Hardwar/Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India (with photos)

Hardwar / Haridwar (Hindi: हरद्वार / हरिद्वार) is an important Hindu pilgrimage place & also a district head quarter in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Hardwar literally means "Gateway to God or Lord Shiva". Its located on the bank of River Ganges (Ganga), where the river descends from the hills to the Indo-Gangetic plains. Hardwar attracts a lot of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.


Getting there:
By Road:

From Delhi its around 200 km
Route: New Delhi --NH58--> Meerut --NH58--> Muzaffarnagar --NH58--> Roorkee --NH58--> Hardwar
Even though its just 200 km from New Delhi, coz of the traffic & huge crowd, its takes around 5-6 hrs.

From Chandigarh also its around 200 km
Route: Chandigarh -> Yamunanagar -> Roorkee -> Hardwar

By Train:
Hardwar is a junction & its well connected to other major cities like New Delhi, Howrah, Mumbai, Chennai.

By Air:
Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport, which is around 20 km.

View of Lord Shiva's statue from Har-Ki-Pauri

Another view in Har-Ki-Pauri

Places of Interest:

* Har-Ki-Pauri : This is the place where all the devotees take a holy dip in the River Ganges. In the evening around 7 pm & in the early morning around 5 am, there will be an Aarathi to the Godess Ganga, thousands of devotees gather to worship Godess Ganga.

* Chandi Devi Temple: This temple is on top of one of the mountains, only way to reach here is thru cable car. Beware of monkeys on top of the mountain.

* Manasa Devi Temple : Even this temple is on top of one of the mountains & u need to take cable car to reach here. You can get a combi package to visit both Chandi Devi & Manasa Devi Temples, which includes the cable car fare & the bus fare for transportation between the temples & drop to Har-Ki-Pauri.

Evening Aarathi time in Har-Ki-Pauri


There are a lot of hotels in Hardwar from low cost, budget to five star hotels.

* Ginger Haridwar, maintained by Ginger chain is a good option. Its around 4 km from Har-ki-Pauri towards Rishikesh. The hotel is clean, AC rooms & has Cafe Coffee Day. Also just opposite to the hotel is Dosa Plaza which offers 104 variety of Dosas. 2 Bed AC room cost around 2000/- Rs.

View from Manasa Devi Temple

Another view from Manasa Devi Temple

Manasa Devi Temple

River Ganges as seen from Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple

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