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Introduction

To experience Haridwar is to know that beyond the superficial sophistry of politically correct contemporary Hinduism lies a faith as simple as the contours of a lily in full bloom, as old as the abode of the Gods amidst the northern snows. Not for nothing is Haridwar called the "Gateway to the Gods". Haridwar Situated at the base of the Shivalik hills of Uttar Pradesh, an aura of divinity surrounds this sacred town where the Ganga is believed to wash away the sins of millions who take a dip in its holy waters. Tradition traces the origins of the town to the great penance performed by King Shweta. Lord Shiva's father-in-law, Daksha Prajapati also performed a yagna here. Again, it is here that the Devas brought the pitcher of nectar to foil the designs of the Rakshasas. Besides being an important pilgrim center of the Hindus, Haridwar is a major adventure sports circuit offering possibilities for river rafting, tracking and mountaineering. Haridwar is also known world over for its herbal remedies and Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of medicine).

Area 12 sq km
Altitude 250 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-21.0 C-42.0 C Winter-4.2 C-24.0C
Language Hindi, English, and Garwali.
STD Code 0133
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year.

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How to get there

  1. Air :- The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala, Dehradun, 41 km. Deccan Airlines services from Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (220 km)
  2. Rail:-Connected with all important cities of India viz., Bombay, Delhi, Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritsar, Dehradun, Lucknow, etc.
  3. Road:-Haridwar is connected to major cities of Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh via roadways. Some of the major distances are Rishikesh- 24 Km, Delhi- 214 Km, Agra- 386 Km, Badrinath- 325 Km, Dehradun- 52 Km, Kedarnath- 250 Km and Nainital- 286 Km.

Places to Visit

Har ki Paudi Chandi Devi Mansa Devi Temple

Excursion

Chandi Devi Maya Devi Temple Haridwar Temples Kumbh Mela

Accommodation

Hotel Park View Ginger Hotel Sun Hotel Hotel Alpana
Haveli Hari Ganga Sagar Ganga Resort