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Har ki Pauri: is also known as Brahmakund and is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher. It is the site for the famous Kumbh Mela that is celebrated in every 12 years. Large number of devotees comes to Haridwar to take a holy dip in the River Ganga. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the golden diyas that keep floating on the river offers an enchanting view to the visitors. This sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is said to have meditated on the banks of River Ganga in Haridwar.

Chandi Devi temple: Situated on the top of the Neel Parwat, Chandi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The temple can be reached after a 3km trek from Chandi Ghat. The main statue of Chandi Devi Temple was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century. Cable car has also been introduced to reach the temple.

Maya Devi Temple: It is believed that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse. Maya Devi Temple is regarded as one of the Siddhapeeth’s. This ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar.

Mansa Devi Temple: Mansa Devi temple is perched on the top of the Bilwa Parwat and it is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. Mansa Devi can be reached either by a ropeway that carries pilgrims to the temple or on foot. A statue of the Goddess here has three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms. The temple affords bird’s eye view of Haridwar.

Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar: It is believed that seven sages meditated at this place. Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam were the seven rishis. Ganga split herself into seven streams to avoid any disturbance to their meditation.

Daksha Mahadev Temple: This ancient Daksha Mahadev Temple (Daksheswara Mahadev Temple) is located in the south Kankhal with Lord Shiva as its residing deity. According to mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagna conducted by Daksha.

Bhimgoda Tank: This tank is at a distance of about 1 km from Har ki Pairi. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee.

Bharat Mata Mandir: situated 5 km north of the center, this temple is dedicated to Mother India; this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths.

Maa Anandamayee Ashram: Located at Kankhal. The samadhi of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee (Anandamayi) is located here and is the Head Office of the revered organization.

Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar: This Bird Sanctuary is situated on the main Ganges river, or Neel Dhara, at the Bhimgoda Barrage, it is a paradise for bird watchers and home to many migratory birds during the winter season.

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple: Part of the ashram of Doodhadhari Barfani Baba, this temple complex in white marble is one of most beautiful temples in Haridwar, especially the temples of Rama-Sita and Hanuman.

Sureshvari Devi Temple: Temple of Goddess Sureshwari is situated in midst of beautiful Rajaji National Park. Serene and religious makes this temple abode of worshipers, saints etc. Located at outskirts of Haridwar in Ranipur and permission from forest rangers is necessary.

Pawan Dham: A modern temple, made entirely of glass pieces, Pawan Dham is now a popular tourist destination. The temple complex was constructed by the effort of Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj and the institute located there is growing under the leadership of Swami SahajPrakash Ji Maharaj. People from Moga in Punjab have put considerable efforts and money to erect this place.

Shantikunj: Shantikunj is headquarters of the famous spiritual and social organization All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) established by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya. It is located at a distance of 6 Kilometers from Haridwar railway station towards Rishikesh/Dehradun on NH58. At the bank of the holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, it is also a place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.

Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust): Patanajli yogpeeth is situated on Haridwar - Delhi Highway. this is a yoga institution and research center of Swami Ramdev. every day thousands of people come here for yoga n other purposes. This is one of the best places in Haridwar to see.

Rajaji National Park: It is gifted with immaculate beauty covering an area of 820sqkms on the edge of the Doon Valley. It is situated around 10kms from Haridwar. Rajaji National Park was established in 1996 and has over 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. It is a safe haven for panther, bear, chital, elephant, tiger, sambar, wild boar, barking deer, python, monitor lizard etc. Elephant Safari is also available at Chilla and Dholkand.

Haridwar has several other beautifully made Ashrams/temples of significance such as ShantiKunj, Jairam Ashram, Bhuma Niketan, Bharat Mata Mandir, Vaishnav Devi Temple, Radha Krishan temple, Shravan Nath Math, Pawan Dham, Doodhadari temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple, Shahi Gurudwara, Parmarth Ashram, Prem Nagar Ashram, Ma Anand Mai Ashram etc. All of these places are worth seeing.

Activities

Shopping: Being a tourist place, Haridwar has many shopping spots. The popular markets are:
  • Bara Bazaar: The market is located on the Railway Road. Rudraksha seeds are on display here in plenty. However, before you make a buy, do make sure that you are buying genuine seeds. Apart from this, you can also buy Ayurvedic medicines here.
  • Government Handloom & Handicraft Emporium: The pilgrimage town of Haridwar also features a number of government-run emporiums. At these shops, you can find a wide variety of religious as well as stone and wood handicrafts.
  • Moti Bazaar: The market lies on the Upper Road towards the north of the canal. Here, you will find a number of stalls in series selling wide range of Pooja articles and other accessories. Once here, you can purchase items including intricately carved stone idols, metal utensils (mainly of copper and brass), sweets, colorful glass bangles and cane baskets. These stalls also sell wonderful kitchen set toys, pickles and Ayurvedic medicines.
  • Kankhal: Walking 3 miles south of Haridwar takes you to the historical town of Kankhal. Here you can shop for Rudrakash.
  • Jwalapur: Apart from buying souvenirs at the market here, you can also check out various pure veg restaurants and sweetmeat shops. Shops in the market sell a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies here.

Ganga Aarti: the aarti of the river Ganga, considered as a goddess in the Hindu religion, is the most auspicious and awe-inspiring part of the daily activities in Haridwar. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the golden diyas that keep floating on the river offers an enchanting view to the visitors.

Jungle Safari: Haridwar is situated on the boundaries of Rajaji National Park. One can visit the park in the morning or afternoon and go on 3 hr. Jungle Safari by hiring the jeeps and guide provided by the park administration there.

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