Haridwar is even also known as Hardwar. It is also one of the Holy Towns of India. Millions of people from different places visit here. It is also the starting point of the Chardham Yatra.
Further, you will find out how to reach Haridwar by different means and also know the best places to stay in Haridwar.
The Kumbh Mela (Kumbh fair) is the most popular festival of Haridwar. It takes place once every twelve years. Millions of people gather here to join Kumbh Mela. The meaning of the city is Haridwar, ‘Hari’ means Lord Vishnu and ‘Dwar’ means gate. It stands for the gateway of Lord Vishnu. The Ganga river starts from Gaumukh and meets for the first time in Haridwar, this holy town is a major attraction for the Hindu pilgrims around the world. The city is also mentioned in the Chinese scriptures known as ‘Mo-Yu-Lo’.
HOW TO REACH HARIDWAR
One can reach Haridwar by road, rail, and air. Haridwar is 214 km from New Delhi and it is very accessible from all the major cities of northern India. Also, the national highway 45 passes by Haridwar and connects to the major cities of North India. It usually takes 4-5 hours from Delhi. The Rail Routes are connected to Haridwar from major cities and are very easy to travel by train. Most peoples travel to Haridwar by train. Jolly Grant at Dehradun, 226 km away, is the nearest airport. Taxis, private cars, and state road transport buses are available from the airport to reach Haridwar.
WHERE TO STAY IN HARIDWAR
Dharamshalas are widely available in pilgrimage places. It is cheaper than hotel services. One can easily check in at Dharamshala. All these Dharamshalas provide accommodation as well as food services. AC and Non AC Rooms are also available.
1. EKTA BHAVAN DHARAMSHALA
Here, there are rooms facing the Ganga Ghat. It is situated on the road and is in the middle location near Bhimgoda Kund. Har ki Pauri is almost 10 minutes from here.
2. GOPI DHAM DHARAMSHALA
Transportation services are easily available from this place. Shanti Kunj and Bharat Mata temple are close to this place.
3. Late Matushri Kantama Smriti Bhawan – Shree Jalaram Trust
Late Matushri Kantama Smriti Bhawan (Jalaram Bhawan) is located at Kankhal. One of the best locations for the Gujarati People and for Group Booking. Vaishno Devi temple is 4.3 Kms from here.
4. Leela Yatri Bhawan
Sight-Seeing places and transportation are easily accessible from here. Hari ki Pauri and Mansa Devi temple are nearby. It is located 1 Km from Haridwar Railway Station.
5. Bharat Sevashram Sangha
Bharat Sevashram Sangha Dharamshala Booking in Haridwar is located close to the bus and railway station. There is also a temple and open ground in Dharamshala.