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Haridwar - The Holy City of Haridwar OR Har Ki Pauri OR Mansa Devi Temple

STATE - UTTARANCHAL
   
DISTANCE - 214 KM From Delhi, 286 KM From Nainital

CONNECTION
 
By Air - The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant in Dehradun, but it is preferable to use the roads or rail to Delhi and then take flights to the destination of ones choice.

By Rail - Haridwar is well connected by trains to almost all the major cities in India. In fact, trains are the major source of the tourist inflow to Haridwar.

By Road - The National Highway no.45 crosses the city, so it is connected to other cities of the state as well as those in the other states too. We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
 
ABOUT HARIDWAR
Haridwar, meaning Gateway to God, is one of the most sanctified places in India. It is believed to be as old as Varanasi. Haridwar holds the Kumbh mela every 6th and 12th year on the famous Har ki Paudi ghat. Haridwar is a holy city in the state of Uttaranchal in northern India. Known as the Gateway to the Gods, Haridwar is measured one of the seven holiest places according to Hindus, as the devas are said to have left their footprints there. Here pilgrims float diyas on the Ganges, to memorialize their deceased ancestors. The city also stands as a gateway to three other significant pilgrimage destinations: Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. In Haridwar you will see a great statue of Shiva at the fork of the river. If you are there for a short visit, it is definitely worth to visit the temple on top of the mountain, with a breathtaking view.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN HARIDWAR
Har-Ki-Pauri, the blessed ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat.

The Chila Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the Rajaji National Park, covers an area of around 240 sq. km. It has 23 species of mammals and 315 fauna species. Lucky tourists can catch glimpses of elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, Himalayan yellow throated martens, sambers, chitals, barking dears, wild boars, langurs, ghurals, sloth bears, king cobras, woodpeckers, etc. Fishing in the river there is allowed with permits only.

The Gurukul Kangadi University is a center of learning where education is imparted in the traditional Indian way. Within the confines of the University is the Veda Mandir, which houses many archaeological exhibits. It is situated on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road.
 
RELIGIOUS PLACES IN HARIDWAR
The Temple Of Chandi Devi : It is situated at the top the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges was constructed in AD 1929 by Suchat Singh, the then King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3-km trek from Chandi Ghat and it is believed that the Adi Shankaracharya established the main statue in eighth century AD. The Chandi Devi Temple is now also accessible by a ropeway, which starts near the Gauri Shankar Temple.

The Daksh Mahadev Temple is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too.
The Sapt Rishi Ashram is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. The Ganges flows in seven streams in front of this Ashram, hence this place is also called Sapt Sarovar.

The Triveni Ghat is an interesting place to be at dawn, when people make offerings of milk to the river and feed the fish. After sunset, priests set floating lamps on the water during the Aarti ceremony.

The Temple Of Neelkanth Mahadev, a place associated with Lord Shiva, is situated at a height of 1700 meters. It is a 4-hour walk from Rishikesh and a not-to-be-missed destination away from the madding crowd.
 
WHEN TO GO HARIDWAR
Haridwar is situated at a height of almost 300 meters above sea level and the temperature usually hovers around 40°C during summers. Winters see the mercury dipping to as low as 6°C. The best season to visit Haridwar is between October and March during winter.
 
WEATHER FORECAST
The climate in this holy religious place is temperate all through the year. Summer (March – May) has a temperature band of 15°C to 40°C. Winter is little chilly with minimum night temperature of about 6°C. The day temperature in winter never crosses 17°C, making the season pleasant and sunny
 
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN HARIDWAR
Haridwar, one of the oldest and holiest pilgrim centers of India, is also the place that plays host to around eight to ten million devotees during the Kumbh melas. The history of the Kumbh Mela dates back to the creation of the Universe and as a show of their faith, Hindus from all over the country assemble to take a holy dip in the Ganges.
 
FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN HARIDWAR
The food habits of Haridwar people comprises of vegetarian flavor that speaks of their belief in the goodness and purity of life. The temples, Ghats, ashrams and other sacred places of Haridwar have collectively made it a site of admiration. Most of the tourists coming to Haridwar are pilgrims who seek the blessing of the deities of the various shrines of the place. More often than not these devotees adhere to strict vegetarian dishes to keep their religious sanctity intact. This is one of the prime reasons why most of the eateries of Haridwar come with vegetarian menu.

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