Haridwar means Gateway to God, is one of the Hindu holy places in India and a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries.
Haridwar is located on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga), at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.
Haridwar is about 200 km from Delhi, and well connected by road and rail network from all parts of India.
Places to See in Haridwar
Hari-ki-Pairi (or Har-ki-Pauri) - devotees gather to bath and worship on the Ganges. According to legend, this is where a drop of nectar fell from the churning of the oceans when the world was created, and a stone wall has Vishnu's footprint. Each evening around 7 PM,(5.45 PM in winter) thousands gather and worship the river Goddess by putting diyas (floating lamps) in the river.
Maya Devi Mandir: located on upper road. This temple is one of the 51 "shakti peeths" and its the presiding deity of Haridwar. It is from this temple Haridwar derives its other name Mayapur.
Mansa Devi Mandir: atop a hill near the center of town. Can be reached by cable car or by a road that gently winds uphill (about 2 km), starting from Railway Rd.
Bharat Mata Mandir: 5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. Some signage in English.
Chandi Devi Mandir: 8-9KM from railway station, you get the combi package to see both the temples by AC bus including bus and ropeway charges
Daksh mandir: 7-8 km from railway station,you get rickshaw or you can hire a auto,near also many mandirs to see at kankhal.
Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir: Shiva temple located on a hill.
Ma Anandamayee Ashram: Located at Kankhal. The samadhi of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee is located here and is also the Head Office of the revered organisation.