India is the country of spirituality and there are endless places where you can connect to the soul through God. If you are a native of this multilingual and multidimensional part of Asia, you must be aware of the religious level of the citizens.
For the first timers, there are plenty of surprises in store in every state of India. The holy places in India are famous for the highest levels of association with the Indian mythologies and there are more than crores of Gods and Goddesses worshiped in various forms. Listed below are some of the most well know famous pilgrimages and holy places that you must visit for attaining spirituality.
Haridwar and Rishikesh
Located in North India, Haridwar is one of the most pious places situated on the banks of Holy Ganga River. There are endless temples situated on both sides of the banks where visitors can take a holy dip and offer prayers. In fact, Hindus around the world have a belief that visiting Haridwar washes away the sins.
You can visit the famous Mansa Devi and Chanda Devi temples which are famous worldwide. The place is a gateway to the mesmerizing Rishikesh, also known to be the yoga capital. You can take advantages of various adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, trekking and much more.
Foreign tourist can stay at the camps near to the Ganga where a lot of fun activities keep happening. Travelers to take the long route towards the higher pilgrimages like Badrinath, and Kedarnath have to pass through Haridwar. The easiest ways to reach Haridwar is through buses and trains that leave from Delhi on regular basis.
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Tirumala is located in Andhra Pradesh where the famous temple of Tirupati Balaji is situated. It gathers thousands of visitors everyday who come to have a glimpse of the Hindu God Ventakeshwara. The place is known to be divine and is said to fulfill desires of people who come here. Lord Venkateshwara is believed to be residing in this temple covered in gold. To reach the temple, you can either take buses, self transport or you can avail flights that connect the place to all the major metro cities of India.
Vaishno Devi, Katra, Jammu
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If you are in the quest of finding the best pilgrimages in India, Vaishno Devi is a must visit. Located in the beautiful landscape of Jammu, the places is famous among Hindus around the world. One has to walk for 14 miles to reach the temple and seek the blessings of the Goddess of power, Mata Vaishno Devi. The temple is more than 5000 feet above the sea level in the Trikuta Hills and considered one of the holiest temples in India.
Visitors have to go though the caves and reach the main temple where there are three stones each resembling Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali are situated. Earlier people had no option but to walk along the hills to reach but now there are well build roads where one can take ride of a horse, human carriers for the old aged or prefer simple walking. There are also helicopter shuttle services for those who can afford. There are many trains that connect Jammu via Delhi and tickets can be booked online easily.
Kamakhya Temple, Assam
One of the famous Shakti Peethas of Goddess Parvati, Kamakhya temple is famous for its natural beauty and peace. Located in hills, this temple gathers millions every year. The place is known to be one of the very ‘live’ temples where Goddess Kamakhya is believed to grant all wishes. The temple has to be reached by buses or hired cars and is very close to Guwahati. A main fair takes place in the month of June-July but the main shrine is closed for three days. Religious people flock to the temple in these days. For lodging, you can stay in Guwahati.
Mathura and Vrindavan
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Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and is one of the most pious places in India. Vrindavan is just 15kms away from Mathura and is known to be transcendental abode of Krishna. There are numerous temples that are located in and around these two towns that will remind the visitors of the different moods of Krishna.
One can easily relate to the mythological stories and both the places have a very divine feeling attached to the environment. Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan is a must visit. Travelling to Mathura is very easy as there are many trains and buses from Delhi. One can also rent a car at very affordable rates as well.
Amritsar is one of the most popular towns in India for tourists. While unlike other popular holy places that have multiple attractions, the Golden Temple is the prime attraction in Amritsar. This, however, doesn’t affect the popularity of the place among religious crowds.
One can see the beautiful Golden Temple shining in the sunlight and offer prayers in pious Sikh way. Amritsar is highly cheap in terms of accommodation and fooding. There are very enticing shopping arenas for Indian attires and one can also visit the Baga Border and Jalianwalan Bagh which are very close by. To reach Amritsar, one can take buses or trains from Delhi.
India is known to be the land of diversity. Apart of the places that are stated above, one can also visit places like Ajmer Sharif, Lumbini, Puri, Bhubaneshwar, Shirdi, Amarnath, Kolkata and many more. Every place in this strange and enchanting country has its own religious beliefs and people love to explore the ways of connecting to God.
From serene mosques to majestic churches to beautiful temples on hilltops, India offers the cultural diversity that can hardly be found anywhere else. Holy places are simplest way to see India in the rawest form. Every person will surely find something or the other to relate and the piousness of holy spots will fill up the senses. Make sure you take a holy tour of the Incredible India once in your life time.