Haridwar – Gateway to Land of Gods
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Haridwar– A place Where Tourism Connects With Faith
The city of Haridwar has a mystic charm. As you step into the city of Haridwar you’ll be welcomed with the chimes of the temple bells and the religious chanting of the priests.
The Haridwar city has a religious significance as the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time in Haridwar.
Impact Of Tourism In Haridwar
Tourism becomes an engine for economic development and plays a great role towards socio-economic changes. Haridwar – ‘The Gateway to the abode of Gods’ is one such holy city situated at the base of Shivalik ranges of high Himalayas, as well as on the flow path of the river Ganga. It is a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. Lakhs of devotees from all over India visit Haridwar every year to take a dip in the holy river Ganga to earn virtue. Not only domestic but also foreign tourists also come here throughout the year. The tourism industry has played an important role centering Haridwar and it becomes a boon.
Main Places To Visit In/Near Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri (meaning “at the feet of Lord Shiva”) is the spot where devotees offer prayers on the steps leading down to the river. Every evening the Ganga Aarti is performed at all temples in Haridwar at the same time – which culminates in a moving spectacle of thousands of lamps set afloat in the Ganga by the multitude of worshippers.
Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi Temple is a holy temple located at a hilltop, Neel Parvat near Haridwar. Goddess Chandi is the presiding deity of the temple and believed to be a Siddh Peeth where desires get fulfilled.
A small hike from Haridwar- Nazimabad road leads to this temple. The temple is located on a hill-top and presents a mesmerising view of Haridwar city.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples of Goddess Mansa Devi located at Bilwa Parvat near Haridwar. This temple is a holy place to worship Goddess Mansa, who is believed to be a form of Shakti, emerged from the mind of great Sage Kashyap. Mansa Devi temple is a famous Sidhpeeth and offers panoramic views of Haridwar city
The Piran Kaliyar Sharif dargah or the final resting place of the 13th century saint Allauddin Ali Ahamed ‘Sabir’, on the outskirts of Roorkee town, is a revered destination for tourists and devotees alike. Located around 15 km from Haridwar, it is a living example of national integration and harmony. Famed for its mystical powers, the dargah is visited by millions of devotees from all religions from India and abroad. In the months of May and June the Urs festival is celebrated at this dargah every year.
Places of Importance
At 1360 m. above sea-level, Rishikeh is a peaceful, serene place inhabited by sadhus and mendicants, and visited by tourists and pilgrims alike. People come to Rishikesh to meditate and study yoga, among other things.
The Triveni Ghat at Rishikesh is considered the most sacred spot as it is the point of confluence of the three holy rivers -Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The other attraction of Rishikesh is the Laxman Jhoola over the river Ganga, which connects the two sides of the town.
Rajaji National Park
Located at the Himalayan foothills, near Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun, with Ganga and Song rivers flowing through it, the park is known for its scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the park is home to elephants, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals, and a wide variety of birds. In 1983, three sanctuaries in Uttarakhand – Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla – were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park, in honour of freedom fighter and and first governor general of India Late C Rajagopalachari; popularly known as “Rajaji”.
How To Reach Haridwar
How to Reach Haridwar by Air
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Haridwar. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Haridwar by road from Dehradun.
How to Reach Haridwar by Road
Haridwar can be reached easily by road from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other parts of Uttarkhand. A number of state transport and private buses connect Haridwar with these places. Bus service is available at frequent basis and fares are also economical. Visitors can board these buses depending upon their suitable timing.
How to Reach Haridwar by Rail
Haridwar has its own railway station which connects the pilgrimage town well with the rest of India. It is directly linked with cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Patna, Gaya, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Kochi by a good number of express trains.
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