The gateway to the holy Char Dhams- Kedarnath, Barinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, Haridwar is a major pilgrimage destination on the Hindu pilgrimage map. Haridwar is believed to be one of the four places where Amrit- the elixir of immortality spilled over from the Kumbha in which it was being carried by Garuda, the holy bird and the vehicle of Lord Vishnu.
This myth is what makes Haridwar one of the four venues for the Kumbha Mela along with Ujjain, Allahabad and Varanasi. The popular stopover Haridwar is for both believers and non-believers, commuting to and from Haridwar is now a child's play. Below are all the details on how to reach Haridwar.
The nearest airport from Haridwar is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, the state capital. The Air Deccan, a private airline is the only one that operates flights to and from Dehradun and Delhi. Traveling up to Delhi by road or rail and then taking the flight to Dehradun is how to reach Haridwar by air most conveniently.
Haridwar is a major railhead in the northern railways and is connected to major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Ujjain, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, and so on. Some of the trains that pass Haridwar are Upasana Express, Janashatabdi Express, Uttaranchal Express, Ujjain Express etc.
The NH 54 passes through the city of Haridwar. The highway is connected to Delhi, Dehradun, Nainital and other major cities within the state and outside. Regular buses and taxis on hire are easily available in Haridwar.