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Places Near Haridwar

There are many places to see near Haridwar. Visit Dehradun, the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand that is located 54 kms from Haridwar. Dehradun, considered a centre for renowned public schools and educational institutions is a favourite retreat to beat the heat of the plains and a relaxed small town well worth a visit.

Sapt Rishi Ashram is one of the several ashrams on the outskirts of Haridwar; here the river breaks up into seven streams.

Kanva Rishi Ashram, 42 kms up the road to Kotdwar is another important ashram on the outskirts of Haridwar.

The Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is a bird watching centre where migratory birds come to nest in winter. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, the park’s star attractions are the Siberian Cranes that may be spotted if you are lucky.

The Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahamed Sabri,’ known locally as Piran Kaliyar is 23 kms south near Roorkee. This mausoleum is dedicated to the Sufi saint venerated by both Hindus and Muslims.

Rishikesh, 24 kms upstream from Haridwar is the location for many ashrams and shrines. Literally meaning 'locks of the Rishi' (holy man), this small town lies on both banks of the Ganga. Rishikesh also became a popular destination for tourists from the West after the Beatles attempted the discovery of spiritual solace on the banks of this holy town.

Rajaji National Park is a 830 sq km wildlife sanctuary east of the Haridwar across the Ganga, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is best known for its wild elephants.

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