Haridwar (हरिद्वार), also spelled Hardwar, is a city in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

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To the north of the center, this is Haridwar's focal point, where devotees gather to bathe and worship on the Ganges. According to legend, this is where a drop of nectar fell from the churning of the oceans when the world was created, and a stone wall has Vishnu's footprint. Each evening around 19:00,(17:45 in winter) thousands gather and worship the river Goddess by putting ''diyas'' (floating lamps) in the river. You may be asked to make a donation if you linger near the ghats. Beware of con artists posing as officials. If you would like to make a donation there are boxes at the centre of the ghats around the light poles.

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Mansa Devi Mandir

At top of hill near the center of town. Can be reached by cable car (₹48 for a return ticket) or by a road that gently winds uphill (about 2 km), starting from Railway Rd. The temple is aesthetically not particularly noteworthy, but the views are grand. Expect to queue to board the cable car and once more to enter the temple: despite some rudimentary attempts at crowd control, the crowds of jostling devotees can make this a pretty intense experience.

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Bhagwati Chole Wala

Good for breakfast and lunch. Bhagwati choley wala is an old institution making a scrumptious breakfast of chole (Bengal gram) baturey, bun bread and choley, mixed minced buns in choley gravy and rice choley. They attract a large crowd and usually serve piping hot choley stew with every meal. The meal priced ₹30 each is served on a plate and leaf covering along with salad. Their buns in choley and lassi are particularly good.

EAT   —  Upper Road Haridwar

Didir Hotel

Didir Hotel is a convenient location located at Vishnughat and famous for its multiple serving Thalis. Costing ₹40, as of August 2011, it consists of hot rice with ghee, fritters, 1 dry and 1 curries, along with Daal (which is typically sweet sour) and a sweet chutney at the end. Known for its Dhokaar Dalna, and it serves multiple rotis along with curries at ₹40.

A day out in Rajiji National Park

While walking around the park you can spot elephant, leopard and deer. The bird life is prolific here and there is a large elephant population. The 5-hour tour costs around ₹1,800 per person, and it can be done during mid afternoon or early morning. It is spread over the foothills of the Himalayas and Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri.

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Hotel Haridwar Residency

Modern, clean and peaceful hotel located 3 minutes' walk from the Haridwar railway and bus station. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms available, all with private bathrooms. Singles, doubles, triples and four bed rooms available with 24-hour reception. Contact Mohit Manchanda via email or mobile for reservation.

SLEEP   —  +91 9837420086 —  55 Kankhal Road

Learn Yoga in Ashram

Patanajali Yog Peeth is a center of Ayurveda and Yoga activities in Haridwar. It is built as a tribute to Maharishi Patanjali, who significantly contributed to the invention of Yoga. This ashram is operated under the supervision of Swami Ramdev Ji Maharaj, who has been promoting Yoga all over the world.

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Chotiwalas Asli

Claiming to be the original, unfranchised Chotiwalas, this is the first shop right below the steps when walking south from Hari-ki-Pairi. The "Chotiwalas Special" (₹75) is a super-filling concoction of paneer and veggies in a creamy tomato base, topped with cheese and yogurt.

EAT   —  Subhash Ghat

Gayatri Tirth - Shantikunj

Nine days (Personality Development Camp) through practising Scientific Spirituality i.e. Yoga, Yagna, Meditation, Prayer, Motivational Seminar, Workshop, Song and art of living. Registration required. Dates: 1-9, 11-19, 21-29, three camps every month, throughout the year.

Hotel LandMark

Main Jwalapur Haridwar Road. Prime location provides easy access to Har-ki-Pauri in the heart of the haridwar, Daksh Mahadev Temple in the Khankhal city, and the commercial market area on the Main Jwalapur Haridwar Road. Rooms have air-con.

SLEEP   —  +91 1334 266366 —  Map

Chandi Devi Mandir

A temple dedicated to Chand Devi on the Neel Parval. It was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh the King of Kashmir. The deity was said to have been installed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. A cable car is available for the long journey

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This shop is old and claims to have started in year 1935. It has a wide variety of North Indian delicacies. The thali used to cost ₹80, but they have reportedly stopped serving it. They also have a house special dessert: Khaao India Khaao.

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Hotel Ganga Darshan

Is situated at Har-Ki- Pauri Haridwar in close proximity to Banks, Shopping Complexes and local market. Air-con & non-air-con rooms available at ₹950/₹1250/₹1550. All room are spacious and front sided. Parking facilities are available.

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Virasat Residency

Chitra cinema Street, Haridwar. It is 3 min walk from the railway station and 10 mins walk from har-ki-pauri. Air-con & non-air-con room at ₹1050/₹550. All room are spacious and front sided. Parking facilities are available.

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Bharat Mata Mandir

5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. Some signage in English.

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Mashir Hotel

Completely Bengali eatery serving basmati rice, along with dal, 2 seasonal curries, 1 fried item, chutney and ghee, unlimited servings. Breakfast of puri sabji is priced at ₹15 for 6 pooris and 1 sabzi.

