Haridwar is a sacred territory where pilgrims come from across the world. It is among the most revered pilgrimage centers of India which occupies a prized position in hearts of Hindus. The meaning of Haridwar is "Gateway to God". It is set amidst calm and attractive surroundings at the foothills of the mesmerizing Himalayas. It is believed in the Hindu traditions that one must visit Haridwar at least once in a lifetime. It is a magnificent place where the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic plain of North India. The scenic beauty of Haridwar is equally mesmerizing. The views of the holy river Ganga and majestic mountains are the sights to behold.
Haridwar is also the place for the world well-known for Kumbh Mela which is celebrated in every 12 years. Haridwar Kumbh Mela is the major religious gathering in the world which is celebrated for forty days.
Haridwar Ashrams and Dharamshalas take in name only fees from pilgrims for accommodation and gives very essential services.
Best Places to visit in Haridwar
Kankhal : Kankhal is a small colony situated in Haridwar. Kanakhal is famous form its Daksheswara Mahadev Temple and Maa Anandamayi Ashram Kankhal and Patanjali Yog Peeth. Kankhal is one of ' Five Pilgrimages' (Panch Tirth) in Haridwar. The other fours are Har ki Pauri, Kushwart (Ghat in Kankhal), Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple).
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar : Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is Bird Sanctuary located on the river Ganga, which is also known as Neel Dhara, at the Bhimgoda Barrage. This sanctuary is a heaven for bird watchers and home to many migrant birds in the winter season.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple : Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is located in the ashram "Doodhadhari Barfani Baba", This is one of most elegant temples in Haridwar. There are temples of Rama-Sita and Hanuman with white marbles in the complex.
Sureshwari Devi Temple : This temple belongs to deity Sureshwari. The temple located in middle of Rajaji National Park. Peaceful and spiritual atmosphere makes this shrine more beautiful for devotees. Permission is necessory from forest rangers to visit this temple.
Pawan Dham : Pawan dham is a modern temple made by using glass pieces. The temple was constructed by the attempts of "Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj." The temple is one of the popular tourist attractions.
Bharat Mata Mandir : This temple belongs to 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 an period in the Indian history, from the time of Ramayan until India's freedom.
Jairam Ashram : Jairam Ashram is well known for its huge white sculpture of the "Samudra Manthan"
Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar : This is place where 07 great sages (Saptarishis) have meditated. The river Ganga divide herself in 07 currents at this place so sages would not be disturbed by the flow.These seven sages are Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam.
Parad Shivling : This Mercury Shivling is located in Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. The waigth of shivling is about 150 kg. There is also "Rudraksha tree" nearby.
Ramanand Ashram : Ramanand ashram is located near the railway station. This ashram belongs to Ramanand Sampraday. Mahant Bhagwan Das is the chief of this ashram.
Anandamayi Maa Ashram : This ashram is located Kankhal, Sri Anandamoyi Maa(1896–1982), is a noted saint of India. This ashram houses the samadhi shrine of Sri Anandamoyi Maa.
Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust) : Patanjali Yogpeeth is a yoga institute and research center of "Swami Ramdev". Thousands of people visit every day for yoga and other purposes.
B.H.E.L. : Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, is a factory spreaded in an area of 12km2 with employees over 8000.
Piran Kaliyar : It was built by Ibrahim Lodhi. This 'Dargah' belongs to "Hazrat Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari". He was a Sufi Saint of Chishti Order in Kaliyar village(13th century). Dargah is 7 kms far from Roorkee town. This Dargah is example of spiritual harmony in India. During the yearly 'Urs' festival it is visited by devotees from all over the world.