Haridwar Travel Guide

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Haridwar Highlights

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     This place makes you think about your God 

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     None- even Non Believer in God starts thinking!!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Hinduism Embraces all Religions!! 

Haridwar Things to Do

  • Rope way to Gods

    The Udan Khatola is one of the major attractions of the place and catches the attention of people from all over to see great view of Haridwar.It is a ropeway which is used as a mode of transport to reach the hill top temples of Haridwar. There are two hilltop temples near Haridwar, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi, both have ropeways to reach the temples...

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  • Har Ki Paudi- Take a holy dip in Ganges...

    Har Ki Paudi the main attraction of religious and tourist destination in Haridwar.bathing at Har Ki Paudi at Ganga in Haridwar is sacred. It's a myth that at the time of Amrit Manthan, some drops of Amrit were felt in the Ganga at Har Ki Paudi. Two Temples of Mother Ganga are also situated at the Har Ki Paudi. So it is worth bathing at Har Ki Paudi...

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  • Ganga Aarti- Worshiping Holy River...

    Ganga Aarti at Har ki Paudi in Haridwar is an enchanting piece of public offering for goddess Ganga. The Aarti is performed every evening (time differs in winter and summer seasons) between 5:30 to 6:30 approximately. Take your seat (nothing else but squat on your own arrangements at the platform along the banks of the Ganges, otherwise you will...

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  • Mansa devi temple: Wish-fulfilling...

    The temple of wish-fulfilling Goddess Mansa Devi. Temple in Haridwar is situated at the top of a Hill named as 'Bilwa Parwat'. This is a temple of Goddess Mansa Devi. MANSA in Hindi means DESIRE. It is said that those who visit this temple can expect to fulfill their desires. The temple houses two idols of the Goddess, one with three mouths and...

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  • A DAY OUT IN RAJIJI NATIONAL PARK

    We spent one of our best ever days in Rajiji National Park. Only about a 30 minute drive from Haridwar, this unspoiled park is pristine, green, and filled with the sound of birds. The mountains are majestic.We saw out very first wild tusker- chomping on some trees on a hillside. What a thrill that was. Having seen this in documentries, I never...

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  • SUNSET AARTI ON THE GANGA

    Go down to Har-ki-Pairi ghat at sunset and see the evening Aarti ( religious ceremony giving prayers and offering to the Ganga)Very pretty- with crowds gathered to watch or taking part. The sound of gongs adds to the reverent and chaotic amosphere. We have watched this ceremony in Varanasi , and although it is not fair to compare them, I enjoyed...

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  • Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

    I had a wonderfull relaxing body treatment at the Spa at the Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel, where we were staying.A full fruit body scrub, then a steamy hot soak and afterwards a 90minute Therapeutic Massage with Ayurvedic Oils. Included in the massage was foot and hand reflexology.The young woman who attended to me was Nepalese, and her massage...

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  • Visit the nearby Places

    Places to visit.1. Mansa Devi mandir and the Chadi devi mandir, these can be reached on foot, through stairs. You can also use the ROPE WAY. FOr Mansa Devi, the stairs start from the main market. It is difficult to locate it amidst the shops, but just keep asking the local shop people and they will let you know. Also ask about the ROPE way if you...

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  • Har-ki-pauri

    Har-Ki-Pauri (the footstep of God) ghat, also known as the Brahmakund, is one of the most sacred pilgrim places. It is said to be built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother, Bhartrihari. In the evening, a 'Maha Aarti' is performed on this ghat. The floral diyas which float on the ghat, in the twilight, creates an impression of stars being...

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  • bathing ghats 1

    People flock in large numbers to take a dip at the ganges,Haridwar is considered as one of the most sacred places for hindus.The most famous being the Har- ki- pauri

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  • learn yoga at ashram

    Patanajali Yog Peeth in Haridwar is a center of Yoga and Ayurveda activities in India built on the name of Maharishi Patanjali who invented Yoga 5000 years ago. The ashram is run under the guidance of Swami Ramdev Ji Maharaj who has revived Yoga and spreading it all over the world. Patahnajali Yog peeth provides various facilities such as Yoga...

