Haridwar is a small city in the state of Uttrakhand which is a famous Hindu Pilgrimage site. It is on the bank of River Ganga which is considered a holy river according to Hindu mythology. A lot of tourists visit this holy city of Haridwar every year.
My memories of the Holy city of Haridwar –
I have been to Haridwar many times with my parents. My dad loved Haridwar and it was his favourite place to visit during the holidays. Whenever we used to discuss our holiday plans, my dad would always suggest Haridwar and at one point we got bored of visiting it.
I still remember those childhood days and frequent visits to the city. We would start our day with the holy dip in the Ganges after which we would head to our favourite breakfast joint. It was a famous aloo puri and malpua with halwa from famous puri joint in the main market of Haridwar. In the evening we would wait for famous Ganga Aarti and my dad loved this part of the day. The evening aarti is something which is truly mesmerising and an out of this world experience. We would sit on Har ki paudi which is a famous bathing place in the city to witness the Sandhya aarti.
After aarti, we would stroll around the busy market of the city and buy small things with mom. Those days were completely different and the memories of those days are making me nostalgic.
In our latest trip to Haridwar, our kids got to experience the beautiful Ganga and the evening aarti.
About the city –
Haridwar attracts a lot of Hindu pilgrimage and devotees around the year. The dip in the holy river or the ritual of bathing in the Ganges is something which attracts the tourists as it is believed to be sacred according to Hindu mythology.
Har ki paudi and Ganga aarti are two main things to see when you visit the holy city Haridwar. You can also visit Mansa Devi temple which is located on a hill of Shivalik ranges of Himalayas. Another famous city to see is Rishikesh. It is a holy town which is very near to Haridwar and has many temples and is famous for trekking and river rafting. One can visit both together if visiting for at least 3-4 days.
Have you been to the holy city of Haridwar? How was your experience?
See this video to get a glimpse of the famous Ganga sandhya aarti –
I am sharing my memories of different places from my travel list this April. Read my theme post here
#AtoZchallenge 2019 previous posts –
A for Amritsar
B for Bangalore
C for Chicago
D for Delhi
E for evergreen Kerala
F for Fun Las Vegas
G for Goa
April 9, 2019 at 8:36 am
Not been to Haridwar but so wish to go. Heard so much about the Ganga Aarti. Thanks for sharing your memories and details of this pious place with us.
April 9, 2019 at 8:40 am
I have been to Haridwar when I was hardly 6 or 7, so don’t remember much but yes I do intent to witness the Ganga Aarti with my kid .
April 9, 2019 at 9:31 am
Haridwar, literally meaning gateway to Lord Vishnu, is one of my favourite places. Hills on three sides, and mother Ganges flowing in pristine purity with all her might, is a place I can sit hours on end. For last many years, modernity is catching up with the town. But told town still retains its charm.
April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
I have always loved the arti here, great post
April 9, 2019 at 10:46 am
I’ve been to Haridwar for the Ganga Aarti with my parents during my stay in Delhi. The experience is so surreal that it lingers on for life.
April 9, 2019 at 11:43 am
I’m yet to visit Haridwar. Though our places are different for the letter H, we’ve both written about pilgrimages! Looks like we’re destined to be connected this #AtoZChallenge 🙂
April 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm
Haridwar is still in my bucket list and thanks a lot for the virtual tour. Really enjoyed it.
April 9, 2019 at 6:18 pm
Been to Haridwar many times and just love the positivity of the place. Especially the Aarti at Har ki Paudi is such a treat and divine experience
April 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm
Haven’t been to haridwar! Want to experience ganga aarti once
April 10, 2019 at 9:13 pm
Ganga Aarti is the best thing in Haridwar ❤
April 11, 2019 at 12:04 am
A place we frequently visited as kids. I find it very peaceful to have a holy dip in the water and see the aarti. We always try to visit the Mansa Devi temple as well.