Haridwar does not have its own airport. To reach Haridwar your best bet is to take a flight to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. This is a domestic airport and around 20 km from the city center. The distance between Haridwar and Dehradun is 52 km and taxis are easily available from the airport. It takes less than two hours and the route takes you through the Ambala – Dehradun- Haridwar road, via the NH7 and NH34.
Delhi Airport is 200 km away from Haridwar. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest airport in India and has constant traffic of both national and international carriers. Transport from the airport is easily available making it very accessible for tourists to pay a visit to Haridwar.
Haridwar has its own station. The Haridwar Junction Railway Station is well connected by train, with frequent trains to Delhi, which takes four to five hours; Dehradun takes one hour and Rishikesh takes around one hour too.
Haridwar Junction Railway station is located on the south side of town, within walking distance to most hotels but a 2-km hike to Hari-ki-Pauri – a famous Ghat in Haridwar
Here is a list of trains, which can help you to reach Haridwar:
Bus - A number of state transport and private buses connect Haridwar with Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and other parts of Uttarakhand. Bus services are easily available, as the frequency is good and fares are economical. The bus station in Haridwar is very close to the train station. Do note, that buses are known to run late.
The best way to book a bus ticket in Haridwar is to get in touch with the Bus operators and have your tickets booked. It is advisable to check the bus condition before booking. Always go for cushioned and push-back seats. The long and bumpy ride will take a toll on your mood and body. The bus service provider may consider your request and book seats as per your request but this usually subject to availability. In case of cancellation, depending on the policy of the company you may get a refund if you have a change in travel plans. During season time there is a shortage of AC buses so always go way in advance to the bus stop before your suitable travel time and get a prior reservation.
Taxi - There are many cab companies that provide services from Delhi to Haridwar. Mentioned below are the approximate rates per kilometre that are charged from Delhi to Haridwar.
Haridwar is fairly small and can be covered by foot. However, cycle rickshaws are available to commute locally and to get to the train and bus station. Most cycle rickshaws make trips in and around Haridwar for not more than Rs. 40/-. Short distances should cost Rs. 10/- whereas longer distances should cost Rs. 25/- (from the station to Hari-ki-Pauri, for instance). If you want to hire a taxi for more than three hours to visit ashrams and local temples, then it may cost you Rs. 400/-. For a similar distance, auto-rickshaws can cost around Rs. 200/-. During the season, pilgrimages or festivals prices may rise and it may also be difficult to get local transport. It is better to make a booking ahead of time. For local sightseeing tours and guided tours in Hardwar and Chardham Yatras, there are many travel agents available. Even the hotels that you stay in can help you with contacts of taxi services. Auto rickshaws and Cycle rickshaws are found in abundance outside train and bus stations.
Haridwar is an experience that roots and blooms in the soul. You just need to deal with the practicalities of the trip before surrendering to its spirituality. Contact Thomas Cook to book a holiday package, hotel or to book your tickets to Haridwar.