Haridwar, the revered Sapta Puri that bears the sacred ground for Kumbh mela celebrations, is well connected by rail, road and flight services to the adjacent major cities of the nation. One would always find this ‘Gateway to Gods’ bustling with pilgrims and seekers. A trip to Haridwar is considered supremely auspicious for a Hindu to undertake at least once in his life. If you are apprehensive about the availability of transportation within, around, to and from the city, the following guide will help you.
Transportation within and around the city frontiers
There’s no better way to explore the city underneath its overwhelming hustle-bustle than to walk its terrain on foot. Even better, one can alight on the many cycle rickshaws plying around and let the rider bhaiyya act as your local tourist guide. Plenty of auto rickshaws would be quite willing to take you to your desired location at the standard rates too. Autos and rickshaws are the most popular modes of transport to get around the many spots within the city.
Transportation from Haridwar to other sites
Since Haridwar acts as a base for pilgrimages that venture deep into the Himalayas, one comes across many pilgrimage operators working in the city. Of late, char dham taxi service from Haridwar attracts multitudes towards the holy shrines of Garhwal Himalayas. Most journeys to char dham begin from Haridwar, so it is only natural to encounter no dearth of transport options from the holy city to any of the major pilgrimage centre.
How to Reach Haridwar
Road: - If you plan to drive to Haridwar, you must know that two national highways pass through the city. National Highway 58 and National Highway 74. NH 58 connects Haridwar with Ghaziabad, Meerut, Delhi, Roorkee, Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee. While NH 74 springs forth from Haridwar itself connecting it with Bareilly, Pilibhit and Nagina in Uttar Pradesh, and Kashipur and Kichha in Uttarakhand. The holy city is located at a distance of 200 km from India capital. It won’t be a good idea to driving to Haridwar during the month of July as the pilgrim rush creates many road blockages.
If you plan to reach Haridwar via bus, you would be happy to know there is no dearth of bus services between Haridwar and Delhi. In fact, over 150 buses ply regularly along the route. Haridwar bus station is very close to its railway station. One might get overwhelmed by the chaos of the place. If you are planning to go from the city on bus, it is always a good idea to first acquaint yourself with the condition of its seating before you book the tickets and embark on lengthy (and bumpy!) rides. During the summer months, availability of AC buses can be an issue. Arrive an hour early to ensure confirmed reservations.
Rail: - Its railway station namely Haridwar Junction Railway Station is situated on the city’s southern side. One can easily find many hotels walkable from the rail station. There are frequent trains between Haridwar and Delhi (every 4-5 hours) and even more with Rishikesh (every 1 hour). Although one can find trains to Rishikesh too, people tend to prefer travelling by bus because they tend to be faster. The major tourist attraction in Haridwar -Har Ki Pauri- is situated about 2 km away from railway station.
Haridwar comes across as a very accessible city for those preferring to reach it via train. It hosts trains from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Patna, Varanasi, Bareilly, Allahabad, Patna, Gaya, Puri, Lucknow, Indore, Bhopal, Itarsi and Khandwa.
Air: - Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest domestic airport. It is at a distance of 35 km from the holy city. If you are travelling from abroad, alight at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.