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Haridwar


Haridwar, literally means The gateway to the Gods. It the place where the river Ganga descends to the plain. A Gateway to the four pilgrimage of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is variously mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu scriptures and epics. A major Shaktipeeth from time immemorial, the place is believed to have both sanctified by the powerful trinity of Hindu mythology - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This is why the place has been a ever-refreshing mystic venue for the purification of the mind, body and soul. The Kumbh Mela, happening once every 12 years and the ArdhKumbha Mela (Coming once every six years) are big draws.

Haridwar is very much associated with the legends in Hindu philosophy. In order to purge the earth of its sins, it is said the a king named Bhagirath brought river Ganga from heaven to earth. Haridwar is also very popular among both foreign and indigenous tourists because of the different types of alternative treatment facility that it provides. Interestingly enough more and more people are turning towards Ayurveda and Yoga. In Haridwar, you will get some excellent Ayurveda and Yoga institute. The city of Haridwar is only 10 km away from Rajaji National Park. If you are a wildlife lover or a die-hard adventure maniac, make sure that you visit this wonderful place. Situated in the state of Uttarakhand, the city is easily accessible by air, road and rail. Haridwar is only 214 km from Delhi and 386 km from Agra. If you wish to journey by car, it will not take more than just a few hours to reach here. Haridwar also has a railway station and is well connected by rail. The nearest airport is just 35 km away at Dehradun. If you are planning to spend a vacation away from the din and bustle of daily life, this is the place where you should be.

Haridwar Ganga Arti

Haridwar located in the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. The Chinese pilgrim Hyuen Tsang who visited India in the first millennium CE, describes Haridwar as Mayura, on the eastern banks of the Ganges. Several temples and ashrams dot this town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world. Legend has it that Bhagiratha, brought the Ganges into the earth, and into this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila. Kapilastaan, a spot in Haridwar is pointed to as Kapila hermitage. Haridwar was once known as Gangadwara. Haridwar (and Rishikesh) represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall). Nearby is the Gangadwara temple, the most important of the several temples that dot this town. The Ganga Aarti which is celebrated at 7 pm each night, is a spectacular sight, when the aarti ceremony is performed at all temples in Haridwar at the same instant (see image above). Hundreds throng to the ghats at Hari-ki-Pairi to participate in this festival. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river. Near Haridwar are the towns of Mayapuri and Kankhal. Kankhal houses the Daksheswara temple, said to be the site of Daksha yagna, which was destroyed by Shiva.

Har Ki Pauri

It is also known as Brahmakund and it is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher. It is the site for the famous Kumbh Mela which is celebrated in 12 years. Large number of devotees comes especially to Haridwar to take a holy dip in the Ganga River. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the golden diyas that keep floating on the river offers an enchanting view of the ghat to the visitors. This sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is said to have meditated on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar.

Mansa Devi

Mansa Devi TempleOne of the most visited temples in Haridwar, Mansa Devi Mandir occupies a place on top of the Shivalik hills. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, believed to fulfill the wishes of those who visit here.

It is a tradition with the devotees to tie sacred threads around the tree that stands within the premises of the Mansa Devi temple. From the temple, one can have heart stirring views of the Haridwar town. Along with Chandi Devi temple and the Maya Devi temple, it completes the Vidyapeeth Triangle.

Chandi Devi

The temple stands in dedication to Goddess Chandi. One of the most ancient in the country, the temple can be reached either by a ropeway ride or by undertaking a steep climb, that takes up around 45 minutes.

The rituals at the temple begin as early as 4 am in the morning. Visitors are required to strictly follow the dress code before entering the premises of the Chandi Devi temple.

Daksha Mahadev Temple

The temple is situated towards the south of the Kankhal town. Built by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810, the Daksha Mahadev Temple is the site where Daksha performed a yagna (a Hindu ritual to invoke gods and seek their blessings).

In the Hindu mythology, Daksha Prajapati is the father of Sati, the spouse of Lord Shiva. The temple is just a few minutes drive from the railway station.

Maya Devi Temple

Dedicated to goddess Maya Devi, the temple is a major attraction for all visitors to Haridwar.The temple is counted as one of the shaktipithas in India. According to the Hindu mythology, it is the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell down, while Lord Shiva was carrying her burnt body. Numerous festivals are held at the Maya Devi temple in keeping with the customs and traditions.

Parad Shivling

The mythological site is located in the historical town of Kankhal, at 6 km from the town of Haridwar. The Parad Shivling remains enshrined inside the premises of the Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. Weighing 150 kg, the shivling is major pilgrimage site for Shaivites. Devotees worship the shivling to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Bharat Mata Mandir

5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths.

