Haridwar can be the next stop on your journey of spiritual and cultural discovery. Despite being a renowned pilgrimage destination, Haridwar has a tonne to offer visitors of all interests. Numerous tourists go to the city each year from all over the nation and the world, attracted not only by its historic charm but also by the relaxed pace of life and serene ashrams. Tourists can pick from a broad variety of activities, such as trekking, temple hopping, plunging in holy water, bungee jumping, and river rafting.
Here are some intriguing activities that you must not miss when travelling in Haridwar -
1. Spiritual Bath - Coming to Haridwar and not bathing in Brahmakund at Har-ki-Pauri Ghat would be a sin. Being a part of the crowds of worshipers taking a dip in the cold Ganga water is an experience in and of itself, especially early in the morning, and not just for religious reasons. It definitely tops both Indians' and foreigners' lists of things to do in Haridwar.
2. Yoga in Haridwar - This holy city is the centre of the yoga movement, which originated in India. Yoga and meditation are therefore some of the most well-liked activities in Haridwar and Rishikesh, especially for those seeking inner peace and enlightenment. One of the most well-known ashrams in this city is the Saptrishi Ashram, which has 42 cottages that are rented to devotees and enthusiasts.
3. Wildlife Safari - The 1,150 square kilometre Rajaji National Park, which is about 10 kilometres from Haridwar, is another great sight to view there. There are two gates: the Kunao Entry Gate is close to Rishikesh and the Chandi Devi Entry Gate is close to Haridwar. At Rajaji, you can get the chance of viewing Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Wild Boar, tiger, leopard, Goral, Two kinds of Bears Himalayan Black and Sloth, and over 400 bird species make Rajaji National Park a perfect wildlife safari destination.
4. River Rafting - Who hasn't heard about river rafting in Rishikesh and Haridwar? This location is now well-known for the river rafting activity that allows visitors to see the River Ganges in its furious flow from Rishikesh to Haridwar. You will be provided with all the necessary ropes and safety equipment to prevent falls. Thousands of young people visit Haridwar almost every year to participate in this pastime, especially during the summer.
5. Mountain Biking - Would you like to experience Haridwar and Rishikesh in a unique way? You might choose mountain biking for it, which would familiarize you with the untamed nature’s beauty, streets and routes of the city. Hire a mountain bike, put on a helmet and sports shoes, and get ready to race around Haridwar's narrow lanes with your adventurous companions. On a per-day basis, a bike on rent in Haridwar can cost you somewhere between the range of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 per day.