The City of Hardwar is situated on the right bank of the holy River Ganga, at a longitude of 29.58 degrees and latitude of 78.10 degrees. District Hardwar is spread over 196000 hectares, and is situated 70 kms from Dehradun, the interim capital of the newly constituted State of Uttaranchal. Hardwar means
"God's door, the gateway to the Gods. Pilgrimage for Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Devprayag and Rudraprayag starts from here.
It is said that when the Gods left their footprints on the land of Haridwar, metaphorically, they also left an indelible mark on the spiritual ethos of every Hindu, more so the devout, who would later follow their holy paths all across this blessed land. Of such significance is Haridwar for
India's people that it has earned the sobriquet,`the Gateway to the
Gods'. The scenic beauty and lush greenery all give the city a unique flavour and charm; a must among the centres of sojourn in a discoverer?s itinerary of India
. A destination for all seasons.
Places to visit include Har ki Pauri, Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi, Bharat Mata Mandir, Shanti Kunj, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Pawan Dham, Vaishno Devi Temple, Gurukul Kangri University, Daksha Mahadev, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, and a host of ashrams and centres of spiritual learning.