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Awash with striking temples and mystical bathing ghats, Haridwar draws religious pilgrims and curious travelers. Participate in extravagant festivals, walk through serpentine bazaars and discover breathtaking natural landscapes. Haridwar is one of India’s seven holiest cities. Its name means Gateway to God. The city straddles the sacred Ganges River in the Himalayan foothills.
Haridwar’s heart is Har Ki Pauri, a hectic yet humble bathing ghat where the Ganges Canal and Ganges River meet. Watch pandits (Hindu priests), pilgrims and sadhus (holy men) bathe in the river’s spiritually cleansing water. Arrive at dusk for the entrancing Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony), when the sounds of mantra fill the air and candlelit lamps illuminate the river. Find similar activities at Birla Ghat, Gau Ghat and Vishnu Ghat.
Witness more spiritual devotion at Haridwar’s resplendent temples. Stroll along the canal banks to the 11th-century Maya Devi Temple. Hike with pilgrims to hilltop Mansa Devi Temple and ride a scenic cable car to Chandi Devi Temple. Take an auto-rickshaw to Bharat Mandir, a multilevel temple full of statues of revered deities. Visit the Daksh Prajapati Temple Complex in nearby Kankhal district.
Throughout the year, festivals light up the river and temples. These include March’s flamboyant Holi (Festival of Colors), June’s Ganga Dussehra and November’s Kartik Poornima. The most famous of all is Kumbh Mela, which takes place once every 12 years and welcomes thousands of colorfully dressed sadhus.
Browse the stalls of Bara Bazar and Moti Bazar to purchase religious paraphernalia, handicrafts and ayurveda medicines. Alternatively, enjoy family-friendly fun at Crystal World, an amusement park with roller coasters, swimming pools and waterslides.
Located in Uttarakhand state, Haridwar is easily reachable via trains from major Indian destinations such as Amritsar, Chennai, New Delhi and Varanasi. Get around central Haridwar on foot to truly experience the city’s lively atmosphere. Otherwise, use affordable auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws. Many people visit Haridwar before traveling to Rishikesh. Take the opportunity to join a wildlife safari in Rajaji National Park.
Accommodation in Haridwar
Make a booking for one of the 58 Haridwar hotels featuring on Expedia's easy-to-use Haridwar lodging page before you commence your journey.
Why not commence your quest for your ideal Haridwar room by looking into the amenities and rates of the high-ranking Aalia Hotels & Resorts, located at Near Rajaji National Park, Shyampur, and the Haveli Hari Ganga, at Pilibhit house 21ramghat Haridwar. In the same higher-end category, why not also look at the Ganga Kinare - A Riverside Boutique Hotel and the Hotel The Amaris. The Ganga Kinare - A Riverside Boutique Hotel is at 237, Veerbhadra Road, while the Hotel The Amaris can be found at Rishkesh - Dehradun Road.
Located in BHEL Township, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Daksh Prajapati Temple, Hemkund Lake, and Har Ki Pauri. Crystal World and Har-ki-Pair Ghat are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Haridwar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hemkund Lake, Har Ki Pauri, and Har-ki-Pair Ghat. Mansa Devi Temple and Daksh Prajapati Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. Laxman Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Haridwar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Har-ki-Pair Ghat, Hemkund Lake, and Har Ki Pauri. Mansa Devi Temple and Chandi Devi Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated on a river, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bharat Mandir and within 3 mi (5 km) of Triveni Ghat and Ram Jhula. Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Rishikesh hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bharat Mandir and Triveni Ghat. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 3 mi (5 km).