India can truly be called a 'Land of Religions' as there are many religions flourishing simultaneously in India. Religious Tours to India takes you on an online trip to various religious places in India.

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and many other religions are found in India. The Constitution of India has made it mandatory to respect all the religions. Even anyone can adopt any religion. It's a matter of faith…

People of India worship various forms of nature like snake is worshiped as a God, the scared river is referred as mother, Sun is referred to as God and many more. It is believed that to purge one's sins one should take a plunge into sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna etc.

Throughout the world India is known for its spirituality. These excerpts from famous personalities would make it clear that India ranks top in the field of spirituality.

"India's contribution to the sum total of human knowledge has been spirituality, philosophy. These she contributed even before the rising of the Persian Empire; the second time was during the Persian Empire; for the third time, during ascendancy of the Greeks; and now for the fourth time, during the ascendancy of the English, she is going to fulfil the same destiny once more.
------------------------------------( Swami Vivekananda, Lectures from Colombo to Almora )

"If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most -- fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant -- I should point to India… And if I were to ask myself from what literature we here in Europe, we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thought of Greeks and Romans, and of one Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw that corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more truly human, a life not for this life only, but a transfigured and eternal life - again I should point to India"
------------------------------------------------------------( Max Mueller-What India can teach us )

Many pilgrims visit India for a tour to sacred places and monuments. There are countless shrines, temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches, synagogues, etc, in India.

-: To make your search easy, here is a list of tourism packages at reasonable rates :-

»» Ajmer Pilgrimage Tours

Ajmer Sharif in Jaipur is one of the most popular religious destinations for Muslims. It is located at a distance of 135 kilometers south west of Jaipur. People all over the globe visit this sacred place every year.

The main attraction of the town is the Dargah-e-Sharif (Tomb) of Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti. Legend says that after a six-day prayer in seclusion, Khawaja retired for heavenly abode in 1256 A.D. These six days are celebrated as annual Urs and are attended by countless pilgrims irrespective of their religion, faith and culture.

People make offerings of rose and jasmine flowers to seek the blessings of the Khawaja. The shrine is a place of wish fulfilment for those who pray with devout devotion. The Dargah Sharif is located at the foot of a desolate hill. It is the place where the Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti's corporal remains lie buried.

This beautiful white marble shrine was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Humayun and was completed by his successor Akbar. Emperor Akbar also sought blessings for his son at the Dargah Sharif. From Agra he used to undertake a pilgrimage to visit the Dargah every year. Enter the Dargah through Dargah Bazaar.

The threshold of Dargah has ornately carved silver doors. The tomb of Sufi saint is bordered by a silver railing and is partially covered with a marble screen. For women devotees, Jahanara, daughter of Shah Jahan got a separate room constructed for offering prayers. Other major attractions in the vicinity of the Dargah are tomb of Bhishti, tomb of Saint's daughter-Bibi Hafiz Jama, tomb of Shah Jahan's daughter Chimni Begum.


»» Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath, one of the must visit sacred places for Hindus, is located at a distance of 145 kilometers east of Srinagar in Kashmir. The Amarnath cave is located at an altitude of 4,174 meters above sea level. In the cave there are four or five ice formations resembling the figures of different gods. The biggest figure is considered to be Lord Shiva. The ice Shiva Linga changes size with seasons and when moon waxes and wanes it becomes bigger and smaller. On a full moon day it is reported that the linga attains a height of about 6 feet.

Amarnath Cave has a mysterious legend associated with it. It is believed that this Cave was chosen by Lord Shiva to narrate the secret of his immortality and creation of Universe to Mother Parvati. To tell the Amar Katha, Shiv Ji started his journey with Mata Parvati to find a lonely place so that no one else could hear it. En route he left Nandi (the bull) at Pahalgam (Bail Gaon), released moon from his hairs (jata) at Chandanwari, released snakes at the banks of Lake Sheshnag, left his son Ganesh at Mahagunas Parvat and finally left five elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky) at Panjtarni.

