Haridwar is an ancient holy city in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand which is visited by hindu pilgrims from all across the world. On reaching Haridwar travelers can explore various tourist attractions.
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Har Ki Pauri (1 km from the city center)
Har Ki Pauri ghat is the most sacred ghat in Haridwar where the River Ganga meets the plain for the first time. The pilgrims offer prayer and take dip in the ghat to purify them. Every morning from 530 am to 630 am and every evening from 6 pm to 7 pm Ganga Aarti is conducted. One feels very alive and relaxed after attending the prayers.
Chanda Devi Temple (2 km from the city center)
|Chanda Devi Temple|
Chanda Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chanda Devi whose foundation was laid by Adi Shankaracharya during the 8th century. The temple is also known as Seedha Peetha and is one of the Panch Teerths in Haridwar. It is situated in the Neel Parvat and is known as a Neel Parvat Teerth. The pilgrims can either trek (3 km) or take a ropeway ride to reach the temple.
Mansa Devi Temple (1 km from the city center)
|Mansa Devi Temple|
Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. The temple is also known as Seedha Peetha and is one of the Panch Teerths in Haridwar. The pilgrims can trek (1.5 km) or take a ropeway ride to reach the temple.
Swami Vivekananda Park (2 km from the city center)
|Swami Vivekananada Park|
The park is located near Har Ki Pauri on the banks of river Ganga. The park has lush green lawns and beautiful flower beds and also has statue of Swami Vivekananda and Lord Shiva. Visitors can enjoy picnics or have a peaceful walk or a jog around the beautiful surroundings.
Patanjali Yogpeeth (16 km from the city center)
Patanjali Yogpeeth is a medical and research institute in yoga and ayurveda. It is one of the largest yoga institutes in the world. It was established for the development of yoga and research on ayurveda and manufacture of ayurvedic medicines. It also has a Patanjali Ayurveda Hospital for as many as 400 in patients.
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar (6 km from the city center)
|Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar|
It is situated in Bhimgoda Barrage and has a rich flora and fauna. Visitors can do rare bird watching and get a perfect view of beautiful Shivalik hills.
Bara Baazar (28 km from the city center)
It is a shopper’s stop famous for selling religious paraphernalia, decorative as well as ornamental items. This market is mainly known for selling Rudraksha and ayurvedic medicine.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in every twelve years in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. It is said that in ancient time when the demons were chasing the gods for the nectar of immortality, some of the nectar fell in these four places. It is the most famous fair in the world as its world’s most massive act of faith. Pilgrims and travelers visit the fair from all over the world.