Haridwar (also known as Hardwar) is a holy
city in the state of Uttaranchal in northern India. Known as the Gateway
to the Gods, Haridwar is considered one of the seven holiest places
according to Hindus, as the devas are said to have left their footprints
there. Here pilgrims float diyas on the Ganges, to commemorate their
deceased ancestors. The city also stands as a gateway to three other
important pilgrimage destinations: Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath.
In Haridwar you will see a great statue of Shiva at the fork of the
river. If you are there for a short visit, it is definitely worth to
visit the temple on top of the mountain, with a wonderful view.
Haridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. In the
ancient scriptures of India, this place is well known by the name of
Mayapur. This city is also well known for many other things apart from
the holy river Ganges. Haridwar has privilege of having IIT at Roorkee,
formerly known as University of Roorkee, founded in 1847 as a first
technical institute of India. The city has one of the "navratna PSUs of
India" i.e BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals India Ltd.). The tomb Piran
Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious
harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects
from all over the world. There is another University in the city called
Gurukul Kangri Vishva Vidyalaya apart from the head quarter of
Uttaranchal State Public Service Commission also being established at
Haridwar. Besides this, Kumbh fair is organized at the interval of every
12 years in this city in which about 1 crore pilgrims from all over the
WHAT TO SEE
Chandi Devi ( 6 km) - The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on
the other bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 A.D. by the king
of Kashmir- Suchat Singh . It is a 3 km trek from Chandighat . Legend
has it that the army chief Chanda-Munda of a local demon King Shumbh-
Nishumbha was killed by goddess Chandi here after which the place got
the name Chandi Devi . It is believed that the main statue was
established by the Adi Shankracharya in 8th century A.D. One can reach
here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot. Ph. no. of 'Udan Khatola'
(Ropeway) is 01334-220324, Time-8.30 AM to 6 PM.
Maya Devi Temple - This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the
Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhpeethas. Said to
be the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen.
Har ki Paori (1.5 km) - This sacred Ghat was constructed by King
Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that
Bhartrihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of holy
Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name which
later came to be known as Hari-Ki-Pari. This sacred bathing ghat is also
known as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral diyas in
the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the
Ganga Arti ceremony . Attending the Ganga Arti which is performed here
everyday after sunset is an unforgettable experience as most of the
Gurukul Kangri University ( 4 km) - It is situated on the
Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road . It is an old institution known for
following a unique system of education in India. The Ved Mandir Museum
with archaeological exhibits in display can also be seen.
Mansa Devi Temple (3.5 km) - The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is
situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat .Here one statue of the Goddess has
three mouths and five arms while the other statue has eight arms. The
beautiful view of the city can be seen from this place. The temple can
be reached by trolley through ropeway or on foot.
Daksha Mahadev Temple (4 km) - The ancient temple of Daksha
Mahadev is situated in the south Kankhal town .The mythological story
about this place is that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord
Shiva 's first wife ) performed yagya at this place. Daksha Prajapati
did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted . Therefore she burnt
herself in the yagya Kund . This incident provoked the disciples and
followers of Mahadev who killed King Daksha, but later on Lord Mahadev
brought him back to life. Daksha Mahadev temple is thus a tribute to
this legend .
Bhimgoda Tank - This tank is at a distance of about 1 km from Harki
Pairi. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through
Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee.
Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Srovar (7 km) - It is said that Ganga had
split herself in seven currents at this place so that the Sapt(seven)
Rishis worshipping there would not be disturbed.
Parad Shivling (2 km) - Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhasl.
Shivling weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are main attractions
Rishikesh - Rishikesh is one of the best located pilgrimage
centers along the right bank of the Ganga. The holy river emerging from
high mountains not far from here, runs deep and silent through the
thickly wooded hills of the Tehri that straddle this region. A
breathtaking experience of natural beauty and undiscovered wildlife
await here. Not to mention the peace and tranquility of a landscape
associated with 'munis' and meditation. Today Rishikesh has become a
center for learning and research in yoga and meditation- the renowned
Indian methods for mental and physical health. The week-long
International Yoga festival which attracts participation from all across
the world is held here annually in the month of February on the banks of