As one of the seven holiest places for Hindus, Haridwar is an incredibly important city and is steeped with culture, religion and history. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the country flock to this sacred land in order to bathe in the powerful water of the River Ganges. Because of the variety of processes and traditions that take place throughout the streets of Haridwar, the city has become a favourite with travellers who are looking to become more familiar with the rites and rituals of the Hindu religion.Read More
Naturally, given the influences that have shaped the city, Haridwar is rich with temples that can be explored easily by visitors. The Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi are both situated on top of hills and are both popular among guests to the region. For even more spiritual enlightenment, a trip to one of the many ashrams that pepper the cityscape is highly recommended. Practice yoga or meditate with fellow spiritualists in a beautiful setting that is guaranteed to instil the ultimate feeling of peace and serenity.
The main road that runs through Haridwar is called Railway Road and along this street is the Bara Bazaar, a bustling market filled with wonders. With innumerable stalls hawking a vast selection of items, shoppers could leave with some authentic handicrafts, milk based sweets or even some Ayurvedic medicines. Alternatively, take in the sights and sounds of some of the local flora and fauna in the Chilla Wildlife Reserve (also know as the Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary). This park is located just 18km from Haridwar and harbours all kinds of animals including elephants and tigers.
If you are planning a Haridwar holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Haveli Hari Ganga Haridwar
Haveli Hari Ganga was the personal residence of Maharaja of Pilibhit. Most of the rooms are decorated with antique arabesque, regal beds made of stone with matching upholstery, providing guests with a night's sleep that is as stylish as it comfortable. The rooms of Haveli Hari Ganga have been painstakingly renovated and refurbished. There is also a restaurant onsite, which serves a range of sumptuous dishes. The Haveli is conveniently located in the centre of Haridwar and is close to all the main temples and attractions, making it a great base for exploration.
Haridwar Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Haridwar.