Destination

Dehradun

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Nature at its Benevolent Best

BEYOND DEHRADUN

Mussoori
Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations. In 1820 Captain Young of the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made this place his residence. This marked the foundation of a hill station aptly called Mussoorie. The name, Mussoorie is derived from plants of ‘Mussoorie’ which were found in abundance here. When the plains of north India experience heat waves, Mussoorie provides a welcome break, overlooking picturesque Doon valley. From Dehradun one can hire a taxi or take a bus to Mussoorie.

Chandrabani
7 kms. from Dehradun on the Dehradun. Delhi route is the famous temple of Chandrabani (Gautam Kund). According to the myth, this spot was inhabited by Mahirishi Gautam, his wife and daughter Anjani who is widely worshiped by the people. It is believed that the daughter of Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotees, in large numbers, take a dip in this holy kund, 2 kms. away from the main road. Located amidst the Shivalik hills, the place is a major tourist spot.

Dakpathar
45  kms. from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful tourist sport in the western Doon Valley, amidst the Shivalik range The place is connected by a regular bus service. Accommodation is available in a Tourist Rest House of GMVN with swimming pool facilities.

Rajaji National Parkrajaji national-2
Rajaji National Park is spread over an area of 820 sq. kms., the park with it’s magnificent ecosystem, is nestled in the lush valley of Shivalik ranges. It represents the flora of several zones of the forest, reverine, broad leaf mixed forest, chirpine forest, scrub land and grassy pasture lands. There are 23 species of mammals and 315 of avi-fauna here. Named after Late Shri C.Rajgoplalachari, popularly known as Rajaji. Best Tourist season is between November to mid June.

Tibetan Temple
Situated on Rajpur Road adjacent to the Sai Darbar is the Tibetan Temple a temple devoted to Lord Buddha with all it’s rich Tibetan traditions, culture and ambience.

Kalanga Monument
Located on the right  of the Dehradun. Sahastradhara route, the Kalanga monument recalls the story of the bravery of a 180 year old battle between the British and the Gorkhas. Perched on the hill, 1000 ft over the bank of river Rispana, the monument represents the history of the rulers of Garhwal.

Indian Military Academy
Indian Military Academy was established in 1932. It is Situated 8 kms. On Dehradun-Chakrata road and 3 kms. Beyond F.R.I., Dehradun. It is a premier training institute for the Indian Army Officers. The academy has places of tourist interest that includes the Museum, Library, war Memorial, Arms and ammunition, Shooting demonstration room, FRIMS Golf Course (18 holes) etc.

Wadia Institute of Himalyan Geology
The Wadia Institute of Himalyan Geology is an autonomous research Institute of the Department of science & Technology, Government of India. The Institue was shifted to Dehradun from Delhi in 1976. It is named after the late prof. D.N.Wadia (founder of uphill from the Clock Tower. The institute carries out research in Himalayan Geology and related fields.

Tapkeshwar Templetapkeshwar mandir
Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of worship. The temple is situated on the banks of a rivulet in Garhi Cantt area. It is 5.5 kms. from the city bus stand and is well connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri. The whole mela spot wear a glory look.

Robber’s Cave (Guchhupani)
An ideal place for picnic, Robber’s Cave is 8 kms. from the city in Garhi Cantt area. The last one kilometer is to be trekked to reach this beautiful cave formed by a natural rift in a mountain. Through this flows a very stream of water. The darkness of the cave combined with the sound of the fast flowing stream gushing past the feet gives it an unforgettable touch.

Tapovan
Situated near Raipur/Sahastradhara crossing Tapovan is famous for its beautiful surroundings and its auspicious nature relating to Hindu mythology. It is a common sight even today, to find hermits doing all sorts of penance to appease the Gods in Tapovan. Its location is approx 5 kms. from Dehradun. Lagend has it that Guru Dronacharya had done penance in the area.

The Educational Centre
Dehradhun is well known for its quality education standard and these high standards are due to the presence of century Old Catholic and Protestant convent schools. It is a home to over 300 high schools including the famous Doon School, which is considered to be the best public school in India. Some of the other peopular schools are:

Army School (located in Indian Military Academy

  • Brightlands School
  • Brooklyn School
  • Cambrian Hall
  • Colonel Brown Cambridge School
  • Convent of Jesus and Mary High School
  • Marshalls School
  • Raja Rammohan Roy Academy
  • (now known as Cambridge School)
  • Riverdale High School
  • St. Mary’s Convent School
  • Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School
  • St. Joseph’s Academy
  • welham boys’ School
  • Welham Girls’High School
  • The Army Public School
  • Neshville Day School
  • Asian School
  • Various Kendriya Vidhyalayas

Dehradun Basics
230 km. from Delhi, Dehradun is set amidst a valleyin the Shivaliks, The foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,200 feet above sea level. Dehradun has a population of 447,808. Males  constitute 53% of the population and females 47% Dehradun has an average literacy rate of 77%.The city has cold winters season, mild hot summer, rainy monsoon season and a balmy spring season. The winter ranges from November to February in which the months of  December and January are the coldest due to winter rains, coinciding with snow-fall in the nearby mountains ranges. While the spring from March to April are very pleasant,Summer lasts from April-May to July followed by good monsoon months till September. You can enjoy the magic of all seasons in Dehradun.

