Places to See in Haridwar
gateway of Gods, Haridwar is undoubtedly a kaleidoscope of Indian
civilization and culture. Being blessed by the trinity of Brahma,
Vishnu and Mahesh Haridwar holds immense significance for a devout
Hindu. The numerous temples dedicated to a host of Hindu gods and
goddess is a major puller for the pilgrims. Haridwar also happens to
be an ancient shakteepeeth thus again attracting lot of ardent
devotees. As it is in Haridwar that the holy Ganges descends in the
planes, a large number of Hindus come here to take a holy dip. Read
on to know more about the places to visit when in Haridwar.
Hari Ki Pauri
Hari ki pauri ghat was built by King Vikramaditya to commemorate the
descending of Ganga after years of difficult prayers and fasting
done by his ancestor Bhagirathi. Lord Vishnu is believed to have
left his foot prints on a rock at this ghat. Everyday at twilight
the Har ki pauri ghat comes to life with singing prayers and lit up
lamps along the Ganges where people in hundreds and thousands view
this mesmerizing and cleansing ritual. It is believed that the one
who bathes at Har ki pauri gets rid of all sins and completely
cleanses their soul. Floral tributes and lit up diyas floating on
the Ganges is the most enchanting sight one gets at this ghat.
Standing atop the Neel Parvat, the Chandi Devi temple was built in
1929 AD by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh. It is believed that the
main statue of goddess Chandi devi, who killed the demon brothers
Shumbh-Nishumbh, was laid here in the 8th century AD by Adi
Shankracharya. The Chandi Devi temple can now be reached by a
ropeway as well.
Situated on the southernmost hill of the Shivalik ranges is the
Durga temple called Mansa Devi. One can reach this temple either on
foot or by a cable car. Perched on Bilwa Parvat, the temple provides
a panoramic view of the Haridwar city with the Ganges flowing in its
Sapt Rishi Ashram & Sapt Sarovar
It is at this place that Ganges is believed to have divided itself
into seven small streams to not to disturb the Sapt (seven) Rishis
meditating and worshipping here.
Bharat Mata Mandir
It is one of its kind temples in Haridwar and is dedicated to Mother
India, tracing its history from the times of Ramayana to present
day. This eight storied temple houses the pictures and idols of some
of the great Indian men from ancient to present times and pictures
of the cities of the country. A must visit to get a sneak preview in
to the history and culture of India.
This is the holy place where the wife of Lord Shiva, Mata Sati is
believed to have done the ritual of self-immolation. The ghat here
is thus famous today as Sati Kund.
Rajaji National Park / Chila Wildlife
The Rajaji National Park, spread over an area of 240 sq km, houses
the Chila wildlife Sanctuary and is situated at a distance of 10 km
from Haridwar. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, the sanctuary
is a haven for a large number of animals. This biodiversity park
boasts of nearly 23 mammals and about 315 fauna species. The river
in the park houses large number of fishes and fauna in the water. At
Chila you can have the pleasure of spotting leopard, tigers, jungle
cat, herd of elephants, wild boar, stags, spotted deer, sloth bear,
langur, monkeys, woodpecker, king cobra etc. During the monsoons the
park remains closed and otherwise it is open after sunrise and
closed after dusk.
Approximately 95 km from Haridwar, Deoprayag is the confluence point
of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, through the vast network of
tributaries, to form Ganges. It is only from Deoprayag that the
sacred river starts being called Ganga. At a height of 2700 feet
above sea level, it is a sacred pilgrimage centre and is considered
the second most divine confluence centre in India, next only to
Prayag. One of the famous temples here is the Raghunath Temple,
which is considered as one of the 108 most important temples in
Approximately 10 km from Haridwar, Chila is known for housing the
famous Rajaji National Park. This is a popular destination for all
the nature and adventure lovers. The immaculate scenic beauty and
varied biodiversity of this park has been a major attraction for
wildlife lovers from all over the world, since its inception.
Canal Centenary Bridge:
It affords a panoramic view of the ghats and Ganga canal.
Maya Devi Temple:
The ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi, the
Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is regarded as one of the
Siddhapeethas and according to mythology the heart and navel of
Goddess Sati had fallen over here.
Daksha Mahadev Temple:
This ancient Shiva (Mahadev) temple is located in the south Kankhal
town. The mythological legends state that King Daksha Prajapati, the
father of Sati (Lord Shiva's consort) performed a yagya here, but
didn't invite Lord Shiva. Sati was offended by her father's
behaviour and sacrificed her life by jumping into the fire of yagya.
Infuriated Lord Shiva killed King Daksha, but later brought him back
Gurukul Kangri University:
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was
founded on March 4, 1902 by Swami Shraddhanandaji with the sole aim
to revive the ancient Indian Gurukula System of education, on the
bank of Ganges at a distance of about 6 km. from Hardwar and about
200 km. from Delhi. This institution was established with the
objective of providing an indigenous alternative to Lord Macaulay's
education policy by imparting education in the areas of vedic
literature, Indian philosophy, Indian culture, modern sciences and
research. ishwavidyalaya celebrated year 2002 as its centenary year.
The Vishwavidyalaya has had phenomenal growth over the past 100
years and now offers 20 UG courses and 17 PG courses in different
disciplines. Research facility leading to degree of Ph.D. is
available in areas like Vedic literature, Sanskrit literature,
Philosophy, Hindi, English, Psychology, Ancient Indian History
Culture & Archaeology, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry,
Mathematics, Microbiology, Computer Sciences and Management Studies.
Other places of interest -
Kanva Rishi Ashram; Bilkeshwar Mahadev; Pawan Oham; Bhooma Niketan;
Vaishnav Oevi Temple; Doodhadhari Temple; Shahi Gurudwara; Jairam
The Gateway to Himalayas, is on of the holy cities in India. The
majestic Himalayas, the holy river Ganges, myths and legends,
ancient temples, yoga, mediation centers, rishi and monks make
Rishikesh a peaceful destination where the believer finds peace of
mind and soul. The splendid nature is a major draw for the
non-believer. This place holds a lot of meaning for the Hindu
pilgrims as it is the point from where the journey to the Char Dhams
(four holy spots) begins.
Rishikesh is a perfect spot for the pilgrimage, Yoga, Meditation and
adventure tourism in the state of Uttarakhand .
River Rafting In-Shivpuri
Situated near Rishikesh is another ideal river rafting site of
Shivpuri, where there camping facilities are present along the
Ganges River. The camps are well equipped with two single beds with
mattresses, complete bedding, towels, etc. From the camp base one
can opt for half-day rafting trip, for which no previous rafting
experience is necessary. Best time to enjoy from September to
mid-December, and from mid-February until late April.