India is a land known for its immense spirituality and its religious tranquility. The subcontinent is dotted with temples in every nook and corner where millions of people pay respect to their deity. Each temple in every state has its own significance and importance which attracts numerous tourists from across India as well as the world. Having its roots deeply tied with religion, the Religious Tourism in India has always been of extremely high demand among people seeking a spiritual cleansing.
If you are planning a spiritual trip to India, then make sure you visit the following destinations for an experience of a lifetime:
Also known as the spiritual hub and the focal point of all religious activities in India, Varanasi sits comfortably on the banks of the holy river Ganga. Pilgrims and devotees from across the globe throng the city’s ghats to witness the grand aarti, visit sacred temples and take a dip in the pious Ganga River to wash away their sins.
It is particularly an extremely auspicious place to cremate the deceased since it is said that death in Varanasi grants you Moksha, which means complete freedom from the karmic cycle of birth and rebirth. Taking a stroll on the vibrant ghats and alleyways where the air is laden with fragrances of the nearby temples can make your trip the experience of a lifetime.
Situated at the point of emergence of River Ganga from the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is one of the holiest cities in India. Visitors will be filled with a sense of immense spirituality and reverence for the Lord from the moment they step into this holy town.
In the evening, the river bank comes alive with flickering flames of the priest’s aarti rituals, rhythmic chanting and the devotees’ Diya on top of the river water, which is a sight to behold. The number of people gathering in the famous har-ki-Pauri ghat leaves the visitors with a feeling of unity and divinity.
Located in a cave and nestled within the lush green forested mountain above Katra, is the famous and one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destinations of Vaishno Devi. Along with attracting millions of domestic visitors, it is also a hub of spiritualism for devotees from across the globe. The shrine is supposed to be one of the several manifestations of Goddess Durga, also known as Mata Adi Shakti.
The pilgrimage involves a 13.5km trek, which can be completed with the help of various available transportation options like, ponies, paalkhis and electric vehicles. There are helicopter services also available for a smooth darshan. A must visit site for individuals seeking some peace of mind.
The holy town of Kedarnath is set against the picturesque backdrop of the mighty Himalayas and the refreshingly lush greenery at a height of 11,557ft. Home to one of the 12 jyotirlingas which are also known as cosmic light, the Kedarnath Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also supposed to be the place where the Pandava brothers came for a visit as per the instructions of sage Vyasa.
Due to the unavailability of roads, the holy temple can be reached through trekking or alternative options like ponies and manchan service. This religious journey is supposed to be one of the most sacred and a pious trip of an individual’s life since it is the highest among the 12 jyotirlingas.
Situated on the Bay of Bengal among mesmerizing landscapes and age-old temples Puri is one of the most spiritually evoking Hindu religious sites in India. The abode of temple Jagannath, this religious destination brings together religious devotees from all over India and abroad.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, who is another form of Lord Vishnu, his wife Subhadra and his brother Balabhadra. The rath yatra which is held here every year attracts tourists from far and wide to witness the spectacle. Puri is one of the most ancient towns in India and holds immense importance for Hindus.