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Haridwar, the gateway to the Gods, is situated on the right bank of the holy Ganga and is regarded among the seven sacred cities of India. Haridwar is also, the gateway to the four major pilgrimages- the Char Dham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one of the four places where the drops of Amrita, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher or Kumbha, in which it was being carried away by Garuda, the celestial bird and the vehicle of Lord Vishnu.

It is, therefore, one of the four venues where the Kumbh Mela ' said to the largest congregation of humanity anywhere in the world ' is held once every 12 years. Haridwar is also the place where the river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic plains for the first time. Haridwar is also home to several ashrams which specialize in teaching meditation and yoga.


Best season to visit The city experiences great weather almost round the year as it is clearly affected by its closeness to the hills. Both summer and winter are the best seasons to plan holidays here. The reason behind this is, during these months the city hosts many religious festivals and events.

Best Buys Wooden Articles, Toys, colorful glass bangles, carved stone idols, metal utensils, sweets, pickles, precious stones, and Ayurveda medicines.

Temperature Between −1 to 24 °C in winters and 25 to 44 °C in summer, through-out the year.

Climate Haridwar has a pleasant climate for many months of the year. The annual mean rainfall in Haridwar is about 2136.7 mm. Haridwar in Summers: In the months of summer the temperature in Haridwar varies from 35°C to 45°C. Summer season is mild and moderate followed by a good rainfall in monsoon.

Best Activities Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri, Temple Visit in Haridwar, Yoga and Meditation, Ayurvedic Treatment in Haridwar, Wildlife Jungle Safari, Shoping in Haridwar

Best season to visit January to December

Clothing According to wheather

Location In the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Altitude The elevation above the sea level of Haridwar is 314 m (1,030 ft).

Population 2.29 Lakhs (2011)

STD Code 0134

Languages Garhwali, Hindi, Himachali, English