- Area: 12302 sq. Km
- Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
- Population: 1927029 (2011)
Considered to be the gateway to the abode of Lord Vishnu, also known as Hari, Haridwar is in Uttarakhand. The religious city is famous for the Kumbh mela and the visits of Kanwarias during the monsoon season. Among one of the most sacred areas in India, here one can see the crystal clear nectar like water of Ganga River which wards off the evils of men. You can find many devotees taking bath at the famous Har ki Pauri. The Brahma kund lies here and it is believed that nectar was carried by Garuda after Samudra manthan and a bit of it fell here. This is the reason why Hinduism considers a bath at Brahma Kund to be important.
Actually Haridwar city is taken to be the entrance point to many religious areas at this side. The city echoes with the aarti to Ganga ji at both the river front as well as the various music shops located near the Har ki Pauri. The aarti of Ganga ji in the morning and evening hours is the most important thing to see here. The silver statue of Goddess Ganga is brought out to the banks of the river at this time for performing the Puja. The idol is taken back once the Puja is completed. After that the aarti is given to every person present there by the Pundits. The shops located in the market near Har ki Pauri are filled with all things. These shops have everything you may need from music cd, decorative pieces, material for Puja, accessories, purse, bangles and clothes etc. Besides this the journey on the ropeway trolley to the temple of Mansa Devi can also be taken from this market. One more important attraction of this area is the temple of Chandi Devi besides numerous other temples situated in a line at Har ki Pauri. The autowallas take many people in a single auto to a tour of all these temples so that you can see them all.
Accommodation is not a problem in Chardham tours – Haridwar. That is so because visitors can easily get several hotels and guest houses which are luxurious, according to their budget in the area of Har ki Pauri. People who are travelling on a tight budget can find accommodation that is comfortable in the innumerable dharamshalas in this area.
How to Reach Haridwar
- By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun
- By Road: National Highway 58, between Delhi and Mana pass that connects Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, along with National Highway 74 that connects Haridwar with Kashipur, Kichha, Nagina, Pilibhit and Bareilly.
- By Rail: Haridwar junction railway station