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Haridwar, also called Haridwar, is located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya. The name Haridwar means gateway to god and justifies both, in terms of natural beauty and spirituality. It is considered to be Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city and is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims arrive to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. It is believed that anybody who takes a dip in the holy Ganges can relieve their sins and achieve salvation. The city celebrates its own religious and spiritual significance in a number of festivals that attract a huge number of people and some of them are world famous. Topping the list of best things to do in Haridwar is celebrations at the Kumbh Mela, whose grandeur can be witnessed only once in 12 years, Ganga Dusshera, Kavad Mela and Somvati Amavasya mela. Every evening the river comes alive with flickering flames as floating diyas are offered that are released onto the Ganges. The most busy time for Haridwar is the yatra meaning the pilgrimage season that starts from May and goes on till October. Most particular during July, when hundreds and thousands of Shiva devotees known as Kanwarias, descend upon the city. Other than a tour to the numerous temples that fill Haridwar with their chants and colors, some of the other places you can visit to observe and be a part of Hindu religion are Jairam Ashram and the Kanva Rishi Ashram. The city is also famous for its Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments which come second on the list of best things to do in Haridwar. So tourists can engage in some relaxation therapies and rejuvenation. Moreover, to enjoy the best of the local lifestyle, you can also skip the restaurants for the street side hawkers who serve traditional dishes that are worth trying. Food here is dominated by vegetarian North Indian food and include mouthwatering Chole Bhature, delicious Dosas and lip-smacking Indian Chinese food that the town offers. What you should surely not miss out trying on is the Aloo Puri, Kachori, Lassi, Parathas and a huge variety of traditional sweets.

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Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 


Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most revered religious spots in Haridwar, pulling tourists and devotees from different parts of the country. Since Haridwar is one of the holiest cities for the followers of Hinduism, it naturally houses a great number of temples. However, the significance of this temple located on the top of Bilwa Parvat is unique. 

The temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi. It is believed that the wishes of every sincere devotee are fulfilled here. There is an interesting folk tale concerning the inception of this temple. Since the temple is located atop a hill, you can reach here by either trekking or by taking a ropeway ride.

Location: Bilwa Parvat, Haridwar

Timing: 5 am to 9 pm

Crystal World

If you are looking for a break from temple visits while you are in Haridwar, Crystal World is the best option for you and your family. Renowned as one of the major entertainment parks in the state of Uttarakhand, Crystal World has attractions for people belonging to all age groups. 

The park features a wide range of rides and slides that will please the adventure junkie in your, giving you a wholesome dose of thrill and fun. The park spans over a large area, so there is a lot of space for leisure and adventure. The park is also a great place to organize all kinds of events at. 

Location: Badheri Rajputan, Haridwar

Timings: 10:30 am to 8 pm

Entry Fee: INR 450 per person


Har Ki Pauri

One of the most sacred spots in the town, Har Ki Pauri holds an unmatched significance in the divine aura of Haridwar. It is a holy ghat located on the bank of river Ganges. Devotees from all over the country come to this ghat to take a dip in the river, seeking absolution of their sins as it is believed that the holy waters of the river wash away sins.

For the best experience, visit this ghat during sunset when you can catch the famous evening aarti that is held here every day. Har Ki Pauri is, owing to its popularity among pilgrims visiting Haridwar, counted among the major places to visit in Haridwar.

Location: Near City Control Room, Haridwar

Timing: Open 24 hours


Chandi Devi Temple

If you are looking for the most famous spiritual places to visit in Haridwar, do not forget to include Chandi Devi Temple on your list. The temple was first built in the year 1929 by Suchat Singh, and has been through some renovations and expansions since then. This temple is a popular place not only among pilgrims but also among Indian and foreign tourists since its aura offers a better and a closer understanding of the Hindu culture. 

Situated on the top of Neel Parvat in the Shivalik Range of Himalayas, this temple also offers splendid views of the green beauty spread all over in the region. A trek of 3 km and a cable car ride are the two options to reach the temple.

Location: Neel Parvat, Haridwar

Timing: 7 am to 7 pm

Maya Devi Temple

One of the three most prominent Hindu temples located in Haridwar, Maya Devi Temple is also counted among the most visited tourist places in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Hindu goddess Maya. According to the popular belief, the site where the temple is situated is the same site where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell. 