Pawan Dham

A modern temple, made entirely of glass pieces, Pawan Dham is now a popular tourist destination. The temple complex was constructed by the effort of Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj and the institute located there is growing under the leadership of Swami SahajPrakash Ji Maharaj. People from Moga in Punjab have put considerable efforts and money to erect this place.

Shantikunj

Shantikunj is the headquarter of famous spiritual and social organisation All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) established by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya. Its located at a distance of 6 Kilometers from Haridwar railway station towards Rishikesh/Dehradun on NH58. At the bank of the holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, its also a place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.

Rajaji National Park

It is gifted with immaculate beauteousness covering an area of 820sqkms on the edge of the Doon Valley. It is situated around 10kms from Haridwar. Rajaji National Park was established in 1996 and has over 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. It is a safe haven for panther, bear, chital, elephant, tiger, sambar, wild boar, barking deer, python, monitor lizard etc. Elephant Safari is also available at Chilla and Dholkand.

By Flight
The airport of Dehradun is the nearest from Haridwar. It is known by the name of Jolly Grant Airport and is located approximately 35 km away from the holy city. Though there are not a large number of airlines that operate from New Delhi to Dehradun, you will easily get a Simplifly Deccan flight, which operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
By Train
Haridwar has a railway station of its own, connected with all the major cities of India. Many trains coming from Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata, etc halt here and bring in the large rush of visitors who come to take a bath in the waters of the holy Ganges. There are a large number of trains available for reaching Haridwar from New Delhi, with the ones to Dehradun also making a stoppage here.
By Road
Haridwar, with it good road network, is easily accessible from the key cities in India. The city is around 215 km from New Delhi and since the National Highway passes through it, reaching there by road is not at all a problem. Our hotel is 1 km from main Har-ki pauri. Buses and taxis are easily available to and from the major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Agra, Lucknow, Jaipur, etc.

LIVE WEATHER

Month

Climate

Details

Jan

Very Cold, Foggy
 

The weather in Haridwar is very cold during the month of January. However, the month is favorable for pilgrimage trips and temple visits. 

Feb

Very Cold

February has cool atmosphere. Nights are comparatively colder than daytime. It is a favorable time to visit Haridwar as the weather is comfortable. Light warm clothesmight be required during evenings and nights.

Mar

Moderately Hot

Climate is temperate in March. Best time for enjoying Ram Navmi and pilgrim tours to Haridwar. Nature is also at its best.

Apr

Moderately Hot

Weather starts to get warm in April. Daytime is a bit warm while night is cool and comfortable. Decent time for sightseeing and taking up pilgrimage trips to Haridwar. The climate is very beautiful with lots of blue skies and sunshine.

May

Very Hot
 

Temperature starts to soar and the weather becomes a bit hot. Not the best time for sightseeing and outdoor activities, especially during the day. The sky remains very clear with plenty of sunshine and warm breeze that increases the temperature beyond comfortable level. Taking up pilgrimage visits in this period will require proper sun protective gears.

Jun

Very Hot

The weather is very hot and not ideal for outdoor visit. Sightseeing and making temple visits should be avoided during the day time as the climate is hot. Sun stroke is a common problem. If visiting, sun protection and cotton clothes are a must.

Jul

Moderately Hot
  

Monsoon starts to appear in July accompanying intermittent showers bringing some relief from the summer heat. The humidity level increases and it might not be an ideal time for outdoor visits. In fact, the period is not so popular for travel or pilgrimage tours. During monsoon, one can get good deals on tour packages or hotel rates.Kanwar Mela is also held in July.

Aug

Rainy
 

This is the wettest month of the year. The place becomes humid with occasional rainfall, making it difficult for sightseeing. Rain protective gear like umbrellas should be carried. Black cloud reign over the sky with little sunshine. Tour packages or hotel rates becomes lower during monsoon.

Sep

Moderately Hot
 

On an average, the climate is moderately hot with occasional rainfalls. It is not the most ideal month for visit, but one can still enjoy sightseeing. Rainfall completely goes away by end-month, and the temperature drops back to levels that are more comfortable. The natural vista is also enjoyable in September.

Oct

Pleasant
 

Official tourist season begins from this month. The weather becomes comfortable with pleasant days and cool nights with almost no rainfall. Temperatures are comfortable with a cooling breeze. The time is suitable for sightseeing, pilgrimage visits and other tourist activities. The festival of Diwali is celebrated in this month.

Nov

Moderately Cold
 

Best time for sightseeing, adventure activities and pilgrimage tours as the weather is pleasing during the days and cool during the nights. Winter season starts from the end of the month and light woolens are required during the evening.

Dec

Very Cold

The winter season well and truly arrives with cool mornings and cold nights. To counter the dropping temperatures, heavy woolens are required. Ideal forsightseeing and pilgrimage visits as the weather is still within the comfortable cold range.

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