A CULTURAL TOWN
As the capital of the new State Uttarakhand   (earlier known as Uttaranchal) Dehradun is bustling, energetic and line city, with a fair share of young energy poured into it. The famous Clock-Tower (Ghanta-ghar) is the center of activities, and a popular landmark of the city from where one can venture in famous pattern. A tall structure with 6 clodks; many efforts in the last years to revive the clocks have unsuccessful. The numerous high schools of the city attract the brightest of the best students from all over the country. During the day it is common to see students (dressed in various high-school uniforms) to be moving around the city. It’s a major hub of cultural activities round the year. The city has witnessed tremendous growth blocks, shopping centres and cultural institutions after the formation of Uttarakhand State. It is always a favourite destination for the retired army personnel. For the younger people, the popular downtown destinations include Astley Hall, Rajpur Road, Capri Trade Centre, Connaught place et.al.

A HISTORICAL TOWN
Dehradun, is the capital city of the Uttarakhand State (earlier known as Uttaranchal) of India, and the headquarters of Dehradun District. Located in the Doon valley, 230 kilometers north of Delhi, it is surrounded by the Himalaya in the north, Shivalik Hills in the south, the river Ganga in the east, and the river Yamuna in the west. The water divide of Ganga and Yamuna passes through the city. It is also located on the northem side of the fertile Gangetic plains of India. Before the creation of Uttarakhand on November 9, 2000, Dehradun was a part of Uttar Pradesh. In Hindi, Dehra is termed a camp. According to popular belief, the military camp located here, most possibly during Anglo-Gurkha war oritginated the name Dehra Dun. Some believe that the “Dehra” is referred to Ram Rai (Son of Guru Har Raj, the seventh Guru of the Sikhs.) He founded a Gurudwara here in the olden times. The earliest tangible evidence of the history of Dehradun dates back to 300 BC, as indicated by a rock inscription at Kalsi, discovered in 1860.

This inscription located at the northem outskirts of the city are kattributed to King Ashoka. In the inscription, there are 14 edicts carved on a rock and adjacent to these is the site where Raja Shilvarman of the Vrisheri dynasty made three horse sacrifices during his rule in the 3rd century BC. It is also believed that in Vedic times, the Garhwal Mandal, of which Dehradun is a part, was known as the Kedar Khand. Legend has it that Guru Dronacharaya, the royal teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas in Mahabharat set up his known as Dehradun. Therefore It is also referred to as Dronpuri in history. According to the Ramayana. Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana under took apenance in Dehradun for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.  The next prominent rulers of the valley were the Katyuris of Garhwal. Next, this stronghold of the Katyuri dynasty, passed into the hands of the Sikhs and Mughals subsequently and later, the Gorkhas of Nepal ruled here for a long time. In April 1815 Gorkhas were ousted from Garhwal region and Garhwal was annexed by the British during British rule, Dehradun used to be the summer base for the Viceroy’s bodyguards. The British also established the Forest Research Institute in 1906, the R.I.M.C (Royal Indian Military College, now Rashtriya Indian Military College in 1922) as well as the Indian Military Academy (in 1932). In due course of time Dehradun became a prominent centre for education and developed as a military cantonment and settlement.

WHAT TO SEE

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Sahastra Dhara, laterally means, the ‘thousand springs’ is at a distance of 11 kms from Dehra Dun. The place is a picturesque picnic spot. The Baldi River and the caves provide a breath-taking view. The water here has a fall of about 9 meters and leaves an incrustation of lime on all its touches. Particles thus accumulating over the centuries have  formed a projecting ledge, and a sort of cave, from the roof of which falls a perpetual shower, There is also a sulphur spring known for its medicinal value, in which visitors often take bath. It is believed that, the water can cure skin infections and possesses other medicinal properties.

Malsi Deer Park
10  kms. From Dehradun,enroute to Mussoorie is situated a beautifully developed tourist sport lying at the foothills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park comprising children’s park enveloped by beautiful land, natural surroundings. This is also an ideal picnic spot for tourists.Lacchiwala

Lachhiwala
Lachhiwala is 22 kms. Off Dehradun while approaching from Haridwar-Rishikesh. An extension of the Rajaji National Park, It is a serene and blissful spot among tall Deodar forests with water springs running all year round.

Bhagirathi Resorts
18  kms. Away from the city along Chakrata Road, Bhagirathi resorts is situated in Selaqui village. From here one can experience a clear view of the majestic Himalyan ranges. The resort lures tourists with its swimming pool, water slides, fountains and other fun, floric & recreational activities.

Santala Devi Temple
The famous temple of Santala Devi is about 15 kms. away from Dehradun.  A 2 kms. Trek  takes you to this temple. The temple stands as a symbol of the faith and fervor among devotees people and it has a great cultural and religious singnificance. Santala Devi, alongwith her brother, on realizing that they would not be able to face the mighty Mughal  Army. Abandoned their weapons and started offering pray. A light flickered and within moments they both were transformed into stone images. It is within the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone.

Asan Barrage water sports Resortdhalipur lake
A famous water sports resort has been developed at the Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in the year 1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake. Situated 43 kms. From Dehradun on Chandigarh-Shimla highway, the resort offers facilities like water skiing, boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. During the winter season you can also see a fleet of migratory birds here.

