India is the land of various religions and Spiritual thoughts are also known for various religious journeys. India is a country under whose shelter exits different religions in utmost peace and harmony, the country is also called as the ‘Land of Faith’. The presence of multiple numbers of temple, mosques, churches, gurudwaras, and monasteries in India beckons the traveler to visit a country that is tolerant, spiritual and most of all diverse yet united. In the upper hand to the country, spirituality has propelled many ordinary destinations into significant religious places in India. In the country, every pilgrimage center has a different mythological story associated and religious significance.
As a result, along with multiple numbers of temples that visit these religious destinations once a year, many travel enthusiasts have started to throng these hubs. The tourism of India has grown manifold and so has the fame of the country. Now, get us together we get familiar with a different and vital side of the country and learn about these fascinating religious tourism places in India:
1. Char Dham, Uttarakhand
In the state of Uttarakhand, the Yatra of Char Dham is one of the pious journeys that attract devotees in great number, every year. In Char Dham Yatra the destinations are in this religious voyage are-
Char Dham Yatra is also famous as Chota Char Dham. As seen, the devotees embark from Haridwar, call as the temple town of India. As soon, the devotees also start the journey from Dehradun or Rishikesh.
To this starting points, the journey of Char Dham goes in an order stated as follows:
Yamunotri: The origin of the River Ganga and abode of the Goddess Yamuna.
Gangotri: The origin of the River Ganga and abode of the Goddess Ganga.
Kedarnath: In the Kedarnath, Hindu God Shiva reverenced as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India.
Badrinath: The abode of Lord Vishnu. The deity manifests in the form of Badrinarayan.
Char Dham Yatra is also a provision of Do Dham Yatra that is available for devotees. In this Yatra, pilgrims are to select any 2 religious sites out of the 4. For more about the pilgrims with time as the constraint or problem with altitude travel, there also is Chardham Helicopter Yatra available.
How to reach
Nearest Airport: Nearest airport Jolly Grant Airport (160 km away) to Uttarkashi.
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Rishikesh (143 km away).
The Uttarkashi city is well connected with major destinations in Uttarakhand state. Facility of Bus and taxi service are easily available from Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, and Chamba.
Where to stay:
The Uttarkashi town, every second building is either a shrine or an ashram as it is amidst formidable pilgrimage places in India. If you do not stay in an ashram, you may also book resorts and hotels based on your preference.
Many more things to do:
Trekking in the Himalayas and walking through charming old villages.
2. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi is the spiritual energy center of India, the city is located on the banks of River Ganges in the state, Uttar Pradesh. The city is also known as Banaras or Kashi, is renowned for its musical and educational heritage, exceptional silks, and colorful Ghats. Varanasi city is one of the oldest permanent inhabit places on earth. The city has its a unique standing in India’s Hindu cultural identity. Varanasi is the center of faith for the Hindus, and it is the land of Lord Shiva.
It is Incredibly colorful and sacred, the beauty of Varanasi lies in the crowd of devotees who throng here every single day from one part of the country or the other. Believer of God keeping faith in the power of the city to provide Moksha and cleansing their sins keep Varanasi always a favorite religion places in India.
Banaras is an ancient city, with dotted of numerous ancient and modern temples like some as-
1. New Vishwanath temple
2. Dhanvantari temple
3. Durga temple
4. Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple
5. Kashi Vishwanath temple
6. Tulsi Manas temple and others
The other part from the temples, Varanasi city contains 88 ghats which lead to the holy river, Ganges.
These 88 ghats and the Ganga river are the iconic spots for many rituals including the famous Ganga Aarti. According to the report says that the city had 23,000 temples in the past. Banaras city also holds approx of 15 unique and ancient mosques. Most unique mosques of the region are
1. Abdul Razzaq
2. Bibi Razia
3. Hazrat Sayyed Salar Masud Dargah
How to reach Varanasi
Nearest Airport: Nearest Airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi. It is well connected to other Indian cities.
Nearest Railway Station: Varanasi Junction railway station is connected to all major cities in India.
By Road: The service of Buses are easily available from Delhi and adjoining cities in Uttar Pradesh.
Where to stay in Varanasi:
In Varanasi city, the plenty of ashrams offering accommodation to the tourists are available. You may also choose to stay in budget and luxury hotels.
Many other things to do:
You go on a day trip to Sarnath and a boat ride in the Ganges river.
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
Golden temple is the holiest place for Sikhs. The Temple and its neighbouring complex in Amritsar, Punjab, is the most sacred Sikh Gurudwara in not just India, but the whole world. Basically, the name of the Golden Temple is Harmandir Sahib, It is also known as Darbar Sahib. This temple was founded by the 5th Sikh guru, Guru Arjan and completed in 1604. The environment of the gurudwara is acute the spirituality and peace.
In the complex of the temple, the most stunning feature is the Amrit Sarovar, it is a holy tank, with its pristine waters that are said to have healing powers. The part of the central temple, that is basically situated at the end of a causeway on the tank. The beauty of its architectural, the temple with its gold and marble structure is matchless. This Sikh pilgrim there are thousands of people from all walks of life visit the Golden Temple every day.
