1. Har Ki Pauri
Visit Har Ki Pauri for a holy dip. The early dip in the holy river Ganga especially during the months of Shravan is truly an enchanting spectacle. Har Ki Pauri is the place where the sacred river Ganga finally exits the mountains and enters the plains. The Ganga Aarti here is performed every morning and every evening. Attend the Ganga aarti for a tranquil experience. One can even attend the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Mela that are major fairs that are organized here.
2. Mansa Devi
Mansa Devi temple is the holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Visit this beautiful temple on your trip to Haridwar. This temple is named after Mansa Devi who is believed to be the form of shakti that emerged from Rishi Kashyap. Mansa Devi temple is nestled atop the BilwaParvat and thus offers the fantastic vies of Hardiwar city. Mansa Devi temple along with beautiful Chandi Devi temple and Maya Devi completes the trio of famous Siddhpeeth in Haridwar.
3. Chandi Devi
The serene Chandi Devi temple is devoted to the goddess Chandi Devi. Visit this temple as it is indeed a paradise for nature lovers. It is truly the best place to visit on a religious trip to Haridwar. Nestled on a hilltop, the pretty Chandi Devi temple offers a 360-degree view of holy Haridwar city from the temple complex. This temple can be easily reached from the government bus stop and the railway station.
4. Daksh Prajapati Temple
The holy ancient temple is nestled in the south Kankhal town in Haridwar. It is sacred among Lord Shiva devotees the Daksheshwar Mahadev temple is a center of attraction in the sacred month of Saavan as per the Hindu calendar. This temple of Lord Shiva is named after King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati. The point where the temple is standing today was once the place where King Daksha Prajapati performed the Yajna and Sati self-immolated herself in the Yagna Kund.
5. Mayadevi Temple
Maya Devi temple was built in the 11th century and is one of the popular and most visited places to visit in Haridwar. Maya Devi temple is believed to be one of the three Shaktipeeths where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell. This temple is most visited by travelers during the time of Navratra and Kumbh Mela.
6. Patanjali Yogapeeth
Patanjali Yogpeeth is a popular medical research institute in Ayurveda and Yoga that is visited by numerous travelers. It was established in the year 2006. Patanjali Yogpeeth is named after the inventor of yoga- Rishi Patanjali. There are numerous ayurvedic medications and treatments are manufactured at this institute. This place is not only counted among the largest yoga institutes in India but in the whole world too. It is indeed one of the top places to visit in Haridwar.
Shantikunj is one of the best places to visit in Haridwar. This ashram provides learning and teachings about values in life. Attend these teaching sessions on the art of living as it is one of the major attractions here. One from any religion can attend the sessions here and learn about the values in life. It is indeed a unique experience for a lifetime.
8. Pawan Dham
Pawan Dham is one of the most visited pilgrim sites of Hindus. It was founded by Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj. The major attraction here is the idols adorned with precious jewelry. This temple flaunts ancient Indian architecture that has intricate glasswork and peculiarly designed walls. Pilgrims believe that by paying a visit to this temple one gets rid of their sins. It is located at Bhagirathi Nagar, Bhupatwala in Haridwar.
9. Saptrishi Ghat
Saptrishi Ashram is an old beautiful ashram situated at 5kms from Haridwar on the Banks of Ganga. It was built by Goswami Guru Dutt in the year 1943. It is a well-maintained complex with several rooms to stay. One can even find a residential hostel and Sanskrit school located within the complex for poor children. This ashram is situated at the bank of river Ganga at a point from where the river splits into seven different streams also called SaptSarovar.
10. Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata Mandir is a popular Multi-storey temple of Mother India established to salute the dedication of all the patriots and freedom fighters. This mandir or temple has eight storeys and each story has a different theme all dedicated to several legends and deities. It was built by Swami SatyamitranandGiri. The first floor of this mandir is dedicated to Bharat Mata- Mother India and holds a Bharat Mata statue. The second floor- Shoor Mandir is dedicated to renowned Indian heroes, the third floor- Matru Mandir is dedicated to the admiring women of Indian history like- Meera, Savitri, the fourth floor features the great saints of different religions in Inda and is called Sant Mandir, the fifth floor is the assembly hall that features the wall paintings that depicts co-existence of several religions in Idia, the sixth floor is devoted to Hindu goddess Shakti and features different forms of goddess Shakti, the seventh one features all incarnations of Hindu god Lord Vishnu, the last one that is the eight floor, has the shrine of Lord shiva. This Bharat Mata Mandir is situated at Motichur, Hardiwar near the banks of river Ganga.
11. Ganga Aarti in Haridwar
Attend the famous Ganga Aarti in Haridwar. Several visitors visit Haridwar to attend the gaga aarti that is performed every day from 6 pm to 7 pm. The priest holds large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chanting of mantras can be heard. It is indeed a fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga aarti performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. It is the place famous for its Ganga aarti at dusk among the tourists as well as devotees. The visitors float Diyas and flowers surrounded by the chanting of the mantras and the reflection of the lights off the surface of the flowing river that is said to be blessed by the goddess Ganga.
12. Moti Bazaar(Haridwar Market)
Moti Bazaar is one of the most popular markets in Haridwar and is located at Kotwali upper road on the way to Har Ki Pauri and is visited by several visitors every year. One can find different kinds of shops, restaurants and hotels in and around Moti Bazaar. Plan a day to explore this wonderful market and try some street food that is quite famous among the foodies. Try chaat, milk and Jalebi that is worth trying.
Haridwar is a religious place and thus one can find religious items like- sacred beads, precious stones, vermilion, holy waters of the river Ganga in containers, pictures of deities, ayurvedic herbal medicines, pickles and books here. One can visit this market throughout the year.The most perfect time to stroll here is between 5 to 8pm. The nearest railway station is Haridwar railway station that is just 1km from Moti Bazaar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun that is located at a distance of around 37kms from Haridwar.