The Zoological Survey of India
Fourded in 1916, the Zoological Survey of India, 5 kms. away on Kaulagarh road, a wing of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is a premier National Institute exploring the faunal diversity of the country. It undertakes surveys in all the biogeographic zones to collect, identify, collate and inventories faunal diversity of our country. The museum of this institute has a variety of Himalayan faunal diversity.

Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP)
Indian Institute of Petroleum is situated at Mohkampur, Dehradun. Its major activities involves developing processes and products for petroleum refining and petrochemical industries, to provide technical services, to carry out R&D work, training of personnels in oil and petrochemical industries, assisting in formulation of standards for petroleum products for the country.

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC)
Founded in 1956, ONGC is the premier exploration and production company in India and accounts for 90% of the exploration effort, established reserves and production of oil and gas in the country. ONGC is a powerful organization with financial, technical and infrastructural strength to match any large oil company in the world.

Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC)
The Rashtriya Indian Millitary College (RIMC) was established in 1922. The College is spread over an area of 138 acres in Dehradun Cantonment area. The College is administered by the Union Ministry of Defence Army Headquartered at New Delhi. The primary purpose envisaged for the college is to find out suitable candidates and train them for National Defence Academy.

Survey of India
It’s the National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country. The Oldest scientific department of the Government of India. It was set up in 1767. The Survey of India acts as adviser to the Government of India on all survey matters, viz Geodesy, Photogrammetry, and Mapping & Map Reproduction.

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The Council is the apex body in the national forestry research system to develop holistic forestry research through planning, promoting, conducting and coordinating research, education and extension on all aspects of forestry for ensuring  scientific management of forest, tree improvement, forestry productivity through scientific and biotechnological research, bioremediation of degraded land, efficient utilization of forest produce, forest based value addition, conservation of biodiversity, effective agro-forestry models for various agro-ecological zones, policy research, environmental impact assessment and integrated pest management and disease.

PLEASE OBSERVE THE DO’S AND DON’T’S DO’S

Limit deforestation, make no open fires and discourage others from doing so. Choose accommodation that uses kerosene or fuel efficient wood stoves. Use of fire wood should be minimized. Carry away all non-degradable litter and burn or bury paper before leaving any spot. Extinguish any burning cigarette butts and dispose off glass bottles properly, they should not be left lying in the open but should be covered or buried. Avoid using polythene, if you do, do not throw it away, but collect it separate. Take permission before taking photographs and respect privacy.  Observes the rules and regulations while visiting holy sites. Propagate and pursue conservation in cooperation with fellow tourist, guides and porters.

DONTS

Avoid using pollutants such as detergents, in streams or springs. Abstain from graffiti and contribute in keeping environment clean. Allow the flora to flourish in its natural environment. Taking away plant, cuttings seeds and roots is illegal in many parts of the Himalayas. Nestled in the gorgeous mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Dehradun is one of the oldest and fast emerging modern city of India. Also known as the “abode of Guru Dron”, Dehradun has always been an important center of Garhwal rulers which was subsequently conquered by the British. The headquarters of many National Institutes of repute like ONGC, Survey of India, Dehradun also has a string of premier educational institutes like the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) besides a host of prestigious public schools. For years, Dehradun has been one of  the best known educational centres in the whole Northern India. With Illustrious history, Royal, salubrious nature, hospitable people, cultural abundance it is the entry point to some beautiful hill stations, pilgrimage sites and to the upper Himalayas. The city is most favoured tourist destination of India.

WHERE TO STAY
Government

  • PWD inspection House (Rajpur Road)
  • Circuit House (New Cantt. Road, Reservation-DM)
  • Railway  Rest Houses (Railway Station, Reservation-Station Supdt.)
  • FRI Inspection House (FRI, Reservation Incharge Rest House)
  • Survey of India (Hathi Barkala, Reservation-Asst. Surveyor)
  • ONGC Guest House (Tail Bhawan, Reservation-GM Admn)
  • YMCA (Rajpur Road, Reservation-President YMCA)
  • MES Guest House (Cantt, Reservation-Garrison Engineer)

 

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Destination

Haridwar

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The Divine Gateway of Devbhoomi

At the point where the sacred river Ganga reaches the plains, lies Haridwar, at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is one of the most ancient pilgrimage centres in India that has been held in reverence from times immemorial. Haridwar was once known as Gangadhwar. The Chinese pilgrim Hyuen Tsang, who visited India in the first millennium, describes Haridwar in his travelogue, as a pilgrimage site on the eastern bank of the river Ganges. In the ancient scriptures of India, this place is also known by the name of Mayapur. Countless temples and hermitages (Ashrams) dot this holy town and a visit to Haridwar is like a stepping into a celestial world.

Haridwar is literally the Gateway to the lord (Hari-Dwar), as the point of Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (the four main shrines situated in the upper reach of Himalaya, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand) it acquires its name Haridwar. According to Indian mythology, it is one of the four places where droops of elixir,’Amrita’ accidentlly spilled over from the pitcher or ‘Kumbh’, in which it was being carried away by the celestial bird Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu. These four spots have today become places where the Kumbha Mela is celebrated every 12 years in succession-Ujjain, Haridwar, Nasik and Allahabad. Millions of devotees and tourists congregate from all over the world to celebrate the celestial event and perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganga. The spot where the nectar (Amrita) fell is today considered to be the Brahma Kund at Har-ki-Pauri, (literally “footsteps of the Lord” and the spot where the drops of Amrit fell into the water) which is the most sacred ghat of Haridwar, and thousands of devotees and pilgrims flock here from all over the world to take a holy dip; it is believed that a dip here will wash away their sins or Karma and provide Moksha.

