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Places of Interest near Haridwar


1. Har Ki Pauri  
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

It is one of the most popular ghats in Haridwar. This sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari .It is also known as Brahmakund and it is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher.It is the site for famous kumbh mela which is celebrated in 12 years. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat. Nabuere

2. Chandi devi Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Legend has it that Chanda-Munda, the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. This temple, situated on top of the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges was constructed in AD 1929 by Suchat Singh, the then King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3 km trek from Chandighat

and can also be reached through a ropeway takes up just 5-10 minutes.

3. Mansa devi temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

This temple a top the Bilwa Parvat is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. One can have a panoramic view of Haridwar, the Ganges, and the countryside from this place. Literally meaning the Goddess who fulfills desires (Mansa), is a popular tourist destination, especially because of the cable cars, which offer a picturesque view of the entire city. The main temple

houses two idols of the Goddess, one with three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms. Visitors to Mansa Devi Temple have a number of options for getting to the temple.

4. Maya Devi Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

It is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhishtkatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this ancient saktipeeth, located to the east of Har-ki-Pauri.

5. Kankhal (Daksheswara Mahadev Temple)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

It is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too.

6. Vaishnov Devi Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

This temple is a newly constructed and a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir. Similar to the temple in Jammu, the path leading to worship Goddess Vaishno Devi is full of tunnels and caves. This temple was recently built and does not fall into the league of ancient temples.

7. Pavan Dham
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

A modern temple, made entirely of glass pieces, and now a popular tourist destination.The Temple complex was constructed by the effort of His Holiness Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj and the Institiute is growing under the Leadership of His Holiness Swami SahajPrakash Ji Maharaj.

8. Sapt Rishi Asram
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

According to Hindu Mythology, Sapt Rishi Ashram is regarded as the place where the seven great sages, or Sapt-Rishis, Kashyap, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam meditated. The Ganges split herself into seven currents at this place so that the Rishis would not be disturbed by the flow.

9. Gaurishanker Mahadev temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Gaurishankar Mahadev temple is one more religious place in Haridwar. Positioned near to the Chandi Devi temple, this temple is recognized to represent Lord Shiva. Gaurishankar Temple is a part of the various religious festivities held throughout the year. Any religious individual offering prayers with all his devotion gets his wishes fulfilled in this temple.

10. Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Shantikunj is the headquarter of famous spiritual and social organisation All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) established by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya. Its 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, its also a place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.

The little village of Bhairogarh near Siddhavat is famous for its tie and dye painting for centuries. In ancient times when trade with other countries flourished, exquisitely printed cloth from Bhairogarh used to find its way to Rome and China.

11. Gau Ghat
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

One among the many sacred sights of Haridwar is Gau Ghat. The Gau Ghat is also known to offer solace to those who have lost their near and dear ones. Offering of rose petals and coconuts ensure peace to the souls of ancestors. A fact not known to many is that the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were immersed in this Ghat.

12. Vishnu Ghat
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Vishnu Ghat, named after Lord Vishnu is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu bathed. Bathing in this ghat, or taking a dip in the holy river, is known to wash away all your sins. A visit to the religious land of Haridwar without taking a dip in the holy river leaves a sense of loss.

13. Kanva Rishi Ashram
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Kanva Rishi Ashram is sited just 42 kilometer from Haridwar, this ashram is enrooted to Kotdwar and one has to travel through a path along the forest. Kanva Rishi Ashram is a quick getaway from Haridwar, being on the outskirts. Needless to say, a visit to this ashram promises a feeling of peace and security.It is a treat to nature lovers.

14. Kamraj - ki – kali Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Kamraj-ki-Kali temple can be approached en route the Chandi Devi temple; the best way to commute is to walk your way to the temple. Kali or the Goddess of Time and Change is usually depicted in her fierce form, but is worshipped by devotees all over. Identified as the slayer of demons and supreme mistress of the universe, Goddess Kali is worshipped by many to gain a feeling of liberation and sustenance. Goddess Kali is also the Mother of Destruction.

15. Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

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.

16. Pir Kaliyar Sharif
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Built by Ibrahim Lodhi, a ruler of Delhi, this 'Dargah' of Hazrat Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, a 13th century, Sufi Saint of Chishti Order (also known as Sarkar Sabir Pak), in Kaliyar village, 7 km. from Roorkee, is a living example of religious harmony in India, visited by devotees from all over the world, during the annual 'Urs' festival, which is celebrated from 1 st day of sighting the moon to 16th day of Rabeeull month Islamic calendar.

