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Ganga Mata Temple at Harkipauri, Haridwar

Places to visit in Haridwar

Haridwar is a place of high devotional value. Every year millions of tourist visit here from all parts of India and across the world. Indians visit here for pilgrimage, Ganga Aarti darshan, and sightseeing while tourist from outside India come here to seek enlightenment and practice Yoga or enroll for certified courses on yoga. Haridwar, the name symbolizes (‘Hari‘ meaning God ‘dwar‘ meaning door) the door to reach abode of Gods. This place is the starting point in the long journey to the abode of Gods. Chardham Yatra (Kedarnath , Badrinath , Gangotri and Yamunotri) starts from here.

Haridwar city is a small town surrounded from one side by the holy river Ganga and other side by the lush mountainous Rajaji National park. There is a beautiful colony of power company BHEL located in the heart of city. Haridwar is also the center of almost all spirituals & religious trusts or organisations exists in India. May to July is the most crowded months in Haridwar, due to summer vacations and Kanwar mela in july. However tourists visit round the year to take holy bath in Harkipauri and local sightseeing of Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie. Rishikesh being the hub of  sports & activities e.g paragliding, buggy jumping, river rafting are most crowded in summer. The Ram jhula and Laksham jhula is the star attraction at Rishikesh.

Apart from tourist places Haridwar is a calm place away from the lust of modernization. The presence of maharatna company BHEL and Sidcul raises the standard of living at Haridwar. Ranipur and Jawalapur are two shopping hubs of Haridwar.  One can find Branded shop outlets and Mcdonald’s resataurant in the heart of city at Ranipur. Small Malls like Vishal’s are also people attraction for shopping. With the setting up of more than 250s industries in SIDCUL and opening of Pentagon Mall and many renowned restaurants like Radision Blue, the expansion and modernization of city is envisaged.

How to reach Haridwar

Main Railway station: Haridwar railway station (HW)

Other railway Stations: Jwalapur. You can also get down at this railway station, It is just 5 km before Haridwar Junction, auto rickshaw are easily available for Harkipauri.

Nearest Airport: Dehradun ( This airpost is situated in middle of Haridwar and Dehradun, distance from Harkipauri is just 35 km)

Road distance from Delhi: 207 km (6 hrs by Bus, fare Rs.147 govt bust Rs.300 to Rs.500 Volvo)

Distance from Roorkee: 30 km (40 minutes by bus)

Road distance from Dehradun: 65 km (2:30 hrs by bus)

Accurate details can be seen in google.

History

According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad 0s one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garud. This is manifested in the Kumbh mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har-ki-Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.( source wikipedia)

Kanwarias Assemble in harkipauri to take holi water of river ganga

Significance of Haridwar

a)    River Ganga ghats famous as Harkipauri.

b)    Pilgrims palce as it’s a place of worship of all Hindu deities

c)     Place for various Matts and spiritual centre

d)    Kumbh mela

e)    Ram Jhula & Laxshman Jhula at Rishikesh

f)     Tourist spot. Char Dham yatra starts from here

g)    River rafting in river ganga at Rishikesh

h)    Shravan Mela in the month of july

Must see at Haridwar

a)    Harkipauri

b)    Mansa Devi Mandir

c)     Chandi Devi Mandir

d)    Ram Jhula & Laxshman Jhula at Rishikesh

e)    Patanjali Yog ashram

f)     Dakshprajapati Mandir at Kankhal

Useful Tips for Haridwar

There are many pickpockets in Railway station, as this is religious place one can find crowd in railway station there are prevalent cases of crooking and pickpockets here therefore beware before you step out of train.

Food: There are various restaurants just outside the Railway station, but not very satisfactory. If you go toward Harkipauri you can find some good one. The best one or a very famous one is Hoshyarpuri dhaba

Harki Pauri: People take bath 24 hrs in Harkipauri. Every evening Arti is Performed at 7:00 Pm in the ganga ghat.

Authored by Ramesh

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