Haridwar is considered to be the gateway to the holiest Char Dhams located in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. It will also take you to the Dev Bhumi. Haridwar is a pristine place located in the foothills of Himalayas offering a beautiful conglomeration of holiness, religion, culture, and architecture amidst nature.
How to reach Haridwar
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (239 km). It is ideal to travel from Delhi Airport as flights from all over the world are frequent. Haridwar has its own railway station connecting Delhi, Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand, and Punjab. Trains from the major cities connect Haridwar with the rest of the country. You can also take a bus to this place from any major city in the abovementioned states.
Best places to cover
- Mansa Devi Temple - One of the five tirthas, Mansa Devi Temple is a great place to watch havans and pujas.
- Har Ki Pauri - It means the footsteps of Lord Shiva. It is considered to be the first place where Ganga touches the plain after meandering through the valleys of the Himalayas.
- Chandi Devi Temple - This temple is located on a hilltop. It is one of the Shaktipeeths situated at the top of Neel Parbat.
Do’s and Don’ts of traveling to Haridwar
If you have chosen to trek on the hills and valleys, beware of the monkeys. Start early and complete your trekking before sunset. Do not get into River Ganga during the rainy and winter season. Make sure your belongings are with a trusted person when you take a dip in the river. Eat vegetarian food. Refrain from drinking alcohol during this visit. Bargain with the cabs and auto-rickshaw drivers.
Major activities to do in Haridwar
You can do temple-hopping as there are numerous to visit. Adventure tours like bird-watching, river rafting, and trekking are ideal to do. You can also go for a food venture in the local markets.
Best time to visit Haridwar
The right time to visit is between the months of February-March and August-October. Avoid the chilly winter days. Enjoy the best time here in the summer days and monsoon season.