Though the temple complex exhibits a modest architecture and structure, the importance of the temple is not smaller than any other temple in the city. Whether you are visiting Haridwar for attaining spirituality or you just want to experience the cultural hues of this holy city, Maya Devi Temple is a must visit place.

Location: Upper Road, Birla Ghat, Haridwar

Timing: 7 am to 7 pm


Sapt Rishi Ashram

If the purpose of your visit to Haridwar is to indulge in a peaceful holiday experience, relaxing in the company of pristine nature, Sapt Rishi Ashram is one of the most appropriate places to visit in Haridwar. The peaceful ambience of this ashram located on the bank of river Ganges makes it a perfect spot for meditation and yoga. 

The site where the ashram is located is called Sapt Sarovar. As per the popular myth, this is the place where seven great sages meditated once, but the gushing noise of the river interrupted their focus, so they split the river into seven different streams.

Location: Motichur, 5 km from Haridwar

Timing: Open 24 hours

Bara Bazar

Haridwar may not have options for luxury shopping, but you can find almost everything you need at the markets here. The traditional bazars like Bara Bazar complement the old world charm the city wears around it like a priceless shroud. This colourful bazar is the main marketplace in the city. 

From a number of restaurants, sweet shops, and food vendors to small shops selling handicrafts, ornaments and ayurvedic products – Bara Bazar will keep you hooked with all that is on offer here. You will easily find something here that you can take back home as a souvenir. 

Location: Subhash Ghat, Haridwar

Timing: 9 am to 10 pm

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Traveller Tales From Haridwar


Shubha Kaniyar

13 July 2014

This exciting Alaknanda River Rafting experience is sheer adventure that will give you an amazing chance to actually quench all your adventure thirsts. This adventure offered a myriad of opportunities ...


Durgeshwari Jha

24 August 2015

This trip took us through a number of Grade III, IV to IV+ rapids. For those who do not know about the grades, these are the levels of difficulty with rafting. These included the famous Hillary Fall an


Dhanu Deshpande

20 October 2013

The beauty of this trip is the upper stretches where one can have wild rapids and changing landscapes in terms of gorges and forests.


Vaijayanthi Talwar

30 April 2016

We were welcomed with a refreshing drink. Post that we were explained about rules of river rafting. This was crucial step as it was very useful later on. Other than rafting, we also had cliff jumping a...


Subhashini Tagore

17 February 2014

I took this trip to ride on rapids of river Alaknanda. This is a 5 day river rafting expedition that I booked from Chamoli to Rishikesh. It was a well spent week. In this tour Rapids of Grade 2 to Grad...


Gandharv Mehra

15 June 2015

This trip actually starts from the place called Chamoli. This is actually situated near the sacred Badrinath temple. The trip ends at Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is the convergence of the Alaknanda and Ma


Rachit Baweja

23 February 2015

The mighty and ferocious waves crushing against our rafts and face were just awesome. No other river rafting expedition can beat this one. LAst year October, this rafting experience made me a fan of Al


Chandra Acharya

28 September 2014

The rafting is accompanied by camping. The camp site on the banks of this holy river is gifted with a thick forest. This forest served as a brilliant backdrop for our camp. The forest is also a home to...


Aslesha Desai

15 June 2015

The Day one of our trip started with a drive from Haridwar to Jayalgarh. After breakfast at Jayalgarh, we were taught about the basics of rafting, and after a brief session, we started to report to our...

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Haridwar

  • Q. Which are the activities that I can do in Haridwar?

    Haridwar is a city vibrant and joyful. Days here are spent walking aimlessly, exploring the streets and evenings here is an everyday celebration at Har ki Pauri aarti where the entire city accumulates. The power of spirituality is then felt. Except for this, following are a few things to do in Haridwar-


    • Attend aarti at Har ki Pauri
    • Stay in Ashram
    • Try the street foods
    • Indulge in some yoga and meditation
    • Take a holy bath
    • Go for a wildlife jungle safari at Rajaji National Park
    • Visit various temples
    • Go shopping at Bara Bazar or Kankhal
    • Some more shopping at Jawalapur and Moti Bazar

  • Q. Where can I see Ganga Aarti in Haridwar? Which is a popular site for it?

