Haridwar, an ancient city is a mecca for Hindus and teems with a large number of temples. The place evokes a sense of spirituality and steeped in rich history as well as culture. Haridwar tour packages witness the tourists thronging the place to experience the historical monuments, temples, ashrams, ghats and of course, the famous kumbh mela that is conducted every twelve years at Haridwar. Also known as Ganga-Dwara because the holy Ganges enters the plains here, the city’s main pilgrimage centres are Neel Parvat, Kushwart, Bilwa Teerth , Gangadwara, and Kankhal. Tourists come here and find solace in spiritual places such as Gauri Shankar Temple, Vaishno Devi temple and Bharat Mata temple. The Haridwar Ashrams and Dharamshalas are also good places to stop by and stay. Besides admiring the of view of holy river Ganga and shrines, travellers here can also shop at the famous Bara Bazaar.
The colorful bazaar that lay sandwiched between Har Ki Pauri and the Upper Road, is a good place to shop for spiritual paraphernalia or prasaad. The shawls, bamboo canes, brassware and cane baskets are equally popular here. It is a mere delight to watch devotees and tourists taking part in ritualistic bathing on the banks of River Ganga . The bathing is said to wash away their sins and help them to attain moksha or salvation. Visiting the several ghats gives one a glimpse into the Hindu religious customs and traditions. Some of the famous ghats in Haridwar tour packages are Har Ki Pauri , Ram ghat, Kusha ghat, Vishnu ghat among others. At Har Ki Pauri ghat, morning and evening prayers are carried out ceremoniously and taking a dip in the ghat is said to be auspicious. The ghat is lit up in the evening during the time of Maha Aaarthi. During festivals, the city gets more crowded and religious activities are in full swing . Regarded as one of the seven holiest places to HIndus, Haridwar is definitely a place to visit in one’s lifetime.
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People Also Ask About Haridwar Tours
Which are the famous localities for a shopping tour in Haridwar?
For buying religious and ornamental items, Bara Bazaar is the place to stop over. Besides the religious paraphernalia, another popular selling item that sells like hot cakes here are the Ayurvedic medicines. Vendors claim that these medicines are made from original seeds found at Haridwar. Jwalapur Market is another popular shopping hub among the locals and tourists. People come to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, sweets and a variety of souvenirs. An alternative place to Bara Bazaar is the Moti Bazar market. Along with religious items, one can find here an eclectic range of accessories particularly, colorful bangles, glasses and junk jewelleries.
What are the best areas for a food tours in Haridwar?
The images of Kulhar milk, crispy samosas, puris and more comes into the mind of a food lover upon thinking of Haridwar. The lanes of the city teems with some of the oldest food joints that you would have ever walked into. Try out milk kulhar from Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodh Wale, sweet samosas Mathura Walo Ki Pracheen Dukan and kachoris at Kashyap Kachori Bhandar. One cannot leave Hardiwar without digging into a plate of chole bhature from Bhagwati Chole Bhandar. Mohan Ji Puri Wale is another popular food joint famous for Poori-Sabji, Samosa-Chatni and Lassi. The other places that are interesting to check out are Hoshiyar puri, Raghuvanshi Bhojanalay and Mashoor Mathura Wale.
Which are the best pilgrimage tours in Haridwar?
The 'Panch Tirth' (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar which are Gangadwara (Har-ki-pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi) are the important and popular pilgrimage centres in the City. Besides that, there are several other temples and ashrams located in and around that are great to explore. Bharat Mata Mandir, set up by Swami Satyamitranand Giri is one such popular temple. Thronged by tons of travellers across the globe, the place is known for its intricate designs and magnificent structure. The other famous places include Daksha Mahadev temple, Vaishno Devi temple and Vishnu Ghat.
Which are the best trekking tours to opt for in Haridwar?
Trekking in Haridwar is one of the best ways to explore the city streets, forests and hills. Some of the places that are good for hiking are Valley of flowers, Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier and Auli Kuari pass. One can consider trekking at Kunjapuri in neighbouring town, Rishikesh besides exploring Jhilmil Gufa, Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, Neer Gaddu waterfall, Garud chatti waterfall, Phool chatti . The best time to trek to Valley of Flowers, a meadow located at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet, is during the month of July, August and September.
What are the best camping experiences in Haridwar?
The verdant surroundings of Rajaji National Park make it an ideal location for camping. Located 20 km away from the main city, the park is a perfect getaway and to unwind. The forest department provides comfortable safari tents and other accommodation options for camping at the park premises. Listen to the sounds of wildlife, birds and nature as you camp here. Indulge in nature walks, cycling, day treks, rappelling and river rafting for making your camping experience exciting and a memorable one. As Haridwar is closely located to Rishikesh, one can consider camping in the foothills of Rishikesh as well and explore the place.
What are the best rafting tours in Haridwar?
Rafting in Haridwar is an adventure and a fun-filled activity. It is located closely to River rafting capital of India, Rishikesh thus offering travellers an array of options .The highlight of Haridwar and Rishikesh is that they are both located at banks of the holy river Ganges which flows from the Gangotri glacier to the Bay of Bengal. The River Ganges on her way to Rishikesh offers fun-filled river rapids. During rafting along this area, one can encounter stunning views of the Shiwalik hills and the Ganges. Brahmpuri, Shivpuri, Kirti Nagar, Devprayag and Rudraprayag are some of the places near Haridwar where one can start rafting to Rishikesh.
What are the wildlife tours in and around Haridwar?
To take part in an exciting jungle safari at Haridwar, opt for a visit to Rajaji National Park. One can encounter elephants, tigers, panthers and an array of other wildlife species at the park. Formed from dense green jungles, the park has the highest concentration of elephants in Uttarakhand. Besides, the park is a home to reptiles and over 315 species of birds are found in the Park, whereas the wider region has over 500 species of birds. Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is another major wildlife attraction in Rishikesh. Located on the banks of River Ganga, the sanctuary houses various endangered species and elephants, tigers, bears among other wildlife creatures.
What are the best cycling tours in Haridwar?
The lovely hills, river and jungle area at Haridwar make it an ideal destination for cycling. Bikes and cycle can be hired on rent and guide can be hired when driving to remote areas. Cycling from Haridwar to Rishikesh town is a popular option among tourists. It takes roughly about 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Rishikesh by cycle. At Rishikesh one can explore local places such as Kunjapuri, Neelkanth and Vasisthgufa and picturesque destinations such as Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram and the ghats for a fun and exciting time. While in Haridwar, one can explore small areas such as Mayapur, Ranipur, Jwalapur, Har Ki Pauri, Motichur, Devpura, Bhupatwala, Haipur Kalan, Shivalik Nagar, and Brahampuri.