Spiritual India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers much for those looking for knowledge and awareness. Visit these famous holy destinations of several faiths to maximize your religious experience in India.
Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the seven holy Hindu cities with an extremely old history. Well-known as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, it’s assumed that anyone who dies here will be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. The interesting thing about this magical city is that its traditions are discovered openly along the many riverside ghats. It’s an extreme city that draws Hindu pilgrims and foreigners alike. Consider living at a riverside hotel for a more immersive experience.
Ancient Haridwar is an additional of the holiest places in India, and one of the oldest living cities. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it’s especially famous with Hindu pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters of the fast-flowing Ganges River and wash away their sins. Unlike Varanasi, the water is clean and fresh in Haridwar. The evening Ganga Aarti holds a unique charm. Another famous attraction is the Mansa Devi Temple.
Rishikesh, the hometown of yoga, is a famous place to come and think, do yoga, and discover about other aspects of Hinduism. It’s located on the banks of the Ganges River, bordered by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh allures those looking for knowledge and peace with its various ashrams and yoga institutes. It’s very popular with spiritual seeking immigrants, while Haridwar holds more importance for Hindu pilgrims. Because of their proximity, many individuals come to Rishikesh and Haridwar in the same visit. There are Rishikesh hotels and guesthouses for all costs so you can discover a great place to stay.
Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, was created in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and earned its name, signifying “Holy Pool of Nectar”, from the body of water around the Golden Temple. The beautiful Golden Temple draws tourists from all over the world. It looks very eye-catching at night when it’s brilliantly lit up, with its striking pure gold dome illuminated. The Wagah Border is a famous side trip from Amritsar.
Bodhgaya is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage places in the world. Situated in the state of Bihar, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during deep meditation under a Bodhi tree. The accurate spot is now denoted by the sprawling Mahabodhi Temple complex. The town is also house to dozens of Buddhist monasteries. Those who are fascinated will find plenty of meditation and Buddhism classes and retreats on offer. You can go to Bodhgaya on the Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist Train.
Situated around four hours from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamalai invites spiritual seekers to its Sri Ramana Ashram and Hindu tourists who walk around holy Mount Arunachala and meditate at Arunachaleswar Temple, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as the aspect of fire. Mount Arunachala is known as the “most silent place on earth” as its dominant energy has the amazing ability to calm the mind. Meditate in a cave up the mountain and find it for yourself. If you would like to link up with an extraordinary guide and healer, Ashok from Bougainvillea Tours is very well recommended.