Top 9 Hindu pilgrimage places in India worth visiting at least once

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Top 9 Hindu pilgrimage places in India worth visiting at least once
Posted Date: 06/07/2021 14:58:38 Posted By: Sikh Tours

India may justly be called the "land of faith." Trudge through the mighty mountains, and you will experience the divine presence or traverse the winding lanes where spirituality combined with history waits to quench your spiritual thirst.

Many temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras, and monasteries in India invite travelers to visit a tolerant, spiritual, and, above all, diverse yet united.

Spirituality in India has turned many ordinary destinations into significant Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The result is that besides a large number of pilgrims visiting these sacred places once a year, many travelers have also started frequenting these centers. Here is the list of pilgrimage places in India.

 

1. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu & Kashmir

 

 

From high up in the mountains, Mata Vaishno Devi calls to her followers. It is located in Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the abode of Mata Vaishno is among the most popular pilgrimage sites in India.

Experience an indescribable pleasure as you undertake an arduous hike that continues to the caves where the goddess presides and bestows countless blessings. You can also explore Kashmir by availing Vaishno devi and kashmir tour package.

How to reach Here? 

To reach Jammu and Kashmir, you have to take a train or flight. Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has given many facilities for the devotees. To visit the temple of Maa Vaishno Devi, you can reach Katra by hiring a taxi, a cab, or a bus from the railway station itself. After reaching Katra, you need to trek 13 kms approximately to reach the temple.

 

2.  Rishikesh, Uttarpradesh

 

 

Rishikesh is a city in the beautiful hill state of Uttarakhand and a place so tranquil that it can melt the heart of the gods. Often known as the gateway to the Garhwal mountains, the city has a rich cultural past mixed with the modern city. Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are electrifying attractions of the city. This place is known for its famous Lakshma Temple. Along with that, you can enjoy Ganga Arti in Rishikesh and some sports activities here, such as bungee jumping, river rafting, etc. Tour packages from Delhi to Haridwar Rishikesh include all these activities. 

How to reach here?

Rishikesh has an excellent network of buses connecting it with all major cities and towns in the area. Both luxury and regular deluxe buses are easily accessible from New Delhi's ISBT Kashmiri Gate at regular intervals. Dehradun Airport or Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh, about 20 km away. Rishikesh has its railway station, but it is not connected to major Indian cities apart from Haridwar.

 

3.  Mathura, Uttarpradesh

 

 

The holy city of Mathura ( Uttar Pradesh ) lies on the banks of the river Yamuna and is dotted with beautiful temples, religious structures and historic cities. It is one of the seven holy cities in India and an important pilgrimage center for Hindus.

Embellished by the magnificent temples of Lord Krishna, which was born on this land about 5000 years ago, Mathura is one of the most serene spiritual destinations in India that cannot be missed, and there are many things to do in Mathura that are worth visiting. Each of the temples has its significance in describing phases of Lord Krishna's life. The city of Mathura presents fascinating cultures and traditions that captivate the soul and uplift the spiritual senses of the visitors. You can also explore Vrindavan with a tour package for Mathura Vrindavan.

How to reach here?

Mathura does not have an airport, but it is close enough to Delhi and Agra to visit the city by flying into one of those cities. Mathura is well connected by road to Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kanpur and all major cities. Many state transport departments operate buses that pass through Mathura. Most trains running between Delhi and Agra make a stop at Mathura. Most eastbound and westbound trains also stop at Mathura.

 

4.  Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

Located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is a famous pilgrimage site in India associated with the faith of Hinduism. To see the beauty and integrity of Varanasi, there are long queues of tourists from all over the country and abroad. The holy river the Ganges is flowing through the city, undoubtedly enhances the beauty and sanctity of the city of Varanasi. Bhakti wave runs from the town of Varanasi due to the Ganga river aarti in the morning. Varanasi Tour Packages will cover all the major attractions of the city.

How to reach here?

You can visit here by rail, air, and road. The nearest airport in Varanasi city is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Varanasi Junction railway station is well connected with many major cities of India by rail.

 

 5.  Haridwar, Uttarpradesh

 

 

If you want to embark on a spiritual and cultural journey, Haridwar can be your next destination. Although it is popular as a pilgrimage site, there are many things to do in Haridwar for every traveler. The city receives hundreds and thousands of tourists every year from all over the country and the world, not only for its historical charm but also for its laid-back life and peaceful ashrams. Haridwar ganga arti is one of the most amazing activities to do here. From temple hopping and trekking to immersion in the holy waters and rafting in the wild waters, Haridwar tour from Delhi covers all of them.

