Kanvad Mela is also organized every year during the month of Sawan which falls in July/ August. Due to this there is a lot of traffic jam and the entire city comes to a halt.
If you are not interested in attending these melas, then plan your Haridwar tour in a way that avoids the maddening crowds on these days.
Places to Visit in Haridwar
No Haridwar tour is complete without the Ganga Aarti. It is conducted at Hari Ki Pauri every day in the morning as well as in the evening at the time of sunset. This Aarti is very famous and people come to attend it from all over the world. All kinds of shops are available near Har Ki Pauri where one can buy pooja related items as well as holy souvenirs for their homes.
Over the years Haridwar has developed a lot. One can roughly divide the city into three parts, the old city where Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi, Maya Devi temple and hundreds of ashrams are located in narrow lanes. The other part is newly developed which consists of residential as well as commercial areas. There is also a big industrial area called SIDCUL and a big company BHEL, the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprise in India.
The old city is very congested and the roads are very narrow. Only rickshaws and small three wheelers are allowed for transportation in this area. The famous temple of Mansa Devi is also located in this area and it is connected by a ropeway while Chandi Devi temple is located on the other side of the Ganga and is also connected by ropeway. Daksh Prajapati temple lies in the Khankhal area.
Hotels in Haridwar
All kinds of hotels from budget to luxury are available in Haridwar. Most of the hotels are located on the main Delhi-Rishikesh highway, just outside the city. Har-Ki-Pauri and other temples are a 10 min drive from these hotels.
There is a cluster of Ashrams & cheap hotels in the old city area where tourists can stay. The rooms in some of the ashrams are very good and they provide many facilities like in hotels.
Going from Delhi to Haridwar
Haridwar is well connected by road, rail and air. It lies on the National Highway 58 which connects Delhi to Badrinath. The Government is reconstructing this highway to a 4 lane highway and almost half the work is completed. All types of buses like State Govt Buses, Private buses and Luxury buses operate from Delhi to Haridwar.
Jolly Grand Airport at Dehradun is 35 kms / 01 hrs drive from here. The city is well connected by many trains as well. Most trains either originate at Haridwar or come from Dehradun. There are trains from Dehli and other important cities to Haridwar.
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Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 35-45 degrees Celsius. In winter the days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold. The temp ranges from 5-20 degrees.
Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods). Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit some of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus and Sikhs in the state. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular pilgrimage tours, followed by Do Dham Yatra, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Haridwar & Rishikesh. Hemkunt Sahib, the place where Guru Gobind Singhji meditated in his previous birth, attracts thousands of Sikhs every year.