EAT   —  Vishnughat

County Inn & Suites

Haripur Kalan, Motichur. Run by the Carlton group, this is the only international branded hotel in Haridwar and probably the best of the bunch. The main drawback is the location, some 6 km out of town.

SLEEP   —  +91 13 52485900 —  Map


Subhash Ghat, Hari-Ki-Pairi. Riverside accommodation right next to Hari-Ki-Pairi, the main selling point is the ''great'' river views from the balconies. Rooms have air-con, and are spacious & clean.

SLEEP   —  +91 334 225211 —  Map

Hotel Deep

Located in mid of Haridwar. Air-con and non-air-con rooms available. Online bookings can be made at this [http://www.haridwarhotels.net/haridwar_hotels.htm address] {{dead link|May 2016}}

Hotel Ganga Azure

. Small, not entirely clean rooms. Hot water available from 06:00-08:00 only, but the shower may be broken. The hotel restaurant ('''Big Ben''') is well liked, but somewhat below-priced.

Sureshwari Devi Temple

Located outside of Haridwar and within the Rajaji National Park, this serene and religious site is a place to see. Permission to enter this site is required from forest rangers.

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Kreams n Kountry

The Pao Bhaji Is delicious speciality .But the other notable products include Rajma chawal, veggie burger, chats of all kind, and ice creams..The staff are helpful and polite.

DRINK   —  Station road haridwar

Maya Devi Mandir

Located on upper road. This temple is one of the 51 "shakti peeths" and its the presiding deity of Haridwar. It is from this temple Haridwar derives its other name Mayapur.

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The closest Haridwar gets to McDonald's (not very), serves up a wide menu of South and North Indian favourites, with some Indian-Chinese thrown in. Most meals around ₹60.

Dada Boudir Hotel

This is a tasty Bengali eatery, serving lunch and dinner. Dehradun rice with ghee, fries, 2 curries, chutney, dal, etc. are ₹45 per head including multiple servings.

EAT   —  Railway Road

Hotel Shiv Murti

A big hotel with more than 30 air-con & non-air-con clean rooms with attached bathroom. Hot water available 06:00-09:00 only. The hotel restaurant serves good food.

Hotel Hari Heritage

Can also be stated as pride of Haridwar in terms of redefining hospitality, quality of Rooms, Service and Restaurant Temptation and Banquet Celebration

Hotel Jimmy

Sharawan Nath Nagar (''Sadhubela Marg''), Haridwar. Located in mid of Haridwar. Air-con & non-air-con rooms with hot/cold water. Has a cyber cafe.

SLEEP   —  +91 9897810055 —  Map

Sindh dugdh Bhandar

Popular since 1948, it is well maintained and a multi-cuisine restaurant with very good service and air conditioned, which is unusual in the town.

EAT   —  +91 320209 —  Rly. rd. Haridwar

Mohan Puri

The most famous food shop at harki pauri and everything fits in budget. But due to high tourist rush its bit congested in festival seasons.

DRINK   —  Harki Pauri

Ganga Lahari

Close to Har Ki Pauri, rooms open to a central corridor facing the river. Part of the same management running Haveli Hari Hanga

SLEEP   —  Gou Ghat

Haveli Hari Ganga

A comfortably appointed hotel/spa with a private ghat and balconies (few rooms) overlooking the river. ₹2800+.

Hotel Alpana

Claiming to be the new, clean Alpana. The "Alpana Meal" is ₹75 breakfast & ₹150 for lunch & ₹150 for dinner.

Kwality Mysore Restaurant

A good South Indian restaurant serving South Indian thalis and snacks. Dosas are the speciality.

Deluxe Dada Boudir Hotel

Bengali cuisine, such as Basmati ride, Dal, 2 seasonal curries, 1 fried item, chutney and ghee.

DRINK   —  Below Hotel Lions

Ginger Haridwar

Opp. Dudhadhari Temple, Bhopatwala. Clean, minimalistic hotel operated by the Ginger chain.

SLEEP   —  +91 13 34263333 —  Map

Dosa Plaza

A chain that offers 104 varieties of dosas, along with Indian and Chinese food.

EAT   —  +91 1334315517 —  Map

Shri Ganga Gift kendra

Sells rudraksh mala, sphatic mala, chandan mala and other chandan articles.

BUY   —  Moti Bazar

Hotel Bhagwati Niwas

On the banks of the Ganges. All room facing Gangaji with private ghat!

Shri Ram Sharnam Ashram

511-A, Sapta Sarovar Marg (''near Agrasen Ghat''), Bhopatwala.

SLEEP   —  +91 9810011735 —  Map

Spice N Nice

Serve Punjabi, South Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines.

EAT   —  +91 1334-266366 —  Map

Sushanto Choley Kulche wala

Excellent chloe for kulche with hot stew.

Hotel Gayatri Classic

AIr-con & non-air-con rooms.

Rahi Motel

Government Tourist Lodge.

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Divya Yog Mandir Trust University

Founded by Baba Ramdev.

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About Haridwar


Haridwar, literally translated as the Gateway to God, is one of the Hindu holy places in India and a centre of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. Located on the banks of the River Ganges (Ganga), at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.

Source: wikivoyage