Haridwar is the ultimate heaven for spiritual solace and peace of the believed in Hinduism. It represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badriath and Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign sign of Aries. Haridwar is the celebrated site of the Kumbha Mela, held once in every twelve years, when the Jupiter transits to the zpdiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwar, Kankhal, Neel Parvat, Biganga aartilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Har-ki-Pauri (venetated for a footprint of Lord Vishnu on a stone in a wall).Nearby is the Gangadwar temple, the most important of the several temples in the town. The Ganga Aarti which is performed in the evening is a spectacular sight to witness. The dusk Aarti of the Goddess Ganga, at Har-ki-Pauri is an enchanting experience for any visitor. A spectacle of sound and colour, after the ceremony, pilgrims float diyas, flowers and incense in the river commemorating their deceased ancestors. When the Aarti ceremony (the fire ritual) is performed hundreds of people throng the ghats at Har-ki-Pauri to participate in the solemn ritual. It is a highly moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps floated on the river! For those who are less inclined towards religious faith and more towards thrill and adventure, Haridwar is a paradise for such nature lovers. A part of the Rajaji national park lies within the bounties of the district. It is an ideal destination for wild life and adventure sports. An entry point to the white water rafting at Shivpuri, it also offers incredible trekking experience in the Himalayas.

The Legend of Daksha

This legend is associated with the end of Daksha and the origin of the Shakti Peeths in India. It portrays Lord Shiva as the divine destroyer. Sati and consort of Lord Shiva was the daughter of Daksha prajapati, a descendant of Lord Bramha…. Sati had married to Lord Shiva agains the wishes of her father. In retaliation, Daksha performed a Maha yagna (with the sole aim of insulting Lord Shiva), to which he invited all of the gods and goddness except Lord Shiva, his son in law. Sati attended this ceremony, against Lord Shiva’s wishes and was ultimately insulted by her father. Unable to bear the insult, Sati immolated herself. Enraged at the insult and immolation of Sati, Lord Shiva through Veerabhadra, destroyed Daksha’s palace, cut off Daksha’s head and replaced it with that of a goat, as he restored him to life. Baffled with grief, he picked up the remains of Sati’s dead body, and performed the celestial dance of destruction criss-crossing the Universe. The other gods intervened to stop this dance and the disk of Vishnu cut through the corpse of Sati whose various parts of the body fell at several spots all through the Indian subcontinent. These spots formed the sites of what are known as Shakti Peeths today.

Haridwar’s Today, Tommorow and Yesterday

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Haridwar is deeply encapsulated into the threads of Indian culture and civilization. Also known as Mayapuri, Kapila and Gangadwar in different periods of time. The followers of Lord Shiva(Har) and followers  of Lord Vishnu (Hari) call this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively. Archaeological findings have proved that terra cotta culture dating between 1700 BC and 1200 BC exested in this region.

Legendary King Bhagirath is said to have brought the river Ganga from heaven to earth in order to provide salvation to his ancestors. It is also said that Haridwar has been sanctified by the presence of three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu is said to have his footprint on the stone that is set in the upper wall of Har-Ki-Pauri where the Holy Ganga touches it at all times. Believers feel that they can go to heaven by getting their salvation after a dip in the sacred Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar has a rich and ancient religious and cultural heritage. Being one of the oldest living cities, it finds its mention in the ancient Hindu scirptures as it waves through the life and time stretching from the period of the Buddha to the more recent British advent. It still has many old havelis and mansions bearing exquisite murals and intricate stonework. Several places of historic iit roorkeeand mytological interest are situated within its precincts. The city has a long standing position as a great source for ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies and is home to the unique Gurukul School of traditional education system. Haridwar as today has not just religious importance but it has the temples of modern civilization, i.e. BHEL, a crowned Indian PSU. The Roorkee University at Roorkee (Now IIT, Roorkee.) is one of the oldest and prestigious Institutes in the fields of science and engineering. Another university of the district i.e. Gurukul Kangri, which has a vast campus, gives traditional education of its own kind. Recently established Sanskrit University, Dev Sanskrit University and Patanjali Yoga University are centres of higher studies research in oriental subjects and yoga. After the creation of new state of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is developing as a major industrial destination of state. Many Government administrative offices like Lok Sewa Ayog and Sanskrit Acadmey have been established here. Due to it’s location on the bank of River Ganga, it has plenty of water resources and almost all kind of food grains are produced here in abundance Location, Demographics & Other Features 214km northeast of Delhi, Hardwar is situated had a population of 175,010. Male constitute 54% of the population and females46%. Hardwar has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 64%. In Haridwar, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

PLACE WORTH SEEING

Har Ki Paurihar ki pauri

Har Ki Pauri or Brahm Kund is the main ghat of Haridwar. It represents the point where River Ganga descends from the mountains to the plains. It is so named, as it is believed as it is Lord Vishnu’s footprint that is imprinted on one of the stones here to pay their homage to this footprint of God and take a dip in the sacred waters of Ganga. Ganga aarti held here every evening is famous because it is quite a spectacle to see hundreds of tiny diyas and marigolds floating down the river as priests recite ‘Om’ on the Ghat steps. The British enlarged the bathing ghat in the 1820s and the temples date from that time and later times. The upper left temple has a dome rather than a spire, which is unusual for contemporary Hindu temple architecture. Since the 1820 the Ghat has been enlarged several times, most recently in 2004.

