Fair and Festivals

Haridwar is one place where fairs are being organized with full enthusiasm round the year, such as Somwati Amavasya, Kartik Poornima, Shravan Poornima, Ganga Dussehra and other important bathing dates of Hindu calendar. The Kanwad mela during the month of Shravana is very popular among masses in which lacs of devotees of Lord Shiva come to Haridwar to take holy water of river Ganga. Apart from these, Kumbh mela and Ardh Kumbh mela at the interval of 12 and 6 years respectively do not need any introduction. District administration had also organised 'Haridwar Mahotsava', a 3-4 day cultural festival on the bank of river Ganga and 'Ayurveda Mahotsava'. Besides this 'Urs' is organized annually at the holy dargah of Piran Kaliyar in which people of all sects participate and pray for their well being. Following table shows month wise festivals/fairs arranged in this district and approximate no. of visitors to them.

Name and Month of Festivals

Month Occasion Approx. no. of Tourist
January Makar Sakranti 2 to 2.5 lacs
Feb-March Maha Shivratri 2 Lacs
March-April RamNavmi 3 to 4 Lacs
April Baisakhi 8 to 10 Lacs
May Buddha Poornima
Ganga Saptami
3 Lacs
4 Lacs
June Ganga Dussehra 8 to 10 lacs
July-August Kanwar Mela 25 to 30 lacs
Whenever occurs Somwati Amavasya 20 to 25 lacs
August Janmashtmi 1 Lac
November Durga Puja 3 Lacs
Whenever occurs Surya Grahans
Chandra Grahans
4 to 5 lacs
4 Lacs