Haridwar as the name suggests is Hari ka Dwar i.e. Door or Way to Hari i.e. God or Gateway to God. It is a major pilgrimage in North India. It also leads the way for other important spiritual destinations namely, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Haridwar is considered one of the holiest cities in India. It is blessed of having numerous temples, spiritual ashrams and hosting different Melas major of them are the Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumb Mela. Here the River Ganges is the coolest and purest. The place also is a major source of ayurvedic medicines. The pleasant landscape of Haridwar is eye soothing. People of all caste and creed make a point to visit Haridwar at least once.
Haridwar is also a photographer’s delight as it offers every photographer opportunities to capture Nature and God at its best. Inexpensive lodges and hotels make stay at Haridwar economical and pocket friendly. As it is God’s gateway, the city is pious and nature friendly.
Haridwar has an excellent connectivity by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is at a distance of about 20 kms from Haridwar. There are regular flights from New Delhi to Dehradun. Haridwar is very well connected by rail and many trains from New Delhi and even farther places connect the city. The city has a well functional Bus Stand and operates regular bus services to New Delhi and around Haridwar namely, Dehradun, Mussories, Nainital and other sight seeing places. The city has a well maintained parking lot for private vehicles visiting Haridwar.
The city has numerous hotels, lodges, dharamshalas and ashrams which provide world class stay for days as they wish. All these places provide foods, beddings and even cooking facilities. The tariffs vary from executive class to standard economical class.
Haridwar has numerous places to visit. Since it is a mythological city and is a land of sadhus, Haridwar has innumerable temples dedicated to Hindu Gods, numerous meditation centres or ashrams. The city is a paradise for nature lovers as it is situated along the river Ganga and at the bottom of mountains. Hence the city offers natural as well as religious sightseeing.
Among the major religious sightseeing places are :
Har-ki-Pouri - where people bath in the Ganges Kund as a cleansing ritual and view aarti every twilight and lit lamps in the river.
Mansa Devi – The temple of Goddes Durga perched on Bilwa Parvat of Shivalik range of hills
Chandi Devi – The temple of Goddes Chandi Devi perched on top of Neel Parvat of Shivalik range of hills.
Bharat Mata Mandir – An eight floor temple dedicated in honour of great Indian men and women.
Other religious sightseeing places around Haridwar are Bhimgoda tank, Neel Dhara, Sapt Rishi Ashram, Maya Devi Temple, Anandmayima ashram, Neel Kanth, Pawan Dham, Daksh Mahadev Temple.
An institution developed by Swami Ramdev for scientific research and treatment in Yoga has also been established in the name of “PATANJALI”.
As Haridwar is situated on the foothills of Shivalik Range of Hills, it has abundant natural sightseeing areas. A photographer can take pictures of the river sloping by the side of the hills, an birds eye view shot of the city from Mansa Devi temple, a beautiful landscape of the Ganga river along the hills. Natural hill cliffs and other natural sceneries.
The nearest other place that can be visited from Haridwar is Rishikesh. This small town offers photographers opportunity to capture nature at its best. The river, the Himalayan mountain slopes, the mountain cliffs, the river below and the hanging bridges across the river are scenes of delight. Rishikesh has also numerous temples and ashrams. This city is a city of peace and tranquility away from the bustling city of Haridwar.