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A cable-car (Udan Khatola) ride to the Mansa Devi Temple, is very thrilling, especially, when you look down from above. Another option is to climb up the 105km stretch to the temple. Goddess Mansa one of the incarnated forms of Goddess Durga said to have power to grant your wishes. This is an ancient temple of Mansa Devi, the reigning deity of Haridwar, regarded as one of the Siddhpeethas. Said to be the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati and fallen. Situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat, here one statue of the goddess has three mouths and five arms while the other statue has eight arms. The beautiful view of the city can be seen from this place.

Chandi Devi Templechandi devi

The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank o river Ganga was constructed in 1929 A.D by the king of Kashmir-Suchat Singh. It is a 3km trek from Chandighat. Legend has it that the army chief Chanda-Munda of the demon King Shumbh-Nishumbha was killed by goddess Chandi here after which the place got the named Chandi Devi. It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankracharya in 8th century A.D. Chandi Devi is a diety who is fierce to the sinners and kind to those who are devoted to her. She is also one of the varied forms of Goddess Druga. The temple is situated on a hilltop just like that of Mansa Devi. However, the climb here is much more steep than that of the Mansa Devi Temple and only meant for those who love outdoor exercises. For those who would like to visit the temple and yet save themselves from such a tiring journey, cable cars may prove to be a better option. One can reach here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot. Ph.no. of ‘Udan Khatola’ (Ropeway) is 01334-220324, Time-8.30AM to 6PM.

Sapt Rishi Aashram

5km from Haridwar, Sapt Rishi Ashram is the point where River Ganges flows in seven little streams. It is believed that seven great saints prayed here for the wellness of humanity. It is believed that a constellation of seven stars is actually the saints who took this form after leaving their mortal bodies for the heavenly abode.

Pavan Dham

3km from the most famous ghat of Haridwar, Har ki Pauri, Pavan Dham has become a mojor tourist attaraction. The temple has most beautiful glass interiors. From this place, one can also go to the nearby Vaishno Devi Temple, which is a lesser version of the renowned temple of Vaishno Devi of J&K.

Bharat Mata Templebharat mata

Bharat Mata temple is one of its own kind. It is an impressive multistoreyed building and each of the floors has been dedicated to different gods. Here the mother India the prime deity id depicted with Indian national flag in her hand a tri-colored sari adorning the idol. It represents the ‘Unity in Diversity’ in India and the oneness of India.

Lakshmi-Narayan Temple

The temple bears a sign indicating to have been built in 1867. The smaller of the two spires lies over the footprints of Vishnu from which Har-Ki Pauri gets its name Local traditions recounts that it was built by Raja Man Singh who was a vassal of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Although this claim cannot be historically verified, archaeologists believe that is one of the oldest temples in Haridwar and the bathing pool to the most important bathing place.

Daksha Mahadev Temple

This ancient Shiva (Mahadev) temple is located in the south Kankhal town. The mythological legends state that King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati (Lord Shiva’s consort) performed a Yagya here but didn’t invite Lord Shiva. Sati was offended by her father’s behavior and sacrificed her life by jumping into the fire of yagya. Infuriated Lord Shiva killed King Daksha but later brought him back to life.

Sati Kundsati kund

4kms. from Haridwar, Sati Kund is another major mythological heritage worth a visit. It is situated in Kankhal. Legend has it that Sati self-immolated herself in this Kund.

Bhimgoda Tank

This tank is situated at a distance of about 1km from Har-Ki-Pauri. It is said that while Pandavas were going to the Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhima created this tank by pounding his knee or goda to the very ground.

Parad Shivling

Situated in Haridwar Ashram, Kankhal. Shivling weighing about 150kg and Rudraksha tree are the main attractions here.

Gurukul Kangri University

This venerated institution was founded in 1902 by Swami Shraddhananda (1856-1926), a follower of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj. It was one of pioneering institution to revive the ancient Indian education system in modern India. Here Ancient Vedic and Sanskrit literature, Ayurvedic Medicine, Indian Philosophy were made part of the curriculum besides modern sciences and Journalism. Its sprawling and serene campus is situated on the banks of river Ganga, on Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road. Mahatma Gandhi visited this institution, and stayed here for and extended periods of time. Its Archaeological museum, house some rare statues, coins, paintings, manuscripts and artefacts, starting from Harappan culture (c.2500-1500BC) onwards.

Anandmayi Ashramaanandmayi

Situated in Kankhal, one of five sub-cities of Haridwar, the ashram is the Samadhi Shrine of the noted female saint of india, Maa Anand Mai.

