After every 12 years KumbhMela is celebrated in four different locations on the basis of alignment of planets since 5th century. Among the four places Haridwar is one of them where KumbhMela is organized. KumbhMela is considered as one of the largest gatherings in the world. In 2022 next KumbhMela will be organized in Haridwar. Like Kumbhmela it is Ardh Kumbhmela which is organized after every 6 years. In 2016Next ardh kumbhmela will be organized at Haridwar.
Kanwar Yatra (Kanvad) also known as Kavad Mela as per Hindu calendar is celebrated in the month of saawan (July- Aug month) by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The devotees also known as Kanvariyas visit Haridwar, Rishikesh & Gaumukh and take water of River Ganga which is later offered to temples of Lord Shiva. During this Kavad Mela more than 60 lakh people visit Haridwar in less than 15 days.