Haridwar, which means “Gateway to Lord Vishnu” is one of the important destination for spiritual tourism. Located in the Uttarakhand state of North India, this place is a well-known pilgrim center. It is regarded as one of the seven holiest places in India along with Ayodhya, Mathura, Kasi, Kanchi, Avantika and Dwarka. According to the Hindu mythology, it is also one of the four place, where Amrit (elixir of immortality) was accidently dropped by Garuda after the famous Samudra Manthan held by Devta (Gods) and Asura (Demon), the other places being Ujjain , Nasik and Prayag. Haridwar is the place where the holy river Ganges reach the plain area for the first time after flowing for 253 kilometers from Gaumukh (source of the holy river Ganges). Kumbh Mela is organized here after every 12 years interval, and millions of devotees take part in ritual bathing in sacred river Ganges in order to wash away their sin and attain salvation. It is the perfect place to enlighten yourself. If you want to learn about Hindu religion, faith and traditions, then Haridwar is the perfect divine destination that you should consider to visit. In this post, I will list all the important places to visit in Haridwar.
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri which means “footsteps of Lord” is the most important landmark of the town. It has a great significance in Hindu religion. Festivals like Kumbh Mela (held in every 12 years), Ardh Kumbh Mela (held is every 6 years), Vaishakhi (held every year) are organized here. It feels amazing to behold the sight of famous Ganga aarti held here, each evening. This spot is regarded as the place where the Sacred river Ganga reaches Indo-Gangetic plain. Taking a dip in the holy river here refreshes your mind, body, and spirit. It is advisable to take the hotel near Har ki Pauri, when you are in Haridwar.
Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi Temple is the famous temple in Haridwar situated on the top of Neel Parvat and dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. Many tourists visit here during Navratri and other festivals dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. The temple is located about 4 kilometers from Har ki Pauri and only can easily reach there either by trekking or by newly introduced ropeway cable car. The ride in the cable car provides an amazing view of river Ganges. This ancient temple should be in your list of places to visit in Haridwar.
Maya Devi Temple
Maya Devi temple is another ancient temple, which dates back in 11 century, dedicated to Goddess Maya, the three-headed and four-armed diety. Devi Maya is regarded as the incarnation of Shakti and the name (Mayapuri). According to Hindu mythology, the navel of Devi Sati fell in this region, thus this place is also regarded as one of the Shakti Peeth. This temple is visited by pilgrim from different parts of the country.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi temple is a famous Hindu temple located on the top of Bilwa Parvat. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa. The word “Mansa” means Wishes, and this temple known to fulfill wishes of the devotees. Devotees ties knot with faith that Goddess Mansa will fulfill their wish and they come back again and untie the knot when their wishes are fulfilled. This temple is the important landmark of Haridwar and one can reach there through cable ropeway.
Vishnu ghat is one of the famous Ghats in Haridwar. It is believed that Lord Vishnu himself bathed here. People have faith that taking a dip in this holy water washes off all the sin. The water is refreshing and taking A dip here fills you with joy and sense of achievement.
These were the top five places to visit in Haridwar. Some of the other notable places to visit in Haridwar are Pawan Dham, Vaishno Devi temple, Shanti Kunj etc. Haridwar has several other temples and it attracts the attention of tourists all around the globe due to its mesmerizing hills and valleys, tranquil rivers and sacred ancient temples. Haridwar is also the gateway to “Chota Char Dham yatra“, which includes Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.