Finally he sat on the deerskin and took samadhi to ensure that no mortal overhears the tale. Lord Shiva created Rudra named Kalagni to eliminate everything inside and in the vicinity of the Cave. He narrated the tale to Mata Parvati. Haply, one egg was found underneath the deerskin after the completion of the tale. A pair of pigeons born out of this egg became immortal.

There are many stories about the discovery of the Cave. One of the stories tells that Gujjar (a shepherd) Buta Malik discovered this Holy cave. A saint gave a bag full of coal to Buta Malik. When he reached home to his utter astonishment, the bag was full of gold coins. Butta ran to thank that Saint. Saint


»» Amritsar Pilgrimage Tours

Amritsar is derived from a combination of two words 'amrit' (nectar of immortality) and 'Sarovar' (pool). The city is dominated by Sikh Community and houses many important pilgrimages of Sikhs. Destinations India Tourism takes you on an online tour to various Pilgrim places in and around Amritsar.

Harmandir Sahib also known as Darbar Sahib , Golden Temple, Hari Mandir is the most visited sacred Sikh pilgrimage. Harmandir means Temple of God. The Golden Temple is famous as the dome of the Temple is made of pure Gold. The building of the Temple is constructed on 67 feet square of marble and is made amidst Sarovar. Fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, founded the temple.

To the south of the Golden Temple is the tower of Baba Atal. The Gurudwara is an octagonal structure having nine storyes. Gurudwara is constructed in the memory of the youngest son of Hargobind, Atal Rai. At the age of nine, Atal Rai broke the law of nature with his magical powers. He brought the dead son of a widow to life. Guru Hargobind rebuked him. He went to into a meditative trance and soon breathed his last. In the Gurudwara of Baba Atal throughout day eatables are distributed. This has become a well known saying "Baba Atal Pakkiyan Pakaiyan Ghal" means Baba Atal sends prepared meals.

Goindwal Sahib Gurudwara has 84 steps that lead to a deep well (bauli). Whosoever takes a bath in this well and recites Japji Sahib at each step attains moksh and is able to get out of the cycle 0f 84,00,000 birth representing each specie created by God.

There are many other Gurudwaras like Khadur Sahib, Baba Bakala, Dera Baba Nanak, Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodi, Gurudwaras at Kiratpur Sahib, Gurudwara Charan Kamal, Gurudwara Shish Mahal Sahib and Gurudwara Damadama Sahib and lots more…

Durgiana Temple or Lakshmi Narain Temple is another famous pilgrim place. It is located in Durgiana Complex. The temple is set amidst holy waters. The Temple derives its name from a Hindu Deity Goddess Durga.


»» Bodh Gaya Pilgrimage Tours

Bodh Gaya is a place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the sacred Asvatta tree (Bodhi tree) and became known as Lord Buddha. It is one of the four most important pilgrim places for Buddhists. It is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Gaya, 450 kilometers west of Calcutta and 90 kilometers south of Patna.

Ashoka erected Mahabodhi Temple. It has a 50-meter tower. The damage to the temple was restored in 1880. Muslims in the 11th century destroyed the previous temple. There is a huge idol of Buddha in the centre of the temple. Lord Buddha is the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. So the temple is sacred to both Hindus as well as Buddhists.

Bodhi Tree is a said to be a descendent of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is planted behind the temple and is about 80 feet high and 115 years old.

Chankaramana is the sacred spot of the Buddha's meditative strolls during the third week after pious enlightenment. Legend says that wherever the Buddha put his feet, lotus sprang up.

In Ratnagar Buddha spent one week and five colours came out of his body.

Bodh Gaya receives Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world every year. Bodh Gaya is also famous for meditation courses offered by a number of institutes. Visit Bodh Gaya and liven up spirituality in you.


»» Char Dham Yatra Pilgrimage Tours

On the bosom of mighty Himalayas, four most sacred pilgrimages of India are nestled - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Sri Kedarnath Ji and Badrinath Ji. They are collectively known as Char Dham. All these Dhams should be visited in clockwise beginning from Yamunotri and culminating the journey at Badrinath.

