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Haridwar Tour from Delhi

  Haridwar Tour from Delhi TourCode : 1322
Duration  3 Days / 2 Nights
Route  Delhi-Haridwar-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Day 1: Arrive Delhi – On to Haridwar (215 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)

Welcome to Delhi, the Grand Capital of India. On arrival at Delhi airport or Delhi railway station, begin the tour of ‘Haridwar’. Proceed on a picturesque drive to Haridwar. On arrival, check in at the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay in Haridwar.

Day 2: In Haridwar

This morning, after breakfast visit the temples and the Ghats at Haridwar covering the Mansa Devi Temple, Gurukul Kangri University, and Bharat Mata Temple. In the evening witness the Ganga Aarti at the Har-Ki-Pauri. Overnight stay in Haridwar.

Day 3: On to Delhi (215 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)

Today, depart to the ‘Haridwar’ tour as you transfer to Delhi airport or Delhi railway station for your onward journey.


The main focus of activity is along the Ganga and on the bathing ghats. Har-ki-Pauri is the main ghat, with bridges and walkways connecting smaller islands in the river.

Metal chains hang from the bridges for pilgrims to hold onto while bathing in the swift currents of the river. It is believed that King Vikramaditya built the ghat in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Also known as Brahmakund, popular legend says that Lord Vishnu left his footprint at Har-ki-Pauri. Besides bathing at this site, you can take in the spectacular view of the Ganga Aarti in the evenings. Priests perform ritual worship of the river with huge multi-layered lamps, to the sound of conch shells and bells. Thousands of earthen lamps are floated in the water, which glitters like gold in the darkness. Though non-Hindus are not allowed onto the main ghat, they can watch the proceedings from the clocktower on a small island.

To the east of Har-ki-Pauri lies the shrine of Maya Devi , one of the 52 shaktipeethas revered by Hindus as the sites where body parts of Sati fell. Dating to the 11th century, the Maya Devi temple is said to be the spot where Sati’s heart and navel fell. Up north is the pool known as Bhimgoda . According to the epic Mahabharata, the Pandava hero Bhim drew water from the rocks by creating a pool with the stroke of his horse’s hoof.

On top of the Neel Parvat across the Ganga stands the Chandi Devi temple . Built in 1929 by the Maharaja of Kashmir, the last kilometre or so to the temple can be traversed on foot or on a cable car from the Gauri Shankar temple. According to popular legend, the Goddess Shakti killed the demon Chanda-Munda and gained the epithet Chandi, after which the temple is named.

Perched on the crest of the Bilwa Parvat , behind the town is the white painted shrine of Manasa Devi . Dedicated to the mother goddess, the main image in the temple is a three-headed, five armed Durga, while another idol has eight arms.

The temple can be accessed either by foot after a one-and-a-half kilometres trek or, by the ropeway that leaves from Upper Road near the station. From the temple, you get excellent views of the river and Haridwar.

The modern Bharat Mata Temple is an eight-storeyed edifice 5 kms north of the centre. The temple dedicated to ‘Mother India’ has images of important historical figures and Hindu deities.

Shanti Kunj is an ashram specialising in yoga lessons and natural cures. Pawan Dham has a temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. The significant feature of this temple is its richly decorated glass interiors. A likeness of the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi at Jammu has been recently established in town.

On the outskirts of town – on the Jwalapur by-pass road is the Gurukul Kangri University , where training sessions in Ayurvedic medicine are conducted. The university also has a museum called Ved Mandir exhibiting artifacts from ancient times.

At Kankhal , 6 kms downstream, is the famous Daksha Mahadev Temple , also known as Shri Daksheshwar temple . According to Hindu mythology, King Daksha the father of Sati performed a grand fire sacrifice (yajna) at this spot.He invited all the celestial gods and goddesses except Shiva, his son in law, to the sacrifice, which enraged his daughter so much that she burnt herself in the sacrificial fire. When Shiva came to know of this, he beheaded the king, but later restored him to life. The temple is dedicated to this legend and has a gilded image of a serpent symbolising Shiva. The temple set on the banks of the Ganga, surrounded by trees, was built in 1810. Kankhal has some other temples and Ashrams besides the Daksha Mahadev temple.

Rajaji National Park , famous for its wild elephants, is a short distance away across the river.


The Bara Bazaar, Moti Bazaar and Jwalapur areas of Haridwar are the main shopping centres, selling religious implements, brassware, cane and bamboo products, semi-precious stones, vermilion powder, herbal medicines, spices and pickles. The sacred rudraksha garland, made from strings of the rudraksha seed and used by religious men, is also sold here. Laymen however, can seldom accurately judge the authenticity of the seeds. You can pick up cans of Ganga water, which is used by Hindus in rituals for purification. Alternatively, you can buy jerry cans and collect the water yourself.

Eating Joints

For a town that serves strict vegetarian food, the fare turned out is remarkably good. The choice is varied and from south Indian ‘dosas’ and ‘thalis’ to Punjabi “chana bhathura” and “parathas”. Whether you eat at food stalls or at restaurants, the food is bound to be wholesome and tasty!

There is no scope for entertainment in this holy town, except to watch the “Ganga Aarti” in the evenings when the river glitters with the light from hundreds of earthen lamps floating down it.


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