An ancient city in the southwestern part of Uttarakhand, Haridwar
is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. It is the headquarters and the largest city in its district. The River Ganga, after flowing from its source at Gaumukh, enters the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India for the first time in Haridwar
. The city is fast developing as a significant industrial township.
National Highway-58 passes through Haridwar
, connecting it to Ghaziabad
, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee
, and Badrinath, and National Highway-74, which originates from Haridwar
connects it to Kashipur, Bareilly
and other prime locations. The city is famous for hosting the Ardh Kumbh every six years. Mini canals, trek tracks, bridges and drinking water facilities are revamped as part of preparations for this gala event.
Home to two reputed universities Dev Sanksriti Vishwavidyalaya, and Gurukul Kangri
also has a host of other schools, colleges, and educational institutions dotted all over.
The State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand (SIDCUL) has initiated several infrastructural undertakings in the area, which has in turn boosted the industrial and economic development of the city.
The most sought-after locations for property in Haridwar
, Salempur Mahdood, and Shivalik Nagar
. It has transcended its identity as a solely religious centre to be a thriving destination for real estate investors, too. According to market experts, the city has immense potential as a property hub, given the upcoming industries and civic amenities here.
The city boasts several places of interest, the most prominent ones being the Panch Tirth or the Five Pilgrimages within Haridwar
Gangadwar, Kushawart, Bilwa Tirtha, and Neel Parvat. The other tourist attractions include Har Ki Paidi, the Chandi Devi temple, Mansa Devi temple, Maya Devi temple, Piran Kaliyar, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, Dudhadhari Barfani temple, Sureshvari Devi temple, Pawan Dham, Bharat Mata Mandir, Shantikunj, Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapta Sarovar, among others. The key shopping destinations where tourists usually flock to are Bara Bazaar, Moti Bazaar, Upper Road, Ranipur Mor, and Jwalapur
. The biggest and first mall of Uttarakhand, the Pentagon Mall, came up near the SIDCUL compound in Haridwar
, paving the way for more malls in the city.