Haridwar, about 5 Indian train hours north of New Delhi, is much smaller and slightly calmer than what you see when you chose to arrive in a large Indian city. It is known for its religious and spiritual places – not that I am a very spiritual person, but should you be and ever be in India: go there, dip in the Ganges, listen to chanting in the evening or visit one of the approximately 5 million temples in town.
We visited an Internet Cafe. Did I mention everything in Haridwar is much smaller than anything you saw in India before?
The owners were great, had their kids running around which makes you instantly feel at home and since India is a smaller place than one might think, we met the young guy running the place and his extended family only one week later at the Haridwar train station on our way back to Delhi.
Even when you are not in to temples and the information that Haridwar is one of India’s seven holiest cities with temples build over 1000 years ago is on you as much wasted as on us, you definitely will enjoy the Trip to the Mansa Devi Temple. The super-pittoresque way up in a Indian-style ropeway is simply to lovely a trip to not give it a go. Enjoy an ice-cream up there on the terrace if you are not in to donations and blessings and chill overlooking the city beneath.
You can stroll down the windy road and watch the still teenage giant of a city going to sleep.
Back at the foot of the hills than, later at night, food stalls and cinemas come to life and you can dive right in to Bollywood, treating yourself with a Hindi-movie and some Indian snack hence lentil mix.
Gosh, this is kind of almost a real travelogue…no complaining, no irony…guess we kind of liked it in Haridwar.
Other posts from our India Travel Diary are:
I use Trains when travelling in India
Happy Holi – Spring in India
Running from Holi we took Rescue in Haridwar
Half Indian Doors and Memories in little red Note Books
Guwahati, Assam, North-East India.
Assamese Cuisine, German Spätzle And What’s Slime Got To Do With It
Tea Gardens And Kaziranga
Lovely People and Empty Ministries: Kohima
Twice a Day a Bus at the End of the Known World: Khonoma
Last Stop Paradise: Meghalaya, India
Another Travel Diary of mine takes you to Israel and Palestine in 2012. You can start reading it here.