Haridwar literally known as Gateway to God is regarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is 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 Garuda. The term Haridwar Derived from two words Hari means God and Dwar means gate.
Haridwar is located on the banks of River Ganges, at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. There are many Festival celebrated in Hardiwar namely Baisakhi fall in the month of April , Kanwar Mela fall in the month of July , Kartik Purnima fall in November and Somwati Amavasya. Among them Kumbh Mela is the one of the most Prominent Festival celebrated in Haridwar every after 12 year in four Different Places in India. 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 Salvation.
Char Dham Yatra and Haridwar
Haridwar is starting as weel as ending point for Chardham Yatra which comprises of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Haridwar is about 200 km from Delhi, and well connected by road and rail network from all parts of India.
Place to See in Haridwar :
Mansa Devi Temple : The Mata Mansa Devi temple is dedicated to Lord ” Mansa Devi ” in the Form of Power . The temple is located at Top of Bilwa Parvat on Shivalik Hills near Ganga River.It is said that If Pilgrims pray the Goddess of Mansa Devi in the bottom of Pure Heart can get their Hoppies or desires fulfilled by the blessings of goddess Mansa Devi. According to History , The Mansa Devi Temple was Constructed by the Maharaja Gopal Singh of Mani Majri .
Chandi Devi Temple : The temple is Dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi Perched at atop of the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir.
Hari-ki-Pairi : Har Ki Pauri is the famous auspicious Ghat located on the seashore of Ganga River in Haridwar also known as Brahm Kund. It is said that this Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari who often meditated on the banks of Ganga River. Every day, Har Ki Pauri ghat witnesses hundreds of devotees taking a dip bath in water of the Ganges to remove all sins from body and get salvation.
How to Reach :
By Air : Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest Airport located 20 km away from Haridwar.
By Train : Haridwar Junction Railway Station is well-connected by train, with frequent trains to Delhi and Dehradun. Railway station is located on the south side of town, within walking distance to most hotels but a 2-km hike to Hari-ki-Pairi.
By Bus : Haridwar’s bus station is the nearest that is well connected by road and rail network from all parts of India.