Haridwar is district of Uttarakhand state in India. Haridwar is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh. It is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. Haridwar city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India.
The holy city of Haridwar is situated at a distance of 214 km from Delhi and lies in the north India state of Uttar Pradesh. it is one of India’s most eminent pilgrimage sites and is spread over an area of 2360 sq. Km. It is known as the “Gateway to the Gods” and is situated on the banks of the holy Ganges.
It has been proved by archaeological findings that terracotta culture had an existence in Haridwar during 1700B.C. and 1800 B.C. Haridwar has been in people’s mind from the period of Buddha to the British arrival and still in the 21st century. Haridwar was ruled by Maurya Empire from 322 BCE to 185 BCE and later it came under the rule of Kushan Empire according to historical evidences. Well-known Chinese traveller Huan Tsang visited India in 629 AD.
Haridwar is mentioned in various ancient Indian scriptures as a Mayapur, Kapilsthan, Mokshdwar or Gangadwar.
Fairs & Festivals
The most famous festival of haridwar is Kumbh Mela. It celebrated once in every 12 years. The city excited for this festival and prepares in full swing to arrange this event. During the Mela the group of millions of saint, devotees, tourist, photographers, and followers come here and become the part of this event.
Ardh Kumbh Mela also celebrated here, once in the every 6 years. On that event people from all around come here for a dip in the holy Ganga River.
Holi and Diwali festival also celebrated here with great pomp and show. On the occasion of Diwali evening, ganga ghat looks golden lamp because people floating the diyas (lamp) in the water.
Haridwar is also known as the ‘Gateway of God’ which is attract to most of the religious people, it is the most popular amongst the Hindu Followers because there is number of place for them.
Hari-ki-Pauri- It is commissioned by Emperor Vikramaditya in the memory of Bhartrihari. It is the most sacred ghat. In the evening time this ghat reflects a amazing view because of floting diyas in the Ganges.
Mansa Devi Temple- this temple dedicated to the Devi Mansa. It is considered that Maa Mansa Devi fulfil the all wishes of devotees. It is situated at bilva Parvat.
Neeleshwar Temple- Neeleshwar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva in the holy city of Haridwar. Neeleshwar Temple is another religious site in Haridwar.
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar- it is the bird Sanctuary in Haridwar, and it is a heaven for bird watchers and home of many birds in the winter season.
There are numbers of interesting place for visit Gurukul Kangadi University, Chandi Devi Temple, sapt Rishi Ashram. These places are touch to heart and leave a good memory in mind.
Best time to Visit
Winters season is best for visit in Haridwar. The months from October to March are also favourable for tourism from the festival point of view. In the summers season weather is very warm and temperature up from 18 degree to 40 degree C.
How to Reach
By Air- the nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant in the Dehradun which is 20 km far from the city. And the nearest International airport is situated in Delhi.
By Rail- haridwar railway station is first railhead that connected it’s to al the selected cities of the country. From Haridwar train is available for all metro cities of country.
By Road- Haridwar is well connected to all the major cities of India by an excellent road route. The National Highway 45 connected to various cities of the state.