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Top 15 Places to visit in Haridwar

Har ki Pauri Haridwar

Being one of the seven holiest cities in India the gateway to gods,  beautiful Haridwar receives numerous devotees every day. Apart from being a religious city, Haridwar has evolved into a yoga, cultural and spiritual center. Be it an adventure tour, Ganga aarti, wildlife tour, or religious tour, the astounding Haridwar offers some astonishing places to explore during one’s vacation.

There are a lot of interesting places, picnic spots, and hidden gems,  to visit that will surely make one’s vacation a memorable one. Make sure to spend your next vacation in Haridwar and make your holidays the most enjoyable ones.

1. Har Ki Pauri

Har ki Pauri

Har Ki Pauri is one of the wonderful places located in Haridwar. It is believed that this ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bharthari. The most popular spot here is the Brahmakund- where the Ganga puja is carried out by the local priests.

Do not miss the evening aarti organized here which is the major attraction of this place. Attend the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Mela fairs that are organized in Har Ki Pauri.

Location- it is located near Krishna Dham, Kharkhari, Haridwar.

Timing- It is open at all times.  Aarti timing is 5:30am-6:30am and 6pm-7pm.

Why visit- Har Ki Pauri is considered to be very auspicious. Every day Har Ki Pauri receives several devotees taking a dip in the water of the river Ganga.

Best time to visit- this place can be visited all around the year, but during the summer season the days are hot and the nights are cooler. So make sure to visit this place in the evening time when the weather is salubrious.

2. Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi

Chandi Devi temple located in Haridwar is devoted to Goddess Chandi Devi. Chandi Devi temple was founded by Adi Shankaracharya. Do not miss to take a dip at the temple pond which is known for its medicinal properties.

The trek to Chandi Devi temple is truly an amazing thing to experience. One can even take a cable car ride to the temple which is in itself a beautiful experience. Make sure to visit this temple during the festivals of Navratra and Kumbh Mela.

Location- this temple is located at Neel Parvat and can be reached by 4kms steep trek from Haridwar or by ropeway or Chandi Devi Udankhatola.A small hike from a bridge on the Haridwar-Najibabad road leads to this temple.

Timing- Open all days with aarti timings as 5:30 am-6:30 am and 6 pm-7 pm.

Why visit- Chandi Devi temple is one of the most ancient temples in India. Numerous devotees visit this temple during the ChandiChaudas festival, Navratra, and during the Kumbh Mela to seek the blessings of goddess Chandi Devi who is believed to fulfill their wishes.

Best time to visit- the most perfect time to visit this temple is between February to October. During the winter season, the trail gets blocked due to snowfall. So make sure to visit after the winter season and before heavy rainfall.

3. Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi

On your next visit to Haridwar make sure to visit the Mansa Devi temple, the holy place for Hindu devotees. This temple is named after Mansa Devi who is believed to be the form of Shakti that emerged from Rishi Kashyap. This temple is nestled atop the BilwaParvat.

It is believed that goddess Mansa Devi fulfills the wishes of all the devotees who visit this temple and thus the devotees tie threads on the branches of a large tree that is located inside the complex. One can take a ropeway ride known as Mansa Devi Udankhatola to reach this temple which offers astounding views that are worth capturing.

Location- this temple is located at BilwaParvat and can be reached by indulging in 3kms steep trek from Haridwar. Haridwar railway station is only 3 km away from this temple.

Timing- one can visit between 7 am to 7 pm daily.

Why visit - Mansa Devi temple is one of the major attractions in Haridwar. It is one of the abodes of the goddess Parvati. Every day hundreds of devotees visit this temple.

Best time to visit - the perfect time to visit is between May to September and in winter- December and January.

4. Daksh Mahadev Temple

Daksh ahadev Temple Haridwar

Daksh Mahadev temple or Daksheshwar Mahadev temple is one of the ancient temples of Daksha Mahadev. This temple is the place where once the king Daksha Prajapati performed the Yajna and Sati self-immolated herself in the Yagna Kund.

This temple is split into 2 parts- one part of the temple holds a Yajna Kund and the other one holds Shiva Linga. One can find a sacred Banyan tree that is believed to be a hundred years old. In the Daksheswara Mahadev temple complex, one can find other temples too.

Location - This temple is located in the south Kankhal town in Haridwar.

Timing - 4 am to 7 pm daily.

Why visit - This temple is a place of great devotion and faith among the lord Shiga devotees and is a center of attraction in the holy month of Saavan as per the Hindu calendar.

Best time to visit - visit this temple between February to June and between August to December. One can visit during the months of Saawan as per the Hindu calendar when the temple is beautifully decorated.

