Haridwar, best known and renowned to be a gateway to God's own country and land is just not restricted to its spiritual touch. In fact, the city of Haridwar is plush with several places and activities that people of all ages can relish and create a wonderful memory out of it. If you think that Haridwar is just for religious people, then you might be astonished to learn about several things that you can do while you travelling in the streets of Haridwar. Be it kids, teenagers, youth, middle aged or senior citizens, each one of them will get a perfect surprise to explore.
Har Ki Pauri is a renowned landmark of Haridwar and worshipped as River Ganga’s Sacred Ghats. The aesthetic temples and holy ashrams located at these holy Ghats allure pilgrims and tourists from all over the world to bask in its spiritual ambience. Visit its Brahmakund Ghat and learn the glorious history behind its construction. The celestial Ganga Aarti at dusk lighten up the river banks and the enchanting views, here, are indescribable.
One can reach the Mansa Devi Temple from Haridwar city via foot or by Ropeway Service. There are colorful ropeway cable cars or popularly known as ‘Mansa Devi Udankhatola’, which has been brought into existence for the benefit of visitors. Pilgrims or visitors are carried from the lower station to the final steps of holy shrine of Mansa Devi. The Length of this ropeway is approximately 540 meters and height is about 584 feet. Enjoy the magnificent views of the river Ganga and the holy city from these cable cars.
The recently introduced ropeway service from the lower station, situated near Gauri Shankar Temple at Nazibabad Road, takes upto renowned Chandi Devi Temple. This service has enticed many tourists and pilgrims. The Length of Ropeway is approximately 740 metres and its height is 682 feet. One can feel awestruck by the picturesque views of dense green forest, on the other side of the hill, and the beautiful Ganges from the 'Udankhatola'.
Rajaji National Park opens the door to Safari- lovers and Nature-appreciators. This historic Park flaunts the dense wilderness of the forest which is attributed through its maintained eco-system, striking flora and its massive expanse. The area is over 800 sq. km. and attracts tourists from across the globe every year. Situated right at the top of Doon Valley, the most renowned and recognized member of Rajaji National Park is the Asiatic Elephant. Moreover, a home to several other species such as Himalayan Bear, Tiger, Wild Boar, Panther, Python, Sambhar and various birds and reptiles, the park is simply perfect and apt to add an adventurous tinge to your trip to Haridwar.
Old childhood days knock on the present doors of age and shakes up the inner soul to go carefree by riding tuk-tuk tongas. The broad streets of Haridwar commonly showcase beautifully adorned tongas and horses. Visitors sparkle up with excitement when these old-fashioned tongas show them around the street-shops, ghats, temples, ashrams etc. Its prices can be haggled so don't hesitate to bring them down. Simply think of getting on your Tonga Ride and explore the city enlivening your childhood days.
Moti Bazar is one place that attracts tourists by its unique fragrance, hustle-bustle and shops. This is the main market of Haridwar and is often crowded by people. The street food at local shops like spicy chole-bhature, sumptuous sweets i.e. jalebi, rasgullas and other Indian delicacies waters the mouth of visitors. One can easily purchase affordable items like brass idols of Human deities, worshipping stuff, bells, souvenirs, real herbs etc. from this market. So just not worry about shaking your pockets for purchasing some interesting and desirable stuff for your loved ones.
Relishing street foods is one of the top things to do in Haridwar. This holy city has strictly banned alcohol and non-vegetarian food across Haridwar. Mouthwatering Chole-Bhature of Bhagwati is just 10 minutes away from Har ki Pauri, Hot Samosas and Kachori at Kashyap Kachori Wala are must eat with tea or relish Puri with Aloo Bhaji at Mohan Puri Wala at the Gate of Har-ki-Pauri. The list is enticing and long but don’t miss any of them.