Haridwar, The Holy City That Marks The Beginning of Religious Journey

Haridwar is located in Uttarakhand and is one of the popular pilgrimages in the country. Also known as the Gateway to Lord Shiva and Lord Rama, the city is a must visit in India tourism. Simply head to this pious-magical city and choose accommodations from best Haridwar hotels.

Haridwar needs no introduction, flourishing on the holy banks of river Ganges in the state of Uttarakhand Haridwar is among the most revered cities in India. It is an ancient city that has great historical and religious significance and is home to a number of immensely revered temple and religious sites. It is simply a magical city, where people start their morning with religious chants and prayers, and end their day with evening Ganga aarti. One among the Char Dham in India, the city is also one of the 7 most holiest cities in the country. It is epicentre of the whole Hindu universe and is a major pilgrimage site, attracting devotees and tourists from within the nation and from the other nations in the globe.

Other than the innumerable temples and religious places, the city is also popular as being the place to hold the Kumbh Mela, which is perhaps the world’s largest Hindu pilgrims gathering event that is held once in every twelve years. What’s more, the city is also the place to hold the annual Magh Mela and the Ardh Mela. However, Haridwar also finds fame for imparting quality education and also for its increasing commercial and administrative significance. Nonetheless, the religion is the dominant aspect of the city that still prevails all other parameters.

Being a religious place, it is obvious that there lingers several myths and legends in the streets, ghats, and temples of the city. Some, recognize the city as the “Gateway to Lord Shiva”, whereas according to some it is “Gateway to Lord Vishnu”. There are revered temples with the deity of both the Gods. Meanwhile, regardless of the ideas that pilgrims have about the city, the real essence of the city, that is a pious place to wash-off a lifetime of sins, still triumphs all. It is a typical place to start a pilgrim’s journey to reach Kailash Parvat and the journey of Char Dhams. It was once known as Gangadwára, on the account that river Ganges descends to the plains starting from this very city. Besides, it is also believed to be the home of Mata Sati and the palace of her father’s.

The calendar of the city ideally is filled across the year with religious events and festivals. The ghats, temples, and Haridwar hotels are stocked by tourists throughout the year. However, the best time for tour of the city is from September to June. The good thing is travelling to the city is quite affordable. Besides, the cheap hotels in the city let one to relish the best of his sojourn Haridwar tour without going overboard on the budget. Two to three days are enough for exploring and relishing all the attractions of the city. Besides, if one has some time then travelling to nearby Rishikesh city, is one good thing to do.

The prominent places that are must visit in the city include: Anandamayi Maa Ashram, Sureshvari Devi Temple, Pawan Dham, Maya Devi Temple, Har ki Pauri (Gangadwara), Ramanand Ashram, Kushwart Ghat, Parad Shivling, Piran Kaliyar, Bharat Mata Mandir, Neel Dhara Bird Sanctuary, Mansa Devi Temple (Bilwa Teerth), Doodhadhari Barfani Temple, Chandi Devi Temple (Neel Parvat), Bhimgoda Tank, Jairam Ashram, Shantikunj, and Sapt Rishi Ashram with Sapt Sarovar. Simply schedule your Haridwar journey accordingly, pick the suitable Haridwar tour packages, and head to the city for a religiously refreshing holiday.

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