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The spiritual hub of India, Haridwar, is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist places in the country. People from all around the world come to the holy land to wash away their sins in the Ganges river and explore their spirituality. Sacred rituals conducted at the banks of River Ganges, the fragrance of essence sticks, Sadhus dressed in bright saffron, and the ringing of the temple bells throughout the day–there is a lot to see and explore in this mystic land of Uttarakhand.

While Haridwar is a popular religious destination, it has evolved and become a town that offers holistic experiences to its visitors. People come here to indulge in yoga, learn Sanskrit, and explore the deep-rooted customs and traditions of the Indian culture. While there are many places to see, here are the best places to visit in Haridwar.

Har Ki Pauri

One of the most popular Haridwar tourist places, Har Ki Pauri, is a ghat where aartis are conducted every evening. There is mystic energy in the air as locals and tourists gather and immerse themselves in these aartis. After the aartis, people float diyas in the river making for a gorgeous view.

Bharat Mata Temple

One of the best places to see in Haridwar, Bharat Mata Temple, was built to honour Mother India. It is an 8-storey temple, with each storey dedicated to mythological gods and heroes. It is one of the best places with historical and spiritual significance. One can learn a lot about the historical figures and deities of India.

Shantikunj

One of the most popular spiritual centers in the country, Shantikunj, was founded in 1971 by Pandit Sriram Sharma Acharya. It is a major attraction for tourists seeking spiritual guidance and peace within themselves.

Chandi Devi Temple

Located on Neel Parvat, Chandi Devi Temple is one of the best places to visit in Haridwar. One can either trek to the temple or take a cable car. Legend says that Goddess Chandi killed Sumbha and Nishumbha, the army chiefs of the demon king, at this very spot.

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple is a popular Haridwar sightseeing spot. Not only do tourists visit the temple to seek the blessings of Mansa Devi, but also for the spectacular view. Located on top of Bilwa Parvat, devotees have to take a cable car to reach this temple. The view from the cable car is enough reason for you to visit this place in Haridwar.

Patanjali Yogpeeth

Run by Guru Baba Ramdev, Patanjali Yogpeeth is one of the biggest yoga centers in the country. Tourists from all over the world come to the Yogpeeth to seek Ayurvedic treatment, get medication, and learn yoga. 

Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary

Located 18km from Haridwar, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular places to visit near Haridwar. It is a peaceful place with a view of the Ganga river and the Himalayas. The sanctuary has many species of elephants, bears, cats, tigers, and bears. Visitors can also spot peacocks, vultures, falcons, hawks, wild boars, sambhars, and more exotic wild animals.

Piran Kaliyar

One of the most popular dargahs in Haridwar, it was built by Ibrahim Lodi, who was the sultan of Delhi. This architectural wonder is magnificent and one must visit this beautiful spot when in Haridwar.

Shri Santosh Puri Ashram

Santosh Puri Ashram is a peaceful yoga retreat in Haridwar surrounded by lush forests and the river Ganga. It is situated 7 km from Haridwar and is the perfect place to check into if you’re looking for inner peace. 

Bara Bazaar 

Bara Bazaar is where you go for souvenir shopping towards the end of your trip. You will find every item that is used in a Pooja, beautiful handicrafts, and delicious milk sweets that you can take back home for your loved ones. 

There are many places not just in Haridwar but also near it that are worth exploring. A scenic two-hour drive from Haridwar will take you to one of India’s best hill stations–Mussoorie. Plan your stay at resort in Mussoorie hosted by Club Mahindra for a relaxing stay after your Haridwar-darshan.

If you’re looking to explore some wildlife and nature, then on the other side of Haridwar, there is Kanatal. Stay at resort in Kanatal offered by Club Mahindra resort Kanatal, and indulge in thrilling activities like jungle walks, rock climbing, and more! 

Haridwar is a beautiful tourist destination, surrounded by many picturesque spots waiting to be explored. So, when are you planning your trip to this sacred land?

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