Haridwar means Gateway to God and is a holy city in Uttar Pradesh. It is also regarded as one of the seven holy cities by Hindus. Haridwar is a place rich in culture and civilization. It is among the first place where the river Ganga touches the plains after flowing down the mountains.
It is also the entry point to the four main Centres in Utter Pradesh namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
According to popular Hindu mythology, the city of Haridwar was created when a drop of Nector spilled over from the Kundalini which was being carried by the celestial bird Garuda after the mythical Samudra Manthan.
Haridwar is approximately 220 km from Delhi. We reached to Haridwar by road and watching beautiful sightseeing. We hired a taxi and going to reach our destination. We saw around us was the Holy water of the river Ganga on the longest highway that is NH7. We felt like the water was accompanying us to our destination.
We reached our destination and firstly we had a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the moment.
We had heard a lot of Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pori. So, we got excited about attending the Ganga Aarti of Har ki Pori. We saw saints sitting near ghats and chanting Mantras. Suddenly, the whole atmosphere became spiritual all at once.
The mythological importance of Har ki Pori is Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are said to visit this holy place and be blessed this place.
We felt most relaxed on the bank of the river and took pictures.
The next day, we visited further magnificent temples of Haridwar. we visited the holy temple of Mansa Devi
Chanda Devi temple, Bharat mata mandir also. We visited Shapt rishi ghat about which it is said that seven rishis were in practice and river Ganga then divided into seven parts so the saints don’t get distracted due to it.
Each temple was having its own spiritual importance and significance.
There are many places to shop in Haridwar as Jwalapur market, Bara bazaar, Har ki Pori market etc.
Haridwar is the destination where people from across India visit for pilgrimage and take a holy dip into the Holy river Ganga.
Apart from religious importance, Haridwar is also a centre for learning different arts and cultures. Haridwar is well-known as a great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal medicines.
There are a lot of tourists places here
1) Har ki Pori
2) Chandi Devi temple
3) Mansa Devi temple
4) Shanti kunj
5) Rajaji national park- the total land of Rajaji national park is 820 km. in the foothills of the Himalayas. we can see Bengal tigers, leopards, Asian elephants, dear etc.
There are more than 250 species of birds and also it attracts a lot of wildlife. Jeep safari and elephant safari are used to take the whole view of the national park.
6) Bharat mata Mandir
7) Vaishno Devi Mandir
8) Gauri Shankar Mahadev temple
Staying in Haridwar
You can get a verity of hotels and dharamshalas to choose from according to your budget. There are also many Dharamsalas and Ashrams for the one who can not afford hotel- like Shanti kunj.
You can always choose from these places of accommodation as per your comfort.
You can eat here fast food, Chinese and south Indian dishes. Noodles, paneer dosa all food items were so delicious.
The city is well-connected with other cities by road and easily accessible. You could also board a train in Delhi and take the train to Haridwar station.
It is also said that Haridwar has been blessed by the attendance of all three major Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
So, are you ready to visit this holy place?