Haridwar, also known as Gateway to God, is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains & enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests, clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city.
Stay at OYO to not miss out on the evening aarti which is a sight to behold and will leave you in complete awe. Beginning before sunrise and stretching beyond sunset, the ghats echo of shlokas and chants of the river. Lighted diyas spread a golden-yellow light of divinity and faith as far as one can see. Travel to one of the ghats this year and experience the strength of belief while OYO takes care of your needs. With hotels situated right there and near all the pomp of the festival, the only worry you will have is figuring out a way to take all that divinity at once.
Places to Visit in Haridwar
The city has numerous temples with interesting legacies and is also known as great source of Ayurvedic and herbal medicines. There are a lot of places to visit in Haridwar which offer an amazing experience. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted a number of visitors from all around the world.
Check out best Hotels in Haridwar
OYO has much to offer its guests in the temple city of Haridwar. OYO accommodations are available throughout the city with various categories of hotels spread in the entire province. The categories of OYOs that are found in abundance here include OYO Rooms, Premium, Flagship, Capital O, Collection O and Spot On.
A detailed insight into the features and facilities provided at each of these hotel types will give us a clear perspective on the quality services and over the top hospitality of OYOs which it very precisely emphasizes on.
OYO Rooms hotels in Haridwar
These categories of hotels offer a perfect combination of affordable stays that are loaded with all the basic necessities for a hassle-free and comfortable living. They also offer a relaxing and comfortable environment that is clean and well-maintained. Services by the staffs are also up to the mark. You can spot them in many sites of the city such as near NavodayaChowkinYog Gram Road, PawanDham, Sarai Road in Jwalapur, Ranipur More and many others.
Premium hotels in Haridwar
The ample spaces and premium quality amenities that are available at well-maintained and exclusive hospitality are found in some of the well-known locations of the city. These hotels are enlisted under the luxurious category of accommodations by OYO; hence they provide premium quality lavishing rooms. You can easily find them in the prime locations of Haridwar like DevpuraChowk, near Railway Station in Devpura, Shiv MurtiGali, Motichur, near IOC Filling Station, near Lalita Ashram in Bhagirathi Nagar, etc.
Flagship hotels in Haridwar
Your need for budget accommodation at a prime location is all taken care of with the Flagship hotels. These hotels are serviced by OYO and it comes handy with each of the basic essential amenities of a comfortable stay. In Haridwar, you can find them near Canara Bank in BHEL Township area and near Rishikul Medical College in Devpura.
Capital O hotels in Haridwar
Contemporary business travellers and families will find these accommodations as an ideal location to spend their trip. These hotels are luxurious stays that comprise of spacious rooms and well-crafted interiors that give it a lavishing outlook. Amenities and services offered here are also top-notch. Some of the neighbourhoods of Haridwar in which these can be found are near Pantaloon Mall in Sidcul, near Aryavan Resort in Raiwala, near Raja Biscuit Factory in Sidcul and near Crystal World in HaridwarRoorkee Road.
Collection O hotels in Haridwar
Another category meeting the demands of the new age business travellers who like to enjoy exquisite luxury. These hotels which are serviced by OYO come with spacious and elegantly designed rooms which are perfect for serving the millennial guests. Collection O properties can be spotted in the region of Haridwar in a location near One India Mart.
Spot On hotels in Haridwar
These are the best hotels for going economical on your stay. You can enjoy a comfortable and hygienic environment at a very reasonable price. Therefore, now you do not need to compromise on your stay to get budgeted accommodation as OYO has sorted out that requirement too by introducing its Spot On hotels in the vicinity of Haridwar. These categories of accommodations are available throughout the region of Haridwar and in popular destinations like the Old SabjiMandi, near DudhadhariChowk, near Main Kotwali, opposite Kharkhari Police Chowk, near Subhash Nagar and many other locations.
Events in Haridwar
Haridwar Ganga Dussehra: June Mentioned in John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, the holy river Ganga is considered to be one of the four holy rivers in the world for Hindus. This blessed river is said to be the incarnation of goddess Ganga and it is believed to bring with its purity of heaven. The best time to visit Haridwar is at any time of the year. People from all over the country go to the banks of this divine river at the beginning of June to take a dip and vindicate their sins or to pay homage to their departed and forever cherished loved ones. Every day in the lives of people residing in nearby holy cities namely Rishikesh, Haridwar, Gangotri, and Varanasi, give Ganga the utmost importance in their lives by spending their time in the worship and dedication of the river.
Also, in the month of Jyeshta, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal get immersed in festivities, celebrating this holy river on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, also known as Dasar or Gangavataran. This year, the festival will fall on 18th June with the celebrations carrying on for almost ten days.
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Questions and Answers
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What are some of the best accommodation options in Haridwar?
