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The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colorful and captivating blend of culture. Being one of the seven saintliest cities in India, Haridwar often activities with followers. It favorable location near the holy River Ganga has made it gain more approval. With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to achieve immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual center and has also become a major hub for learning Sanskrit language the modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors.

Har Ki Pauri

One of the greatest popular places in Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri is a ghat, which was made by King Vikramaditya. It is supposed that Vikramaditya ordered for this ghat to be created in the memory of his brother Bharthari. The most famed spot here is the Brahmakund, which is crowded by followers from all over the country. Another major attraction of Har Ki Pauri is the evening Aarti that is prepared each evening with great zeal. It is in fact one of those events in Haridwar that one should not miss out on. After the Aarti, followers float Diyas inn the River Ganga, which looks stunning in the evening light.

Bharat Mata Temple

Swami Satyamitranand Giri laid the foundation of Bharat Mata Temple, which is located on the bank of Ganga that flows through Haridwar. It is one enormous and unique temple in Haridwar and is committed to Mother India and has deities of antique legends. The temple complex is an 8-storey construction with each floor dedicated to different Gods and mythical heroes. While on the first floor there is a statue of Bharat Mata, on the second floor there is a temple (Shur Mandir) that is dedicated to the famous heroes of India. The third floor is known as the Matri Mandir and is committed to the successes of women such as Radha, Mira, Savitri, Draupadi, Ahilya, Anusuya, Maitri and Gargi. The fourth floor is devoted to saints from several religions, including Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism and this floor is called Sant Mandir. On the sixth floor, a meeting hall with walls depicting the symbolic coexistence of all religions practiced in India and paintings portraying the history and beauty of various backwaters are kept. The various forms of the Goddess Shakti can also be seen on the sixth floor. The seventh floor is committed to all the manifestations of Lord Vishnu and the eighth floor is the devoted to Lord Shiva.

Chandi Devi Temple

Built by King Suchat Singh, Chandi Devu Temple is suspended on Neel Parvat. To range the temple one has to trek 3kms from Chandighat or have to take the cable car. According to legends, it is the same place where Goddess Chandi killed Chanda-Munda, an army chief of the Demon Kings Sumbha and Nishumba. It is also supposed that the main deity in the temple was established by the great saint Adi Shankarcharaya in the 8th century.

Bara Bazaar

Located on the Railway Road, Bara Bazar is a popular shopping place in Haridwar. Since Haridwar is a spiritual town, all you can suppose here are the items that are mandatory in a Pooja (Worship). However, at Bara Bazar you are likely to find handicraft articles as well; these in fact can very well be taken back home as souvenirs. Rudraksha seeds, churan (digestive powders) and a variability of sweets made from milk can also be brought from the shops in Bara Bazar. Ayurvedic medicines are also quite a popular buy in the market.

Bhimgoda Kund/Tank

Having historical standing, the Bhimgoda Kund/Tank is placed about 1km from Har ki Pauri. Legend have it that while happening to the Himalaya, the Pandavas stopped by to drink water here in Haridwar, and Bhimgoda is the residence where Bhima drew water from the rocks by thrusting his knee (Goda). It is a major fascination in Haridwar and is visited by many people all through the year.

Timings: 5 am – 12 pm & 04 pm – 09 pm

Daksha Mahadev Temple

This temple is a acknowledgement to a Hindu mythological legend. According to the legend, King Daksha Prajapati, who was the father of Dakshayani (Lord Shiva’s first wife), organized a yagña, in which is he purposely did not invite Lord Shiva. However, Lord Shiva inwards at the yagna and on doing so he was affronted by the king. When Dakshayani saw this, she felt furious and self-immolated herself in the yagna kund. Later King Daksha was executed by a demon called Virabhadra, which was born out of Shiva’s anger. However, after former the king was brought to life and was given a goat’s head by Shiva.

Kanva Rishi Ashram

A haven for nature lovers and peace seekers, Kanva Rishi Ashram is positioned about 40kms away from the busy Haridwar city. Placed amidst the tranquil nature, Kanva Rishi Ashram often entices those who want to spend some time in solace. It is really one of the most preferred getaways from Haridwar and a popular one as well.

How to Reach

   By Plane

The city of Haridwar does not have an airport. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest one. It is a domestic airport that is connected to various cities in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai and Lucknow.

   By Train

The main railway station serving the area is Haridwar Railway Station.

   By bus

Haridwar is well-connected to many cities across India, through many highways. National Highway 58, passes through Haridwar connects it to Delhi, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Badrinath.

   By Luxury car

Haridwar has a wide network of road that connects it to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and you can enjoy a comfortable Luxury car hire to agra with fun stops along the way.

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