Haridwar is the seventh holiest place in India according to the Hindus and is located in Uttaranchal in North India tours
. Haridwar is one of the first towns to which the holy river Ganga touches down from the mountains to the planes. According to myth, the Devas once lived in Mayapur which is now known as Haridwar. In Sanskrit, ‘Hari’ means Lord Shiva and ‘Dwar’ means gateway thus Haridwar means gateway to the gods. Archeological findings say that the culture in Haridwar dates back to 1700 B.C to 1200 B.C. The kaleidoscope of Indian civilization and culture, Haridwar not only has religious importance but is also a temple of the modern civilization and the temple is none other than BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd).
Places to visit
Haridwar’s rich culture and tradition will tell you why India is called incredible. The best part is you can finish your Haridwar trip in just three days The Chandi Devi Temple is a must see in Haridwar. This temple atop Nell parvat was constructed in 1929 A.D by the king of Kashmir. According to Legend, Chanda-Munda the army chief of demon King Shumbh- Nishumbha was killed by goddess Chandi and the temple was built to honor the Goddess. Maya Devi Temple is an ancient temple of Maya Devi which is not to be missed. Maya Devi was the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhpeethas, this is the place where heart and navel of the goddess Sati had fallen.
Other temples you can visit on your Haridwar holidays in Uttaranchal
are Mansa Devi Temple of Goddess Mansa Devi, the Daksha Mahadeva Temple and Rishikesh located near the banks of Ganga. Running around all the temples will take you one whole day. Spend your next day with animal friends in the Rajaji National Park which is the sanctum for more than hundreds of species of animals, birds and avifauna. Tigers, jungle cat, leopard, samber, Himalayan yellow throated marten, cheetah, wild boar, barking deer, ghural, langoor, sloth beer, woodpecker and king cobra are the favorite inhabitants of Rajaji National Park!
Haridwar is a very unique place where the tourist influx is high throughout the year. Most of the festivals are celebrated in very grand style with great zeal and fervor. Moreover, the climate in Haridwar is pleasant throughout the year. Traveling to Haridwar isn’t difficult. The Jolly grant airport at Dehradun is the closest domestic airport. This is about 35 kilometers from Haridwar and a trip to Dehradun
too can be enjoyed. It is also well connected to major cities with regular and express trains. Haridwar lies on national highway number 45 and is well connected to major cities on road. Plenty of local busses, rickshaws and cabs are available in Haridwar and this makes commutation within the city very easy.
Food and Accomodation
All this roaming around will unquestionably get you tired and hungry. So, head straight to The Vegetarian hotel, this will definitely fill your appetite! There are numerous good ashrams and dharamshalas within the city. Tourist Bungalow and Rahi Motel are economical hotels in Haridwar. Haridwar hosts number of Fairs or Melas throught the year, these are the best souvenir shopping centers offering great price and great buy! Make sure you do the souvenir on the last day. All in all the budget estimate of the trip for a couple would cost about Rs 6000.