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Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016

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Haridwar Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is said to be the largest gathering and one of the most anticipated fairs in the world. The Hindu devotees take this fair to be an opportunity to take a dip in the water at four principle cities in India (Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik). In 2016, we will have the chance to witness the Ardh Kumbh (Kumbh fair occurring after 6 years) in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Like always, we expect this Ardh Kumbh to be attended by a large mass of devotees. For many years now, Kumbh Mela/Fair has been getting a lot of media attention and thus has been a case of curiosity amongst foreign travellers as well. Therefore, it is likely that a major chunk of foreign as well as curious local tourists will be attending Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar. Here is some important information that might help if you are planning a visit in Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016:

When is it Celebrated?

Naga Sadhus
Occuring after every 6 years, Ardh Kumbh in India will be organized between 14th January 2016 and 22nd April 2016. According to Hindu mythology, ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.

Where is Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 is Being Celebrated?

The Ardh Kumbha 2016 will be organized at Haridwar, which is situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is a famous sacred city in India and is situated on the bank of holy river Ganga. Throughout the year a large number of Hindu devotees visit here to take dip in its water and submerge the ashes of their deceased loved ones.

What are the Important Dates of Ardh Kumbh 2016?

For bathing in the water of holy Ganges during the Ardh Kumbh, these dates are quite important:

14 January 2016 (Thursday)- Makar Sankranti
12 February 2016 (Friday)- Vasant Panchami
22 February 2016 (Monday)- Magh Purnima
07 March 2016 (Monday)- Mahashivratri
07 April 2016 (Thursday)- Chaitra Amavasya
08 April 2016 (Friday)- Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
14 April 2016 (Thursday)- Mesha Sankranti
15 April 2016 (Friday)- Ram Navami
22 April 2016 (Friday)- Chaitra shukla Purnima

What are the Important Bathing Ghats in Haridwar?

Haridwar Ghat

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Situated on the bank of Ganga River, Haridwar has several ghats, on which large number of devotees assemble to take bath. The most important ghats during the Ardh Kumbh will be:

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Asthi Pravath Ghat
  • Subhash Ghat
  • Gau Ghat
  • Sapth Sarover Kshetra Ghat
  • Sarvanand Ghat
  • Pantdweep Ghat
  • Kangra Ghat
  • Roode Bale Wala Ghat
  • Ganesh Ghat
  • Varagi Camp Ghat
  • Sati Ghat
  • Daksheshwar Ghat
  • Singh Dwar Ghat
  • Sita Ghat

How to Get There?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport closest to Haridwar, one can take a  cab or a bus to Haridwar . Dehradun is 53kms from Haridwar
By Rail: Haridwar has its own Railway Station that is well connected with major cities in India.
By Road: Haridwar is well connected by roads to all major cities and towns, so one can choose as per his choice and comfort to either take a bus or drive himself. This distance chart can be of some help:

DestinationsAverage TimeAverage Distance
Delhi to Haridwar4 Hours205 km
Chandigarh to Haridwar4 Hours206 km
Dehradun to Haridwar1 Hours53.0 km
Lansdowne to Haridwar2.30 Hours102 km
Shimla to Haridwar5.30 Hours278 km
Haldwani to Haridwar4 Hours220 km
Almora to Haridwar5.30 Hours287 km
Kinnaur to Haridwar9.00 Hours517 km
Kurukshetra to Haridwar3.00 Hours145 km
Ghaziabad to Haridwar3.30 Hours186 km
Ranikhet to Haridwar5.00 Hours261 km

Where to Stay?

Hotels in Haridwar
Haridwar has hotels ranging between luxury and budget. There are several ashrams as well that require advance booking. Special tents are also pitched during Kumbh, thus one can also book them.

Places to Visit in Haridwar:

Places to See in Haridwar

  • Bharat Mata Mandir
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Har ki Pauri
  • Daksha Mahadev Temple
  • Sapt Rishi Ashram
  • Shantikunj
  • Mansa Devi
  • Patanjali Yog Peeth
  • Crystal World
  • Solani Aqueduct

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a well traveled writer whose love for nature can be seen in her writings. She loves to trek and enjoy nature and portrait photography. Nidhi has covered most of the valleys along the foaming streams of Jammu & Kashmir and aspire to cover all major trekking routes of Ladakh and Uttarakhand. She also takes keen interest in different cultures and traditions of the world and enjoys collecting mementos. With her flair for writing and personal travelling experiences, she offers vividly descriptive write ups.

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