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Located along the banks of the Ganges, right where it emerges from the Himalayas, Haridwar is Uttarakhand’s holiest city. A pilgrimage town, it sees thousand of devotees arriving each day to pay respects to the gods and their loved ones, and to bathe in the river’s absolving waters. Our pick of the best places to stay in Haridwar are located right on the banks of the Ganges and provide a comfortable excellent stay.
For Hindu’s, Haridwar is of far greater religious significance than nearby Rishikesh; however tourists may find more of interest in the latter. That said, Haridwar is certainly worth a stop, especially for those who wish to witness India’s religious culture in practice. Haridwar provides a far less overwhelming place to do so than Varanasi, for example.
Pilgrims congregate around the Har-ki-Pairi Ghat, leading down to the Ganges. The town comes alive during the annual yatra or pilgrimage season between May and October. For optimum weather, the best time to visit Haridwar is between October and April.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Haridwar are obth well priced and well located.
For an immersive stay
- Haveli Hari Ganga encompasses the spirituality of Haridwar whilst still providing a luxurious stay. This heritage property includes a private bathing area along the Ganges, meditation and yoga, as well as private evening aartis. A luxurious yet authentic stay.
For total relaxation
- Located on the banks of the Ganges Aalia is a relaxing stay just a little way outside of the main bustle of town. With daily yoga classes and excellent spa treatments it is a restorative choice.
Still not sure which to book? From traditional to modern browse through our list of the best places to stay in Haridwar to start to plan your trip. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Uttarakhand, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Haridwar
Haveli Hari Ganga 20 rooms from $86Haridwar
Fantastic location in the pilgrimage city of Haridwar, located directly on the Ganges with private bathing access. Charming and spacious interiors with detailed arabesques and carved-wood furniture. Rooftop terrace offers incredible views over the river. Spa, massages, yoga and esoteric activities.Local exploring - One of the best places to stay in the holy Hindu town os HaridwarTotal relaxation - Yoga and meditation classes make this a tranquil staySights nearby - Located in the pilgrimage city of Haridwar, the hotel is not far from the famous Chandi Devi templeSpa
Aalia 36 rooms from $154Haridwar (Near Rajaji National Park)
Sprawling luxury hotel on the banks of the Ganges. Spa, sauna, infinity pool, meditation, yoga and massage for those who want to relax. Adventure sports and exploration for active holidaymakers. Private villas, family suites and tastefully furnished bedrooms. Onsite restaurant.Total relaxation - Whether yoga-ing, meditating or simply recumbent by the pool - there are plenty of ways here to completely unwindSpa breaks - Includes a state of the art wellness centre with an array of treatmentsViews - Onto the Ganges and the surrounding forested mountain slopes.Kids Club - Kids club and playground for children.