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Haridwar

Haridwar

Population:
7,27,903
Average Climate:
Summer: 25° C – 42° C
Winter: 06° C – 20° C
Best time to visit:
October to April
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About Haridwar

Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is located at a distance of about 214 km from Delhi and 28 km from Rishikesh. Haridwar contains two words Hari & Dwar. Hari means God & Dwar means gate. The Ganges, India’s holiest river descends from the Himalayas and begins its journey through the plains at Haridwar. This gives the town a unique status, making a pilgrimage to Haridwar every devout Hindu’s dream. Haridwar is considered as one among the ‘sapta-puris’ (seven sacred cities) and is an important pilgrim destination. Haridwar stands as a gateway to the three other Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world. Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience India's complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.

Tourist Attractions

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Har Ki Pauris

s Har Ki Pauri ghat was created by King Vikramaditya in 1st century BC in the memory of his brother Bhatrihari who during his lifetime used to meditate on the banks of river Ganga and it is one of the most famous places in Haridwar. It is named after a supposed imprint of Vishnu’s feet at the site. Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of River Ganges from the mountains and entry into the plains. In addition, this sightseeing is also among one of the five main holy sites of Haridwar. The Ganga Aarti (prayer) that takes place at Har Ki Pauri every evening after sunset is popular amongst pilgrims and tourists all over the world. The priests perform the Ganga Aarti at the ghat amidst thousands of devotees. People gather on both sides of the banks of the river to sing its praises. 

Chandi Devi Temples

Mansa Devi Temples