The of the fact is that the Golden Temple of Amritsar receives more tourists than compare to the Taj Mahal, Agra. Visiting of the Golden Temple are considering as a very holy activity of the Sikhs. There are a few more temples in this region like-
1. Durgiana temple
2. Model town temple
3. Shivala Mandir
Note:- Pilgrims prefer to dine at least once during their vacation in the community kitchen of the temple, which serves food for thousands of people every day.
How to reach Golden Temple
Nearest Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ)(11 km away from the Temple). At this Airport, there are daily flights from Indian as well as some international cities such as Toronto, Dubai, London, Singapore, and Tashkent.
Nearest Railway Station: Amritsar Railway Station(1 Km away) This railway station is well connecting to other Indian cities.
By Road: The service of Buses are easily available from other cities in Punjab as well as from Delhi, Shimla, and Jammu.
Where to stay in Golden Temple:
In the Golden Temple Complex, the accommodation is available based on the first-come-first-serve basis. Airbnb and luxury hotels can also be available in the city.
Many more things to do:
You may attend the Wagah Border ceremony at the India-Pakistan international border, and visit the Jallianwala Bagh. You may also enjoy local street food and traditional Indian wear.
4. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh city is situated on the Himalayan foothills in the state of Uttarakhand. The name of Rishikesh city belongs to the name of Lord Vishnu, and the meaning is ‘Lord of Senses’. The city is a famous spiritual center of India. Rishikesh is a pilgrimage town, which is a visit by knowing from the ancient times for meditation and learning. Top Temples in Rishikesh are-
1. Nilkanth Mahadev temple
2. Kunjapuri temple
3. Parmarth Niketan temple
4. Geeta Bhawan temple
5. Bharat temple
6. Tera Manzil temple
In Rishikesh there is a Triveni Ghat it is a spot where three mountain streams join. It is a holy spot where you can find many rituals and other activities. Haridwar city is the nearest town of Rishikesh and it is also an important Hindu pilgrimage & religious spots. Rishikesh is also famous for as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. Since the middle ages, the Hindu saints and sages have been visiting and settling in Rishikesh. At the Rishikesh, one can acclaim the nature in its accurate forms and take a chance to lose himself in it. Rishikesh is an exceptional city that makes for an incredible religious place to visit in India.
How to reach
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport that is in Dehradun (38 km away from Haridwar) and (21 km away from Rishikesh).
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is Haridwar Junction that is (38 Km away from Rishikesh). You may take a bus or a private taxi to reach Rishikesh.
By Road: The service of buses are easily available to Haridwar and Rishikesh from Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Lucknow.
Where to stay:
Haridwar and Rishikesh – These are two of the most prominent pilgrimage places in India – Approx than or may be over than 300 Dharamsala and ashrams that offer accommodation to the pilgrims.
Many more things to do:
River rafting and camping in Rishikesh. You may also visit the Rajaji National Park that is 18 km far away from the Rishikesh.
5. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Mathura is known for the birthplace of the Hindu God Krishna. The Mathura city is in the state of Uttar Pradesh and it can rightly be called a blessed land. Nowadays, the town is dotted with a large number of temples including the Krishna Janbhoomi Temple that is thronged by a large number of devotees all through the year. At the time of Janmashtami, It is one festival during which this small town becomes overcrowded yet full of colors.
Vrindavan is also in Uttar Pradesh. It is the city where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. The city holds an innumerable flash from the historical pages, Vrindavan offers a journey back in time when Bal Gopal becoming Kanha and then finally Lord Krishna. Each point in the Mathura has traces of holiness and is the blessing with small and big temples those are dedicating to Radha and Krishna. The sweet of the Mathura, that is Peda is world famous, so is the ‘Radhe Radhe’ of Vrindavan to the ears. Mathura and the Vrindavan is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in India, Vrindavan lets you experience the spiritual illumination.
Some major religious attractions Point:
Banke Bihari Temple
Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple
Shyama Shyam Dham is some of the revered temples in the Brijbhoomi.
How to reach Mathura
Kheria Airport is the nearest airport that is in Agra (60 km Away from Mathura). Indira Gandhi International Airport is another nearest airport that it is in Delhi (170 km Away from Mathura). You may take a bus/private taxi to the airport and then reach the Mathura.
Nearest Railway Station: Mathura railway station is connected to all the major cities in India.
By Road: After the construction of Yamuna Expressway that ensures swift connectivity. The services of Buses and private taxis can be easily available from Delhi NCR.
Where to stay in Mathura:
In the Mathura city, budget and luxury hotels and guesthouses are easily available to stay. Homestays are also an option.
Many more things to do:
You may visit Mathura and Vrindavan during the month of March and get a chance to experience the graphic Hindu festival of Holi. You may also plan a trip during the time of the Janmashtami festival.