Haridwar Tour Package
India is full of sublime wonders. You can arrive in India any time to find some festival, fair or pilgrimage on. There are visitors seeking a slice of what they call "the real India". If you are wondering where to get some certified, authentic "real India", you can head for Haridwar. Our Haridwar Tour package starts with a short, comfortable journey of about 200 km from your hotel in Delhi.
Mark Twain once said - "In religion, India is the only millionaire..." India has been a melting pot of religions and cultures for thousands of years. An ancient land home to sages, seers and enlightened ones for thousands of years. And Haridwar is counted among the oldest living cities, second only to Varanasi which is said to be seven thousand years old, still as alive and vibrant as ever.
Haridwar is particularly holy to Hindus who come here to take a dip in the Ganges, the belief is taking a dip in the holy waters washes away sins. Unlike whatever tourists may hear about the cleanliness of river, the water here actually pretty clean.
To tour along the sacred and mighty Ganges river (or Ganga) is becoming increasingly popular. Most tourists explore amazing Delhi, go onto the mandatory Taj Mahal at Agra, followed by fabulous palaces and forts in Rajasthan excursions ; then its either Varanasi or Pune. This standard route sometimes incorporates Rishikesh. Not many know about Haridwar, just 45 km or less than an hour, from Rishikesh.
Haridwar is known for the world famous Kumbha Mela that takes place here once every 12 years (and Ardha Kumbha Mela every six years). Millions gather at the Ganges at one go, a mind boggling sight! All important Hindu pilgrimages step into Haridwar. The sacred Ganges is believed to purify all whom its waters touch, washing away sins of mortals. The hotels, lodges, resorts, home stays, ashrams are very comfortable with excellent facilities.
The mighty Ganga surges 1600 miles across the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India and enters the plains at Haridwar. If you wish to visit the mighty Ganges yet are wondering if the Haridwar Tour package might be a long haul, note the journey is just a few hours. There are thousands of ghats (riverfronts) along the entire Ganges stretch here which are main centers of religious activity.
Brahma Kund is the spot here where Amrit (Nectar of Immortality) is said to have fallen, located at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar. The evening Aarti (prayers) offered to Goddess Ganga here is an enchanting experience with devotional singing accompanied by tinkling bells and chants. Thousands of pilgrims float diyas, floral floats with lamps and incense onto the river. The river turns molten gold, a spectacular sight.
The Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar is dedicated to goddess Mansa and is located atop the Bilwa Parvat in the Sivalik mountain range. The temple is the holy abode of Goddess Mansa, a form of Shakti. It is believed that the goddess fulfils wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back to untie the thread. Mansa is offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks.
Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. Mansa Devi Temple is considered a must visit. It offers views of the River Ganges and the plains of Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either trek up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope way service which carries pilgrims directly to the Temple. The total length of the rope way is 1,770 ft and height 584 ft.
The temple and the nearby Chandi Devi temple are visited by thousands of devotees daily and especially during Navratra and Kumbha Mela. Chandi Devi temple was built in the year 1929 by the then king of Kashmir Suchat Singh. The eleventh century Maya Devi temple is located at Har ki pauri and is dedicated to Goddess Maya, an incarnation of Shakti.
The Bharat Mata Temple is a massive eight-storey structure . Each floor of the temple houses statues of different mythological and historical legends, religious deities, leaders and heroes who played important role in the formation of the modern India. The temple was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri.
Shanti Kunj is another place to visit in Haridwar. It is the most important center for the Gayatri followers all over India. The temple here houses 24 images of Gayatri. Shanti Kunj is also famous for yoga practices.
Haridwar is also famous for its local bazaars or markets. The main Haridwar bazaar is a long, winding street, probably the oldest part of the town, free of all vehicular traffic.