Yamunotri is a sacred place where River Yamuna originates. Yamunotri is located at an altitude of 3,293 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Yamuna springs from the glacial lake of Saptarishi Kund, on the Kalind Parbat. The winters are snow bound and temperature falls below 0°C. It is the first stopover point for Char Dham Yatra.

Badrinath is situated in between the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan along the left bank of the River Alaknanda. Once this spot was covered by the badris or wild berries and got famous as Badri Van. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu- the preserver. The Temple houses fifteen black stone idols. Due to periodical avalanches, the Temple was renovated several times. There is a newly constructed colorful Singh Dwara or the main entrance gate. The three main parts of the Temple are Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).

Sri Kedarnath Ji lies at the head of the River Mandakini is located at an altitude of 3584 meters. It is one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of Kedar or Lord Shiva. The Temple built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya stands in proximity to temple built by Pandavas. Outside the Temple door stands a Nandi Bull. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped in his Sadashiva form.

Gangotri is the source of river Ganga. Goddess Ganga came on Earth to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors. She fell from the locks of Lord Shiva to minimize the effect of destruction and she came to be called Bhagirathi Ganga.


»» Dwarka Pilgrimage Tours

Lord Krishna created Dwarka. It is located on the west coast of Gujarat on the shore of the Arabian Sea. It is believed that Lord Krishna ruled his kingdom from here. It is the place where Lord Vishnu slew the demon, Shankhasura. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas is manifested in this place and is known as Nageshwar Mahadev.

The major attraction of Dwarkadish temple is the 2,500 year old Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir. The Temple has a special hall for audience. 60 columns support the roof of the hall and the temple is raised to five storeys.

The most famous temple in Dwarka is that of Rukmini, Krishna's wife, also believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Among four popular Maths established by Jagatguru Shankaracharya - one of the Math, Sharad Peetha is also located here.

According to the Legend, after slaying Kansa, Krishna travelled with entire Yadava community to the coast of Saurashtra where he founded a town and named it Swarnadwarika. He declared this town to be their new dwelling place.

It is believed that Lord Krishna's successor and great grandson Vajranabh built the present temple Dwarkanath (Trilok Sundar). It is also believed that the temple was erected in one night by a supernatural agency under Vajranabh's direction. While dying Lord Krishna ordered that the city should be vacated so that the sea could engulf it. Till date Lord Krishna's city lies buried under the sea. Excavations have reported that the sea swallowed five settlements and the present-day Dwarka is the sixth in line.


»» Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Kailash Mansarovar shines like a jewel in the crown of Himalayas. It is a snow capped holy mountain on the remote western Tibetan Plateau (in the northern most region of the Himalayas). It is also called as Kang Rinpoche and Mount Meru.

Many pilgrims from all over the world visit this mountain to walk around the 32-mile circumference of this Peak. This is also called Parikrama in Hindu culture and Kora in Tibetan culture. Taking a round of the mountain would purify your sins of lifetime. It is believed that Lord Shiva resides atop this mountain.

For the Jains this mountain is very sacred as their first prophet gained enlightenment here only. Jains call it Asthapada.

Hindus believe that mount Meru is the Gateway to heaven. It is the centre of the universe. In Mahabharata, it is mentioned that after the victory, Pandavas along with Draupadi climbed Meru to reach heaven.

Four major rivers of India flow through Mount Kailash: the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karnali and the Sutlej. Lake Mansarovar or Tso Rinpoche located Eighteen miles southeast of Kailash is a place that provides spiritual benefit. Devout Hindus believe that the icy waters of this Lake possess miraculous healing powers.

The terrain of the Kailash Mansarovar is very rugged. One needs to take some precautions while undertaking pilgrimage.


»» Kanchipuram Pilgrimage Tours

Kanchipuram is one of the seven holy cities of India. The city is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers from Chennai in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was once the historical capital of Pallavas. Later, it became the citadel of Cholas, Vijaynagar Kings, Muslims and the British. The city is also famous for its intricately worked and finest silk sarees.

