Haridwar is a historic and cultural destination, older than many other ancient towns in the world, and is deeply rooted in the history and development of Hinduism and Indian culture from its earliest days. The Archaeological Museum bears witness to that with a collection of artifacts from the area dating back more than 5000 years. Haridwar is the gateway to Hari (Shiv) Haridwar is one of the seven holy places of india is a sacred Hindu pilgrim centre , situated on the foothills of shivaliks mountain.Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit,accidentally spilled thats the reason Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Pilgrim visit Haridwar round the year and on auspicious days the pilgrimage number reaches to lakhs.They bath in holi river Ganga to wash away their sins to attain Moksha at Brahma Kund and performmany hindu rituals. Haridwar have many ashrams, dharamshala and hotels to stay. Haridwar is located around 200 km north east of Delhi and 54 km south of Dehradun and is probably the most important gateway to Uttarakhand by rail and road. It would also be justifiable to describe it as one of the most important “tourism” destinations in India, there is a vibrant and thriving commercial activity in its many market streets and alley ways. Traders and wholesalers offer all sorts of local and “imported” products, which goes beyond the city’s status as a pilgrimage destination,
Haridwar Main Bazaar is located between the Upper Ganges Canal and the Jwalapur Haridwar Road from the Har ki Pauri Ghat to the Laltarao Bridge and is a dense maze of narrow streets and alleyways catering mainly to the pilgrims but with many interesting shops selling all sorts of fabric,weavings and knit ware locally produced or imported from all over India and neighbouring countries. It is an extremely interesting cultural attraction and large crowds throng the narrow lanes, pilgrims and tourists alike, especially during holidays and weekends.
Har ki pauri is the palce where amrit fell
The most sacred bathing Ghat is Har- kee-Pauri. or Brahman Kund. This place is mostly filled with pilgrims and all rituals are done in this place .The Ganga Arti in the evening every day is delifghtful scene.When many diyas are lighted and they are floated in the ganaga the view is charamastic. Ganga jal the holy water is taken pilgrims for solemn occasions.The temple of Ganga , Mansing-ki-chhatri, Haricharan Temple and Birla tower are situated.
Chandi Devi Temple
At this place demon Army chief Chand-Mund of the demon Shumbh-Nishumbh was killed by devi Chandi at this place. It is on eastern bank of river Ganga on the ‘Neel Parvat’, at a distance of 6km and 3km trek from Chandigha you can also take rope way to reach the temple from chandighat.
Temple of Gauri shankar ,Neeeleshwar Mahadev and Anjani Devi are nearby. It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century A.D.
On the way to sapt rishi kund ashram, there is bhimgoda tank. the origin of which is said to have created by Bhim with blow of his knenees.It is 1km from Har-ki-pauri
This Temple is situated on Bilva parvat .
Daksh Praja Pati Temple and sati kund at Kankhal.
It is about 4km from Haridwar.Kankhal is one of the five sacred places of pilgrimage. (Panch Tirath).The ancient Shiva (temple)Mahadev is located in south Kankhal town.The mythological legend state that king Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati performed a Yagya here but didn’t invite Lord Shiva sati was offended by his father behavior and sacrificed her life by jumping into the fire of yagya, Infuriated Lord Shiva killed king Daksha but later brought him back to life.
4km from Haridwar, Sati kund is another major mythological heritage worth a visit . It is situated in kankhal.
Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata Temple is one of its own kind. Its impressive multistory building and each floor is dedicated to different gods. There is mother India is the prime Deity and depicted with indian National flag in her hand.
It represent ‘Unity in Diversity’ in India and oneness in India.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
The temple bears sign indicating to have been built in 1867. The smaller of the two spires over foot print of Vishnu from which Har ki pauri gets its name. Local traditions recounts that it was built by Raja Man Singh who was vassal of Mughual emperor Akbar.
Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal,Shiv-ling weighting about 150kg adn Rudraksha Tree are the main Attractions.
Anand Mayi Ashram
Situated in Kankhal, one of thre subdivision of five sub-cities of Haridwar Ashram is the Samadhi of the Noted Saint of India. maa Ananad Mai.
Landhaura Town south of Haridwar is a quiet town with a 150 years old Mogul Palace, the Rang Mahal with an interesting history and architecture. Nearby is the Ban Ganga Wetland, an important bird watching location (also an IBA) with a range of rare migratory water fowls and other birds.