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Haridwar Travel Guide


  • Ganga Ghat in Haridwar
Haridwar At a Glance
  • Population:1,927,029
  • Area :2,360
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:20 °C - 35 °C
  • Best Time to Visit:Throughout the year
  • STD Code:01334

Introduction

'Hari' refers to the God and 'Dwar' means Gate, thus, Haridwar literally translates into the 'Gateway to the Gods'. Nestled along the sacred River Ganga, the place exudes a spiritual aura. The holy town is also, the gateway to the four major pilgrimages- the Char Dham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one of the four places where the drops of Amrita, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher or Kumbha, in which it was being carried away by Garuda, the celestial bird and the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Thus, along with Haridwar, the Kumbh Mela is held at the other places, namely, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. Places like Mussoorie and Rishikesh lie in close proximity to the sacred town and are ideal for spending relaxing family holidays. Shopping in Haridwar is also a very interesting experience.