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Haridwar

, Uttaranchal

(Haridwar is also known as Hardwar)
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State: Uttaranchal
District: Haridwar
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 20 to 40°C, Winter 2 to 30°C
Altitude: 314 m
Pincode: 249403
STD code: 01334
Haridwar or Hari-dwar in Hindi literally means Gateway to God; Hari is synonymous to God and Dwar means gate! Situated in the state of Uttarakhand, this holy place is a famous religious destination that invites people of various faiths and background. Haridwar depicts Indian culture and civilization in its full effect. The ancient Indian mythology refers to Haridwar as Gangadwar, Kapilsthan and Mayapuri, as also known in olden times.

The descent of river Ganga from the mountains into the plains touches Haridwar before moving down other towns. Haridwar opens the doors to Char Dham or the four religious centers Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and promises a very pious experience for travelers. One of the oldest beliefs states that anyone taking a dip in the holy river of Ganga here can achieve salvation.

Placed at a height of 249.7 meters above sea level and spread across an area of 2360 sq km, this district witnesses hot summers and cold winters. Connectivity is not a problem with road and railway networks active.

Being of religious significance, it is needless to say that this city hosts religious festivals throughout the year. Some of the well known festivals (mela) are Kumbh mela, Kavad mela, Somvati Amavasya mela and Ganga Dussehra. Of utmost importance is the Kumbh mela, as it occurs once in 12 years when planet Jupiter (Brahaspati) gets closer to planet Aquarius (Kumbh).

Haridwar is a treasury of various temples and religious places of interest apart from shopping hubs and wildlife sanctuaries. Anyone visiting Haridwar must keep time aside to visit all the temples situated in the city and experience the pious and holy atmosphere. One can easily reach Haridwar by taking up Delhi tours.
To visit and experience Uttaranchal hassle-free, view Uttarakhand Tourism.

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Weekend Packages from Delhi

  by Afia Ahmad  on Mar 24, 2014
Find the best deals on weekend packages from Delhi at Mustseeindia.com which provides various holiday packages that can be customized as per the requirement of the tourists.

Kumbh Mela - Largest Religious Congregation

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 22, 2011
On the tours to Uttaranchal, be a part of the holy Kumbh Mela tours and experience the spiritual bliss that lie amidst the wondrous temples, tranquil Ganges and the mighty Himalayas.

Shopping in Uttaranchal - Reigning Delight

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 22, 2011
Shopping in Uttaranchal is a pleasurable experience. Read to know more about the famous articles to bought and various shopping destinations in Uttaranchal.

History


The history of Haridwar has been beautifully spun with the threads of mythological beliefs and historical data. While the holy city finds its reference in epic books like Mahabharata, various scriptures have also mentioned the city as Kapilsthan, Mayapuri and Gangadwar. The city has been linked to various mythological heroes like King Bhagirath, who is said to have brought river Ganga from heaven.

Documented history of Haridwar associated the city with the Mauryan Empire who ruled here from 322 to 185 B.C. Huan Tsang was perhaps the first person to have mentioned Haridwar during his visit in 629 A.D. The city was also raided by the Turkis invader Timur Lang in 1399.

The most revered Sikh guru, Guru Nanak is also said to have bathed at the popular Kushwan Ghat, which today is commemorated by a Gurudwara. Mughal kings too have ruled this holy land. According to the Ain-E-Akbari, a book written by Abul Fazal in the 16th century, Haridwar then was called as Maya (one among the seven most sacred places of Hindus). King Akbar is known to have drunk the water of Ganges in Haridwar.

During, the reign of King Jehangir, Haridwar was known as ‘Haridwara’ the capital of Shiva.

The East Indis Company used the ‘Upper Ganges Canal’ at Haridwar extensively, causing deterioration to the Ganges water flow. In the year 1901, Haridwar was declared as a part of the Roorkee Tehsil of United Province which came to be known as Uttar Pradesh after India’s independence in 1947.

Travel within city


Haridwar is pilgrimage city located in Uttarakhand and is one of the seven holiest places in the country. With its various religious sites and the developing industrial areas around the city the transport system around the city has improved. There are many options that a traveler can opt for in Haridwar. Some of them are government buses, auto rickshaws, cabs and taxis and also the inter city railways. The Haridwar airport is located around 30 km from the city.

Taxi


There are taxi services available from the airport to the city and they cost around Rs 500 for the trip. Haridwar railway station is connected to the rest of the city through auto rickshaws that can be found outside.

Local Train/ Bus


The best travel options inside the city are the local trains and buses. Both the options are frequently available and are inexpensive. Trains connect most of the city and cost around Rs 50 from one end of the city to the other. Buses are also available throughout the city.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws are an important mode of local transport as they are available from most of the train stations and also from the various bus stations. They can be hailed of the road and are also metered. There are no separate night fares.

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You can find 73 hotels in Haridwar under following categories:
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Posted by Dr Upamoy Nath 1 year, 19 days ago
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mai haridwar ghumane ke liya aana chahata hu. kya aap hame bata sakte hai ki waha par kaun kaun si jagah ghumane ke liya hai. THANKS
Posted by sachin singh 1 year, 10 months ago
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Posted by aa 1 year, 8 months ago
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Posted by Digvijay Singh 1 year, 9 months ago
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Posted by sunil chaurasia 2 year, 10 months ago
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