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History of Haridwar

It has been proved by archaeological findings that terracotta culture had an existence in Haridwar during 1700 B.C. & 1800 B.C. Haridwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British arrival & still in the 21st century. Haridwar was ruled by Maurya Empire from 322 BCE to 185 BCE and later it came under the rule of Kushan Empire according to historical evidences. Well-known Chinese traveler Huan Tsang visited India in 629 AD. He has mentioned Haridwar in his travel journal. At that time Haridwar was part of the kingdom of the King Harshvardhan (590 to 647). The city was also invaded by Timur Lang (1336–1405), a Turkish King on January 13, 1399. First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at ‘KushwanGhat’ on Baisakhi Day. Later in the 16th century Haridwar came under reign of Mughals and emperors like Akbar and Jehangir stamped their dominated here. According to Ain-e-Akbari Mughal Emperor, Akbar drank water from the Ganges river collected from Haridwar, which he called ‘the water of immortality

Thomas Coryat, an English traveler visited Haridwar during the reign of Jehangir. In 18th century Haridwar was a port city & it was widely used by ships of East India Company. One of the two major dams on the river Ganges is the Bhimgoda Dam. It is situated in Haridwar. Dam was opened in 1854. Haridwar Municipality' was constituted in 1868 including Kankhal&Mayapur. Haridwar was connected with railways by Laksar Railway Station in 1886. In 1901, Haridwar has population of 25,597 &Haridwar was a part of the Roorkee tehsil, in Saharanpur district of the United Province. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was established in 1902. In 1946 Haridwar was merged in Uttar Pradesh State.

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Haridwar At a Glance
  • Population:3,676,841
  • Area :1,535 sq.kms
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:5°C - 20°C
  • Best time to visit:October - March
  • STD Code:0542

Haridwar Popular Packages

7 days Spa Therapy Holiday Tour packages in Northern India

7 days Spa Therapy Holiday Tour packages in Northern India

Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Destination :
Delhi-Rishikesh-Haridwar-


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8 nights and 9 days Yoga and Meditation TourPackages in Northern India

8 nights and 9 days Yoga and Meditation TourPackages in Northern India

Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
Destination :
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Golden Triangle India Tour with Haridwar & Rishikesh (Yoga & Spiritual City)

Golden Triangle India Tour with Haridwar & Rishikesh (Yoga & Spiritual City)

Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days
Destination :
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India Yoga Tour (Rishikesh/Varanasi) with Agra

India Yoga Tour (Rishikesh/Varanasi) with Agra

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Haridwar/Rishikesh/Delhi/Allahabad/Varanasi


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