Have you ever embarked on a road trip from Delhi to Haridwar? If not, we will give you plenty of reasons to do so. If yes, then this guide may help you with a wholesome experience the next time you plan a trip.
In addition to being one of the oldest and most conventional religious destinations in Uttarakhand, the pilgrim town of Haridwar is also one of the most visited destinations in the state. While its divine vibe makes the faithful feel wholesome, the surrounding natural beauty of Haridwar equally enthralls the adventure seekers.
Meanwhile, you can enhance your experience of exploring this ancient town by driving down from Delhi. Book a cab with Savaari, and you can turn your regular weekend getaway into an exciting road trip.
Our fully customizable road trip packages are sure to make your trip a memorable one.
Traveling from Delhi to Haridwar by car
Traveling from Delhi to Haridwar is certainly one of the best ways of exploring the two most vibrant cities. The route passes through the sleepy little towns of Uttar Pradesh and gradually moves into the Himalayan plains, and finally the hilly locales of Uttarakhand.
With our Delhi to Haridwar trip packages, you can make the journey to a divine destination equally divine. Let us help you discover the best routes so you can plan a wholesome road trip and make pit stops at the right places.
Thus, experience the joy of being on the road by booking a cab from Savaari.
Best time to take a road trip by car
Situated at the foothills of the mountains, Haridwar experiences a moderate climate throughout the year, with warm summers and equally pleasant winters. So, you can visit Haridwar pretty much any season.
However, if you want to experience the best of Haridwar, plan a trip between October and February, when the mild chill in the air lets you soak the mountain weather. Don’t forget to take part in different religious rituals and ceremonies that happen during this time in Haridwar.
Route 1: Delhi to Haridwar via Upper Ganga Canal Road & NH 334
This is the only highway route from Delhi to Haridwar. As a result, it is used by all travelers and pilgrims. Via this route, the Delhi to Haridwar distance is only 236 KM and takes about five to six hours, depending upon factors such as the season, traffic, and roadwork, if any.
Typically, the traffic is light on this route. However, for the most accurate assessment, always check for live traffic updates and use real-time maps to know about the road conditions.
Here’s a basic Delhi to Haridwar road map for this route:
|Delhi — Muradnagar — Modinagar — Sardhana — Khatauli — Muzaffarnagar — Roorkee– Haridwar|
Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality
Popular places along the way:
- Chhota Haridwar, Muradnagar: Before you reach your ultimate divine destination, you can also stop at
- Muradnagar and visit the temples of Chhota Haridwar in Muradnagar: The town is also famous for farm retreats for those who wish to spend a day amidst nature and enjoy the fresh environment.
- Ashtapad Jain Temple, Meerut: The historical town of Meerut is otherwise known for many monuments and significant places that make for an important part of Indian history and mythology. But the most iconic thing to see here is the ancient Ashtapad Jain Temple with its 151 feet high statue of
- Ganeshdham, Muzaffarnagar: On your way to Muzaffarnagar, stop by Ganeshdham. This temple is known for enshrining the largest idol of Lord Ganesha. Even if you are not religiously inclined, the awe-inspiring statue also makes for a thing of beauty to admire on your trip.
- Solani Aqueduct and Reservoir, Roorkee: The quiet but scenic town of Roorkee gives you the preview to the Himalayan plains. If you are looking for a refreshing respite on your journey, then make a detour from the town towards the huge reservoir, a popular picnic spot, known for its view.
Places to eat on this route:
- Bikanerwala, Modinagar: A popular confection chain of North India. This particular outlet on NH 334 is one of the largest in the region and also offers endless options for breakfast, snacks, and sweets.
- Jain Shikanji, Meerut: This is a locally famous store serving Indian-style, masala lemonade. This place is quite famous among summer travelers.
- Cheetal Grand, Muzaffarnagar: This famous highway-side restaurant with huge indoor seating and garden, serves Indian meals, thalis, confections, and a lot more.
Other means of traveling from Delhi to Haridwar
You can also travel from Delhi to Haridwar by train. There are about 20 trains that run between these two cities weekly, of which 11 trains are available daily.
The fastest train is the HARIDWAR EXPRESS (22917). For Delhi to Haridwar train booking, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check any online travel portal to get the best deals.
It usually takes four to eight hours by train, depending upon factors such as the train you choose, season of travel etc. For the most updated Delhi to Haridwar train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.
There are no direct flights from Delhi to Haridwar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, at Dehradun (DED), which is around 41 KM from Haridwar.
The average Delhi to Haridwar/Dehradun flight duration can range from 45 min to 1.5 hours, depending on the airline you choose. For your Delhi to Haridwar flight booking, visit any online travel portal for the best deals or check the official website of the airline you prefer.
If you choose to travel by flight, the cost of air ticket may range from INR 2500 to 4000, depending upon factors such as the travel season, booking window, and available deals.
Explore Haridwar Like a Local: A Handy Guide
More than a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Haridwar has also evolved to be a popular tourist destination over the years. While the seekers come for the divine vibe, the adventure-seeking souls come to bask in the beautiful natural environment of the Garhwal Himalayas. You can always book a tempo traveller in Delhi in case you are travelling in a large group.
Attractions in Haridwar for Sightseeing
One of the most famous places that you may want to start with is the Har Ki Pauri. This is the famous embankment on the Upper Ganges with temples around it for religious rituals. The ideal time to experience its magic is during the early hours of the morning or the sunset hours when it is buzzing with pilgrims, tourists, and wanderers.
Do stop by at the Ganga Mandir. This place is famous for its evening ‘aarti’ and you will see the Ganges light up in a million lamps.
Also, visit the beautifully architecture Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple and the spiritual center of Shantikunj Gayatri Parivar.
You can also step outside the town and explore the wilderness of the Himalayan plains, at the Rajaji National Park. It is the biggest and certainly one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in the area with eco-tourism options.
Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Haridwar
Since Haridwar has always been a sacred place and a religious center, its local cuisine is a far cry from any kind of non-vegetarian fare. The food here mostly revolves around traditional home-style recipes, passed down through generations, or ‘satvic’ food served at temples or local cafeterias. However, you can easily find all north Indian food, albeit in a purely vegetarian version.
To sample the simple but delectable local flavors of Haridwar, visit these traditional eateries in town-
- Hotel Raghuvanshi Gujrati Bhojanalay
- Chandra Mohan Vaishnav Bhojanalay
- Sattvik Restaurant
- Pandit Ji Poori Wale
- Pracheen Mathura Wala
- Shantikunj New Canteer & Bhojanalay
Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Haridwar
|Golden Tulip||National Highway 58, Rishikesh Rd, Opp. Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249411 PH: 01334 262 684|
|‘Devnadi’ The Heritage Hotel||Niranjani Akhara Marg, Near Safe Parking, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249401 PH: 090684 85106|
|The Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel||21, Pilibhit House, Ram Ghat, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249401 PH: 095550 88000|
|Amatra by the Ganges||Near Rajaji National Park Shyampur Noamabad, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249408 PH: 076690 04301|
|Godwin Hotel||Rishikesh Road, Opp Shanti Kunj, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249205 PH: 090122 11111|