Haridwar in Uttarakhand is among the seven holiest places for Hindus. It is one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. Located at the foothills of Shivalik range on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar, often referred to as ‘Gateway to Gods’, serves as the entry point for several pilgrimage centres located in the Himalayas including Chota Char Dham – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – pilgrimage.
Ganga begins its journey through the plains at Haridwar. The pilgrim town’s most famous sight is Ganga itself with its ghats and temples. It is said that taking bath at the ghats, purifies the soul and opens the way for nirvana.
Haridwar is sacred as the place which was blessed by Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and a the major Shaktipeeth.
Millions of pilgrims and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing in river Ganga during Kumbh Mela. Hindus believe a dip in river will wash away their sins and guarantee Moksha. Haridwar is also popular among Hindus to perform obsequies.
WHERE TO STAY
The hotels in Haridwar are based on location. One can enjoy the real essence of the river Ganga staying in the nearby hotel. There are plenty of hotels in Haridwar but the ones offering drift to a persons mood are located in along the river, on the outskirts of town along the Haridwar-Rishikesh Highway, on the main road near the railway station and bus stand. The hotels like Haveli Hari Ganga, Ganga Lahiri and La Casa offer a great view to Haridwar.
WHERE TO EAT
Haridwar offers a delightful varieties of food in the restaurants and stalls. Alcohol and non-vegetarian cuisine is strictly forbidden in Haridwar. One have to opt for deliciously served vegetarian food in the restaurants and hotels of Haridwar.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Haridwar is as given below. The best time to visit Haridwar is also specified.