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  • visit baba ramdev ashram

    Swami Ramdev also known as Baba Ramdev, is an Indian, Hindu swami. He is particularly well-known for his efforts in popularizing Yoga. His yoga (pronounced as Yog in Hindi/Sanskrit)camps are attended by a large number of people. People follow his yoga camps through TV channels and video. His yog teaching sessions are for the masses and free for...

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  • Walking Haridwar

    There is not much to do in Haridwar, other than simply walking the city streets, looking, watching and learning. There are many harmless beggars looking for handouts from visitors, which are many since this is a famous pilgrimage site.If you cross the walkway bridges to the small islands in the river, expect someone from the City Preservation to...

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  • Prayer for Mother Ganges

    The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall). Nearby is the Gangadwara temple, the most important of the several temples that dot this town. The Ganga Aarti which is celebrated...

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  • Evening (Aarti) Prayer at Har Ki...

    Like others we too offered our prayers at Har Ki Pauri for our forefathers. As the Puja ( prayers) starts with the chanting of Vedic Hymns , several thousand people from all over offer their prayers with light , flowers to Mother Ganges.It it very difficult to describe How sacred the Ganges is !!!! Well seeing is believing, it is in our blood in...

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Haridwar Restaurants

  • Best restaurant in town. No, really!

    There are enough of good places to try in the town but this one definitely is the best. Clean, friendly staff, delicious food, fast service, and lets not forget it's air conditioned. Yet prices are just like anywhere else. There are lots of Chotiwala's around. This one is on Upper Road. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it here until now. If it...

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  • A good Breakfast

    The restaurant was very neat and clean and the food was very good.Cleanliness : 4.5 / 5Food quality : 4.5/5I loved the breakfast, the food was not spicy yet very delicious. I love Allo Parathas and i really enjoyed them. The best part is its located just near to HAR-KI-Pouri ghat. Allo ke parathe for the breakfast

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  • good meal and friendly staff

    This restaurant is on european standard as for cleanliness, the waiter was in addition very attentive -seeing that we came wet and cold (from Rajaji) he brought an electro-heater which was really very nice.The meals were above standard, the only small imperfection was the long time needed for preparation.

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Haridwar Transportation

  • GETTING TO HARDIWAR- 3 CHOICES.

    There are 3 ways getting between Haridwar and Delhi.. We have done a train trip and a car trip.The train is an express, and takes 4 hours. It is seating only- no beds- but very comfortable.Shatabi does two trips a day- early morning and mid afternoon, either way.The car journey was quite bearable (5 hours). Make sure that you get a driver that is...

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  • Train Journey from Gaziabad to Haridwar

    We took a train from Gaziabaad. Train (4041) Musoorie express runs from Sarai-Rohilla Delhi to Haridwar.Dep from Gaziabad: 11:55 PM Arrival at Haridwar : 06:15 AMThe normal sleeper costs around RS 150 - 160 . Check more details on IRCTC site.

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  • Arriving by rail

    I took the train to Haridwar from Delhi, using the Shatabdi express. This is a great train, far more comfortable than most others in the Indian rail system. The trip takes about five hours to cover the 215 km from Delhi. We went there and back in one day, which I don't really recommend! But such is life on a business trip!You can see all sorts of...

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Haridwar Local Customs

  • Big thumps at Chandi devi temple

    Priests at Chandi devi temple have a quirky custom. It starts simple enough when they ask you your name. They speak some mantras, then press their hand on your head/shoulder indicating you to bow down to receive their thoughtful blessings. As they repeat your name and the mantra ends they bestow along with their warm 'love' a very whopping thump on...

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  • Go for the real thing!

    Nearly everyone takes their holy baths in Har ki Paudi. It seems too man-made for me. Why not take your 'cleansing' in the more real Ganga at nearby Neel Dhara (or Neel Jheel, I forget). It's much wider, cleaner, and above all, less crowded! It will be far more apt. It's not as deep as people make it out to be, nor are the currents that strong....

