Haridwar

Travel Guide
Triveni Ghat featuring religious aspects and a sunset as well as a small group of people

The “Gateway to God” is an energetic city and pilgrim center blessed with magnificent temples, colorful festivals and striking Himalayan scenery.

Awash with striking temples and mystical bathing ghats, Haridwar draws religious pilgrims and curious travelers. Participate in extravagant festivals, walk through serpentine bazaars and discover breathtaking natural landscapes. Haridwar is one of India’s seven holiest cities. Its name means Gateway to God. The city straddles the sacred Ganges River in the Himalayan foothills.

Haridwar’s heart is Har Ki Pauri, a hectic yet humble bathing ghat where the Ganges Canal and Ganges River meet. Watch pandits (Hindu priests), pilgrims and sadhus (holy men) bathe in the river’s spiritually cleansing water. Arrive at dusk for the entrancing Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony), when the sounds of mantra fill the air and candlelit lamps illuminate the river. Find similar activities at Birla Ghat, Gau Ghat and Vishnu Ghat.

Witness more spiritual devotion at Haridwar’s resplendent temples. Stroll along the canal banks to the 11th-century Maya Devi Temple. Hike with pilgrims to hilltop Mansa Devi Temple and ride a scenic cable car to Chandi Devi Temple. Take an auto-rickshaw to Bharat Mandir, a multilevel temple full of statues of revered deities. Visit the Daksh Prajapati Temple Complex in nearby Kankhal district.

Throughout the year, festivals light up the river and temples. These include March’s flamboyant Holi (Festival of Colors), June’s Ganga Dussehra and November’s Kartik Poornima. The most famous of all is Kumbh Mela, which takes place once every 12 years and welcomes thousands of colorfully dressed sadhus.

Browse the stalls of Bara Bazar and Moti Bazar to purchase religious paraphernalia, handicrafts and ayurveda medicines. Alternatively, enjoy family-friendly fun at Crystal World, an amusement park with roller coasters, swimming pools and waterslides.

Located in Uttarakhand state, Haridwar is easily reachable via trains from major Indian destinations such as Amritsar, Chennai, New Delhi and Varanasi. Get around central Haridwar on foot to truly experience the city’s lively atmosphere. Otherwise, use affordable auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws. Many people visit Haridwar before traveling to Rishikesh. Take the opportunity to join a wildlife safari in Rajaji National Park.

One Earth Hardwar
One Earth Hardwar
3.5 out of 5
near dudhadhari chowk, Haridwar, UT
The price is £20 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Situated in Haridwar, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Bharat Mata Mandir and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Har Ki Pauri. Shantikunj and Birla Ghat are also within 3 miles ...
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Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar
Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar
4.5 out of 5
Plot C1, Sector 12, SIDCUL, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
The price is £56 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rajaji National Park, Crystal World and Daksh Prajapati Temple. Birla ...
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Pilibhit House, Haridwar - IHCL SeleQtions
Pilibhit House, Haridwar - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
38/1, Sharvan Nath Nagar,, Niranjani Akhara Road, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £209 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in the heart of Haridwar, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rajaji National Park, Birla Ghat and Har Ki Pauri. Mansa Devi Temple and Chandi ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Location and hospitality is awesome"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2021

Pilibhit House, Haridwar - IHCL SeleQtions
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Soothing Place to stay in a peaceful town
Soothing Place to stay in a peaceful town
Vikas Colony Opp. Jamna Palace Ranipur, more near kanhaiya hotel 469, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
The price is £31 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Situated in Haridwar, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rajaji National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Daksh Prajapati Temple and Birla Ghat. Har ...
Soothing Place to stay in a peaceful town
Rosewood Apartment Hotel
Rosewood Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
GH-1 & 2 Haridwar Greens, Haridwar, BHEL Township, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
The price is £33 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the heart of Haridwar, this aparthotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Daksh Prajapati Temple, Birla Ghat and Mansa Devi Temple. Piran Kaliyar Sharif ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"It was an amazing & comfortable stay. Staff was helpful from checkin to checkout. Amazing food at hotel restaurant."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2018

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Vedalife Rejuvenation
Vedalife Rejuvenation
3 out of 5
Pokhri, Yamkeshwar Block, Dist Pauri Garhwal, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
Situated in Lansdowne, this aparthotel is within 25 miles (40 km) of Patna Waterfall, Neelkanth Mahadev and Laxman Jhula. Parmarth Niketan and Ram Jhula are ...
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