Canal Centenary Bridge

Offers a panoramic view of the Ghats and the Ganga canal. Other places of religious interest- Kanva Rishi Ashram, Bilkeshwar Mahadev, Bhooma Niketan, Doodhadhari Temple, Shahi Gurudwara and Jairam Ashram, Shanti Kunj and avdhoot Mandal.

Major Trains Are:

  • 4309/4310 Ujjain-Haridwar-Dehradun.
  • 2019/2020 Mumbai-Haridwar-Dehradun.
  • 4041/4042 Delhi-Haridwar Dehradun.
  • 4265/4266 Varanasi-Haridwar-Dehradun.
  • 3009/3010 Howrah-Haridwar –Dehradun
  • 2017/2018 Delhi-Haridwar-Dehradun
  • 2017/2018 Delhi-Haridwar-Dehradun.

Road: Haridwar on National Highway no. 58 is well connected to all major cities and other parts of the state viz. Delhi(214km), Agra(386km), Ambala)(168km), Badrinath(325km), Dehradun(52km), Kedarnath(250km), Saharanpur(81km), Nainital(286km).

Local Transport Service

Private bus services, tempos (vikrams), auto rickshaws, tongas, cycle-rickshaws and taxis.

Festivals

Haridwar is the site of many religious festivals and fairs. Most notably, once every twelve years it is the venue for the Kumbh Mela, humanity’s largest festival, which drew a record 70 million in 1998. (The festival rotates between Haridwar and Allahbad, Ujjain and Nashik.) The Ardh Kumbh Mela is held every six years. The next Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh will now be held at Haridwar in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

BaisakhiOther yearly festivals include:

Baisakhi, April. Kanwar Mela, July. The largest yearly festival, drawing approx. 300,000 visitors. Somewati Amavasya, July Almost as large as the Kanwar Mela. Kartik Purnima, held 15 days after diwali on the first night of the full moon in November. While the festivals are colourful and fascinating, they also strain the town’s limited infrastructure to the breaking point and sometimes beyond. Book rooms and tickets well in advance, and avoid travel by road as the traffic jams can be horrendous.

Beyond Haridwar

Rajaji National Park (Chilla)

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The Rajaji National Park is around 10km from Haridwar. The park endowed with pristine beauty and rich biodiversity covers an area of 820 sq. kms. on the edge of the Doon Valley about 10 km from Haridwar. It was established in 1996 and has over 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. One can watch a herd of elephants roaming majestically in the jungle or may find oneself excited by wildlife of many kinds including tigers, leopard, jungle cat, Himalayan yellow throated marten, samber, cheetal, barking deer, wild boar, languor, ghural, sloth beer, king cobra, woodpecker etc Elephants are available for wildlife viewing at Chilla and Dholkand.

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Rishikesh is another popular Hindu pilgrimage centre located along the right bank of the River Ganga. A breath-taking experience of natural beauty and undiscovered wildlife waits at Rishikesh. Main attractionat Rishikesh are the Ghats, temples, Ashrams and Lakshman Jhoola. Rishikesh is also a centre for learning and research in yoga and meditation, the renowned Indian methods for mental and physical health. The week long International Yoga festival, that attracts Participation from all across the world, is held here.

Dehradun

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand State. It is an important business, educational and cultural destination of north India. The climate and strategic location of Dehradun makes it a popular tourist destination. Mussoorie, the queen of hills and many nearby places attract a large number of tourist from different parts of India and the world.

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It is 23km south of Haridwar on the outskirts of Roorkee. The ‘Dargah’ of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahmed shah ‘Sabir’ here is a shining example of communal harmony and peace. It is believed that the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled here and large number of devotees from all over the world. The annual ‘Urs’ is celebrating from the 1st day of sighting the moon to 16th day of Rabiul month in Islamic calender.

How to Reach

Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 41km from here which is connected by private airlines services to and from Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi(220km) is 220km from Haridwar.

Rail: Connected with all important cities of India viz., Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahbad, Ujjain, Amritsar, Dehradun, Lucknow and Kolkata.

Where to Stay

  • Hotel Alaknanda
  • Field Hostel (Upper Ganga Nahar)
  • Canal House 1,2,3 or Damkothi
  • Laljiwala Canal House
  • PWD Haridwar
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Make way for the Barasingha

Swamp deer have found a welcome home in the Jhilmil Jheel Area, which is a community conservation reserve.IMG_0257

At a time when wildlife is facing threats from various quarters, there is good news from Jhilmil Jheel in Rasiabad forest range of Haridwar Forest Division for wildlife enthusiasts. The Jheel is emerging as a haven for swamp deer, a highly endangered species of wildlife protectd under schedule 1, like the tiger and elephant etc. of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972; it is also included in the red data list of rare animals in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) an affiliate of the UNO.

The adult male swamp deer has huge antlers branching to more than 12 points. So it is popularly called Barasingha in India. Swamp deer mostly move in herds of 20-30, but in the mating season the size of the herds gets larger. The swamp deer shed their antlers in April, The male deer are poached for their antlers, the sale of which has now been banned.

Dr. B.D. Joshi, professor of environmental sciences in Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar and a noted wildlife expert, says that in north India, at this time, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve along with Kishanpur Sanctuary in UP, with around 1200+ population of this species, are the stronghold of the swamp deer, while a small number of this species is also found in the swamps near Hastinapur in Meerut district. In Uttarakhand, Jhilmil Jheel in Haridwar Forest Division has emerged as an ideal habitat for this rare species of animals.

