Haridwar the holy place in Uttaranchal and is nestled in the base of Shivalik ranges of high Himalayas. It is said that Goddess Ganga came to earth and is residing in this holy city fulfilling her obligations of absorbing the heat and negativities of the earth. This religious heritage is also celestial abode to four religious places Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Haridwar has pleasant climate for many months of the year because of its location in the hilly areas. The city witnesses three seasons viz. summer season from March-June is very hot and humid with temperature soaring high to 40°C but with relief of cool weather during nights. Monsoon from June till September has moderate downpours with high humidity and winter from October till February has chill climate with minimum temperature about 6°C.
Haridwar as it is correctly said is a celestial place and has many pilgrimage places to visit:
- Chandi Devi
- Maya Devi Temple
- Har ki Paori
- Gurukul Kangri
- Mansa Devi temple
- Bhimgoda tank
- Sapt Sarovar
- Parad Shivling
- Rajaji National park
- Piran Kalier
- Sureshwari Devi
The fairs and festivals celebrated in Haridwar showcases it’s cultural and traditions. The famous Kumbh mela is organized every 12 years with more than 1 crore pilgrims coming from all over the world swarm this holy city and participate in this mela. The city is kaleidoscope of rich cultural heritage and civilization. All the Hindu festivals – Diwali, holi, Gokulashtami etc are celebrated with enthusiasm. Apart from these Kavad mela and Somvati Amavasya Mela are also celebrated with much gusto and respect. Folk songs sung by locals symbolize their prayer to God.
Haridwar is shopper’s paradise with treasure trove of items to be explored. Sojourn in this holy city one can fill in shopping bags with items associated with religion and spirituality. Spectrum of art and crafts items, pooja items, wood carvings, stone carvings, wide range of jewellery items, brass utensils, pickles, handmade decorative items and wide range of Ayurvedic products. Idols of Gods, kitchen set toys made from stone for kids etc are worth a catch.
Haridwar has in its platter wholesome vegetarian dishes prepared hygienically. All the restaurants serve authentic vegetarians food to the pilgrims. The vegetarian food in this holy place is served epitomises the piousness and purity of life and devotes long for vegetarian dishes to keep religious sanctity intact. As the city has visitors from all over the globe, multi cuisine restaurants have emerged but still the city is known for its inherent vegetarian delicacies.
Haridwar has umpteen numbers of stay options right from simple Dharamshala to budget hotels to five star hotels. Dharamshala offers cheap and clean accommodation with basic amenities. Budget hotels provide all the necessary amenities at minimal cost. Five star hotels provide you with modern and luxurious stay at high cost.
Haridwar is impeccable blend of rich cultural tradition, history and religion. It is one of the seven holy places of Hinduism. One must visit Haridwar at least once in lifetime and augment the spirituality and religiousness from within in this holy city.