagari: ??-??-????) is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand state in India. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. Literally, \"Har\" means \"Lord Shiva\" who is the god according to shaivite school of Hindu theology, \"ki\" means \"of\" and \"pauri\" means \"steps\". Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the Vedic times. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall.[1]\nIt is believed that it is precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. The ghat is on the west bank of Ganges canal through which the Ganges is diverted just to the north. Har ki pauri is also the area where thousands of pilgrims converge and the festivities commence during the Kumbha Mela, which takes place every twelve years, and the Ardh Kumbh Mela, which takes place every six years and the Punjabi festival of Vaisakhi,a harvest festival occurring every year in the month of April ."

    Har Ki Pauri

  • Mansa Devi Temple

    "Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: ???? ???? ?????, ????????) is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat[1][2] on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.\nThe temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage Kashyapa. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the N?ga (serpent) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.\nMansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple.[3] The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms [4]"

    Mansa Devi Temple

  • Maya Devi Temple

    "Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: ???? ???? ?????, ????????) is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Maya in the holy city of Haridwar of Uttarakhand state in India. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell in the region where the temple stands today and thus it is sometimes referred to as a Shakti Peetha.[1][2]\nGoddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple.[3]"

    Maya Devi Temple

  • Sapt Rishi Ashram

    "Haridwar (Pron:?h?r??dw?:) About this sound pronunciation (help.info) (also spelled Hardwar, Hindi: ????????) is a city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar,[2] which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.\nHaridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan,[3] Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, \"footsteps of the Lord\") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.\nHaridwar is the headquarters and the largest city of the district. Today, the city is developing beyond its religious importance, with the fast developing industrial estate of State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand (SIDCUL),[4] and the close by township of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in Ranipur, Uttarakhand as well as its affiliated ancillaries."

    Sapt Rishi Ashram

  • Vaishno Devi Temple

    "In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The words \"maa\" and \"mata\" are commonly used in India for \"mother\", and thus are often used in connection with Vaishno Devi.\nThe words \"mandir\" and \"mandira\" are commonly used in India for \"Hindu temple\", and so these words are also often used in connection with Vaishno Devi. Vaishno Devi Mandir (Hindi: ?????????? ??????) is one of the holy Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir."

    Vaishno Devi Temple

  • Moti Bazaar

    "One of the best and busiest shopping areas in Haridwar, Moti Bazaar is situated between the Har-ki-Pauri and the Upper Road. To make your trip to Haridwar worthwhile, make sure you visit Moti Bazaar and shop for religious items such as Rudraksha or sacred beads, Gangajal or water of the holy Ganges stored in a container, precious stones for prosperity, and vermillion to name a few. \nImages of deities, food offerings, sacred threads, pickles, and ayurvedic medicines are among the other items that can be purchased. The numbers of tiny shops lined along the streets are best explored on foot."

    Moti Bazaar


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