Facts about Haridwar

  • 1030 feet above sea level
  • Summers temperature 20 °C to 40 °C
  • Best time to visit – March to July and september to December
  • Peak season – May till July
  • Total population as per 2001 cencus 175010
  • Garhwal hill range

Haridwar also known as Hari-dwar where hari means god and dwar means gate, In other words Haridwar means ‘Gate of God’. Haridwar is the gateway to the four most sacred hindus pilgrimages Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The ancient name for Haridwar is Gangadwara.

How to reach Haridwar

By Road

Haridwar is very well connected by all means of transportation rail, road and airways. Haridwar is approx 200 kms away from New Delhi the capital of India. It is not recommended to travel by road to Haridwar during the month of saavan (July) as per Hindu calander as most of the important roads are blocked due to precautions for the safety of Lord Shivas devotees (Kanwariyas) who carry litres of sacred water from river Ganga and then go walking to hundreds of kilometers towards their home or local temples in their locality.

By Train

Haridwar railway station (irctc code : HW) is very well connected from New Delhi (approx. 4-5 hours) and Dehradun (approx. 1 hour). The Haridwar raliway station is approx 2 kms from Har ki Paudi. Following are trains which can be boarded to reach Haridwar.

By Road

Haridwar Bus Station is at a walking distance from Haridwar Railway station, One can get buses plying to Delhi at any point of time. Apart from delhi buses can boarded for Rishikesh, Almora, Nainital, Kedarnath Temple, Badrinath Temple, Haldwani, Ramnagar, Pauri Garhwal, Tihri Garhwal, Srinagar Garhwal, Chamoli Garhwal, Punjab, Jaipur and many more places in north India.

According to the puranas during Samudra Manthan (Ksheera Sagara Mathanam), Churning of the ocean of milk the Amrit (The Nector of Immortality) some drops of Amrit spilled on Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. That is the reason for kumbh mela being celebrated and organised on one of these 4 places every third year and every 12 years at Haridwar.

The place where the Amrit fell in Haridwar is known as Brahma Kund at Har Ki Paudi (footsteps of God) is considered to be the most sacred ghats in Haridwar.

People come to haridwar to wash away their sins in river ganga. The most famous event at haridwar is the Aarti of river ganga at Har ki paudi both in the morning and evening. People from all across India come to haridwar to release ashes of their loves into river Ganga to provide them Moksha according to a hindu mythology.

Places to visit near Haridwar :

  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Neelkanth
  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Kankhal
  • Bhimgoda Tank
  • Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
  • Bharat Mata  Mandir
  • Shanti Kunj
  • Patanjali Yogpeeth
  • Anandamayi Maa Ashram
  • Ramanand Ashram
  • Parad Shivling
  • Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar
  • Pawan Dham
  • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
  • Piran Kaliyar
Train NumberTrain NameBoarding StationStoppage
9019Bandra-Dehradun ExpressBandra Terminus (BDTS), Nizamuddin (NZM)Haridwar
9105Ahmedabad-Haridwar MailAhmedabad (ADI), Jaipur (JP), Delhi (DLI)Haridwar
4610Hemkunt Express Jammu (JAT)Haridwar
4632 Amritsar-Dehradun ExpressAmritsar (ASR)Haridwar
2054 Jan Shatabdi Express Amritsar (ASR)Haridwar
2687Chennai-Dehradun ExpressChennai (MAS), Nizamuddin (NZM)Haridwar
3009 Doon Express Howrah (HWH), Varanasi (BSB), Lucknow (LKO)Haridwar
2327Upasana Express Howrah (HWH), Lucknow (LKO)Haridwar
4041Mussoorie Express Delhi (DLI)Haridwar
2055Jan Shatabdi ExpressDelhi (DLI)Haridwar
2017Shatabdi ExpressDelhi (DLI)Haridwar
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