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Haridwar
(Uttaranchal, India)

 

DISTANCES / LOCATION

Haridwar to Rishikesh : 24 kms
New Delhi to Rishikesh : 238 kms.
Haridwar to Delhi : 250 kms
Haridwar to Lucknow : 475 kms
Haridwar to Agra 365 kms

GENERAL INFORMATION

Located in the foothills of Shivalik range, Haridwar is reputed as the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttranchal region. Visit this sacred place that will purify your body, mind and the soul. Spend some time on the ghats in Haridwar that acquire a unique charm in the evening with countless diyas floating in the waters of Ganges. Down the ages Haridwar has also become a major learning center for science, arts and culture.

PLACES TO VISIT

CHANDI DEVI - 6 km : The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 A.D. by the king of Kashmir- Suchat Singh . It is a 3 km trek from Chandighat . Legend has it that the army chief Chanda-Munda of a local demon King Shumbh- Nishumbha was killed by goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi . It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankracharya in 8th century A.D. One can reach here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot. Ph. no. of 'Udan Khatola' (Ropeway) is 01334-220324, Time-8.30 AM to 6 PM.

MAYA DEVI TEMPLE - 0.5 km : This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhpeethas. Said to be the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen.
Ph. no. of 'Udan Khatola' (Ropeway) is 01334-227745

HAR-KI-PAIRI -1.5 km : This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartrihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Hari-Ki-Pari. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral diyas in the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga Arti ceremony . Attending the Ganga Arti which is performed here everyday after sunset is an unforgettable experience as most of the tourists say.

GURUKUL KANGRI UNIVERSITY - 4 km : It is situated on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road . It is an old institution known for following a unique system of education in India. The Ved Mandir Museum with archaeological exhibits in display can also be seen.

MANSA DEVI TEMPLE - 3.5 km : The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat .Here one statue of the Goddess has three mouths and five arms while the other statue has eight arms. The beautiful view of the city can be seen from this place. The temple can be reached by trolley through ropeway or on foot.

DAKSHA MAHADEV TEMPLE - 4 km : The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev is situated in the south Kankhal town .The mythological story about this place is that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva 's first wife ) performed yagya at this place. Daksha Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted . Therefore she burnt herself in the yagya Kund . This incident provoked the disciples and followers of Mahadev who killed King Daksha, but later on Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. Daksha Mahadev temple is thus a tribute to this legend.

BHIMGODA TANK : This tank is at a distance of about 1 km from Harki Pairi. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee.

SAPT RISHI ASHRAM & SAPT SAROVAR - 7 km : It is said that Ganga had split herself in seven currents at this place so that the Sapt(seven) Rishis worshipping there would not be disturbed.

PARAD SHIVLING - 2 km : Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Shivling weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are main attractions here.

PIRAN KALIAR : The tomb Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects from all over the world. 'URS' festival is organised every year on the holy dargah in summer.

HOW TO REACH HARIDWAR ?

|| BY AIR ||

The nearest airport is Delhi, 220 kms away.

|| BY RAIL ||

There are convenient train connections from Delhi.

|| BY ROAD ||

It's around a 5 hours drive from Delhi, and about a 2 hours drive from Dehra Dun. Rishikesh is just 22 km away. A cascade of devotion.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS

Though Haridwar is down in the plains, it is cooled by the Ganga and the snow peaks of the Himalayas. Summers can get hot though, with temperatures going up to 42° C. Winter nights are chilly, but in the daytime, a bright sun makes the weather very pleasant.

The best seasons to visit Haridwar is some where between September and June.

HOTEL AND RESORTS IN HARIDWAR

Hotel and Resorts in Haridwar : The Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel , Sagar Ganga Resort, Classic Residency

 

 
 
 

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