It may be mentioned that in 2005, the state forest authorities, co-ordinating with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun, conducted a survey of the Jheel to assess the population of swam deer in the Jheel, which is a saucer shaped wetland, spreading over 3783.5 hectare of land along the bank of the Ganga. The area is rich in floral and fauna biodiversity, but at that time, there was no authentic data about the presence of swamp deer in the Jheel. The team, to their delight, sighted a herd of 32 swamp deer.

On the report of expert team, the state Government recommended to the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment to declare the wetland a protected area for the better conservation of swamp deer. In 2005, the then President of the country, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, dedicated this

Community Conservation Reserve to the country by releasing a poster.

Jhilmil Jheel in Haridwar and Asan Barrage in Dehradun in Dehradun are the only two community conservation reserves in Uttarakhand, the first for the conservation of swamp deer and the second for migratory fowls

“A Community Conservation Reserve is different from a National Park or a Wildlife Santuary , since parks and santuaries are totally managed by the forest department, while the local community is involved in the management of the Community Conservation Reserved,” told by Dr. RBS Rawat, the chief Principal conservator of forest of the state.

 — from Haridwar Plus, Dated 24th Nov. 2013

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Rajaji Park- A Tiger Reserve

AFTER A LONG WAIT, RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK IS AT LAST ISSUED THE FINAL NOTICE TO ATTAIN ITS NATIONAL STATURE

The wildlife enthusiasts have a reason to cheer. The state Government after a long wait of about 30 years, has at last issued the final notification for the Rajaji National Park which consists of 9 ranges and is spread over 820.40 sq.km. of Haridwar, Pauriand Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. The initial notification for the setting up of the Park under the Project Elephant was issued in 1983. However the final notification could not be issued since various hurdles had to be cleared. It may be recalled here that the Park, which marks the northern limits of the Asiatic elephant, is one of the safest heavens for jumbos in the country. At present, there are about 415 pachyderms in the Park and the male, female ratio is excellent.

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A few month ago, the Tiger Conservation Authority of India had agreed to grant to the Park the status of a Tiger Reserve, making it the second tiger reserve of the state. The first being the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, which was the first Tiger reserve of country. Wildlife Protection Society of India, Haridwar’s head Mr. Rajendra Agarwal, says, “It is indeed a matter of great delight for the wildlife conservationists of Uttarakhand. The Rajaji Park, besides being an Elephant Reserve , now will also be a Tiger Reserve , now will also be a Tiger Project and, thus it becomes the first National Park in the state to run the two most prestigious wildlife conservation projects- The Project Elephant and The Project Tiger.

The granting of the status of Project Tiger in the Park required firstly, that the final notification for the National Park status be issued. Now with the issuing of the Final notification, decks have been cleared for the launch of Project Tiger in the Park. After the exact mapping of the Rajaji Park boundaries, 14 revenue villages on the periphery of the Gohari Range of the park have been excluded from the park boundary. As per directions of the Tiger Conservative Authority of India, the Rajaji National Park core area of the Rajaji Tiger Project, while about 300 sq.km. of Shyampur range of the Haridwar forest division and parts of Kotdwar and Laldhang forest division, which function as a buffer zone, will also be included in the Tiger Project, augmented area to 1150 sq.km.

“After amalgamating the new area as buffer zone in the existing boundaries of the Rajaji Park the notification of the Project Tiger will be issued by the state government within a month,” informs the Principal Chief Conservator of the state forests. Besides a fairly good population of the tuskers in the Rajaji Park, tigers are also sighted. Park sources say that about 20 tigers, mostly confined to be a region, have been sighted.

The launching of Project Tiger in the Park will give a fillip to the conservation of the big cats. “It will increase the protections level of tigers in the Park,” says the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State, SS Sharma. Actually, the Rajaji Park faced many challenges include the issue of resettlement of the Van Gujjars (tribals) from the park. Due to porous borders, poachers find it easy to enter the park and target endangered species of the wildlife. Moreover, the railway tracks passing through the park have become the death knoll for wildlife.

Now, the launch of Project Tiger, ample funds will be available to get better infrastructure and resources, including trained manpower to protect wildlife and improve the quality of their habitat. Steps like setting up Rajaji Tiger foundation and State Tiger Protection Force can be taken. The long pending issue of rehabilitation of tribals and issue of shifting railway track will finally resolved.

— Haridwar Plus, Dated on 22 September, 2012

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Winged Guests

During the last two years Missarpur Ghat, about 5 km. from Haridwar has emerged as the new haven for the migratory avifauna and Ghat is really a wonderful spot for the bird watcher.

Mother Nature, which has endowed Devebhoomi Uttarakhand with luxuriant forests, inhabited with a large population of wildlife, has also blessed her with many ideal wetlands which play host to migratory avifauna from long and short distances, Asan barrage near Dehradun, Bheemgoda reservoir at Haridwar, Solani river at Roorkee, Jhilmil Jheel near Laksar and Pashulok barrage near Rishikesh are some of the very good wetlands which lure a large number of winged guests every year during winter.

