Haridwar is an ancient city in the Haridwar district of Uttrakhand, India. This city has spread out to an area of 12 sq. k.m. at an altitude of 314 meters on the banks of holy river Ganga in the Northern India. The lush green forests, sparkling clean water of river Ganges & snow peaks make this holy city truly magical.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus, it is an ancient belief that Haridwar 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. The Haridwar city is also known as the “Gateway to the Lord”. The word Haridwar is combined of two words ‘Hari’ stands for Lord and ‘dwar’ stands for gate.
Haridwar receives thousands of pilgrims every year and The Kumbha Mela is also held here in the month of April. During the Kumbha Mela, the thousands of devotees gather at the confined area near Har-ki-Pauri to bathe in the waters. This is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. It is one of the oldest living cities in India.
Must see is the evening aarti at the ghats of Ganga, as hundreds of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and light up the river Ganges.
The climate in Summers goes from 40o C (maximum) to 15o C (minimum) and in Winters it goes from 16.6o C (maximum) to 0.6o C (minimum).
Haridwar is about 200 km from Delhi, the capital of India and is well connected by road and rail network from all parts of India. Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Haridwar, the distance from Dehradun to Haridwar is approximately 20 kilometers.
Places to Visit at Haridwar:
Chandi Devi temple
Mansa Devi Temple
Daksha Prajapati Temple