Haridwar – the gateway to the Garhwal is the perfect epitome of what a rejuvenating and fun experience feels like. From being a part of the holy and soul-stirring Ganga aarti amidst the rhythmic chanting of hymns and ringing of bells to the thrill-packed adventure activities, Haridwar is one of those unique destinations in India where there are unique places to visit for everyone.
If you are planning on a trip to this enchanting land where Ganga river touches the plains after traveling down from the Himalayas, then here are some of the most unique places to visit in Haridwar on your next trip!
River Side Yoga And Meditation
In case you are looking to spend your vacation in a more rejuvenating and refreshing manner then Haridwar is the place to be. We all know that India is the birthplace of yoga and Haridwar is the world capital when it comes to indulging in such activities.
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Tourists from all over the world flock here looking for inner peace and spiritual enlightenment. What better way to do that in one of the plenty ashrams scattered all over the banks of river Ganga like Patanjali Yogpeeth and Shanti Kunj.
Waking up early in the morning and performing yoga with deep breathing exercises will definitely refresh your mind, body, and soul.
One Day Sightseeing Of Haridwar
Haridwar is dotted with some of the most fascinating and one of a kind places of tourist interests. Even if you have even one day to spare in Haridwar then a sightseeing tour is a great way of spending it. You can check out some of the most ancient and iconic temples here that hold religious importance in the lives of every Hindu such as the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temple.
You can even walk through the narrow pathways dotted with food stalls and local handcrafted souvenirs and cafes and get a real taste of Haridwar. Other attractions here include Har ki Pauri, Bharat Mata mandir, Daksha Mahadev, etc.
Adventure At Rajaji National Park
Little is known about this spectacular national park sprawling within the limits of the holy town of Haridwar. Due to its geological location on the foothills of the Himalayas the 820 sq. km. of the lush park can be explored via a thrilling and fun-packed jeep safari.
This is the place which also serves as a safe tiger reserve and if you are lucky you may even be able to spot one of these royal jungle cats.
Surrounded by natural greenery of the forests and various landscape styles, the flora and fauna collection here is impeccable and also includes elephants, bear, sloths, python, monitor lizard, etc.
Shopping At Bara Bazaar
Haridwar is a beautiful paradise for people who love shopping. The Bara Bazaar area of Haridwar is a bustling lane market which is lined on either side with whimsical trinkets, locally handcrafted items, traditional artifacts, religious ornaments, etc. here one can go from one shop to another where you can also buy Ayurvedic medicines, Rudraksha Mala, delicious Peda sweet, etc.
Tourists from all over the world can be seen here and the market is very lively which should be experienced at least once. You will even get to know more about the friendly people of the town and have a closer look at their tradition and culture while making your way through the fragrant and teeming market places.
Rejuvenating Ayurvedic Treatment
The cultural roots of the holy city of Haridwar are deeply seated in Haridwar and it is one of the best places where you can have a completely rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatment.
Ayurveda is probably one of the most ancient ways of rejuvenating yourself and there are numerous ayurvedic healing centers here where you can have a deeply self-healing experience. Some of these ashrams are Auro valley ashram, Santosh puri ashram and more amongst these the Patanjali Ashram is the most popular one.
This activity you should definitely add to your things-to-do list in Haridwar which truly is a unique experience in itself.
Bird Watching Tour At Jhilmil Jheel
The lush green marshland of Jhilmil jheel is located right at the outside edge of doon valley at the border of Rajaji national park. This place is untouched and pans out over an area of 383 acre which represents the last remaining primordial terai marshland.
You will be able to get a panoramic view of the stunning surroundings via the watchtower located here. This is an offbeat location for adventure seekers and people looking to explore some unique untainted natural beauty.
Here you can take your cameras along and click pictures of some of the most exotic and unique birds that flock these marshy areas. Truly a unique experience!
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