Haridwar is situated among the hills of Uttarakhand state and it is a major pilgrimage site. Haridwar literally means ‘way to reach God’. Haridwar is known for its world famous religious centers and tourist attractions. Haridwar is also famous because the road to Rishikesh, Kedarnath and Badrinath goes through this place. The city of Haridwar is also known as Gangadwar, Mokshdwar and Mayapuri, Kapila. The city is mentioned in many ancient Hindu epics. Most of the religious places located here are situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River. Places around Haridwar The most important and sacred place here is Har-ki-Pauri. This is the place where the river Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains.
‘Kumbh Mela’ is held here after every 12 years. Devotees from all over the world come here to participate in this grand religious festival. Many other famous religious places here include temples of Maya Devi, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. These three temples are counted among the Shaktipeeths present in India. Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Piran Kaliyar are some other religious places. Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and is a main tourist attraction in Haridwar. Apart from these temples, Sapta Rishi Ashram, Shravannathji’s temple Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, Daksha Mahadev Temple, and Gau Ghat etc. also attract a large number of tourists.
Apart from the famous religious sites, this site is also developed from an industrial point of view. Bharat Heavy Electricals India is present here. It is also the place where the first technical institute of India, Roorkee University or IIT Roorkee was established.
How to reach Haridwar
Travelers can reach Haridwar by air, rail or road. The nearest domestic airport to this place is Jolly Grant Airport, Haridwar which is located about 20 km away. It is also connected to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi by regular flights. The nearest railway station is Haridwar railway station, which is connected to all the major cities of India. It can also be reached by buses from different parts of the country. Apart from this, deluxe buses are available from New Delhi to Haridwar at regular intervals.
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