Places to visit in Haridwar

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In Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one of India's seven holiest places or Sapta Puri. This is Uttarakhand's Gateway of the Gods, where millions of pilgrims flock every year that hosts the famous Kumbh Mela out of four destinations. Located on the right bank of the holy Ganga, this is the gateway to the Chota Char Dham. Hence, this is a place of many tourist attractions popular for its temples and ghats.

Top Attractions of Haridwar:

  • Har Ki Pauri:

    Har Ki Pauri is one of the first places to check out in Haridwar as a sacred ghat for pilgrims. The literal meaning of this destination is Lord Shiva's Steps, situated on the banks of River Ganga. It's also known as Gangadwar, where the Ganga River first flows through, leaving mountains and entering the plain. It is believed that it's the place where the celestial bird Garuda dropped Amrit or elixir. If you are taking a pilgrimage trip to Haridwar, Chardham Yatra can customise a package according to the days you want to stay and your budget with a detailed itinerary.

  • Bharat Mata Mandir:

    Bharat Mata Mandir is a multi-storey temple dedicated to Indian patriots and in memory of freedom fighters which was inaugurated by late Prime Minister India Gandhi in 1983. All 8 floors in the tall temple have unique themes reflecting Mother India, Indian heroes, women personalities, religious harmony, saints, Goddess Shakti, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

  • ShantiKunj:

    This is a popular spiritual and moral enlightenment centre in the world established in 1971. Shantikunj spreads national integration empowering ethical values, cultural merits, and moral and spiritual upliftment. There is also a research institute and a residential university affiliated with Shantikunj.

  • Mansa Devi Temple:

    One of the top attractions in Haridwar is Mansa Devi Temple on the Bilwa Parvat in Shivalik Hills. It is dedicated to Goddess Mansa, a form of Shakti created from Lord Shiva's mind. Devotees can reach this temple by trekking or taking the ropeway. It is firmly believed that Goddess Mansa can grant all wishes.

  • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar:

    It is a bird paradise for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. One of the key viewpoints is Bhimgoda Barrage, surrounded by copious amounts of flora, fauna, and wildlife. In the winter, a plethora of colourful birds migrate here, adding to the beauty.

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