The very famous statement about India – Unity in Diversity is well known all over the world. It perfectly reflects the daily lives, beliefs, traditions and culture of the people living in India. The same diversity can be found in the Gods. India is a place where God is worshipped in multiple forms. The faith and beliefs of people have always been the major part of their life. They have carved themselves through their religion and culture practiced in the temples. Here you can find people visiting holy shrines attributed to various religions.
India is paradise of holy shrines, visit any state, any district or any part of the country, you will definitely come across to some holy pilgrimage site. India has always been applauded for its pilgrimage tourism. The below are some amazing pilgrimage tour packages in India to make your travel hassle- free and spiritual, divided it according to the directions, North – South – Central – East – West India.
South India –
The first thing that comes to my mind is South India when we talk about holy shrines. The highlight has always been Tamil Nadu. The cities like Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Madurai, Rameshwaram and Trichy have the historical and spiritual charm to it and added to be the most attractive place especially for pilgrims. Starting from Chidambaram, here you visit the Nataraja temple and Vaitheeswaran Koil, which are dedicated to lord Shiva having amazing architecture. The next destination is the Thanjavur, it has the 7th largest Hindu temple-Brihadeeshwar built in 1003- 1010 AD.
Further, Visit the aesthetic Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple at Madurai, it has 14 colourful gopurams (gateways). Here, KoodalAlagar temple is another master piece having vibrant carvings on it. Next on the list would be Rameshwaram, it is famous for its collection of Shivlings. Kothandaramswamy temple is located near the beach. Panchamukhi Temple is known for its five faced idol of lord Rama.
At Trichy visit The Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Beside temples, there are places of sightseeing such as Thirumalai NayakMahal, Agniteertham and Annai Indira Gandhi / Pamban Bridge.
North India –
North India covered with snow, is always on travel list. When it’s about visiting holy shrines, the only name pops in is the beautiful Uttarakhand also known as Uttaranchal that offer Char DhamYatra – Haridwar – Rishikesh is the perfect string, which you can include in your pilgrimage tour packages in India.
Char DhamYatra– Uttarakhand is the coolest and the religious place of India. It is known for its Char DhamYatra . The Yamnotri marks the holy abode of Yamuna and first shrine of the yatra, the kharsali, Yamunotri temple, Surya Kund, DivyaShila are the holy places which one can visit here. At Gangotri, Ganga Temple, BhaironGhati and Gangotri temples are major attractions. Kedarnath temple is home to one of the 12 Jyotilingas. Here you can also visit Omkareshwar temple, having a very beautiful scenic view. The next is Badrinathtemple; nearby the temple you can pass your eyes to view Mata Murti Temple, Sheshnetra and BramhaKapal.
Haridwar– It has been another major pilgrimage place, it is known as gateway of Gods. Here you can visit the temple of goddesses such as Maya Devi temple, Chandidevi temple and Mansa Devi temple.
Rishikesh -After Haridwar it is always Rishikesh, the scared place, situated at the foothill of Himalaya. It is also known as World Yoga Capital. Here, visit the famous Neelkanth Mahadev temple and Trimbakeshwar temple.
Let’s come to the central India, Madhya Pradesh. Here, plans starts from Ujjain – Indore – Omkareshwar — Khargaon. The arrival destination is Ujjain, it is also known as city of gods. It is famous for its KumbMela. The temples here have tales to tell which are dated in ancient times. Temple to visit here are Mahakaleshwar, BadaGanpati Mandir and the KalBhairav Temple having Malwa style paintings and extra ordinary rituals. Further Indore- city of food- the best part of city is no one dies hungry.
Here visit KanchMandir, Khajrang and then come to Omkareshwar, one of the 12 sacred Jyotilinga shrines of Hindu religion is found here. Visit Shri Omkar Mandhata, Kajal Rani Cave, Saptamatrika Temple and Siddhanath Temple at Omkareshwar.
At Kharegaon visit the famous Maheshwar temple near the banks of Narmada, adding to list visit Rajarajeshwara Temple, Akhileshwara Temple and Vithaleshwara Temple which has beautiful carvings on its walls.
Eastern India State –
Orissa is eastern Indian State, famous for its pilgrimages more than its scenic beauty. It is home to most sacred temples having the ancient artistic work done on the dome and walls of the temple. It has large number of Hindu and Buddhist temple. First visit to Bhubaneshwar, it is home to hundreds of temples.
On way to Puri, visit Buddhist temple such as Lingaraj, Ratnagir, Chandragir and dhauligiri at Dhauli, which can be added to Buddhist Tour Packages. Visit the Hindu temple Rajarani, Parsurameswar and Mukteswaralso. The next is Hirapur, have a glance at 64 Yogini Temple. The next stop is Puri, the Jagannatha temple is the most famous temple here and then visit Sakhigopal temple.
Further hit the Ramchandi Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark Sun Temple and Pipili. The architecture and the carvings done on the walls is quiet ancient and breathe taking. We strongly suggest taking tour to Orissa.
Western India State –
Western India State has always been about desert and sand dunes. It has its own fragrance of holy shrines. The Gujarat has been full of Jain and Hindu temples. The white marble carvings enhance the beauty of Jain temple whereas the Hindu temple colors are matched up with the mithi(soil)of Gujarat.
The pearl string starts from Ahemdabad – Dwarka – Porbandar – and ends at Junagadh. In Ahemdabad visit Hate Singh Jain Temple, Akshardham Temple and then come to Dwarka. Here, visit Nageshwar Jyotilingas and Rukhmani Temple. The aesthetics of the temple are beautiful and vibrant. The next place is Porbandarvisit Kirti Mandir and Sudama Temple, which is known for the friendship of Sudama and Krishna. After coming to Junagadh, it has a huge mountain named Girnar.
The Jain temple famously known Girnarji is situated at this mountain. It has more than 10000 steps to climb the mountain. The next on list is Bhalka Tirth and Somnath temple; it is devoted to lord Shiva.
The list goes on and on. There are more than 1800 major pilgrimage spot in India. The above tour packages will make your trip easy going and amazing. Just make the list and keep on ticking it.