Haridwar serves as the Gateway to the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. The ‘Panch Tirth’ or the five pilgrimages. Haridwar Tourism has fascinated people from all over the world with her secularism and her traditions.
If you are planning travel to Haridwar few travel hacks can be useful and cheaper .
How to Reach
a)Flight-Haridwar has no airport. The nearest airport is in Dehradun. It is Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis and buses are easily available from there till Haridwar. Nearest Airport: Dehradun – 43 kms from Haridwar.
b)Bus -From ISBT Kashmiri Gate,New Delhi to Haridwar Rs 280-300(Non a/c),Rs 700-1200(Volvo A/C).
c)Train-Trains from Delhi costs around Rs 150-200 (non A/C),Rs 500-600(A/C).
Where to stay
a)Hotels-Always book hotel near Har ki pauri as you can get good hotels A/C or Non A/C ranging from Rs700-2500 ,also there are many markets in vicinity and all visiting sites are at walking distance.
b)Dharmshalas-There are many dharmshalas in haridwar where one can stay from Rs 300-500 per night ,if there are larger number of visitors in group dharmshalas can be best money saver.
PARKING-There is parking available on road side where per night car parking may cost around Rs 150.
Places to visit
a)Har-ki-Pauri This is Haridwar’s focal point, where devotees gather to bathe and worship on the Ganges. Each evening around 7 PM,(5.45 PM in winter) thousands gather and worship the river Goddess by putting diyas (floating lamps) in the river.
b)Mansa Devi Mandir, atop a hill near the center of town. Can be reached by cable car (Rs 100 for 2 way ,for child less than 110cm Rs 50) for both mansa devi and chandi devi roapway ride
c)Bharat Mata Mandir, 5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise.
d)Chandi Devi Mandir,8-9KM from railway station, you get the combi package to see both the temples by AC bus including bus and ropeway charges
e)Daksh mandir,7-8 km from railway station,you get rickshaw or you can hire a auto,near also many mandirs to see at kankhal.
So, friends these are few travel tips which can help you to travel your trip well in advance and save few bucks.