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.
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.
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.
Haridwar (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.