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Haridwar, one of the seven holiest places for Hindus in India, is rich in cultural and spiritual heritage. On the holy River Ganga, the historic city of Haridwar has spiritual meaning for devout Hindus with ancient temples, sacred ghats and sites linked to mythology.

Visitors exploring Haridwar’s tourist attractions beyond massive religious pilgrimages discover gorgeous scenery, bustling local bazaars and abundant nature surrounding this Uttarakhand gem.

Here are some must-visit tourist attractions in Haridwar:

1. Har Ki Pauri

This is the most famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges. Known for its evening Ganga Aarti, it’s a spiritual experience where thousands of devotees gather to witness the ritual.

2. Mansa Devi Temple

Located on Bilwa Parvat, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. You can reach it either by trekking or by taking a cable car (ropeway), which offers a panoramic view of Haridwar.

3. Chandi Devi Temple

Situated atop the Neel Parvat on the eastern summit of the Shivalik Hills, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. Like Mansa Devi, it is accessible by a scenic cable car ride or a trek.

4. Shanti Kunj

A renowned ashram and spiritual academy, Shanti Kunj is the headquarters of the All World Gayatri Pariwar. It offers spiritual retreats and various activities related to spiritual growth and well-being.

5. Daksha Mahadev Temple

This temple is one of the oldest in Haridwar and holds great significance in Hindu mythology. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is associated with the legend of King Daksha.

6. Maya Devi Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Maya, the deity of the city, this temple is considered one of the Siddh Peethas and is believed to be the place where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell.

7. Bharat Mata Mandir

This multi-story temple is dedicated to Mother India and features sculptures and paintings representing various deities, historical figures, and events from Indian history.

8. Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar

This serene spot is believed to be the place where seven great sages (Saptarishis) meditated. It’s an excellent spot for those seeking peace and tranquility.

9. Rajaji National Park

For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, this national park is located near Haridwar and offers a chance to see elephants, tigers, leopards, and various bird species. Jungle safaris are a popular activity here.

10. Patanjali Yogpeeth

Founded by the famous yoga guru Baba Ramdev, this institute is a major center for Yoga and Ayurveda. It offers various health and wellness programs and sells Ayurvedic products.

11. Vaishno Devi Temple

A replica of the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu, this temple is a popular spot for devotees who cannot make the journey to Jammu.

These attractions highlight the spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty of Haridwar, making it a must-visit destination for travelers and devotees alike.


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