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Haridwar

At the foothills of the Himalayas, Haridwar is everything its literary translation makes it out to be – 'gateway to the Gods.' Whether you’re here for the supernatural 'Kumbh Mela' gathering every dozen years or the general mystic aura, there's no place that has a religious buzz quite like Haridwar does. Generally crowded throughout the year, jostle your way past the odd wandering cow as you head over to Ram Ghat where orange-robbed sadhus and families bathe in the Ganges. Witness the 'aarti' at Har Ki Pauri late evening, for a glimpse into why a million devotees line these riverbanks day after day as small diyas drift downstream. Head over to the mountaintop white Mansa Devi temple for spectacular views of Haridwar, and spot the odd chillum-smoking Naga Baba sadhu with his renunciation of everything worldly including his clothes.

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Things to do

Haridwar Temple Tour - A complete religious and spiritual experience with a tour of the famous temples of Haridwar. This is also a fantastic opportunity for culture enthusiasts to witness the sincerity and intensity of religious devotion. Visit the Gauri Shankar Temple and Chandi Devi Temple that are amongst the most-visited temples in all of India. The Gauri Shankar Temple, over 900 years old, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple comes alive during the religious festival of Shivratri as people throng the temple with their offerings to Lord Shiva.

Sunrise trek from Kunjapuri Temple - Drive to the highest vantage point in Rishikesh, the Kunjapuri temple. Capture the town when the light couldn't get any better - at 6 a.m. As an added bonus, enjoy the best shower in the world, one that no faucet manufacturer can quite deliver, fresh mountain cascades under a waterfall.

Yoga session at Kunjapuri Temple - The mystic Kunjapuri Temple, with legends of Sati, makes for a numinous yoga experience. Whether a beginner or an expert, this yoga session is for all. Follow the instructions of our guru as you take that first step towards healthy untravelling.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is the only airport situated 39 kilometre away from Haridwar. There are many flights from Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and Indigo connect Jolly Grant Airport to Delhi. You will find many connecting flights from different cities in India. Including Mumbai, Lucknow, Srinagar, and Jammu. You have to take cab from Haridwar to reach airport or vice versa.

Rail

  • Haridwar Railway station is the major railway station. Haridwar Railway station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, and many more. You will find frequent trains from Delhi to Haridwar.

Road

  • Speak of roads, Haridwar has a well-established road network. You can take bus from any major destination in Uttarakhand heading towards Haridwar. While traveling through bus or cab you will come across many beautiful valleys. Haridwar is connected to National Highway 334 which makes it more easily accessible.

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