Haridwar is also known as Mayapuri, Tapovan, Gangadwar and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and has a very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. Haridwar is considered as one of the four holy sites for Kumbh Mela and among the seven sacred cities of India. It is a city with enormous religious significance and a key pilgrimage town for the Hindus.
Haridwar is also considered as one of the shaktipeeth in india, situated in the state of Uttaranchal in northern part of India and blessed by Hindu Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Haridwar is the host city of 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' which comes in every sixth year. It is situated on the foothills of Shivaliks, holds great religious significance for Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, The Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. It is the first place where Holy River Ganges meets the plains after falling down from the great Himalayas. This holy city Known as the Gateway to the Gods. It also serves as home to one of the holiest bathing ghats in the country, known as 'Har Ki Paudi'. Here pilgrims float diyas on the Ganges and take a dip in the water, to commemorate their deceased ancestors. The city also stands as a gateway point of Rishikesh and Char Dham (the four main canters of pilgrimage) in Uttarakhand, namely
Badrinath (Alaknanda), Kedarnath (Mandakini), Gangotri (Ganga), and Yamunotri (Yamuna). A great statue of Lord Shiva at the fork of the river is standing in the Haridwar. If you are there for a short visit, it is definitely worth to visit the temple on top of the mountain, with a wonderful view.
General Information about Haridwar:
State : Uttranchal / Uttarkhand
Area : 2360 Sq. Km.
Altitude : 292.7 meters above sea level
Rainfall : 165 cm
Temperature : Summer Max: 42.5 C/ Min: 18.5 C
Winter Max : 28.3 C/ Min: 09.8 C
STD Code : 01334
Haridwar Railway Enquiry : 131
Dehradun Airport Enquiry : 0135-2412052-53
Haridwar Roadways Enquiry : 01334-227037
Local Languages : Hindi, Urdu, Garhwali, English
Attranction of Haridwar : Har-Ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, Mansa Devi, Dakhsha Mahadev Temple, Bhimgoda Tank
Nearby Cities : Rishikesh, Dehradoon, Mussorie, Roorkee
How to Reach Haridwar : Haridwar (The host City of Kumbh Mela 2010) is just 214 KM away from New Delhi - A Capital of India
Haridwar (The host City of Kumbh Mela 2010) is just 214 KM away from New Delhi - A Capital of India; Haridwar has easy accessibility from all key tourist destinations in northern India.
You can reach Haridwar easily by the various below options:
By Air: The Nearest airport from Haridwar is Jolly grant airport in Dehradun and just 35 Km away
from Haridwar. It is well connected to the major cities like Delhi. Regular flights are available
by Kingfisher Airlines. Regular taxis are available on hire to take the clients from Haridwar to
airport and airport to Haridwar.
By Rail: Haridwar is well connected to the major cities of India with regular Trains and Shatabdi and Express trains. From Delhi one can catch a train either from New Delhi Railway Station or Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
By Road: The road network from Haridwar is good and well connected to the major cities; it lies on the National Highway no. 45. Public and private buses and other small vehicles are available from Delhi to reach Haridwar frequently. The road journey from Delhi to Haridwar takes around 4-5 hours (214 Km).
The distances in km from some cities are as per follows:
Agra - 386 Km
Badrinath - 325 Km
Dehradun - 52 Km
Delhi - 214 Km
Gangotri - 282 Km
Kedarnath - 250 Km
Mussorie - 85 Km
Nainital - 386 Km
Rishikesh - 24 Km
Roorkee - 35 Km
Saharanpur - 81 Km
Yamunotri - 255 Km