or 'The Gateway to the Gods' is one of
the 7 holiest places according to Hindu
mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left
their footprints in Haridwar.
The list of
attractions in Haridwar is endless. Har-Ki-Pauri,
the sacred ghat was constructed by King
Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother
about Haridwar will tell you that it attaches
deep seated importance to the mythological and
spiritual background of India. Legend says that
in the Vanaparva section of the Mahabharata,
sage Dhaumya cites Haridwar and Kankhal in his
discussion with Yudhisthira about the various
tirthas of India, Gangadwar. One of the Char
Dhams (the four prime centers of pilgrimage in
Uttarakhand namely, Kedarnath, Badrinath,
Gangotri, and Yamunotri, the city of Haridwar
came under the control of the Maurya Empire
between 322 and 185 BC, and later under the
Kushan Empire during the 1st–3rd centuries.
Haridwar, one of the favorite tourist
destinations in India for pilgrims and
vacationers alike, offers numerous options.
Situated to the north of the center,
Hari-ki-Pairi (or Har-ki-Pairi) is acclaimed as
the city’s nucleus, where the religious
followers assemble to bathe in the holy Ganges.
According to the legend a drop of nectar fell in
this place as a result of the samudra manthan -
churning of the oceans – Mythologically it
denotes the beginning of the world.
Best Season, Climate
Situated at an altitude of about 300 meters
above sea level, Haridwar has the temperature
usually hovering around 40°C during summers and
6°C in the winters. The best time to visit
Haridwar is between the months of October and
March during winter. Light cottons for summer
and heavy woolens for winters will make for
perfect clothing in Haridwar.
was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth
from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful waters
revived the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara.
Mythologically, drops of nectar churned out from
the primordial ocean fell at the four sites of
the Kumbh mela including Haridwar.
The Kumbh mela, happening once every 12 years
and the Ardha Kumbha Mela (Coming once every six
years) are big draws. One of the oldest living
cities, Hairdwar has been in people's mind from
the period of Buddha to the British advent and
now even is the 21st century. Besides being a
religious place, it has served as the center for
learning arts, science and culture.