The gorgeous city of Uttarakhand Haridwar is one of the pious towns of India.Also popular as Hardwar, the town is believed to be the ultimate gateway to Gods.It is very famous among those tourists who are in search of salvation.The captivating sights of Himalayas and flowing white crystal clear water of Ganges will definitely leave you fascinating. The city is adorn charmingly with extravagant greenery and is consider being one of the four places where nectar of eternal life was accidentally slipped by god. Haridwar is also the place hosting revered Maha Kumbha Mela (Fair) once every 12 years.
It is the place where Ganges emerges from mighty Himalayas. A holy dip in the Ganga at Haridwar is regarded very auspicious and cleanses one of all sins and impurities. For centuries the town has been a popular pilgrimage site as well visited by hundreds of devotees, culture-lovers and holiday-makers. Haridwar evoke a feeling of separation from worldly affairs and closeness to the divine God.
Trip to Haridwar offers amazing picturesque spots, which are actually dotted with age-old temples and shrines, some of which are more than 6000 years old. Haridwar tours are undoubtedly the preferred choice for many travelers.
Top attractions of the city includes
Attend Ganga Arti at Har ki Pauri
With the onset of evening, the Ghats receives countless pilgrims, singing devotional songs, offering oil-lamps and flowers to Goddess Ganga. The Ganga Aarti performed by the temple priest is simply remarkable.The evening Aarti offers an enchanting view with the reflection of the diyas that keep floating on the river and the whole river lights up with an eerie divine power that is sure to make you bow your head in devotion.
Take a Holy dip in the Ganga River
HarkiPauri is main holy bathing palace in Hardwar.The setting of HarkiPauri is very beautiful as it is surrounded by splendid sceneries and majestic mountains. Hindu believes that a holy dip in the river Ganges will definitely wash off their sins, and provide them salvation.There are a number of otherGhats at Haridwar visited by the pilgrims in good numbers to bathe and offer their offerings to the god.
Enjoy Udankhatola or ropeway of Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi Temples
It is a ropeway which is used as the mode of transport to reach the hilltop temples of Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi. It offers a faster and easier way to visit the temples. During this ride tourists get an opportunity to see the Bird’s eye view of the entire surroundings including River Ganges and Haridwar.
Enjoy wildlife at Rajaji National Park
It is a place especially for all natural lovers. Home too many varieties of flora and fauna. Spread over an area of 820 sq km, the Rajaji National Park is home to 23 species of mammals and 315 species of birds.The river Ganges flows through the National park with other innumerable steams. It is truly a breathtaking view. This park is as famous for its forest as it is for the hundreds of Asian elephants that roam freely through the park. There are also Himalayan bears, leopards, tigers, sloth bears, as well as exotic birds that can be seen.
Enjoy Ayurveda therapies
Haridwar has a number of Ayurvedic ashrams and treatment centers. Some of the ashrams in Haridwar which provide the oil massage and healing therapy are renowned all over the world.By availing the Ayurveda and Meditation tour, the tourists can refresh their health.
Meditate in the peaceful atmosphere of Ashrams
Haridwar Ashrams will take you in the amazing world of vigor, calmness and spiritualism. These Ashrams are the best place to introduceby the spiritual journey of life under the guidance of Gurus.Its main aim is to teach the common people to enjoy the tension free, aggression free and enjoyable life.
Yoga at Patanjali Yog Peeth
Patanjali Yog Peeth hardwar is one of the most famous Yoga institutes in the world which was established by Swami Ramdevji Maharaj. The main aim to establish this Yoga and Ayurvedic center is to make the world free from all kind of dieses. There are yoga and meditation classes, natural health therapies and ayurvedic treatments for most lifestyle related disorders.
You can also visit Spirit Yoga Foundation for yoga training institute in Rishikesh.
Visit the pious temples
Haridwar is famous for its age-old temples and shrines including Sapt Rishi, Maya Devi, Mansa Devi, KavandMela, Chandi Devi and Daksha Mahadev Temple. It is also well known as the only gateway to pilgrimage centers of Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Enjoy watching migratory birds at Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
This Bird Sanctuary is nestled on the pious Ganges River at the Bhimgoda Barrage of Haridwar.It is such a heaven for bird lovers and bird watchers. This Bird Sanctuary home too many migratory birds during the winter season.
Kumbh Mela at Haridwar
The grand Kumbh mela is held after every 12 years.During this fair at Haridwar, a huge crowd comes on the Har-ki-Pari Ghat and the government set up many religious and commercial camps. Attractions of this fair includes pious Hindu pujas, bathing in the holy water of Ganga and puja at Hindu temples. Some other fairs of the city are Baisakhi (April), Kanwar Mela (July), Somwati Amavasya (July) and Kartik Purnima etc.
Let’s plan your Haridwar Tour to the ‘Gateway of God’.