Situated in the foothills of the Shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas, Haridwar is home to India’s most sacred river, the Ganga. Haridwar consists of two words, Hari (The Lord) and Dwar (Door or entrance), and one has to pass through this ancient and sacred city before one can have access to the holiest places in India, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Legend says that a dip in the Ganga at Haridwar is necessary to purify oneself and this attracts lakhs of people every year from India and around the world, especially during the world-famous Kumbh Mela. However, Haridwar is not only a pilgrimage site but it also attracts tourists for its pristine beauty, clean environment and tourists know that they can have the best street food in Haridwar here.
A guide to eating mouth-watering street food in Haridwar
The key to reaching some of the best food places in Haridwar is to wander down the tiny lanes and bylanes that dot this holy city. Right from an early morning traditional breakfast to an over-the-top dinner at the brightly lit, street food stalls, this is a foodie’s delight without a doubt. As you explore the city and its food, do not forget to visit the places listed here.
Kashyap Kachori Bhandar
Kachoris are the famous street food in Haridwar and Kashyap Kachori Bhandar is the place to be if you are a fan of this snack. Served in conical plates made of leaves, the crisp kachoris are topped with delicious chutneys and a spicy potato gravy.
Hoshiarpuri Dhaba for parathas
Check this dhaba on Upper Road if you want to taste authentic parathas, stuffed with potatoes, onion and cottage cheese. The parathas are served with a bowl of curd and generous dollops of butter that will fill you up for the rest of the day. The place is clean, crowded and one has to wait for long, especially at dinner time.
Chats galore at Jain Chaat Bhandaar
No one can resist the spicy and tangy Papri Chaat that this place serves, not to mention the yummy Dahi vada, aloo tikiya, golgappas and to-die-for Kanji Vadas. Kanj Vadas are arguably the most famous food of Haridwar.
Rabri at Mathura walon ki Pracheen Dukaan
A visit to this shop will make it clear why this dukaan is considered the place for the most famous street food in Haridwar. Rasmalai, Halwa and Rabri are a few sweets you cannot afford to miss, even if do not you have a sweet tooth.
If you are not too particular about the ambience and taste is paramount for you, then the following places that probably serve the best street food in Haridwar will surely interest you.
Chole Bhature at Bhagwati Chole Bhandar
Don’t miss visiting this amazingly nondescript place that serves some of the most delectable and filling Chole Bhature. Don’t plan dinner here since this place closes down in the early evening.
Aloo Poori at Mohanji Puri wale
After visiting the Ganga, stop by at Mohanji Puri wale that is located on the banks of the holy river, and satisfy your taste buds with its aloo puri. Though it has many other sweets and snacks, its aloo puri will surely bring you back to this place that serves unarguably the best street food in Haridwar. If you feel you can still accommodate more food, top the meal with a fresh lassi.
Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodhwale
Did we see a few disconsolate faces at the mention of doodh (milk)? Then it’s all the more reason to visit this century-old shop in Moti Bazaar that serves the best food in Haridwar in the form of hot, frothy milk in kulhars, malai ladoos and lip-smacking milk cake filled with dry fruits.
Dibiya Fresh Fruit Chaat
If you want to get rid of the guilt of gulping buttery parathas and sugar-laden sweets, the Dibiya Fresh Fruit Chaat near Laltaro bridge gives you the opportunity to do so. Evenings are the time when this stall serves healthy, fresh fruits in many different avatars.
Tired of exploring this age-old city on foot or just stepped down from the untiring cycle-rickshaws and want a quick snack? Stop at the vendors carrying mulberry baskets over their heads and grab a handful of these refreshing goodies. This probably may not make it to everyone’s list of famous food in Haridwar, but mulberries are irresistible.
Billubhai Parathe wale
Located in Bada Bazaar, this place finds a mention in this list for its kadhi-chawal and a special tea made out of 100 grams of milk (this is actually mentioned on its menu). Do not expect much in terms of ambience but this place could easily be rated as a unique vendor of street food in Haridwar. The owner claims this place is in business for the past 450 years, but this could not be validated.
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