The glimpses of culture of Haridwar is seen in its fairs and festivals. It is the
perfect fusion of history, mythology, beliefs and holiness and the Ganga has been
witnessing all this for centuries . Located amidst in hilly surroundings it offers a
view of Indian style of architecture which comprises in its old havelis,temples and
buildings. It is eminent centers of art and music. Many folk songs are dedicated to
the incident when Lord Vishnu set his footprints on this holy city.
Coming to the Fairs and Festivals, they are an integral part of the culture. Kavad
Mela, Somvati Amavasya Mela and Kumbh Mela are celebrated with much
Kumbh Mela which is also acknowledged as the largest festival of humanity is
celebrated in Haridwar once after twelve years. Its made a record of 70 million in
1998. Kumbh Mela is rotated between Haridwar and Allahabad, Ujjain and
It is celebrated in the month of July and the largest annually festival. Every year
nearly three lakh pilgrims visits this fair.
It is organized for 15 days after Deepawali on the first night of the full moon in
CUISINES (Eating Out Places) in Haridwar
A variety of cuisine is available from street food to restaurants. It should be noted
that all type of non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited
here. The cuisine is ranging from North Indian Food to Bengali and South Indian
Food. The famous eating out places in Haridwar are:
Bhagwati's Chhole Bhature
This restaurant is famous for its lip smaking Chhole Bhature, Kheer, Lassi etc. It is
located at 10 minutes walking distance from Laltarao Bridge.
Mohan Puri Wala
Situated at the regular gate of Har ki Pauri, this place is popular for its Puri with
This eating out place is known for its tasty dishes at affordable prices. Thali is the
most famous offering of Chotiwala Restaurant which consists of plain rice,
chapatis (or puris), vegetable curries, pickle and dal. Besides North Indian Dishes,
Chotiwala Restaurant also serves South Indian Dishes.
Brij Mathura Walla
This place is famous for wide range of sweet dish here which includes Rasmalai,
Halwa, Rabri etc. It is located in Bara Bazar.