17. Doodhdhari Barfani Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Doodhadhari Barfani temple in Haridwar is a big centre of attraction. It`s not only for its spiritual importance but for its beautiful construction work also. The temple is to be found in the Doodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram. The temple complex is built in white marble. Inside the temple complex, there are other temples as well dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses.

18. Bhimgoda Tank
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

This tank is situated at a distance of about 1 km from Har ki Pauri. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, prince Bhima drew water from the rocks here by thrusting his knee (goda), to the very ground.

19. Parad Shivling
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Parad Shivling (Mercury Shivling) weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are the main attractions here.

20. Maa Anandmayee Ashram
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Situated in Kankhal, one of five sub-cities of Haridwar, the ashram houses the samadhi shrine of Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896–1982), a noted saint of India.

21. Rishikesh
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

It is a small serene town famous for meditation and yoga. It is a gateway to Himalayas. Being on the bank of river Ganges it is an ideal destination for activities like rafting, trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering etc. Rishikesh is 25km ahead of Haridwar at an elevation of 356mts above sea level.

22. Dehradun
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. Dehradun houses all that is elegant and bright in the nature. A historic town in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, this pretty town is now the capital of the newly formed State of Uttaranchal. A tour in Dehradun provides one with the unforgettable charisma of impeccable sceneries that would stay with one for a long.

23. Mussoorie
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Mussoorie is a hill station in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north from the national capital of New Delhi. This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills.

Being at an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft), Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of 'mansoor', a shrub which is indigenous to the area.
24. Ranikhet:(approx 280km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, which states that it was here, that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet, though no palace exists in the area. The climate of the village is very cool.

25. Nainital:(approx 223km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital has earned the epithet of ' Lake District ' of India . The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills.

26. Solan:(approx 236km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Solan is a city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Solan has one of the oldest breweries in the country and which is a place worth visiting while travelling to the place. It is also known as the mushroom capital of the country due to the large amount of mushrooms that are cultivated in the place. here are a few temples and monasteries that are located in the region and these are good places to visit for those who are spiritually

inclined. There is a Tibetan monastery called the Yungdung Monastery and is an ideal place to unwind. The Jatoli Shiv Temple and the Shoolini Mata Temple are also important tourist places in the city. Many devotees from the nearby areas can be seen in these religious sites. A 300 year old fort is located in a place called Nauni and this Gurka Fort is primarily in ruins. However it is still a nice place to visit. The fort is situated on top of a mountain and has a panoramic view of the countryside. There is a horticultural university and museum located at Nauni and one can also visit this during their stay at Solan.
27. Kasauli:(approx 235km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Kasauli is one of the small towns developed by the British during the 'hey day' of the empire. This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls,

unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli's length and one can enjoy longs walks. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretch of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards.

28. Almora:(approx 286km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Almora, a hill station fully developed by Indians situated pretty above 6000 feet on a crescent shaped mountain, is in the Kumaon mountains of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand State in India. It is assumed that Almora has a long history and has existed since the Vedic Age. This is a crowded hill town in North India and is highly attractive for the astounding

natural beauty. Almora is a town of temples, with temple of Goddess Nanda Devi placed in the centre of the town. The mountain, the undulated terrains with greenish luxury all around, is visible from the nearby areas as well.
29. Shimla:(approx 283km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Snow-capped Himalayan peaks and green pastures surround Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Enjoy a heritage walk through Shimla's Victorian-era architecture, labyrinthine bazaars and lengthy pedestrian shopping mall.

30. Kufri: (approx 292km from Haridwar)
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Kufri, a small picturesque hill station at the foothills of Himalayas, is located at the southern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh and is known for its pleasing climate and scenic beauty. It is a pleasant location near the majestic hill station Shimla. Kufri, perched at a height of 2,510 m above the sea level, is known for its picturesque trekking and hiking trails.

