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A fascinating and somewhat off-the-beaten-track town on the Ganges, Haridwar is easily accessible by rail from Delhi and, like Rishikesh, is one of India's seven Hindu holy cities.

Evening aarti on the Ganges at RishikeshLegend has it that it was sanctified by Vishnu's footprint on the riverbank, where the captivating evening aarti ceremony takes place at dusk. Priests seem to appear at every window and doorway along the ghat to sing, chant and swing fire as worshippers float lights down the river.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Haridwar

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Haridwar, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Haridwar

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Haridwar, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Haridwar at its best.

    • What to do in India: our highlights guide
      Sadhu in Varanasi

      What to do in India: our highlights guide

      What to do in India: our highlights guide

      Our India specialists pick some of their best things to see and do, and where to stay from the Himalaya to Kerala. Include spotting tiger, staying in a palace in Rajasthan, taking a boat trip down the Ganges and experience one of the country’s many festivals in your trip to India.

      8 min read

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    • Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats
      View from Leti, Almora

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Exploring India on foot, you pass through remote villages, stop for tea with local people and stumble upon hidden temples. Our India specialists suggest routes through the hills of the Western Ghats, tea plantations of Darjeeling and foothills of the western Himalaya.

      10 min read

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    Accommodation choices for Haridwar

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Haridwar. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.