Religious places in & outside India
Man travels for a lot of reasons. These reasons vary from person to person, but can mostly be divided into certain categories. One may travel for the sights, the stories, and the spectacle, for the people, the food, or for personal development. But what better way to travel than on a quest to attain spirituality and discover oneself? A trip to religious places is the most soulful way to travel and helps us gain perspective and open our eyes to the world. Religious travel challenges us, shakes us to the core, and then heals us from within by providing a sense of accomplishment. What’s more? Pilgrimages to religious places also provide us with a much-needed break from our mundane routines.
Given below is a list of the most popular religious tours that one can take with family:
The Hajj, annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia
A trip to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
A trip to Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico
The Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu & Kashmir, India
A trip to the Vatican City
A trip to the holy city of Jerusalem in Israel
The Char Dham Yatra: Badrinath - Dwarka - Puri - Rameswaram
The seven sacred cities for Hindus include Haridwar, Dwarka, Kanchipuram, Ujjain, Varanasi, Ayodhya, and Mathura.
The Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh, Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok, the Tsuglagkhang Temple Complex in Dharamshala, Namdroling Monastery & Golden Temple in Mysore, Ghum Monastery in Darjeeling, Tabo Monastery in Spiti, and Hemis Monastery in Ladakh are the most famous monasteries in India.
The most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites in India are:
1. Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, Bihar
2. Group of monuments at Hampi, Karnataka - These include the Vittala Temple Complex, Krishna Temple Complex, Virupaksha Temple, Badavi Linga, Jain Temple, and Hazara Rama Temple Complex
3. Churches and convents of Old Goa, Goa - These include the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of St. Caetano, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus
4. The Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra
5. The Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa
6. Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand
7. The Great Stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
8. The Khajuraho group of temples in Madhya Pradesh - These include Chausath Yogini, Lalgun Mahadev, Kandariya Mahadeva, Adinath Jain Temple, Chaturbhuja, Devi Jagadambi, and Matangeshwar
9. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram - These include Ratha temples named after the Pandavas, Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Cave Temple, and Shore Temple
10. The Great Living Chola Temples in Tamil Nadu - These include the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram.
The famous pilgrimage places in South India include Badami and Sringeri in Karnataka, Guruvayoor in Kerala, Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, Kanyakumari and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, and Hanamkonda in Telangana.
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The most visited religious places in India include the twin cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, Varanasi, Mathura and Vrindavan, Ajmer, Pushkar, Amritsar, Rameshwaram, Bodhgaya, Mahabalipuram, Spiti, and Ladakh. Not only do these sacred sites provide solace and inner peace, but most of these popular religious places can also be coupled with leisure tourism. From exploring the Nubra valley and Khardung La Pass in Ladakh to riding the rapids in Rishikesh, the opportunities for sightseeing in these spiritual places in India are umpteen. One can also sign up for nature treks, discover historically significant UNESCO listed sites, indulge in landscape photography, or simply spend quality time with their loved ones.
Amongst the most important pilgrimages to religious destinations in India is the Char Dham Yatra, which Hindus undertake in their quest for moksha. The sacred Char Dhams - Badrinath in Uttarakhand, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Puri in Orissa, and Dwarka in Gujarat, are a set of (three) Vaishnavite and (one) Shaivite temples. In the recent years, the concept of Chota Char Dham has also become popular. Unlike the original Char Dham Yatra, which usually takes over a month to cover, the Chota Char Dham circuit can be covered within a fortnight. This smaller yatra includes a trip to the Yamunotri Dham, the Gangotri Dham, the Kedarnath Dham, and the Badrinath Dham, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Many Indians also undertake pilgrimages to the Amarnath temple and Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir, the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, and Saibaba Temple in Shirdi.
Indians looking for an elaborate holiday abroad can also visit religious places around the world. Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt, Italy, Nepal, Cambodia, and Indonesia are the most famous religious places in the world. Buddhist spiritualists or those interested to know more about the philosophy can consider visiting Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, or Cambodia. The Paro Taktsang in Bhutan, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka, the Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia, the Swayambhu Stupa and Buddha Stupa in Nepal, and the Shwezigon Paya in Myanmar are a must visit for those seeking hedonism. Travel Triangle’s customizable international holiday packages can be booked for the same, and one can enjoy a comfortable stay in these sacred countries, coupled with other local sightseeing at affordable prices. Budget package deals to Israel & Jordan and Indonesia can also be availed. Religious sightseeing in Jordan and Israel encompasses a trip to Amman, Petra, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. Revel in the scenic beauty of these historical ruins as you also take a tour of the Holy Land in the quest to wash away your sins.
A trip to religious places with your loved ones is a divine experience. From exploring the glorious landscapes and archaeological sites to atoning and repenting for your sins; religious destinations are swarmed by tourists all throughout the year. It is a humble experience, one that leaves you cleansed from within. Avail a customizable religious places around the world package and embark upon the journey to discover yourself.
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