Haridwar is located on the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the sacred river Ganges.It is mentioned in ancient Indian text as one of the seven most sacred towns on the earth and is a very picturesque town. It is 200 kms from Delhi and well connected to other Indian cities by Train and roads.Haridwar is an ideal place for short and long duration of holidays. One can find many organization to get involved in meaningful activities.
The GaruḍaPurāṇa enumerates seven cities as the giver of Moksha. Haridwar is said to be one of the seven most holy places in India,
PurīDvārāvatīcaivasaptaitāmokṣadāyikāḥ" – GaruḍaPurāṇa I XVI .14
Meaning that Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Kasi, Kanchi, Avantika and Dwaraka are the seven holy placeson the earth and ancient name of Haridwar used in above shloka is ‘Maya’.
The modern name of this city has two different spellings: Haridwar and Hardwar. Each of these two names have their own meanings. In Sanskrit, the word ‘Hari’ means "Lord Vishnu", while ‘dwar’ means "gateway". So, Haridwar literally means "The Gateway to Lord Vishnu". It earns this name because it is typically the place where pilgrims start their journey to visit the most prominent temple of Lord Vishnu called Badrinath located up hills in the Himalayas.
Similarly, the word ‘Hara’ also means "Lord Shiva". Hence, Hardwar could stand for "Gateway to Lord Shiva". Hardwar is also a typical place to start a pilgrim's journey in order to reach Mount Kailash, Kedarnath, the northernmost Jyotirlinga and one of the sites of the smaller Char Dham pilgrimage tour that covers most of the important sacred places of Hindus nestled in the Himalayas.
According to the Hindu mythology, it was in the town of Haridwar that Goddess Ganga descended to the earth, when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. The River Ganga, after flowing for about 253 kilometers from its origin at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, touches the Gangetic Plain at the first place at Haridwar, which gave the city its another ancient name of ‘Gangadwára’ meaning the entry point of the Ganges.
Must visit in Haridwar
While you’re in Haridwar make sure to not miss these places and enjoy the spiritual vibe of the city. You’ll be surprised to see the number of attractions in Haridwar and following are few of the well-knownattractions of the town.