Travelers also enjoy visiting temples, Ashrams such as Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksh Temple, Maya Devi Temple and Shantikunj Ashram. Visitors also participate in the auspicious Ganges Arti at Har-ki-Pauri.
You will be picked up from your hotel and sightseeing tour of Haridwar start.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF HARIDWAR
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri is one of the main attractions in Haridwar. In the evening people perfume worship to goddess Ganga with earthen lamps, flowers and incense sticks at Har Ki Pauri.There is a place called Brahmakund at Har-ki-Pauri where divine nectar said to be fell from the pitcher. It is also the site of Kumbh Fair occurs in every 12 years. Evening Aarti is also performed here at this place by the river Ganges which is quite popular amongst the tourists.
Mansa Devi Temple
The temple is located atop the hill Bilwa and can be reached by cable roapway or on feet to the top. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. The statue of a main shrine has three faces with five arms. It offers a magnificent overlooking view of Haridwar city from the top.
Chandi Devi Temple
The temple is located on the top of Neel Parbat and has a birds eye view of the city. One can trek up to 3 km to get this place and also there is a cable car. It is believed that the main statue was established by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th Century. Chandi Devi temple was built by Suchat Singh, a King of Kashmir in 1929. It is a worth seeing place.
Maya Devi Temple
The temple is considered as one of the Shaktipithas of India. It is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. The heart and navel of Goddess Sati are said to have fallen here from the sky when Lord Shiva was taking her corpse.
The temple is dedicated to India, referred as Mother India located almost 5 km from Haridwar city center. It was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. It has eight floors which are stacked with great Saints, Deities and all heroes of Indian faith respectively. Building itself is partially a temple and partially acts as a nation building initiative that expresses of what nationalism in India stands for. This temple rises up to a height of 180 ft.
On the north-side of the canal, between Har Ki Pauri and the Upper Road, is multi-colored Bara Bazaar. Along with the spiritual paraphernalia or prasaad (foodstuff offered to the gods, photos of the deities, religious pamphlets etc) are scores of tiny stalls crammed along both sides of bazaar selling an variety of goods including shawls, brassware, glass bangles, wooden whistles, bamboo canes and can baskets.
Evening Aarti at Har-ki-pauri
Ganga Aarti is the main event performed at har ki pauri every evening. Ganga Aarti means offering prayer to River Ganges, which is an ancient Hindu ritual offered to Gods. Every evening devotee gathers here for Ganga Aarti filled with holy song, prayer and oil lamps are also offered to the river Ganges make you feel incredible sense of divine. The essence of the aarti ceremony is that all day long God offers us light, the light of the sun, the light of life, and the light of His (Her) blessings. Aarti is a time when we say, Thank You, and we offer back the light of our thanks, the light of our love and the light of our devotion.
There are plenty significant religious spots to watch out for during Haridwar sightseeing tour such as Shantikunj, Bhimgoda Kund and Sapt Rishi Ashram.
20:00 Hrs : After finishing the sightseeing of Haridwar, come back to hotel for overnight stay.