OYO Rooms has various accommodations options throughout the city. You can find a good place to stay based on what you plan to do in the city and also your budget
Haridwar is a paramount holy place for Hindus and this place has numerous temples and ashrams to seek blessings. One of the most famed attractions when in Haridwar is to visit the Har Ki Pauri near the Ganga Ghat which is thronged by devotees from all over the country. Do not miss out to take a holy dip in the sacred water and attend the grand evening aarti.
The travellers can visit Bharat Mata Temple and Daksha Mahadeva temple and Chandi Devi temple for a religious feel. Mansa Devi temple, Maya Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi temple are some of the other temples you can visit. If you are a peace seeker, Kanva Rishi Ashram is a perfect place to spend some time in solace and enjoy nature. Sapt Rishi Ashram is another fabulous place ideal for meditation. For seeking spiritual guidance, Shantikunj is a must-visit. Visit Patanjali Yogpeeth which is a popular medical and research institute in Haridwar. Apart from these, Chilla Wildlife sanctuary is a great place to visit while fun valley water park and Crystal world are some amusement places where you can enjoy water rides and other activities.
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What is a good time to visit Haridwar?
You can visit Haridwar anytime during the year except for monsoon season as the torrential rains often cause overflowing of rivers and roadblocks. Summers although are very hot with temperatures reaching around 40 degrees Celsius, the nights are quite pleasant. Winters are also an ideal time which starts from October to February. The temperatures drop significantly to 17 degrees Celsius during daytime and to 6 degrees at night, so it is best to be prepared with proper clothes. However, if you are a pilgrim, you can also go during Annual Magh Mela or other festivals like Buddha Poornima, Kanwar Mela, Kumbh Mela or Ardh Mela and Diwali.
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What are some of the budget and premium accommodation options in Haridwar?
What is the best food that you can eat in Haridwar?
Haridwar is a religious destination which is why the reason why the tourists have an endless variety of vegetarian delicacies. Chotiwala restaurant is a famous landmark and a popular eating place in Haridwar. One of the best choices for breakfast and lunch is Bhagwati's chole bhandar which serves delicious chole bhature, bun bread and chole, rice chole and more. You will also get fast food such as vada, pao bhaji at Mohan's fast food. For South Indian cuisine Dosa Plaza is a good place. Few best places to eat street food are Mohanji poori wale and Hoshiyarpuri. Other places for vegetarian lovers are Haveli Hari Ganga Restaurant, Ganga Lahari, Big Ben restaurant and Aura the restaurant which offers a variety of Italian, Indian and continental. You will love Punjabi dishes such as Makke ki roti, dal makhani etc at Aahaar restaurant. Captain's Cavalry Restrobar serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. For mouthwatering sweets go to Mathura Walton ki Prachin Dukaan. Go to Pandit Sevaram Sharma Doodhwale which is famous for its Kulhar milk.
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Is Haridwar covered by the metro/bus network? What is the best way to travel across the city?
Local transport is easily accessible in Haridwar as there is a local bus network which costs around Rs 10 to Rs 20. Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are popular and inexpensive modes of transport which will cost you around 35 to 50. You can also hire a car from rental agencies or opt for taxis and cabs for visiting temples and other popular tourist destinations.
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What are the adventurous activities in Haridwar?
Apart from spiritual activities, there are some exciting and thrilling things to do in Haridwar. You can go out exploring the forest area of Chila Wildlife Sanctuary on the back of an elephant. For jungle safari, visit Rajaji National Park or go bird watching to a place called Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar which falls inside the Rajaji National Park. Haridwar also has trekking destinations like Auden Col's Pass, Kamini Khal trek, Roopkund Lake trek to name a few. You can do Bungee jumping, Giant Swing, Flying fox, at Jumpin Height premises at Mohanchatti in Haridwar.
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What are the famous Ghats in Haridwar?
According to Hindu belief, to purify one’s soul and to achieve moksha, one needs to take a holy bath into the sacred water of Ganga. Har ki Pauri Ghat is the most famous Ghats in Haridwar. Asthi Prawah Ghat located in the south direction of the main Ganga temple is the place where ashes of the dead are immersed in the holy water of Ganga. Subhash Ghat is located near the Har Ki Pauri Ghat and is named after the freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Gau Ghat is another most prestigious and important Ghat and is used to get rid of cow killing sins. Vishnu ghat and Kusha ghat are the other important ghats in Haridwar.
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What are the Ashrams to visit in Haridwar?
There are many ashrams in Haridwar where you get to know the true meaning of spirituality. Saptrishi Ashram is a must visit in Haridwar where seven great sages have meditated. Ma Anandamayi ashram located at Kankhal town is a centre of faith for many and attracts people from all over. Jairam Ashram attracts tourists to view the eye-catching statues of Hindu gods, Goddesses and demons. Kanva Rishi Ashram is located on the outskirts of Haridwar but a visit to this place promises you a feeling of peace and security. Prem Nagar Ashram is a spiritual sanctuary for those seeking peace. Soham Ashram and Santoshpuri ashram are other ashrams that you can visit while in Haridwar.