How to reach here?

The city of Haridwar has no airport. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest. Haridwar is well connected to many cities across India through many highways. National Highway 58 passes through Haridwar and connects it with Delhi, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Badrinath. The main railway station serving the area is Haridwar Railway Station.

 

6.  Do Dham Yatra, Uttrakhand

 

 

Do Dham Yatra means the Yatra of two Dhams out of four Dhams. Do Dham Yatra is mainly the Yatra of only two Dhams, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These two Dhams hold so much religious importance for Hindu in India. 

Badrinath is a holy place which is dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu Bhagwan. And Kedarnath is a holy temple dedicated to the one holy jyotirlinga out of twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. You can explore Kedarnath Mandir, Gupta Kashi, Sonprayag, Joshimath, Srinagar, Birahi, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh. Do Dham yatra package from Haridwar will give you all the facilities for a smooth and exciting trip.

How to reach here?

The nearest airport to Badrinath is about 311 km away at Dehradun, while the nearest railway station is about 318 km away at Haridwar. Kedarnath Dham cannot be reached directly by road. To reach the temple, you will have to take a 14 km uphill trek from Gaurikund. The nearest airport to Gaurikund is around 98 km away at Dehradun, while the nearest railway station is around 93 km away at Rishikesh.

 

 7.  Char Dham Yatra, Uttrakhand

 

 

The most important hindu religious places in India, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state and formerly part of Uttar Pradesh. The trail passes through four Hindu pilgrimage destinations - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

According to Hinduism, pilgrimage is tirtha yatra (Teerth Yatra), one of the five duties of every Hindu, along with dharma, worship, sanskaras and observance of religious festivals. A pilgrimage is an exercise in willpower, humility and faith when the believer travels to often difficult places, leaving his problems at the deity's feet and forgetting everything except God. For a smooth and hassle free trip you can avail Char Dham Yatra Package from Rishikesh.

How to reach here?

  • The nearest airport to Badrinath is about 311 km away at Dehradun, while the nearest railway station is about 318 km away at Haridwar.

  • To reach Kedarnath, you have to trek for 16 Kms.

  • To reach Gangotri, you can take a taxi from Badrinath as private vehicles are not allowed.

  • Yamunotri Temple has no access to passable roads; therefore, the base point is Hanuman Chatti, at a distance of 14 km. For the adventurous, the uphill trek is scenic and challenging. Alternatively, there are ponies, horses and palanquins for the journey to the temple.

 

 8. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi

 

 

The famous Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of India is the last abode of the great saint Sai Baba. This shrine of Shirdi is located near Nashik in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Shirdi town is small but full of religious places and activities. Apart from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, there are many religious places here. To explore all the city attractions you can book Shirdi tour packages.

How to reach here?

If you plan to fly to Shirdi by air, then the nearest airport to Shirdi is Aurangabad Airport, 130 km from Shirdi. For passengers who want to travel by bus, Maharashtra State Transport buses are available from major cities like Nashik, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune and Kopargaon to Shirdi. If you want to travel to Shirdi by train, then the nearest railway station from Shirdi is Kopargaon Railway Station, which is just 16 km away from Shirdi.

 

 9. Sun Temple, Konark

 

 

The Sun Temple of Konark is located in the northeast of Konark, about 35 km from Puri on the coast of Odisha in India. This colossal temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Surya and has become one of the major tourist attractions in India. The word Konark is made up of two words Kon (Kona) and Aark (Arka), Kon meaning angle (corner) and aark meaning sun. After combining these two words, one gets the term corner of the sun, i.e., Konark. The world-famous Konark Sun Temple is also known as Kalaa Pagoda.

How to reach here?

February to October is considered the best time to visit Konark Sun Temple. The most famous tourist spot is located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River in the state of Odisha. Since Konark is a small place where this temple is located, one must first reach the surrounding towns and then drive to Konark temple.

These are the top 9 best pilgrimage places in India that you can add to your wanderlust list. These places will help you find your spiritual path in life and get blessings from God. If you want to share which Hindu pilgrimage places in India you like, then share with us in the comment section.

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