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How To Reach Haridwar
Haridwar is thought to be the stairway to heaven and deliverance for Hindus. Located in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, it is a holy destination for Hindu pilgrims and makes for a busy area almost all round the year. Due to this paticular reason it is well connected to majority of the signifiant Indian cities via rail, road or air. Read below to find out more on how to reach Haridwar easily.
There is no airport in Haridwar. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest one, approximately 37 km away. This domestic airport can easily be reached from any of the major metropolitan Indian cities. Air India Regional, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Ventura AirConnect have flights to and from Jolly Grant. Alternately, local and international travellers can land at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (223 km away). Travellers can get to Haridwar from these two airports by bus, taxi/cab or train.
The journey to Haridwar by road, is a scenic and relaxed one. Haridwar is connected to Chandigarh (205 km), Delhi (210 km), Dehradun (59 km) and Nainital (223 km). Numerous municipal and private buses traverse these roads. Visitors have the option of A/C, non-A/C, luxury vans, cars etc. Tourists driving down should also be alert to the potholes on some parts of the roadway to Haridwar. Hence, it is suggested to drive cautiously.
The key railway station is the Haridwar Railway Station. Forming a part of the Northern Railway Zone, it is linked to the big metro cities and tourist capitals in India. Multiple trains to Haridwar depart from Delhi’s H. Nizamuddin Railway Station, taking about 5-6 hours. There are also three overnight services departing from various Delhi railway stations. The most affordable and quickest mode of travel to Haridwar is definitely via train. However, trains do get booked out fast, especially during April (auspicious pilgrimage time), so visitors might find themselves waitlisted.
Central Haridwar can be easily explored on foot. Cycle rickshaws are available in large numbers, and most local trips should be under 40 rupees. Taxis, cars, buses and auto rickshaws assemble at the Haridwar train station and bus stops, ready for you to hire.