    Ganga Aarti means prayer for river Ganga and prayers are dedicated to gods and goddesses. If you are wondering why prayers are offered to River Ganga then the reason is because river Ganga not just a river in India, it is considered to be the divine mother who gives life in the form of water. In Haridwar, Ganga Aarti is performed at Har Ki Pauri Ghat which is one of the most famous popular sites in Haridwar. A visit to Haridwar is incomplete if you have not seen the Ganga Aarti that is performed at Har ki Pauri .

  • Q. Which are famous yoga ashrams in Haridwar to perform yoga?

    Haridwar is famous for its Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. There are special yoga ashrams where people from all over the world come for meditation. These ashrams have certain rules and regulations that must be followed by every participant. These ashrams are known for their yoga therapies and have helped many in several ways. Some of the famous yoga ashrams in Haridwar are-

    • Aurovalley ashram Haridwar
    • Santosh puri Ashram Haridwar
    • Patanjali Haridwar

  • Q. Which are some famous temples to visit in Haridwar?

    Temples are located on every street of Haridwar. Many of these temples attract not just local devotees but devotees from across the globe. Some of the most famous temples in Haridwar are-


    • Chandi Devi Temple
    • Mansa Devi Temple
    • Har Ki Paudi - Ganga Temple
    • Daksha Mahadev Temple
    • Maya Devi Temple
    • Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Bharat Mata Temple
    • Neeleshwar Temple
    • Mahamrityunjaya Temple
    • Jain Temple
    • Pawan Temple
    • Shree Yantra Temple
    • Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
    • Anjana Devi Temple
    • Sati Kund Temple

  • Q. Which are some famous locations for sightseeing in Haridwar?

    As Haridwar is a religious destination, majority of the sightseeing locations here are religious spots. There are various temples and ashrams that can be visited in and around Haridwar. Some of the most famous locations for sightseeing in Haridwar are-


    • Mansa Devi Temple
    • Shantikunj
    • Patanjali Yogpeeth
    • Chilla Range
    • Saptrishi Ashram
    • Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Gau Ghat
    • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
    • Pawan Dham
    • Parad Shivlinga
    • Sati Kund
    • Bara Bazaar
    • Vishnu Ghat
    • Moti Bazaar

  • Q. Which are some famous sites for rafting near Haridwar and what is the average cost?

    The nearest river rafting site near Haridwar is Rishikesh. White water rafting in Rishikesh is one of the best rafting destination in India and has grown to a well-liked and adventurous spot. For white water rafting enthusiasts, this place offers a impressive experience of medium to very tough and rough rapids in the regions of River Ganges. Many adventurous tourists both from India and overseas visit this place to experience the real challenges of this water sport activity. The cost of this sport depends on the rafting route you choose. The average cost starts from INR 750 per head and goes on to INR 1500 per head.

  • Q. Which are some famous camping sites in and around Haridwar?

    Camping in Haridwar gives you natural peace and a chance to relax from your daily routine. Camping trips in Haridwar and around has become vastly popular.


    • Camp Tusker
    • Camping at Rajaji National Park
    • Rajaji Jungle Camp
    • Shivpuri
    • Brahmpuri
    • Marine Drive
    • Byasi
    • Kaudiyala
    • Sinthali
    • Neelkanth Road

  • Q. When can I visit Neel Dhara PaKshi Vihar in Haridwar? What are the timings and charges?

    Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is blessed with abundance of flora and fauna and is a paradise for nature lovers. The bird sanctuary is located 3.5 kilometres from Haridwar and tourists can reach there by using shared cabs or buses. This park can be visited during any time of the year. In winters, the park is flooded with several migratory birds like Siberian crave. This place is known for its immense natural beauty and visitors can also see the Shivalik Hills from the bird watching point. Moreover, one can also enjoy the sight of the snow covered mountains from here. The park is functional for  7 am to 7 pm and the entry fee costs INR 350 per head

  • Q. Which are some of the best treks near Haridwar?

    Trekking in and around Haridwar can be done to explore and enjoy the scenery of the trails. Uttarakhand being the hilly area has a lot to explore through trekking. Apart from going to the temple people also prefer going to the trekking in Haridwar. The best time to trek in this area is during the month of July, august, September. Kunjapuri trek Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier Trek to Shivpuri Trek to Kaudiyala Auli Kuari pass Valley of flowers