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Haridwar Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Haridwar

  • Ganga Ghat in Haridwar
Haridwar At a Glance
  • Average Climate:20 °C - 35 °C
  • Best Time to Visit:Throughout the year
  • STD Code:01334

Haridwar Travel Guide

Haridwar is one of the holy towns of Uttarakhand, where spirituality floats in the air. You can witness chimes of temple bells, religious chanting of priests, and temples dotted on the Ganges banks. It is among India's seven holiest towns for Hindus and is indeed a multi-faced spiritual and cultural destination. The gateway to God is propitiously located when the holy Ganges emerges from the glorious Himalayas. 

This sacred town of Uttarakhand has its mentioned in the epic Mahabharata and ancient scriptures. It is the same site where the Maha Kumbh Mela - a massive religious gathering of Hindus. Haridwar is a spiritual stopover and has ancient names in ancient writing - Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshadwar.

Ancient Hindu epics had mentioned this holy town as the place where the Hindu Gods are believed to have incarnated in distinct avatars. The majority of the Hindu community visits Haridwar to attain liberation from the vicious cycle of rebirth and death. The ghats, along with the Ganges, witness the Ganga Aarti ceremony. Devotees lit lamps; priests and Hindu followers offer prayers. Haridwar serves as the Charm Dham Yatra's entry point for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri. If you are planning to visit this sacred town, check out this Hardiwar travel guide that will help you in making your journey delightful. 

Why Visit Haridwar?

The importance of spiritual maturity plays a significant role in our overall development. In simple words, you must visit Haridwar to attain spiritual awakening. A visit to a holy place like Haridwar will tempt your senses, calm your mind, and promote harmony in your life. Mainly, Hindu people visit Haridwar as there are many old-age shrines of the Gods. But in the last years, religious tourism in India has skyrocketed, and international tourists are equally drawn to Haridwar as locals in India. 

Another key reason to visit Haridwar is its sacred point of Charm Dham Yatra - Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri. In Hindu manuscripts, it is mentioned that Haridwar is the same place where Almighty Vishnu took a bath. Mythological believes that taking a dip into the holy Ganges will awash all the sins of past and present life.

Best Time to Visit Haridwar

The best time to visit Haridwar is between October and February (winters) when it sees the best influx of tourists. During these five months, you will see clear blue skies making it an excellent time to enjoy relaxing sightseeing at the Hindu holy sites. However, March-June (summer months) are considered best to enjoy Ramnavmi and Buddha Purnima Festivals.

How to Reach Haridwar

Road travel is the most preferred way to reach Haridwar from the capital town - Delhi, as the journey, only takes 5-6 hours. However, air travel is another mode of transport to reach Haridwar from the major Indian long-distance towns like Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, etc. 

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Haridwar. At the same time, the international airport is in Delhi - India Gandhi International Airport. Tourists who prefer the safe and cost-friendly transportation option can also take the train to Haridwar Railway Station. Haridwar has its railhead, which is well-linked with the metro towns of India.

How to Get Around in Haridwar

The best way to get around Haridwar is by auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws because these transportations are navigable, inexpensive, and reliable. Although taxis are available in Haridwar, the local transport in Haridwar will allow you to become a local in India's holy town.

Places to Visit in Haridwar

This one of the Seven Holiest Cities in India is situated on the holy Ganges banks, which marks the tourist influx in abundance throughout the year. Haridwar boasts stunning temples of the bygone era, various Aarti Ghats, and peaceful ashrams for spirituality and tranquility seekers. The best places to visit in Haridwar attract both domestic and international tourists. 

The city is considered the Gateway to Gods and will leave you in total awe. If you are a hill station lover, take advantage of the holidaying in the nearby hill stations around Haridwar. It probably goes without saying that you must visit Vishnu Ghat, Shanti Kunj, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple, and Saptrishi Ashram.

Things to Do in Haridwar

There are many thrilling, engaging, and spiritually awakening things to do in Haridwar that will dump your mundane. Start your trip to Haridwar with a spiritual bath in the Ganges' holy water at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. Then, watch the spectacular evening Ganga Aarti at the same Ghat. Next, indulge in a soulful experience by temple-hopping—practice mindfulness amidst the lush green environs. 

Shop til you drop the Pahadi souvenirs at the street vendors. Tourists with kids must not miss the Crystal World visit - a theme and water park with plenty of fun rides for adults and kids. Epic adventures and spiritual sojourns await you in Haridwar.

Accommodation in Haridwar

Finding accommodation in Haridwar is not a seldom problem. There are many hotels scattered in Haridwar that range from budget to luxury. The most prominent and exotic hotels are located around the famous Ghats. At the same time, the pocket-friendly hotels could be found near the railway station and bus stand.

Shopping in Haridwar

Shopping in Haridwar is one of the best experiences in this holy city, and there is no denying that. Tourists can buy almost anything during their trip to Haridwar. If you visit Pentagon Mall, Moti Bazar, Tibetan Shopping center, you will be in absolute luck. Don't miss exploring the bustling lanes of Haridwar on your shopping hopping venture.

Haridwar tourism promises a beautiful vacation that fills your heart with joyful memories. You can contact our tour experts to plan your vacation to Haridwar with your friends and family. We offer customizable tour packages that you can modify as per your preferences. 

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