Places to visit in Haridwar: (Within City)
Har Ki Pauri: – Har Ki Pauri is one of the most sacred bathing ghat in India. Har Ki Pauri is 02 kms far from the Haridwar Railway Station. Har means God & Pauri means foot prints. Har Ki Pauri means footprints of God. It is believed that Lord Vishnu came here in ancient time & also there is a stone where his footprints are still there on the stone wall. Har Ki Pauri is also main place for holy bath during the Kumbh Mela. Ganga Aarti is widely visited by thousands of people everyday (Mostly in evening).
Mansa Devi Temple:- Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi. Goddess is also known as Maa Mansa Devi. The temple is situated at bilva Parvat (Mountain). Rope way (Cable car) is also available here. The pilgrims can reach the temple by 03 ways. 1. By normal trek (1.5km one way) 2. By steps (480 steps approx) 3. By cable car (ropeway) (5 Minutes ride).
Chandi Devi Temple:- Chandi Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Chandi Devi. Chadi Devi Temple is located at the height of 208 meters at Neel Parvat & it is 4 kms far from the Haridwar Railway Station. It is believed that here Goddess Parvati (Wife of lord Shiva) had killed demon Chand & Mund in ancient times. So the Goddess is known as Chandi Devi. Chandi Devi Temple is also one of the siddh peeths in haridwar along with Mansa Devi & Maya Devi Temple. Temple can be reached by two ways. 1. By trek (03 km one way) 2. By Cable Car (ropeway) (10 Minutes ride). There is also Anjani Temple which is 500 meter far from here & can be reached by trek.
Daksheswara Mahadev Temple:- Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva (Mahadev). It is also known as Daksha temple or Daksha Mandir. King Daksha was father of Mata Sati (First wife of Lord Shiva). This temple is situated in town named Kankhal which is 04 kms far from Haridwar Railway Station. The temple is one of the most famous & ancient temples in Haridwar. Millions of pilgrims come here at Maha Shivaratri festival.
Maya Devi Temple: It is centrally located temple and history of temple goes as old as 11th century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya (Form of Shakti). Apart from the main statue of Maya Devi (with three head and four arms) it also consist other goddess pictures and statues. In some old religious books Haridwar is called Mayapur (inspired from this temple).
Shantikunj Ashram: Shantikunj is one of the biggest ashrams in Haridwar. Started by Pundit Sri Ram Sharma Acharya in 1960s Shantikunj has now thousands of followers across india.
Pawan Dham Temple: Pawan Dham Temple is famous for its Glass work. It contains statues of multiple gods and goddesses with outer layer studded with colorful pieces of glasses.
Anandmayi Ashram: The Ashram is located just opposite side of Daksh Temple. It is named after it’s spiritual leader “Maa Anandmayi”. White Marble Shrine is also used for Meditation by her followers.
Bilkeswar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that Parwati did her prayers her to get Lord Shiva as her husband.
Rajaji National Park: Open from 15th Nov to 15th June the national park is north most home to asian elephants. Jeep safari is the best way to visit the park.
Bharat Mata Mandir: Dedicated to nation this temple has multiple floors with small statues of famous people of India as well as some gods and goddesses.
Hari Hari Ashram (Parad Shivling): Also known as Maha Mrutunjay Temple. This Ashram belongs to famous spiritual leader “Maha Mandaleswar Swami Avadheshanand”. It has Shiva Temple which has Shivlinga made from mercury. Apart from that you can see Rudraksh Tree just close to the entrance.