With India holiday package, tourists can take a breather from their silly hectic lifestyle and go soul-searching to spiritual destinations. Thankfully, the country is inundated with pilgrimage sites and most of them have nature and history to offer as well. So, even if you are not into divine destinations, you can still visit them and have your kind of fun. Here are the top 10 pilgrimage sites in India (in no ranking order):
1. Jagannath Puri: Orissa’s Jagannath Puri town is well-known for its temple of Lord Jagannath and for its Swargdwar Beach. So, traveling to Puri involves both beach-time fun and temple-hopping.
2. Tirupati: Tirupati’s Tirumala Temple is an ode to Lord Venkateswara and is counted amongst the richest temples in the world. Situated in Andhra Pradesh, it is a temple which is visited by rich and poor alike, sportsmen and celebs in unison. Serene hamlets and quiet parks & waterfalls make this place a happy retreat for nature lovers as well.
3. Vaishno Devi: The caves of Vaishno Devi in the state of Jammu & Kashmir may entail a rigorous journey, but for the most pious men and women, these caves are amongst the places to visit in India before you die.
4. Haji Ali Mosque, Mumbai: Mumbai’s Haji Ali Mosque is a spiritual attraction as well as a tourist spot since this holy landmark stands on a narrow strip of land in the middle of the sea.
5. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Varanasi is one of the holiest towns in the country and its Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the major stopovers for a devout pilgrim in his journey to spiritual life.
6. Meenakshi Temple: Down south in Madurai, you will come across Meenakshi Temple, another beautifully engineered architectural piece which is entombed in divinity.
7. Amarnath: Jammu & Kashmir again finds a mention for its sacred cave of Amarnath. It is difficult to reach the place and requires peak fitness, but young and old make the journey alive (or dead) at least once in their lifetime.
8. Dakshineswar: West Bengal’s Dakshineswar is another pilgrimage site which is very famous. It is also steeped in Indian history and is the abode of Goddess Kali.
9. Haridwar: India holiday package often recommends Haridwar to both local and foreign tourists for its fast-flowing Ganga, the crowded temples and the evening ghat aarti.
10. Shirdi: The bhakts (disciples) of Sai Baba find the ultimate form of peace and salvation once they reach this small town in Maharasthra and pay their homage to Baba’s memorial.