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  • Evening Ganga prayers

    After seeing all three, here's what I think of the basic difference in the evening Ganga prayers.1. Haridwar: Big, bass boosted, tight, kind of a spectacle for the eyes with all the human energy and little temples bustling together. 2. Rishikesh, Triveni Ghat: More quiet, subtle, payers directly next to the river almost touching the water; no steps...

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Haridwar Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of the monkeys in Haridwar

    Don't hang out you washing cloth for dry on roof or outside of your hotel monkeys can steal or torn you cloths. There are lot of monkeys in Haridwar.

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  • Beware of Monkeys

    Beware of Monkeys near the Chandi Mountain and Manasa Mountains...Do not keep uncovered food in your hand.Do not eat peanuts ,chips openly near the templaes...DO not carry bananas which are visible..The monkeys can swoop down in a flash and pull it out from your grip.You also run the risk of getting slapped quite hard in case you refuse or try to...

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Haridwar Tourist Traps

  • Liquor and Haridwar .....!!!

    There is a liquor shop just outside the city of Hardwar and enroute to Rhishikesh.Here thereare arrangement for you to buy or consume hard drinks and beer.But try to avoid buying and storing the liquor or carrying it intact with you.The reason is these guys tip off the police who would come and stop you in about 5 mins or so.They would start with...

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  • BEWARE OF HELP AT THE AARTI

    Having visited India a number of times, I think that we are fairly "savvy" about the country. Well aware of the pitfalls of accepting help from strangers, we were very relieved when our hotel managment suggested that we use their "guide" to take us to the ghats to see the nightly Aarti ceremony. This should have been a lovely experience.All went...

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  • The Pandits

    Beware of the Pandits, Dont fall for them or there sweet words. The problem is once they get hold of you, there is no turning back unless you are willing to give a fair bit of quarrel. So the best thing is AVOID them as much as you can with least words.Just Fold your hands and do a NAMASTE and move on.When they will strike you :1. When you enter...

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Haridwar Off The Beaten Path

  • Chandi Pahar and Manasha Pahar

    These are two hillocks bordering the east and west of Haridwar.Its worthwhile to visit them and can be covered in a day trip. Apart from the religious angle and pujas or offerings to the Temples, these offer fine sights of the Adi Ganga as it was, and how its path has been altered to touch the city that it now does.They offer nice Panoramic...

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  • GARDENS AT CHEETAL

    Halfway between Delhi and Haridwar , on the highway , we discovered this amazing place.It is actually a "dhaba" or rest-stop , and has a great indoor and outdoor restuarant , modern toilet facilties and THE most beautiful gardens, ablaze with colour. We saw rose gardens, and wide, manicured lawns, fountains. What should have been just a rest-stop...

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  • Rajaji NP

    Rajaji and Corbett creates in fact one, joined formation so the animals migrate free between these parks. In Rajaji you have the highest chance to see wild elephants, the scenery is beautifull and the park is less touristy than Corbett. In 02/2008 it was not posible any more to hire an elephant but even with a jeep the visit is definitely...

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Haridwar Favorites

  • Hardwar : Still Mesmerising....

    Hardwar ( or the gate to (reach) Har or Shiva) serves as the gateway to most of the Garhwal mountains. This is a city that have eternally fascinated me with all its flavour.Eternally a holy city or site for the Hindus , Hardwar is also a busy city with pilgrims and tourists thronging it alike.Situated 26 kms from Rishikesh, Hardwar stands at the...

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  • Haridwar, the Ganges, and the Kumbh Mela

    Haridwar's claim to fame is the fact that it is one of the four Indian cities included in the river crossings of the massive Kumbh Mela festival. This Hindu religious rite takes place every twelve years: the central aspect is for the visiting pilgrims to walk through the waters of the Ganges river. Literally millions of people show up for the...

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