Haridwar India - India Vacation Packages
Haridwar India is one of the most popular pilgrimage places for Hindu devotees, referred as “The Gateway to the Gods”. Haridwar India tourism also offers several opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.
Haridwar in India
Haridwar is the top most spiritual place in India. It
is believed that when the Gods left their footprints on the land of
Haridwar, metaphorically they also left an indelible mark on the spiritual
etho- of every Hindu- more so, the devout, who ( would later follow their
holy paths all across this blessed land. It has earned it's sobriquet of
honor as 'The Gateway to The Gods'.
Haridwar is not only famous as holy place but also for it's ever-refreshing
mystic venue which purifies our mind, body and soul in real manner. Main
events which have gained real popularity here are memorable Kumbh Mela which
happens once every 12 years and the Ardh Kumbh Mela, which comes once every
Haridwar as being one of the oldest living cities of India, finds it's
mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures such a "Holy Veda's".
Haridwar has not only remained the abode of the weary in body, mind and
spirit but also served as a center of attraction for many peoples for
learning the art, science and culture.
The holy city of Haridwar is located in the north Indian state of Uttar
Pradesh at a distance of 214 km from Delhi. Haridwar extends from latitude
29° 58' in the north to longitude 78°13' in the east. The place is
well connected to other cities of north India by road and train.
Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places
according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their
footprints in Haridwar. Due to its geographical location too, Haridwar
stands as the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages of Uttrakhand
namely, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Referred to as Mayapuri,
Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics, Haridwar has
always remained a major pilgrimage for the Hindus.
Attractions of Haridwar
Gurukul Kangri University
This university is known for its unique system of education. it is located
on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road. This old institution follows the
ancient tradition of Guru-Sishya pattern of education. The institution also
has the Ved Mandir Museum which is has a very good collection of
archaeological exhibits and displays artifacts which are of historical
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
This place is an enchanting bird watching point particularly during the
winters. There are various species of birds which can be spotted here.
Around Laljiwala on the banks of river Ganges one can expect the Siberian
Cranes, which are one of the prized visitor to this Pakshi Vihar.
On the Mansa Devi temple road, about two kilometer from Haridwar is a point
which provides an excellent view of Haridwar and the near by greenery. This
place is called the beauty point as the sight from here of the surrounding
is very exciting and enthralling.
The queen of hill stations is just 89 kms from Haridwar. The salubrious
climate and deep woods makes it an ideal hill station.
This hill station is located in the Shivalik hills. Just 54 kms from
Haridwar. The thick woods and scenic beauty of the place is enough to
capture the imagination of any tourist.
At Chila is located the Rajaji National Park a popular destination for
nature and adventure lovers. The pristine scenic beauty and rich
biodiversity of the park has been attracting wildlife lovers from India and
abroad The park has 23 species of mammals and about 315 avifauna species.
On the outskirts of Roorkee is the Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali
Ahmed 'Sabir'. It is a must for any visitor to visit this place. The place
is known as Piran Kalier and is located 23 kms South of Haridwar. This
Dargah is famed for its mystical powers and is visited in large numbers both
by Hindus and Muslims. In fact this place is an living example of
Hindu-Muslim unity. During the Rabeeull month of Islamic calender, an Urs is
celebrated from the first day of sighting the moon to the sixteenth day.
This is again one of the sacred places for the Hindus. At this place the
aggressive Alaknanda merges with the gentle flowing Bhagirathi. The place is
95 kms from Haridwar.
A Major Shaktipeeth
Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the
trinity of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. It is also one of the
major Shaktipeeths. Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, the body
and the soul. Not only in spiritual or religious terms Haridwar has come up
as a major learning center for arts, science and culture. This place has
maintained the Gurukul tradition of teaching. This ancient tradition of
teaching has maintained its fervour in Haridwar.
Haridwar's longstanding position as a great source for Ayurvedic medicines
and herbal remedies as well as its unique Gurukul school of traditional
education, the scenic beauty and lush greenery
all give the city a
unique flavour and charm; a must among the sojourn centres in a discoverer's
itinerary of Western U.P. - A destination of all seasons.
It has mythological orgin and it is said that Saptrishis (Seven sages) Who
had trapped thew Ganga agreed to release the River on king Bhagirath's
request, provided it split into seven streams. The Ashram six km from
Founded by late Swami Hariharanand, it has several branchesin the country.
It is 5km from the city, it s famous for its Hanuman Temple with inset
Shopping in Haridwar
Haridwar is a pilgrimage center and visitors come here to visit the temples
so as such there is no particular item which can be recommended to be bought
here. But Haridwar offers you some good handicraft items which can be kept
as decorative pieces or can be used as gift items. In the markets
surrounding the temples, one can find jewellery imitations which are very
popular among the devotees. The bangles, chains, ear and nose rings are some
items which can be bough there.
Then the shops also have items made of stone. From Rishikesh, Ganga enters
the plains and in all this area it sheds its load of stones which are not
only polished naturally but come out in amazing shapes and sizes. These
stone are used to make small idols which are very neatly, delicately and
Look out for Kitchen set toys made from stone. You can also get some items
of talk stone. The main shopping centers are Moti Bazaar, Upper Road,
Jwalapur, Kankhal. The UP handloom Emporium is near the Bharat Mata temple
and the government Emporium, Gandhi Ashram is near the Haridwar post office.
Virtually all devotees who visit Haridwar have a sacramental bath in the
river Ganga. Though Har-ki-Pauri is the most popular place for taking a dip,
there are other bathing ghats too. Steps have been built leading down to the
specially-diverted waters of the river so that devotees can bathe in safety.
Dedicated bathers then immerse themselves off the natural banks of the
swift-flowing, and often very chilly, Ganga.
Fairs & Festivals
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.