Today we are going to talk about the Divine city Haridwar, where Holy river Ganga leaves mountains and start its journey of plains and I hope this post will be your complete Haridwar Travel guide. If you have any query about this tour, feel free to ask in comment box. This city is located in Uttrakhand state of India. The delight of river Ganga’s view in hills will make you fall in love with its beauty at first glimpse. There is an incense in the air of this city. One can have a quicke view of mountains right from reaching in Haridwar railway station. Thousands of pilgrims travel to this holy city every day. If someone want a quick and affordable travel then Haridwar is the best option to see the right blend of spirituality and nature.
Every day is a festival in Haridwar, Mother Ganga’s festival !! From sunrise bath to the evening aarti, every single moment is a festival. Every day thousands of pilgrims from every corner of the country come to visit the Ganges and bathe in the Ganges to become free from the sins of life. Haridwar has a lot of picturesque temples and sightseeing. One can easily roam around the ghats of Ganga and in the whole city without any travel agents in Haridwar. The market is beautifully decorated to attract tourists. In Haridwar, Foodie people do not get disappointed at all, plenty of fine shops in Haridwar offers delicious Indian food.Bookstores packed with religious and mythological books are enough to make you feel that you are in India’s popular religious place.
People from every province of India come here and take the holy water of the Ganges with them filled in bottles and cannikins. Many shops adorned with colourful bottles can be seen at Ganga ghat and nearby market. Travelers from far-flung, bathe in divine water of Ganga and forget all their tiredness. Once you will spend few days in this city, splendid view of Ganga will get settled in your mind for rest of your life. The evening time has the captivating view of Aarti. Tourists start sitting at the Ganga Ghat stairs in evening before Ganga aarti. At the time of Ganga aarti, one can observe very delectable view of hundreds of lamps floating in river Ganga. If you go to haridwar, never miss evening aarti (evening prayer).
Har Ki Pauri and the Brahma Kund
The stairs down to the main Ganga temple is called Har Ki Pauri. It is believed that at the time of churning of ocean, some of the nectar (amrit) dropped here and this place is called Brahma Kund and there is a holy tradition of bathing here. Asthi visarjan ghat (bone ash immersion pier) where hindus complete rituals of dispersing ashes of their deceased family members, is slightly further from brahm kund.
Mansa Devi Temple and Chandi Devi Temple
Temple of Mansa Devi is located at Mount Shivalik in hills Bilwa, Haridwar. It is believed that Mansa devi is a form of mother goddess of power( Maha Shakti) and her name is given to her because she grant wishes to her devotees. Mansa Devi temple is some 800 meters away from Har Ki Pauri. There are two ways to go to Mansa Devi, a walking tour and the other by udan Ktole (rope way).
Ticket for ropeway to Mansa Devi temple costs around 233 / – Rs per person. This cost includes ticket for ropeway to temple and return for both Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. Transport fee for going to chandi devi from mansa devi and return is included in ticket. It is advised to visit these temple via rope way as it is very convenient and the person can enjoy scenic beauty of haridwar from rope way.
Chandi Devi temple is situated 3 km away from mansa devi temple. The temple is dedicated to Mother Chandika. You can trek or go by rope way to chandi devi temple. This temple is located on the hills of the neel mountain. Near the mountain, subsidiary stream of river Ganga following by the foots of neel mount is called the Neel Ganga. Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar gives a beautiful views of the city. Chants of “Jai Mata Di” constantly resonate on these mountains. Devotees have to wait in queues for hours to do darshan. There is nice arrangements for sitting and eating in cafeteria.
There are a lot of temples in haridwar including Maya Devi Temple which is dedicated to the Devi Maya, Daksh Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Daksha Prajapati . Bharat Mata Temple is a temple of the modern age. It is an eight-storey temple. Haridwar is one of the very affordable holiday destination in northern India.
Some important things –
- Well, devotees come to Haridwar in every season and in every month but rush high during summer, in the month of Sawan, and during the Kumbh Mela.
- Haridwar is connected to all the main cities of the country by rail and bus.
- The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.
- Haridwar has good arrangements for staying. Many hospice, lodge and hotel, which can comfortably be accommodated at affordable cost. Tourist can easily find a place to stay according to their budget.
- Har Ki Pauri has different ghat for women to bath, which is maintained by Ganga sabha trust. There is no fee for bathing at Ghat. And free service of shoes keeping stalls.
- Rope way is a good option to visit Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. Take combined ticket for rope way to both temples, it include transport charges as well and saves your time as you will not have stand in queue two times for taking tickets. Mansa Devi Temple and Chandi Devi temple premises have proper arrangement of food.
A request –
Provide input into keeping Ganges clean and do not get involved in any act that can defile the Ganga and harm its purity. Har Har Gange !! Jai Maa Gange !!
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