5. Satikund

Sati Kund

Satikund is the Yagna Kund in which the Daughter of Daksh, Sati immolated her. It is considered to be a holy Kund.  As per the mythology, King Daksha Prajapati organized a Yagya and thus invited all the gods, sages, and saints but did not invite his son-in-law, Lord Shiva. Sati felt insulted by her husband and jumped to the fire of Yaga. Since then this Kund has been known as Sati Kund.

Location - Satikund is located at Kankhal. Kankhal is few kms away from Har Ki Pauri.

Timing - 4 am to 7 pm

Why visit - The place finds its mention as Kanakhala in the sacred scriptures of Hindus including the Vayu Purana and Mahabharata. Sati Kund is one of the most visited in Haridwar and is a popular mythological heritage that is truly worth visiting.

Best time to visit - One can visit Sati Kund throughout the year but the perfect time to visit is between October to March when the weather is quite salubrious.

6. Shantikunj Ashram

Shantikunj Haridwar

Hunting for peace and solace? Then head towards Shantikunj Ashram located in the beautiful Haridwar. This place offers teachings about the values in life. One can stay for a maximum of two days free of cost here.  

Do not miss attending the programs that are conducted here that focus on the art of living. Make sure to visit the library of the University in the Ashram which is unrivaled in its collection of books and journals.

Location - It is located on Sapt Rishi Road, Motichur, Haridwar. It is located at a distance of 6 km from the Haridwar railway station.

Timing - It is open for 24 hours.

Why visit - Shanti Kunj is a fantastic recluse for a hermit and it is a perfect divine getaway for those who seek calmness and want a spiritual touch in their life.

Best time to visit - the perfect time to visit is from February to December when the weather is quite pleasant and appropriate.

7. Bharat Mata Temple

Bharat Mata Mandir

Bharat Mata Mandir is a renowned Multi-storey temple of Mother India constructed to salute the dedication of all the patriots and freedom fighters. It is indeed one of the most unique places to visit in Haridwar.  

This mandir or temple has eight stories and each story has a different theme all dedicated to several legends and deities. This temple was inaugurated in the year 1983 by Late Mrs Indira Gandhi. Apart from the place of worship, the complex has an allopathic dispensary, diagnostic camps, a cow shelter, an old age home, and a Ved Shala.

Location - This temple is located at Motichur, Haridwar near the banks of river Ganga. It is just 7 km away from Haridwar railway station.

Timing - 5 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 9 pm.

Why visit - Visit Bharat Mata temple to witness the dedication of the patriots and freedom fighters. It showcases Bharat Mata in the human appearance of India.

Best time to visit - The perfect time to visit this temple is between September to April.

8. Pawan Dham

Pawan Dham

Pawan Dham is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Haridwar and is renowned for its unique temple architecture and craftsmanship. It is nestled in a tranquil environment that makes it a serene place to visit. This temple showcases ancient Indian architecture that has intricate glasswork and peculiarly designed walls.

It was founded by Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj. The major attraction here is the idols adorned with precious jewelry. Pilgrims believe that by paying a visit to this temple one gets rid of their sins.

Location - It is located at Bhagirathi Nagar, Bhupatwala in Haridwar.

Timing - It is open all days from 6 am to 8 pm.

Why visit - Make sure to visit Pawan Dham for its unique architecture and to witness the intrinsic glasswork on the designed walls. There is a strong belief that visiting this temple will get rid of the sins.

Best time to visit - The perfect time to visit Pawan Dham is between May to June, and August to October. One can even visit in January and December.

9. Saptrishi Ghat

Saptrishi Ghat

Saptrishi Ashram is truly an old beautiful ashram.  It was constructed by Goswami Guru Dutt in the year 1943. It is a well-maintained complex with several rooms to stay. One can even find a residential hostel and Sanskrit school located within the complex for poor children.

As per the legends once Sapt Rishis decided to meditate on the banks of river Ganga but their meditation got disturbed by the heavy gushing sound of river flow and thus they trapped the flow of river Ganga. Later river Ganga split her flow into seven separate streams to make less noise and thus the seven streams of river Ganga are known as Sapt Sarovar and the place where Sapt Rishi meditated is called Saptrishi Ashram,

Location - Saptrishi Ghat is located in Motichur, around 5kms from Haridwar.

Timing - 6 am to 7 pm

Why visit - Saptrishi ashram is one of the most famous ashrams in Haridwar. It is renowned for the tranquil atmosphere that makes it a superb place for meditation.

Best time to visit - Make sure to visit Saptrishi Ghat between April to June and September and October.

10. Vishnu Ghat

Vishnu Ghat

Just Soak yourself in the spirituality of Haridwar and visit the Vishnu Ghat which is named after Lord Vishnu. That is one of the most tranquil places in Haridwar. Vishnu Ghat is less crowded and is visited mostly by Vaishnavites. This Ghat is known for its cleanliness and offers numerous stay options and eateries around.

Location - Vishnu Gaht is situated near Har Ki Pauri. It is located between Ramghat and Birla Ghat.

