The ancient town of Haridwar , or the door of Hari is another name of Lord Vishnu, is also called Hardwar, or the door of Shiva, Lord of the mountains.the town lives because of its holy river.Great old, balconied mansions rise from its landing steps, the ghats.Since the vast majority of pilgrims want to immerse themselves in the water, the ghats at Haridwar
are elaborate structures which not only line the banks but also thrust into the river, dividing it into a number of channels. These become particularly crowded during major festivals such as the Kumbh held every 12 year.Crowds also mass every evening around the Har-ki-Pauri ghat for the evocative Aarti which can be seen from both banks of the ghats.Crowds also queue up to take the cable car ride to the top of the two hills crowded with the temples of Chandrika Devi and Mansa Devi. Both deties are aspects of the Mother Goddess.Their temples offer excellent eagles’eye views of the riverine town.A canal fed by the river splits into two and both the river and the canal water the Chilla Sancuary.
How to Reach Haridwar
By Air : The nearest airport from Haridwar is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, the state capital. The Air Deccan, a private airline is the only one that operates flights to and from Dehradun and Delhi. Traveling up to Delhi by road or rail and then taking the flight to Dehradun is how to reach Haridwar by air most conveniently.
By Rail : Haridwar is a major railhead in the northern railways and is connected to major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Ujjain, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, and so on. Some of the trains that pass Haridwar are Upasana Express, Janashatabdi Express, Uttaranchal Express, Ujjain Express etc.
By Road : The NH 54 passes through the city of Haridwar. The highway is connected to Delhi, Dehradun, Nainital and other major cities within the state and outside. Regular buses and taxis on hire are easily available in Haridwar.