Haridwar is a city and an important Hindu pilgrimage sites located in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand . It lies near a point where the River Ganges exits the foothills of the Himalayan ranges.
Haridwar, being a pilgrimage site, obviously has more religious places like temples and ashrams than any other. Besides these, there are quite a few interesting places to see in Haridwar. Here are some of the top attractions
of Haridwar city:
HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES:
- Patanjali Yogpeeth – A medical research institute and Ayurvedic centre.
- Maa Anandmayi Ashram
- Saptrishi Ashram
- Bilkeshwar Mahadve Temple
- Jai Ram Ashram
- Sri Santosh Puri Ashram
- Prem Nagar Ashram
- Bholagiri Ashram
- Chilla Range and Wildlife Sanctuary – A national park and sanctuary surrounded by mountain ranges.
- Har Ki Pauri – The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps) in Haridwar and near the Ganges; this place hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which little lamps are floated off the steps into the river.
- Gau Ghat – (Gau translates to “Cow”) this is also a river step where people often come to wash off sins of cow killing.
- Kanwar Mela – A popular annual fair that happens in Haridwar, during which devotees fill the city to take part in it.
- Holi – Festival of colours; celebrated in March
- Dussehra – A 10-day festival, worshipping goddess Durga.
- Diwali – Festival of lights; celebrated in October-November.
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs or do some shopping (street or window), these are some good shopping spots to check out in Haridwar:
- Bara Bazaar
- Moti Bazaar
- Jwalapur Market
- The Pentagon Mall
- Raghunath City Mall
Haridwar’s food scene is filled with various north Indian dishes. Some of the popular delicacies to try here include:
- Kachori and Samosa – Potato and Peas stuffed fried snacks – go well with a cup of evening tea/Chai or coffee.
- Chole Bhature – Chole/Channa means cooked chickpeas curry and Puri/Bhature mean deep fried flatbread made from unleavened whole-wheat dough.
- Paratha – Stuffed flatbreads.
…and many more!
Here are some of the best restaurants and eateries in Haridwar, where local delicacies and other delicious dishes can be tried and meals can be had:
- Pandit Ji Poori Wale
- Chotiwala Restaurant
- Mohan Ji Poori Wale
- Ganga Lahari Restaurant
- Next 2
- Ksheer Sagar
- Hotel Raghuwanshi Gujarati Bhojanalay
- Big Ben Restaurant
- Invitation Restaurant
Most hotels in Haridwar are either near Ganges River or offer a beautiful view of it, which is something most tourists here (should) look for. Some of the best hotels in Haridwar for a comfortable stay include the following:
- Godwin Hotel Haridwar
- Radisson Blu Haridwar
- Haveli Hari Ganga
- Amrit Bhawan
- Hotel Ganga Basin
- Devnadi – The Heritage Hotel
- Golden Tulip Haridwar
- Amatra By the Ganges
Haridwar city STD Code – 01334 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police – 100
- Fire – 101
- Ambulance – 102
- Women Helpline – 1090
- AIDS Helpline – 1097
- Child Helpline – 1098
Hindi is the official language of Haridwar.
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad