Propitiously located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya, Haridwar is
Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city. Haridwar translates to ‘Gateway to God’. Know about places to visit in
Holy city Haridwar. Lush green forests, clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains
beautify this city. In the evening, ghats look beautiful as hundreds of diyas and floating marigold flowers
light up the river Ganges.
A visit to Haridwar without witnessing the evening aarti and taking a dip in the holy river Ganga at
HarkiPauri is worthlsess. HarkiPauri literally means ‘Lord’s Footsteps’. There is a large footprint on a
stone wall said to be of Lord Vishnu. HarkiPauri hosts the highly sacred religious fair of KumbhMela and
Ardh KumbhMela where crores of devotees and pilgrims as well as tourists flock to the place to become
a part of this surreal spectacle and to seek spiritual peace.
Mansa Devi Temple
Located at the top of Bilwa Parwat in the Shivalik range of Himalayas, Mansa Devi translates to ‘Goddess
who fulfills desires’. Devotees flock to this temple to make a wish by tying a thread to the branches of a
tree situated in the premises of the temple. It is one of the most famous temples in Hardiwar because of
the cable cars, which offer a picturesque view of the entire city.
Chandi Devi Temple
Situated at the top of Neel Parvat on the eastern banks of river Ganga this temple is dedicated to
Goddess Chandi (a form of goddess Durga). It is one of the most ancient temples of India and attracts
thousands of devotees during Navratras and KumbhMela.
Situated at the bank of the holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, Shanti Kunj is
place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.The ashram is also known to
organize various spiritual training programs.
One of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Haridwar, PawanDham is known for its unique temple
architecture and craftsmanship. The temple is also famous for the elaborately adorned idols and unique
& well-crafted mirror and glasswork.
Maya Devi Temple
Dating to the 11th
century, this temple is said to be the place where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati
had fallen. The ancient temple of Maya Devi is considered one of the Siddhapithas and is one of few
ancient temples still standing after Haridwar was plundered by The Central Asian conqueror Timur Lang.
Sapt Rishi Ashram
The word ‘Sapt’ meaning ‘seven’, Sapt Rishi Ashram is a picturesque place where seven great sages or
Saptrishis namely Kashyapa, Vashishtha, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaj and Gautama are said
to have meditated. The Ganges split herself into seven currents at this place so that the Rishis would not
be disturbed by the flow. The splendor of the Sapta Sarovar is one of the top Haridwar sightseeing spots.
Bharat Mata Mandir
This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata (Mother India). It was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi on 15 May
1983 near river Ganges. The temple has eight stories (180 feet/55 m). Every floor depicts a period in the
Indian history, from the time of Ramayan until India's freedom.
One of the most visited and sacred Ghats in Haridwar, Vishnu Ghat is named after the Hindu deity Lord
Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vishnu took bath at this spot and the water is said to relieve all sins.
Vaishno Devi Temple
The Vaishno Devi temple is replica of the very famous temple of Vaishno Devi in Jammu & Kashmir. The
path through caves and tunnels leading to the worship spot and the temple complex is exactly the same as the original temple.