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Haridwar Tourism

One of the holiest pilgrimages in India, Haridwar doesn't require an introduction. Also known as the "City of Gods", Haridwar is located at the banks of river Ganga. Set at the foothills of the Himalayas, Haridwar is a holy city housing countless temples and ashrams.
Haridwar is also known for being the host of Kumbha Mela that takes place every 12 years. Kumbha Mela is known for the pious gathering of millions of Hindu devotees and tourists from all over the world.

The city houses some of the most important temples of India, and the 'Panch Tirtha or the "five pilgrimages" are among them. The Panch Tirth in Haridwar is Gangadwara (Har Ki Pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Tirtha (Mansa Devi Temple), and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi). This holy city serves as the gateway to the Char Dham of Uttarakhand.
The city of not only famous for being a holy destination of India but also for being an adventure gateway and rejuvenation gateway. People come here to get relaxed from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Check out this Haridwar travel guide on Haridwar tourism that will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the Haridwar tourist places, the history and culture of Haridwar, and the best time to visit.

History, Culture and Traditions of Haridwar

Haridwar is located in the Uttarakhand state of India and is home to around 228,832 people. Also known as Mayapuri, Kapila, and Gangadwar, the first mention of this city dates back to ancient times. According to Puranic legend, the drop of Amrita (elixir of immortality) was fallen from the Kumbha (a pitcher) while it was being carried by the celestial bird Garuda.

In Sanskrit, Hari means Vishnu (Indian god), and Dwar means "Gateway", so the meaning of Haridwar means "The Gateway to Lord Vishnu". Also, Hari means "Shiva", so the city name also means "the Gateway to Loard Shiva".

The city name was also mentioned as "Gangadwar" in the Mahabharat. Being home to Panch Trith, Ganga, and gateway to Char Dham, Haridwar is one of the important cities for Hindus. The place is visited by thousands of devotees every day, and people here follow the Hindu religion. The old Havelis, homes, temples, and mansions carry the rich Hindu architectural work through the generations. People here speak Hindi, English and Urdu languages.

Diwali, Holi, Ardh Kumbh Mela and Kumbh Mela are the most famous festivals and fairs in Haridwar. One should Haridwar during these festivals.

Cuisine of Haridwar:

Apart from being a paradise of attractions, adventure seekers, and peace, Haridwar is also famous for foodies. Being a holy city for Hindus, the food in Haridwar served is pure vegetarian. The mouth-watering and lip-smacking cuisine of Haridwar will leave your tastebuds to crave more. Among all the Haridwar travel places, Har Ki Pauri, Devpura and Ranipur are the places where you try lip-smacking dishes.

Aloo Puri, Kachori, Rasmalai & Jalebi, Chhole Bhature, Lassi & Kulhar Wala Milk, Chaat, Samosas, Fresh Fruit Chaat, Flavoured Kulfi, Stuffed Parathas, Gulab Jamun, and Mulberry Khomcha are must-try dishes when in Haridwar.

Haridwar Weather and best time to Visit

Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Haridwar Map

Places to Visit Haridwar

The major Haridwar tourist destinations include Ganga river, Mansa Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple,  and Maya Devi Temple. Rajaji National Park, Sapt Rishi Ashram, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bara Bazar, Local Markets, Pawan Dham, and Crystal World are other famous Haridwar tourist places.

Ganga Aarti in Haridwar

Ganga Aarti is one of the best things to do and not to be missed when in Haridwar. The aarti can be seen at the Har-ki-Pauri Ghat, which King Vikram built in the 1st century. The aarti is performed by songs, prayers, rituals, and a palpable sense of divinity. The aarti is known for being the famous Haridwar travel places. 

Har Ki Pauri

One of the best places to visit in Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri is one of the most sacred Ghats in Haridwar. A chill dip in the river Ganga removes all sins. 

Mansa Devi Temple

Also known as Bilwa Tirth, Mansa Devi Temple is one of the famous Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) of Haridwar. Mansa Devi Temple is one of the best Haridwar tourist places. The temple is dedicated to Mansa Devi, goddess of Snakes. The temple is set on Biswas Parvat on the Shivalik Hills and offers the best views nearby. 

Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary:

One of the best Haridwar tourist destinations, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, is ideal for wildlife lovers and photographers. One can see many animals at the sanctuary, including elephants, tigers, leopards, and bears.

Where to stay in Haridwar: 

Being a famous holy city of India, Haridwar houses many tourist places to visit for almost every kind of traveller. The purity and serenity call thousands of tourists to this holy city every year. 

Being a famous city, Haridwar offer various stay options for every budget. If you want to experience the luxury and comfort of Haridwar city, then you can book luxury hotels in Haridwar. If you like to spend equal parts of money on stay and exploration, then you can book our mid-range hotels in Haridwar that includes 3 star and 4 star hotels. If you like to explore more and need a hotel to just sleep at night, check our budget hotels in Haridwar. 

Luxury stays in Haridwar:

This holy city offers many resorts and luxury hotels for the guests coming to the city. The hotels offer luxury at its best, and some of them are located near the river Ganga. Here are some luxury properties in Haridwar to book on HotelDekho. 

Radisson Blu Haridwar

Amrit Bhawan

Pilibhit House, Haridwar - IHCL SeleQtions

Amatra By The Ganges

Country Inn Haridwar

Mid- Range stay in Haridwar:

The mid-range hotels offer some 4-star hotels and 3-star hotels that cater to all the modern amenities and facilities for the guests to enjoy a comfortable stay. Here are some best mid-range Haridwar hotels to book on HotelDekho. 

Ambrosia Sarovar Portico

Fortune Park Haridwar-Member ITC Hotel Group

Regenta Orkos- Royal Orchid Hotels

Golden Tulip Haridwar

The Haveli Hari Ganga By Leisure Hotels

Hotel Grand Orchid

Hotel Grand Shiva

Ganga Lahari By Leisure Hotels

Hotel Le Roi, Haridwar

Le Grand Hotel

Hotel Alpana @ Har ki Pauri Road

Hotel Himalaya @ Harkipauri Road

Hotel Royal Vrindaban

Hotel Suncity @ Harkipauri 

Aarogyam Suites

Budget stay in Haridwar:

The Haridwar budget hotels offer a perfect stay for budget travelers and solo travelers. The hotels offer basic amenities, hygienic rooms with required services for a comfortable stay in Haridwar. Here is the list of best budget hotels in Haridwar that you can book on HotelDekho. 

Hotel Queen

Patnimal Riverside Paradise

Hotel Trishul

Hotel Ganga Darshan at Har ki Pauri

Hotel Gyan

Hotel Thakur Ji

Hotel Famous

Hotel Santosh Regency

Best Time to Visit Haridwar

The best time to visit Haridwar is between November and March or in the Winters due to the pleasant and chill climate. A chill dip in the river Ganga will refresh your body and soul. 

However, if you want to travel on a budget, then April to July can be a great time to visit Haridwar. 

Places To Visit In Haridwar

Getting In Haridwar


Haridwar doesn't have its own airport; Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Haridwar. One can easily reach here from almost every major city of India.

State buses and private buses connect Haridwar with all the major cities of India, such as Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other states. One can also book a cab or taxi to reach Haridwar by road. 

Haridwar Railway Station connects all the major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad, and one can easily reach Haridwar from any part of India.


Hope this Haridwar travel guide will help you with the Haridwar travel places, culture, food, and tourism on your Haridwar trip.

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