Haridwar – (also known as Haridwar) is a holy city in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Known as the Gateway to the Gods, Haridwar is considered one of the seven holiest places according to Hindus, as the devas are said to have left their footprints there. Here pilgrims float diyas on the Ganges, to commemorate their deceased ancestors. The city also stands as a gateway to three other important pilgrimage destinations: Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. In Haridwar you will see a great statue of Shiva at the fork of the river. If you are there for a short visit, it is definitely worth to visit the temple on top of the mountain, with a wonderful view.
Haridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. In the ancient scriptures of India, this place is well known by the name of Mayapur. This city is also well known for many other things apart from the holy river Ganges. Haridwar has privilege of having IIT at Roorkee. The tomb Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects from all over the world. There is another University in the city called Gurukul Kangri Vishva Vidyalaya apart from the head quarter of Uttarakhand State Public Service Commission also being established at Haridwar. Besides this, Kumbh fair is organized at the interval of every 12 years in this city in which about 1 crore pilgrims from all over the world participate
By Air – Jolly grant at Dehradun is the nearest airport i.e. 35 Kms from Haridwar. It is well connected to the major cities like Delhi etc. Regular flights are available by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways
By Rail – Haridwar is well connected to the major cities of India with regular and express trains. The major trains are Ujjain-Haridwar-Dehradun, Bombay-Haridwar-Dehradun, Delhi-Haridwar-Dehradun, Varanasi to Haridwar to Dehradun, Howrah-Haridwar-Dehradun, Delhi to Haridwar-Dehradun (Shatabdi Ex.), Allahabad-Haridwar-Dehradun (Link ex.), Gorakhpur-Haridwar-Dehradun, Sri Ganganagar-Haridwar.
The nearest major railway station to reach Haridwar, is Delhi / Haridwar Railway Station. you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Haridwar.