Haridwar is a place of high devotional value. People come here not only from all parts of India but also from rest of world to seek enlightenment or simply visit. As a city it is a small town surrounded from one side by the Holy river Ganga and other side by the lush mountainous Rajaji National park. From religious point of view the city sometimes comes to center stage in nation and international media otherwise its a calm place away from the lust of modernization, Nevertheless one can find Branded shop outlets and Mcdonald’s resataurant at 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
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
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)
Distance from Dehradun: 65 km (2:30 hrs by bus)
Detail can be seen in google..
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)
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:
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.