Haridwar is an ancient holy place of Hindu. It is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites located in the Uttarakhand state of India. On this place, river Ganga leaves Himalayan hills where she born and starts streaming in plan areas of India. Every week, thousands of devotees come here to bath in the holy river Ganga and for evening Ganga Aarti (Prayer).
In the ancient Hindu books (Holy Granths) Haridwar is referred to one of the holy places among seventh.
Tourist Places Near Haridwar
However, there are many big and small holy places to visit but the following are famous tourist places to visit near Haridwar to make the journey worth the experience.
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat in Haridwar on the bank of Ganga. It is one of the major attractions of Haridwar and performs evening Ganga Aarti (Ganga Prayer) which is absolutely a mesmerizing moment for devotees visiting Haridwar. Just after performing Ganga Aarti, devotees float Diyas (Traditional Lights) in the stream of holy Ganga river which gleams whole the site in the night.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple is one of the famous places to visit near Haridwar. It is located at the top of Bilwa Parvat on the Shivalik Hills. This temple is dedicated to Goddes Mansa Devi, people can either walk for 2 km or take a ropeway to reach Mansa Devi temple.
Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi temple is situated on the top of a small mountain known by Neel Parvat. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. People can either walk or take the cable car service to reach here. It is a few minutes drive away from Har Ki Pauri.
Bharat Mata Mandir
An 8 floors tall shining in white body Bharat Mata Mandir is situated at the bank of river Ganga in Haridwar. Each floor is dedicated to the various Indian God and Goddess. It was inaugurated by late Indian Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi and established by Swami Satyamitranand Giri.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple situated inside Doodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram; 4 km distance away from Har Ki Pauri at Haridwar-Rishikesh highway (the place called Bhupatwala). There are various temples inside of the ashram dedicated to Hindu God and Goddess such as Ram-Sita, Hanuman.
Vaishno Devi Temple
The Vaishno Devi Temple, a replica of the famous Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu is one of the most popular and most visited tourist places near Haridwar. It is almost 7-8 km away from Har Ki Pauri. By passing tunnels and caves, devotees reach the inner sanctum containing the shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.
Pawan Dham is a social non-profitable organization. It is one of the most visited and popular pilgrim sites of the Hindus. The temple was built by Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj. The major attractions of this temple are the idols, which are adorned with precious jewelry. The marble idols of Hindu gods and goddesses such as Lord Hanuman, Ganesh, Shiva, Durga, Santoshi Mata also attract a lot of travelers from all over the country.
People who are visiting Haridwar also can visit Rishikesh, Dehradun, and Mussoorie.