When we talk about the religious places in India, Haridwar is usually on the top of the list. Pilgrims from all over the country visit Haridwar and take a dip in the Holy Ganges river.
Being on the list of favourite places of the pilgrims, most of the popular tourist places in Haridwar are obviously temples and ashrams. But the city has much more to offer in terms of shopping. You can also visit tourist destinations, such as Rishikesh, that are close to Haridwar.
9 Popular Places to Visit in Haridwar
In the ancient scriptures, there are seven holy places mentioned of which Haridwar is one. Here are the temples and other sacred places to visit in Haridwar.
1. Mansa Devi Temple
One of the most popular temples in Haridwar, a top destination suggested in the list of famous places in Haridwar, this is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi.
The temple also goes by the name Bilwa Tirth and is one among the 5 famous pilgrim spots in Haridwar. The temple is seated on a small hillock that can be climbed on foot. You can also take a cable car to visit the temple.
2. Har ki Pauri
King Vikramaditya laid down a ghat that later came to be known as Har Ki Pauri. Whatever be the duration of your stay in Haridwar, keep an evening aside to experience and witness the grandeur of the evening Arti.
Complementing the holistically grand Arti, the devotees float Diyas in the river. The whole sight lighting up the night sky is almost magical, No wonder it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Haridwar.
3. Bharat Mata Mandir
Standing tall in this holy city, this temple is one of the most famous places in Haridwar. Built on the scenic banks of River Ganga, this place is honours Bharat Mata – Mother India. The 8-storey tall building comes with each of the floors depicting the various mythological characters and Gods.
There are also deities of famous women in mythology, saints and lots more. There is an entire floor where you can find all about Lord Vishnu and his 10 avatars or incarnations.
4. Chandi Devi Temple
There is a small mountain that goes by the name Neel Parvat and on top of it is a temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. This temple is just a few minutes’ drive from Har Ki Pauri. The popular way to reach the temple is to trek through the stairway. A 740-metre cable car service helps pilgrims to reach the temple.
5. Vaishno Devi Temple
Similar to the famous Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu, this one is one of the most popular and most crowded tourist attractions in Haridwar. You pass through various tunnels in the temple to see the shrine.
Lord Rama had a devotee by the name Vaishno Mata. This temple was built in her honour. Head to this temple to know the story of this sacred devotee.
6. Anandamayi Ashram
The sub-city of Kankhal itself has a lot of sacred places to visit. Among the many spots, one of the most popular ones is the Ashram for Ma Anandamayi. There is the Samadhi of Anandamayi Ma.
This holy place has a serene ambience and there are several services held through the day. There is also a small bookstore near the ashram that sells literature books about Anandamayi Ma. Do not miss the morning Arti at the ashram.
7. Pawan Dham
A recent addition in the sacred tourist places in Haridwar, this one is situated nearly 2 km from the city on the way to Rishikesh. An architecture contrasting the existing ones, this is one place that also bears a touch of contemporary architecture in ancient styles.
8. Bara Bazaar
You would find small shopping corners outside almost every temple and ashram in Haridwar. But Bara Bazaar is one of the most famous places in Haridwar among the shopaholics. To shop for souvenirs, this is the place to go. With a huge variety of brass collectables and wooden articles, there are plenty of options.
There are also lots of unbreakable glass items that you could shop at this market. This is conveniently located on the Railway Road. Most of the articles here are based on religious themes but you can also find a lot of home decors. If you would like to try Ayurvedic medicine, there are shops that sell them as well.
This is a small list consisting of the most famous places to see in Haridwar. If you find more of the popular tourist attractions in Haridwar to add to the list, please do let us know and share your experience about how these sacred places impacted you.