Timing - 12 am to 11:59 pm

Why visit - As per the legends Lord Vishnu at this Vishnu Ghat took a dip in the holy river Ganga and thus the devotees believe that a holy dip takes away one’s sins here.

Best time to visit - The perfect time to visit Vishnu Gaht is between October to March.

11. Chilla Range

Chilla Range

Chilla Range or Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the east bank of the river Ganga. This sanctuary was established in the year 1977 and was combined with the Sancturay of Motichur and Rajaji in the year 1983 to create Rajaji National Park.

Visit this sanctuary and spot wild animals like- deer, wild boar, Sambhar, barking deer, tigers, elephants, leopards, and many other animals. On your visit to this sanctuary enjoy the thrilling jeep safaris that are 2 and half-hour circuit.

Location - It is located in the vicinity of the Chilla canal. Chilla Range is around 10 km from Haridwar City. This sanctuary is located near the Ganga Bhogpur village.

Timing - The timing is 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.

Why visit - Visit this sanctuary to explore the wildlife. What can be exciting and thrilling, taking a ride through the jungle and spotting wild animals as this sanctuary is home to an impressive range of animals and birds.

Best time to visit - Visit this sanctuary between November and June. During this time visitors can enjoy the thrilling safaris and yes Elephant rides too.

12. Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi Temple Haridwar

Maya Devi Temple is one of the oldest temples in India. This temple was constructed in the 11th century and is built in north Indian architecture.  Maya Devi temple is devoted to the goddess Maya and is one of the three Shaktipeeth. It is believed that it is the place where the navel of goddess Sati fell.

During the time of Navratra Kumbh Mela, numerous devotees visit this temple to seek blessings. There is a strong belief that the goddess fulfills the desires and wishes of the devotees who visit this temple.

Location - Maya Devi temple is located on the Birla Ghat to the east of Har Ki Pauri.

Timing - 6:30 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 9 pm.

Why visit - Maya Devi temple completes the Sidhapeeth triangle in Haridwar along with the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temple. A pilgrim’s visit to Haridwar is considered to be incomplete without visiting the Maya Devi temple.

Best time to visit - One can visit this temple anytime during the year but during the time of Navratri and Kumbh Mela, several devotees visit this temple.

13. Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani temple is located on the Haridwar Rishikesh highway and is very close to Har Ki Pauri in the beautiful Haridwar and is one of the beautiful shrines and is a big center of attraction.

The temple is constructed of white marble. This temple is a cluster of several small shrines devoted to numerous Hindu gods and goddesses but the Ram-Sita mandir and Hanuman temple are worth visiting.DoodhadhariBarfani temple is renowned for its architectural finesse.

Location - This temple is located inside the DoodhadhariBarfani Baba Ashram in Haridwar. This temple is lying on the Haridwar-Rishikesh NH 58 and is just 4kms away from Har Ki Pauri.

Timing - 6 am to 8 pm.

Why visit - This temple is reckoned as the temple of tremendous faith and miracles and thus attracts numerous devotees from different parts of India.

Best time to visit - Visit this temple between May to October.

14. Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar

Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar

Neel DharaPakshiVihar is truly a paradise for bird watchers and trekkers. It is indeed a popular tourist spot and offers rare bird-watching opportunities and also offers panoramic views of the Shivalik in the backdrop. Visit this place during the winter season as the colorful birds of numerous migrate to this place.

This place is quite popular among the trekkers too as it is close to many trekking routes in Haridwar. Capture some astounding views of the snow-covered Shivalik Hills that are truly worth capturing.

Location - It is located at Bhimgoda Barrage almost 4 km away from Haridwar.

Timing - The perfect timing is from 7 am to 7 pm daily.

Why visit- Make sure to visit this place to spot various beautiful birds as it is blessed with rich wildlife, flora and fauna that truly add to the beauty of the place.

Best time to visit - Visit this place during the winter season as a lot of pretty bird species migrate to this place.

15. Bhimgoda Tank

Bhimgoda Tank

Bhimgoda Tank is a sacred water tank located near Birla Ghat in the beautiful Haridwar and is named after Bhim, the second of the five Pandavas. As per the legend while moving to the Himalayas the Pandavas stopped in Haridwar to drink water and Bhimgoda is the place where Bhima drew water from the rocks by thrusting his knee. Surrounded by a lush green garden Bhimgoda tank is one of the most sacred sites.

Location - This place is located on the banks of the holy river Ganga. Bhimgoda tank is located within walking distance from Har Ki Pauri Ghat. It is around 3.5 km from the Haridwar bus stand.

Timing - 7 am to 7 pm

Why visit - Bhimgoda tank is refurbished with the water of river Ganga and is surrounded by beautiful gardens that make it the most popular tourist spot in Haridwar.

Best time to visit- The perfect time to visit the Bhimgoda tank is between October to March

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