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Religious places in & outside India

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Faith is an adhesive that has been binding many people and societies together for ages. Moreover, some people often consider religious places as spiritual milestones while others consider it as a place to let go of all facades and completely surrender. Whatever it may be for you, there are a plethora of religious places in and outside India. With all their eccentricities and similarities, they make up for a perfect place to cover during a family vacation. TravelTriangle takes you to many such locations across the globe. So whether you are starting a new phase of your life on a spiritual note or just eager to pay a visit, mentioned below is a list of religious places that you can visit.

Top Religious Places Around The World

Nepal

Nepal is well-known as the Himalayan Nation and is often associated with the Mount Everest and its many adventurous expeditions. However, this neighboring country is surrounded by the serenity of soul-pleasing temples, some of which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the holiest places to be in Nepal is the auspicious Pashupatinath Temple that is devoted to Lord Shiva. Other prominent temples include Budhanilkantha, Dakshinkali, Gokarna Mahadev Temple, Swayambhu Temple, and Suryabinayak Temple. All these temples can be termed as one of the most visited religious places in the world. Another intriguing thing is that almost all of these religious places have enticing folklore attached.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is home to more than 20,000 temples most of which are surrounded with jaw-dropping vistas. Most of Bali temples are stone-carved marvels displaying deities and other eccentric images. A trip to Bali can never be complete without visiting many of its Hindu and Buddhist temples. Some of the most prominent temples of Bali such as Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Besakih Temple, Goa Gajah, Underwater Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, and Goa Lawah Temple are also the most famous religious places around the world.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a colorful congregation of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian, and Zoroastrianism. Therefore, the temples in Sri Lanka also circles the essence of these religions. Moreover, Sri Lankan history is deeply rooted in Indian mythology as well. Therefore, one can also find rare find temples such as Seetha Amman Temple and Sri Munneswaram Devasthanam that as per folklore are linked to the Ramayana era. Some of the must-visit temples of Sri Lanka include Gangaramaya Temple Colombo, Sri Dalada Maligawa, Isipathanaramaya temple, Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam, Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil, Koneswaram temple, and Maviddapuram Kandaswamy Temple.

Cambodia

Cambodia creates astounding imagery and its many temples are just a cherry on the top. Here, you will get to witness the amalgam of Buddhism and Hinduism. Temples here are also one of the most visited religious places in the world. Bayon, Banteay Kdei, Neak Pean, Banteay Srei, and Pre Rup are some of the most prominent temples in Cambodia. Moreover, if there is one temple that you just cannot afford to miss, it is Angkor Wat.

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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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India is a country of many Gods, thus, leading to a plethora of religious places. Ancient scriptures paired with mystic mythology aptly describes the saga of religions that India hosts. Holy places in India are not hard to locate. From Kanyakumari to Kedarnath, the country is home to many holy spots of different religions. Worship is in the hearts of its people and the diversity of its culture is present at every element. Go through the following list of religious places in India to experience an upsurge of spirituality.

Top Religious Places In India

Uttarakhand

Aptly known as “Devbhomi” or “the Land of the Gods,” Uttarakhand is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. This divine state is home to some soul pleasing religious places in India. From the epitome of temples devoted to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath to temples devoted to Lord Vishnu, Badrinath, one will find everything that is wrapped with folklore and is drenched in sheer bliss surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. Apart from these, there is still a list of religious places that you can visit. Tapkeshwar Temple and Jai Maa Daat Kali Temple are another two holy places located in the capital city, Dehradun, which holds immense value. Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple in Lansdowne is equally renowned too. Moreover, the state's hill stations are home to beautiful churches, the most visited being St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Dehradun. In all, anyone with the heart for holy places in India will find Uttarakhand a perfect place to reside.

Punjab

Anyone who wishes to truly soak in the essence of Sikh culture should definitely spend some days in the state of Punjab. Not only is this state home to beautiful cities but also culture-rich traditions that will leave you completely pleased. Moreover, it is also home to some of the most famous religious places in India. The most famous being the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Each day a total of 100,000 people visit this holy spot. Some other surreal spots are Durgiana Temple, Iskcon Temple, and Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib in Amritsar.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is everything about royalty and rituals. From Pushkar and Bikaner to Ajmer and Mount Abu, every place has something religious to offer. Even though this state is famous for its magnificent forts, they are not the only things that attract tourists here. There are so many religious places and some so unique that you will only find it in this state. One such place of wonder is Karni Mata Temple that is literally the temples of rats. Moreover, there is Pushkar that is one of the most religious places in India.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu offers its own unique set of religious places circling the culture and religion of South India. One can visit Kanchipuram which is known as the city of thousand temples. You can also plan a visit to Madurai that is home to the most famous Meenakshi Temple. Moreover, one can explore the perks of yoga along with holy places in India by visiting Auroville. There is no doubt that Tamil Nadu is home to many religious places, therefore, the only matter of thought will be which one to choose.