About Haridwar

There is no dearth of books and websites that provide extensive information about Haridwar, a beautiful city enveloped in religious diaspora. Sited on the banks of the Ganges River, Haridwar is an eminent pilgrimage site of north India. The city truly lives up to its nomenclature whose etymological connotation of the term Haridwar implies a 'Gateway to the Gods'. In fact, the evening prayers, where floating lamps (diyas) are lit on the shimmering waters of the Ganges and the pious devotees offer 'aarti' on the riverfront is a rage all across the world and attracts droves of spiritually inclined tourists to the city.

The city, sited in it's namesake Haridwar district in the state of Uttarakhand basks at the foothills of the lofty Shivalik Ranges. Shrouded in ancient Indian history and mythology, the city is a gateway to the renowned Gomukh and the Yamunotri glaciers as well as Kedarnath and Badrinath, the celebrated pilgrimage quartet of ancient India.

Haridwar city encompasses a net area of 12, 302 sq. km and is perched at an altitude of 294.7 m above mean sea level. The 1991 Census records that the city has a net population of 3,48,142. Climatic conditions in Haridwar are extreme and are marked by searing summers and ice cold winters.

Haridwar city is also a center of academic excellence. The city is teeming with a number of good schools, colleges and universities.

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Last Updated on 17th Oct 2012