            These wetlands provide a splendid spectacle, with large number of species of aquatic fowls of different hues, frisking on water and charging the atmosphere with melodies of different notes. These birds are natives to overseas cold palaces. During winter, when there is no germination in nature in cold Palaeartic region of Europe and Siberia, there birds migrate to warmer places of South East Asia including India in search of food and shelter. With the onset of winter October-November these migrated birds, traveling thousands of miles and flying over the Himalayas, descend on the wetlands such a Bheemgoda barrage, Jhilmil Jheel, Solani River and pashulok barrage which are ideal birding destinations due to slow flow of water, luxuriant growth of vegetation and abundance of feeding material for them. In March, as the days get longer and warmer, these seasonal migratory birds, guided by their in-built biological clock and their sure sense of direction, bid adieu to their wintry abodes and depart for their native habitats.

            Dr. Dinesh Bhatt, a noted ornithologist of the country and professor of environmental science in Gurukul Kangri University who has done extensive research work on avian biology, had identified 32 species of migratory fowls, such as ruddy shelduck, northern pintail, teal, mallard, gadwall, red crested poachard and black headed gull, which come in the region (Rajaji National Park) for their winter sojourn.  During recent years these migratory birds have started coming late and their number is also decreaseing. Dr. Bhatt attributes the depletion in the number of the migratory birds and their late arrival mainly to global climatic fluctuations. Besides the aquatic fowls coming from the Palaeartic regions, Bheemgoda, barrage and other wetlands also play host to the local Himalayan birds, such as wagtails, herons, cormorants and egrets, which come down below for wintering.

            During the last two years Missarpur Ghat, about 5 km from Haridwar has emerged as the new heaven for the migrated avifauna. “At present Missarpur Ghat is really a wonderful spot for the bird Watcher. Missarpur Ghats are providing ideal foraging conditions to these birds may attract the attention of hunters also. The bird lover say that there is urgent need to be develop this area for the protection of birds by erecting watch towers and taking such measures. Some of the wetlands in the region provide safe nutritious shelter sites for some globally threatened bird species like oriental darter, painted stork, osprey and pallas’s fishing eagle, the conservation of these wetlands becomes al the more necessary for the safe and regular arrival of many ecologically important migratory birds and also to enhance the aesthetic charm and recreational values of these spots.

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Wild Brook Cottage, Rajaji National Park

Wild Brook Cottage, Rajaji National Park, made with store and brick, old style natural structure, you can stay here at weekend in peaceful natural jungle environment. Specially suitable for book writer.

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Jhilmil Jheel

The Jhilmil Jheel (Lake) Conservation Reserve is located at the Junction of the Bhabhar and Terai formations extending up to the Ganges in Uttarakhand State. The area is not only rich in biodiversity but also has landscape, cultural and social heritage diversity richness.

Jhilmil Jheel is situated सस N 290 32’ to 290 50’ and E 780 to 780 15’ covering an area of 3800 Ha of Reserved Forest. The altitude of the area varies from 200 to 250 meters above MSL. It is located between the Haridwar-Najibabd Highway and the natural course of the Ganges to the south of it in Chiryapur Range of Haridwar Forest Division, Uttarakhand. It is connected to River Ganga and is surrounded by Reserved Forest at Chiryapur Range. On 1st Feb. 2005, 34 swap deer were sighted in Jhilmil Jheel and on 14th August, 2005, this area was declared as Conservation Reserve by Honourable President (former) of India, Prof. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

अन्य जानकारी:-

“स्वाम्प डियर (Cervus Duvaceli) अपने  १२ सिंघो के कारण बारासिंघा के नाम से जाना जाता है, जो प्राकृतिक रूप से भारत के दलदली घास के मैदान तथा बाढ़ ग्रस्त मैदानी इलाके में निवास करते हैं | इसका प्रमुख भोजन घास है तथा ये पानी के समीप रहना पसंद करते हैं | बारासिंघा के प्राकृतिक बास स्थल के अत्यंत छोटे-छोटे टुकड़ों में विखंडित होने के परिणाम स्वरूप उनके बास स्थल अत्यंत कम एवं सीमित रह गए हैं तथा उत्तराखण्ड में झिलमिल झील इस आकर्षक एवं लुप्त वन्य प्राणी का अंतिम आश्रय स्थल है | यहाँ पर हिरण की सभी पांच प्रजातियां (चीतल, संभार, बार्किंग डियर, हॉग डियर तथा बारहसिंघा) समेत हाथी, नील गाय, गुलदार तथा मोर भी प्राकृतिक रूप से निवास करते हैं | इसके अतिरिक्त यह क्षेत्र काफी अधिक संख्या में प्रवासी पक्षियो का आगमन स्थल (Place for migrated birds)भी है |

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Vindhyavasini Cottages, Rajaji National Park

Vindhyavasini (Named on Goddess Durga) is situated at Rajaji National Park, Entry from Chilla. 20 Km Inside. This is natural place of all types of major animals like elephant, panther, deers etc.

15-20 Cottages are available for accommodation with all facilities, food, double bed etc.

No Network coverage, Electricity available with Generator as backup facility.

Vindhyavasini (Named on Goddess Durga) is situated at Rajaji National Park, Entry from Chilla. 20 Km Inside. This is natural place of all types of major animals like elephant, panther, deers etc.

Camp site will Open on 15th November 2012 onward.

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