Uttarakhand is the center of hill stations and pilgrimage places. Haridwar is the most popular and frequently visited pious region in the state. Visitors from all over the world come here to see the Haridwar mandir and Ganga Aarti at Har ki paudi.
Haridwar is primarily a pilgrimage famous for shrines and sight of holy river Ganga. We lived in Uttar Pradesh just a two hours distance from the city for more than 20 years, so I had a visit to Haridwar off and on. The atmosphere is soothing full of devotion with bells ringing at dawn. People at Ganga ghat reach early morning to participate in the worship of the holy river.
Places to visit near Haridwar Uttarakhand
Haridwar tour not only includes areas inside the city but various spots are located at a few kilometers distance from the city that is worth visiting. The most popular among them is Rishikesh situated at a distance of 20 km from Haridwar.
The place is famous for the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati where people take a holy dip to wash off their sins. Besides, Rishikesh is known for Yoga sessions, and an annual international festival is celebrated in the city. Meditation in the Yoga capital and a holy dip take the person close to the attainment of Moksha.
Together Haridwar and Rishikesh are declared as ‘Twin national heritage sites.’ Lakshman Jhula connecting the two villages in Garhwal district is famous as it is used to visit Geeta Bhavan and Swarg Ashram. Also, a temple named as ‘Terah Manzil’ is located in proximity to the spot. This hanging bridge is built across the holy river Ganga so provides a beautiful view of the place.
• Chandi Devi temple
It is the most famous shrine situated only 3 km distance from Har ki Paudi, Haridwar. You can either trek or take a trolley as the temple is located at the hilltop. Millions of devotees come from different parts of the world to see the deity Chandi Devi as it is believed that desires are fulfilled in the shrine.
Maya Devi, Mansa Devi, and Chandi Devi are the trio of the Siddhpeeth. A popular myth says that Goddess Parvati created Chandi Devi to fight Shumbh-Nishumbh. The combat took place at Neel Parvat, and after that, the temple was established at the height of 2900 meters.
• Pawan Dham
One of the most famous tourist spots near Haridwar is Pawan Dham located only 2 km away from the central city. The artwork in the form of mirrors on the walls of the temple allures tourists to visit the shrine. The entry is free, and the temple remains open from 6: 00 am in the morning to 8:00 pm. It is located at Rishikesh road, Bhagirathi Nagar, Bhupatwaala.
The holy place is being taken care of by a branch of Geeta Bhawan trust society. The idols are beautifully decorated making the shrine a favorite tourist spot. Besides spiritual significance, the temple attracts art lovers.
• Dhoodhadhari Barfani Temple
An elegant temple is situated in Dhoodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram. The shrine is famous for architecture and spirituality. It is an abode of peace and serenity with beautifully carved exteriors and elegant interiors. You can travel by road to reach the temple.
The shrine is located on the NH 58 highway road connecting Haridwar and Rishikesh. The holy monument is made in white marble with magnificent idols of Lord Rama, Sita, and Hanuman.
• Mansa Devi Temple
The holy city of Haridwar hosts many temples, and the neighboring areas also reflect the same pious atmosphere. Mansa Devi temple is located at the top of Bilwa Mountain on the Shivalik hills.
Travelers can reach the temple through the ropeway. It is believed that the Devi Manasa has emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. ‘Mansa’ means wish-the devotees will get their desires fulfilled whenever they visit the temple. The whole city of Haridwar and river Ganga is visible from the trolley.
The beauty of Haridwar is reflected on Ganga ghat where millions of lamps illuminate the water of the holy river, and the devotees take a holy dip to get rid of their sins. The water of the river remains clean and calm as ever. The city is famous as the gateway to God as the familiar holy places Kedarnath and Badrinath temples find their entry through the city.
The chants of Vedic hymns echoes the place making it an attraction for the devotees. Gangotri and Yamunotri find their way from Haridwar. It is a center of art, culture, and Ayurveda as different philosophical blends and architectural excellence are exhibited in the city.
Haridwar means a ‘gateway to God’ and people from all over the world visit the city for its spiritual significance. It is said that people can attain ‘moksha’ by taking a holy dip in the divine waters of the river Ganges. Apart from the heavenly atmosphere, Haridwar is also a favorite site for art lovers as the temples are constructed by great architects satisfying the aesthetic senses.
Haridwar is also famous for ‘Kumbh Mela’ that is organized every 12th year. The culture of India is best reflected in the city. The delicious cuisines in the sacred town provided one more reason to travel the holy place time and again.
Plan a Haridwar trip at any time of the year and include all the above five places in your package!