Haridwar is one of the most scared places in India is situated in the north region in Uttarakhand and is considered the most important Hindu pilgrimage site. It is situated near banks of river Ganga and consists of total of 228,832 people by count in 2011. It is also called as Hardwar and both the names have a different meaning. In the word Haridwar, “Hari” means “Lord Vishnu” and “Dwar” means “Gateway”. In the word Hardwar, “Hara” means “Lord Shiva” and Dwar means the “Gateway”. According to the sources, it is named this because usually pilgrims start their journey from Haridwar to Badrinath.
Haridwar’s ancient name was Gangadwara as it is situated at the banks of river Ganga which is said to be originated from the locks of Lord Shiva’s hair. It is said that, from the 4 drop sites of Amrit – the elixir of immortality, one was the Haridwar where the Amrit was accidently dropped by Garuda – a celestial bird. The drop was made at Brahma Kund located at Har Ki Pauri and therefore is considered as the most sacred ghat of it.
There are over 57 temples in it and 300 ashrams which usually host 15000 pilgrims who come to visit it or for some special occasion like Kumbh Mela. Even the railway station is made like a temple National highway 58 and 74 connects to all major cities specially Badrinath where over 150 buses are available.
Haridwar host one of the biggest event of India called as Kumbh Mela which is hosted every 12 years and gains attraction of many pilgrims and tourists from around the world. The drop of Amrit from the Garuda attracts that occasion because of which people bath in the Ganga river to clear all their sins and obtain Moksh.
How To Reach Haridwar
Flight – There is no airport in Haridwar. The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. It is a domestic airport that serves Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, among other cities in India. Air India Regional, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and Ventura AirConnect are the primary airlines that service the airport. It is an international airport with connections to most major cities worldwide, including New York, Paris, and others.
Train – Haridwar Railway Station is the area’s primary railway station. It is part of the Northern Railway Zone and serves important Indian towns and tourist places such as Delhi, Mumbai, and others. Bandra Terminus Haridwar Express, Kochuveli-Haridwar Link Express, and others are among the trains that pass by this station.
Road – Haridwar is well-connected to a number of cities in India by a number of motorways. Haridwar is connected to Delhi, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Badrinath by National Highway 58. Haridwar is the starting point for National Highway 74, which connects it to Kashipur, Pilibhit Kichha, Nagina, and Bareilly. These routes are served by a variety of public and private buses. These routes are served by a variety of public and private buses. A/C, non-A/C, deluxe, ordinary, semi-deluxe, and more choices are available. The principal public transportation provider in Uttar Pradesh is the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Mahalaxmi Travels, Blue World Tourist Company, Kings Holiday Tours, Adventure Booking Center, and others are among the private agencies.