Haridwar

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Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It’s also your starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the rivers Ganga and the Yamuna. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to sage Kapil’s curse. The penance was answered and the river

Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva’s locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their ancestors.

City Facts

Population: 14,44,213 (2001 census).
Area: 12,302 sq km.
Altitude: 294.7 m.
Summers: 40.9°-15.6°C.
Winters: 16.6°-06°C.
Season: Round the year. Clothing:
Summers: Cottons and tropical.
Winters: Woollens.
Languages: Hindi and English.

Distances

  • Chandigarh to Haridwar 205 km
  • Delhi to Haridwar 210 km
  • Shimla Manali to Haridwar 320 km
  • Lucknow to Haridwar 492 km
  • Jaipur to Haridwar 505 km

Best Season / Best time to visit

The climate of this holy religious place is temperate all through the year, but the best time is from October to April.

Winter (October-February) is little chilly with minimum night temperature of about 6°C. The day temperature in winter never crosses 30°C, making the season pleasant and sunny. Karthik Poornima is celebrated in November.

Summer (March-May) has a temperature band of 18°C to 40°C. This is a good time for enjoying festivals like Ramnavmi and Buddha Purnima

Monsoon (June-September) receives moderate rainfall and humidity increases, making day activities a challenge. Haridwar hosts many religious festivals as a place of religious significance. Kanwar Mela (July) and Diwali (October) are some festivals celebrated here with much festivities. It is estimated that nearly 3 million people attends Kanwar Mela in July. It can be visited anytime of the year, monsoon can make commuting difficult.