Haridwar in Uttarakhand is among the seven holy destinations for Hindus and is also one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. Located at the foothills of Shivalik range and on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar (literally translated as Gateway of the Gods) serves as the entry point for several pilgrimage centers located in the Himalayas including Chota Char Dham – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – pilgrimage.
River Ganga begins its journey through the plains at Haridwar. The pilgrim town’s most famous sight is the Ganga itself with its ghats and temples. Haridwar is sacred because it is believed to be blessed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Millions of pilgrims and tourists congregate in Haridwar for the ritualistic bathing in river Ganga during Kumbh Mela.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN HARIDWAR
Haridwar offers accommodations for all budgets. Hotels like Haveli Hari Ganga, Ganga Lahiri and La Casa offer good views of Haridwar and overlook the Ganga. Several hotels are conveniently accessible from the Haridwar junction rail head, and several bus stops around the city.
Homestays, hostels and dormitories are options you can avail.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HARIDWAR
Haridwar offers delightful varieties of food in the restaurants and street-side stalls. Alcohol and non-vegetarian food are strictly forbidden in Haridwar. Street food is big in the town, food almost anywhere and everywhere is mouth watering.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Haridwar is as given below. The best time to visit Haridwar is also specified.