The holy town of Haridwar is a hub of Hindu fairs and festivals. The term 'Gateway to God' (as the town is aptly called) itself makes it obvious how significant a tour to Haridwar can be. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, Haridwar is one of those places where Hindu temples and religious sites abound. Not only pilgrims and devotees, but travellers and backpackers from every corner of the world visit the town to enrich their travel experience.

Apart from visiting a wide range of tourist places, you can also have some quality time eating and shopping in Haridwar. Eating joints in the town offer an array of delicacies to tickle your taste buds. In addition, you can enjoy shopping or buying a wide range of items of art and craft.

Prime Attractions of Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
The words Haridwar and Har Ki Pauri are almost synonymous. It was king Vikramaditya who constructed the ghat in remembrance of his brother Bhartrihari. Also popular as Brahmakund, this bathing ghat is highly revered by the Hindu community. Do remember to visit the ghat at twilight; it is the time when the Ganga Aarti is performed here everyday. During the aarti ceremony, hundreds of diyas are flown along the divine waters of the Ganges as mantras are being chanted.


Mansa Devi
The temple stands in dedication to Goddess Mansa Devi. The much visited temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat. Apart from watching the two-mouth-and-eight-arm statue of Mansa Devi, travellers can also soak up wonderful panoramic views of the town from here. Use a trolley or a rope-way to get to the temple. Or you can also enjoy a trek to reach there.


Chandi Devi
A must-see place for tourists and pilgrims, the temple is built on top of the Neel Parvat. Constructed back in 1929 by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh, the temple is just at a distance of 3 km from Chandighat. Visitors can use the trolley or the rope-way to reach the temple of Chandi Devi. Trekking is also a good option to get to the temple.


Daksha Mahadev Temple
The place has an interesting legend associated with it. As per the mythology, king Daksha Prajapati performed a yagya at this place. As the king did not invite Lord Shiva, Sati (Lord Shiva's first wife) felt insulted and set herself on fire. In the wake of the incident, the disciples of Lord Mahadev killed king Daksha, who was later brought back to life by the lord.


A very scenic place in Haridwar, the ashram has the eminence of being the site where the Saptarishis (seven great sages) are believed to have meditated. The site also bears significance as it is here that River Ganges splits itself in seven currents.


Maya Devi
This is an important mythological place for the Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is also counted among the Siddhpeethas. As per Hindu traditions, it is the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen.


Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela is one of the holiest Hindu celebrations in India. The mass Hindu pilgrimage occurs every twelve years at Haridwar. As per records, around 60 million devotees and pilgrims come together to attend this highly revered religious mela (fair).


Parad Shivling
This is a much visited Hindu mythological site in Haridwar. The Shivling is located in the Harihar Ashram at Kankhal. Apart from this 150-kg Shivling, there is the Rudraksha Tree which is seen with keen interest at the ashram.


Bhimgoda Tank
Walking a distance of 1 km from Har Ki Pauri takes you to the Bhimgoda Tank. Hindus believe that the tank was created as Bhim, one of the five Pandavas, hit his knee against the ground. It happened while the Pandavas were going to the Himalayas and passed through Haridwar en route.


2014 Hotel City Heart, Haridwar