Haridwar
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Brief

One of the most ancient cities of India, the Haridwar city is located in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. It is here where the Ganga river meets the Indo-Gangetic Plains for the first time, and it is here that the city was baptized as Gangadwara. Considered to be the holiest among six other cities to the Hindu religion, for it is here that the celestial elixir fell for the first time. It became the prestigious location for Kumbha mela that is held there every 12 years. It is this time that hundred of devotees come here to have their ritualistic bathing that washes away their sin and helps them attain the Mokhsha. Of all the ghats, Har ki Pauri remains the most important where drops of the elixir fell for the first time.

 
Travel Tips

For those who seek peace, Haridwar remains the best place to visit. The place has its own ambience that is lacking in most of the cities in India, and it the place to visit especially when you wish to reconnect with your roots. If you are one of those who wants to check the Kumbha Mela and be enthralled by the love of the pilgrimages for their mother Ganga.



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Things to do

Hindu religion abounds in legends and beautiful stories, where the good wins over the evil, and sometimes to achieve so even Gods took the help of craft to win over, and one such story is the Samundra Manthan. The infinite good vs. the evil to take over the elixir that grants life, Manthan played an important role in determining the life of the gods. It is at this time that Vishnu was said to drop some of the diving nectar, the amrit, and leave behind his foot print in the ghats of Haridwar.

Seated beside the Ganga canal, hundreds visit there to be enthralled by the Ganga arti that is conducted by the priests. The whole place reverberates with the divine glow from the diyas and hums with the chantings- granting it a holy allure that can only be experienced once you are there. Hundreds of diya left by the worshippers float there- and this is a sight to behold. To experience this, you have to mingle, and let yourself drift with the holy chants that can take away every stress, pain and loneliness in a moment. The best time to visit this place is during the evening or the early morning just before the sun rises. However, you must be prepared to shell out some money for viewing of the evening aarti.

Haridwar is a place that abounds in temples and with more than 33000 gods and goddesses in Hindu religion, you can be sure to find at least one temple dedicated to them. One such is the Mansa devi and Chandi devi temples which can be visited with a cable car to the crowded hilltops. Believers of Hindu religion says that it is only when the Gods call you can you be able to complete visiting pious places such as Haridwar. Here there are no dearth of temples, and within every temple, irrespective of your religion, you are bound to find your inner peace that gets lost in the chaotic lives that we all lead in. Famous as wish fulfilling goddess, the path is lines with shops that provides deliverance in form of Prasad that can be taken to the temple. However, be wary of the stealing monkeys, that flock the place only to have a bite and share with the divine liberation. For the photo fanatics, the temple will be a disappointment as photography is banned.

Some tourists do not stop here and go up to another hill, Neel hill which is 4 kms south east to the Chandi devi temple. Built by Raja Suchet Singh of Kashmir, the place is something to contemplate not with the mind alone, but with the heart.

Haridwar is considered to be one of char dhams in Uttarakhand for the Hindu religion. It is here that the priests or the pandas of the Hindu religion- the gatekeepers of the temple, and the maintenance man of rituals- keeps hand written records of Hindu families that are passed down each generation.

Other than this, people have been visiting this place for they believe that it is here that people earn your moksh, the ultimate salvation. Death may be something that can be viewed in every ghat- but viewing them gives a sense of fulfillment, that somewhere that person has found his peace. Cremations are a common sight and therefore, it may appear dark and murky, but somehow, in Haridwar that ceases from the meaning of loneliness tot transpire into a complete new life.

Visiting Haridwar is a complete different experience that only once you are there can you feel it. From places like the Maya devi temple, Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, Sureshvari Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, or the Pawan Dham, it is the place that you can feel closely the diving truthfulness and sanctity of the Hindu religion.

 
Places to Stay

Since Haridwar is a famous pilgrimage area, it is crowded with hotels that suit all kinds of budget. From the luxurious ones right to the dharamshalas, the place even accommodates old people who want to spend the end of their lives within the sanctity of the place.

Luxurious hotels

The Haveli Hari Ganga: Right on the Ganges, the hotel provides a superb view of the river.

Address: Pilibhit House, 21 Ramghat Haridw�r

Radisson Blu Hotel, Haridwar: With modern spa treatments that await you, the hotel is provides business centre with computer work stations.

Address: Plot No C-1, Sector 12 HaridwÄ�r

SRS Lakshay Hotel: Located in middle of the city, the hotel provides luxurious amenities.

Address: Singh Dwar, Delhi Bypass Road, Near Gurukul Kangri University Haridw�r.

 

Mid range hotel

Ambrosia Sarovar Portico

Address: Haridwar NH-58, 12th Milestone, Badehri, Rajputna, Badehri, Rajputna Haridw�r

Hyphen Grand Haridwar

Address: Plot- C1, Sector-12, Sidcul Sector-12, Sidcul Bhel Haridw�r

Le Grand Hotel

Address: Ranipur More Haridw�r

 

Low range hotel

Sun Hotel

Address: Tulsi Chowk, Opp. Railway Station, Niranjani Akhara Bagh, Shrawan Nath Nagar, Haridwar

Hotel Kapoor

Address: Upper Road, Near Har ki Puri HaridwÄ�r

Hotel Rose Valley Haridwar

Address: Khasara No. 48M/50M, Bopatwala Kalan, Dudhadhari Chowk Haridw�r

Remember, that Haridwar is dotted with restaurants that offers you will clean food and at the most cheapest of prices.

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Haridwar is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is a domestic one and is about 20 kms away from city center. Taxi cabs can be availed to reach the city. This might costs anything more than Rs 400. The airport has daily flights to Delhi which is about 200 kms away. The Delhi airport terminals are well connected to both domestic and international places.
  • The railway station at Haridwar is well connected with all the major cities of India. You have trains plying from Delhi (Dehrudun Shatabdi) Kolkata (Doon express) Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal and all other major cities.
  • Well connected by tourist bus services and state owned bus services from cities in and around Haridwar, you can avail both luxurious, deluxe ones with fares as less as Rs 500. There are buses from Jaipur, Dehrudun, Jodhpur, Shimla and others.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Nearby Haridwar is located the Rajaji National Park which is still unspoilt by commercialization. The park abounds in wild elephants and the place is best for the nature lovers.

The next nearby place is the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple which is a three hour trek from the Swarg Ashram.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102