“Haridwar” is considered as one of the holiest locations to Hindus. According to the “Samudra manthan”, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Allahabad and Nashik is the main site where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality and unintentionally spilled over from the pitcher while being approved by the space bird Garuda. This is manifest in the “Kumbha Mela”, which is celebrated every 12 years in “Haridwar”. In the duration of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, million of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists gather together in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the bank of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain “Moksha”. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is situated at Har ki Pauri (“footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the nearly all holy ghat of Haridwar. It is also the most important center of the Kanwar pilgrimage, in which million of participants collect sacred water from the Ganga, carry it across hundred of miles to hand out as offering in Śiva shrines.
Best Places to visit Dehradun :
The best haridwar tourism place names are written in given below-
- Har Ki Pauri
- Bharat Mata Temple
- Chandi Devi Temple
- Bara Bazaar
- Bhimgoda Kund/Tank
- Daksha Mahadev Temple
- Kanva Rishi Aashram
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Sapt Rishi Aashram or Sapt Sarovar
- Pantanjali Yog Peeth
- Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary
Hari Ki Pauri :
One of the famed places in Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri is a ghat, which was built by “King Vikramaditya”. It is supposed that “Vikramaditya” ordered for this ghat to be construct in the recollection of his brother “Bharthari”. The most popular spot here is the Brahmakund, which is throng through devotee from all over the country. Another major magnetism of “Har Ki Pauri” is the evening Aarti that is organized each evening with enormous zeal.
Bharat Mata Temple :
Swami Satyamitranand Giri laid the foundation of Bharat Mata Temple, which is located on the bank of Ganga that flows through “Haridwar”. It is one enormous and unique temple in Haridwar, is dedicated to Mother India and has deity of chronological legend. The temple complex is an eight storey structure with every floor dedicated to dissimilar Gods and mythological heroes.
Chandi Devi Temple :
Built by “King Suchat Singh”, Chandi Devi Temple is balanced on Neel Parvat. To achieve the temple one has to walk 3 kms from Chandighat or have to take the cable car. According to tradition, it is the same place where Goddess Chandi killed “Chanda-Munda”, an army chief of the Demon King Sumbha and Nishumba. It is also supposed that the main divinity in the temple was established by the great saint Adi Shankarcharaya in the 8th century.
Bara Bazaar :
Located on the Railway Road, “Bara Bazar” is a popular shopping place in “Haridwar”. Since “Haridwar” is a religious town, all you can expect here are the item that are necessary in a Worship. However, at “Bara Bazaar” you are probably to find handicraft article as well; these in fact can very well be taken back home as souvenir. Rudraksha seeds, churan, a variety of sweets made from milk can also be brought from the shops in “Bara Bazaar”.
It is headquarter of one of the most popular spiritual and social organization, the all World Gayatri Parivar in India. Located at the bank of River Ganga, at a distance of about 5 kms from Haridwar Railway Station, “Shantikunj” is approached by a large number of people seeking religious supervision. Therefore, it is one of the best places to see in “Haridwar” as it adds to your spiritual journey in the city.
Best time to visit Haridwar :
Haridwar Weather, Haridwar is a charming destination affording enchanting views throughout the year. The correct time to svisit would be February, March, August – October. The summer month between March and June, when the days get hot but the nights remain pleasant. In July there is a festival called “Savan” where thousands of people flock to Haridwar. Major transportation are blocked and hotelsare crowded. It is better to keep away from travelling to Haridwar during that time.
How to reach the Haridwar :
By Air : Dehradun’s “Jolly Grant Airport” is the nearest airport to Haridwar, situated around 35 km away. Regular flight services are available to “Jolly Grant Airport” from Delhi. Taxis, private cars, state road transport buses are available from the airport to Haridwar.
By Train : Haridwar Junction Railway Station is well connected by the railway network. There are frequent trains to Delhi and Dehradun from Haridwar. While it takes 4-5 hours to reach Delhi, Dehradun is only an hour away. Trains are available to Rishikesh too, but buses are more frequent and a faster option.
By Bus : All major cities and towns are well connected to “Haridwar” by road. There are regular bus services from Delhi, Rishikesh and from other important towns of North India to Haridwar.