Adventurous travelers prefer to visit Kufri during winters to experience and enjoy the skiing and tobogganing along its snow clad mountainous slopes. Exquisite nature parks and scenic spots in the backdrop of natural settings are prime attractions in Kufri.
31. Dev Prayag
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Dev Prayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi - the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first prayag on the way to Badrinath. This is also where the Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand meet. There are two Kunds or ponds on the banks of the rivers which join here, these are: the Vasistha Kund on the

Bhagirathi and the Brahma Kund on the bank of the Alakananda. Legend also mentions about this site being Vishnu's navel and that Brahma meditated here.
32. Karan Prayag
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Karnaprayag is situated at the sacred confluence of the Alaknanda and Pindar rivers. And 11 km from Gauchar. The Pindar, which gushes forth from the Pindari Glacier, is a rapid torrent, which whips into the equally feisty Alaknanda to form a broad sangam.The place derives its name from Kama, the son of the Queen Kunti and her fiery lover, Lord Surya (sun),

Kama's lineage was kept a secret, but he propitiated the Sun God here, and acquired a pair of earrings & armour that made him invincible.
33. Nand Prayag
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Nand Prayag is the second prayag in the cascade sequence of the confluences where the Nandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River. Legend has it that this prayag was earlier known as Kanvasu, after Maharishi Kanva who had his ashram here.

34. Rudra Prayag
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

The Rudraprayag is the meet point of Alaknanda and Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as RudraRudraprayag is also known as ‘Sangeet Nagri’ after the mischievous sage Narad Muni, who attained prowess in playing the veena here. The spot where he meditated for more

than a hundred years to gain this knowledge is marked by a black rock known as Narad Shila. The Rudranath or Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple stands resplendently in the shade of a peepal tree.
35. Vishnu Prayag
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Kasauli is one of the small towns developed by the British during the 'hey day' of the empire. This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls,

36. Gangotri Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

The holy river Ganga is known to be originated from Gangotri itself, through the prayer made by king Bhagirath. Gangotri lies at an altitude of 3,200 mts about the sea level in Uttarkashi district where thousands of devotees pay their visit to wash away their sins in the urge of salvation. The Ganges is believed to be the sacred source of purity and sanctity

and so before visiting the temple, devotees take a holy dip in this mighty river.The shrine of Gangotri temple is 18th century old with an exquisite 20 ft structure made of white granite and people can enjoy the tour fully during the months of May to June and September to October.
37. Yamunotri Temple
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Located at Uttarkashi at an elevation of 3164 meters from the sea level, Yamunotri Dham temple sanctifies thousands of moods and spirits bringing the origin of River Yamuna.  It is the only place where the devotees can find both the amalgamation of hot and cold environment. The Himalayan environment is purified and freezes with the cold tides of the glaciers of River

Yamuna and the sides are remained warmed up with thermal springs which are known as ‘Kunds’ of Goddess Shakti.
38. Shri Kedanath Temple
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Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state is elevated at an altitude of 3584 m above the sea level flanking around the river Mandakini. It is considered as the most pious abode of Lord Shiva and is believed that one of the 12 forms of Lord Shiva in the shape of "Jyotirlingas" was dropped at the hills of Mandar where the main temple is located.

The famous Jyotirlinga shrines are must visit places where Lord Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. This is the reason tremendous pilgrims visit this original place to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.
39. Shri Badrinath Temple
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A perfect example of devotion for humanity and mankind, the Badrinath Temple is elevated at an altitude of 3415 meters in the Garhwal Hills on the bank of Alaknanada River. One of the famous shrines of the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand, it is the sacred place devoted to Lord Vishnu. Legend says Lord Vishnu meditated at this place for thousand incessant years under the Badri tree and so the name is given as Badrinath.

40. Joshimath
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttarakhand. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya. The rivers Alkananda and Dhauliganga meet at the confluence of Vishnuprayag

located just below Joshimath. In winters, the town becomes home of Lord Badri,who is brought down from Badrinath to Vvasudeva temple at Joshimath.
41. Auli
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Auli is the most popular skiing destination of Uttaranchal state. Auli is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal region. Auli is a "bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language. Auli is blessed with invigorating views of the splendid mountain range, Himalayas. The slopes of Auli provide enough thrills to professional skier and novice as well.

42. Valley of Flowers
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The credit for the discovery of the Valley of Flowers goes to the British mountaineers Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.

43. Hemkund Sahib
visiting place near Nasik kumbh mela

Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt) is a Sikh place of worship Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work believed to be narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, located in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India.

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