Tamil learning, culture and religion flourished here. Famous personalities like Sri Shankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder and the great Buddhist Bhikku resided in this picturesque city.

The architectural splendour of the city is reflected in the magnificently built temples that stand till date as a testimony to the bygone glorious Dravidian heritage. During the reign of Pallavas, in 6th and 7th centuries, some of the best temples were built in the city.

Kamakshi Amman Temple is the most famous temple of Kanchipuram. It is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The Temple is located in proximity to Shankara Mutt. There is a Golden Chariot in the Temple that is taken in a procession around the temple on Friday evenings around 7.00 p.m. There is an Art Gallery exhibiting pictures depicting the history of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Shankara Mutt.

Kailashanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Rajasimha Pallava built this Temple during 8th century A.D. The Temple is situated at a distance of just one kilometre west of the town center. The Temple portrays 64 aspects of Lord Shiva.

Ekambareshwar Temple is one of the largest Temples of Kanchipuram. The Temple spreads over an area of 12.14 hectares. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the ancient Temples in India.

Other popular Temples in Kanchipuram are Kumara Kottam Temple, Varadaraja Temple and Ulahalanda Perumal Temple.


»» Mathura Pilgrimage Tours

Mathura is a holy city in India and is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. In Adi Purana it is stated that a person who dies in Mathura, the land of Krishna, attains salvation. Every year the city receives innumerable pilgrims. The city is mentioned in ancient and modern mythological tales about Lord Krishna.

It is also known as Brij Bhoomi. There are many temples in the city depicting Lord Krishna in all eight incarnations. Krishna’s life from childhood to attainment of adulthood is described as jeevan leelas. In various paintings and frescoes, Lord Krishna is shown as a butter thief (makhan chor), lover of gopis (Rasiya), soldier, statesman and an ideal lover (in a painting of Radha Krishna couple). As one enters the city, one gets wrapped up in an atmosphere of sacredness and feels spiritual satisfaction.

Dwarkadhish Temple was built in 1814. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Temple depicts an excellent work of art. The interiors of the Temple are adorned with the images of the Lord Krishna with His beloved Radha. There are images and idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

Ranghbhumi in Mathura spreads the message that one should be bound to one's duty. It explains why Lord Krishna had to slay his maternal uncle Kansa for the welfare of people.

Today Mathura city is not only famous for its temples. There are Buddhist destinations as well in Mathura that attract a number of Buddhist monks and people of all faiths. After mahaparinirvana of Gautam Buddha, this place became a famous centre for Buddhists. According to Fa-Hein, Chinese traveller, there are about twenty Buddhist monasteries, three stupas and five Deva temples in Mathura.


»» Rameshwaram Pilgrimage Tours

Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu is an important pilgrimage of India. The city is often called the 'Benaras of South'. The presiding deity of the Temple is The Linga of Sri Ranganatha (one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India). To attain salvation (moksh) one must visit this temple at least once during their lifetime.

Ramanathaswamy Temple is located on the island in the Gulf of Mannar. It is the most important Temple of South India. Built around 17th century, the Temple boasts of 1,200 granite columns. The gopuram stands at a height of 54 meter. Embellished columns and flamboyant interiors add charm to the Temple. It is said that Pilgrimage to Kashi is not completed without visiting Rameshwaram. There are 2 wells in the Temple that offer water of different tastes.

Agnitheertham is a place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve himself from the sin he committed by killing Ravana. It is 100 meters away from the Temple.

Gandamadana Parvatham is the highest point on the island and is at a distance of 2 kilometers from the Temple. In this shrine an imprint of Lord's feet on a Chakra (wheel) is preserved.

Dhanushkodi derives its name from Lord Rama's bow. It is situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from Rameshwaram. It is believed that the boulders around the sea between Sri Lanka and this place were used by Hanuman to reach across Sri Lanka.


»» Somnath Temple Patan Tours

Somnath Temple is situated in Gujarat, India. It houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and the first among all. According to a legend the Moon God built the original Temple of Somnath in gold. After the demolition of the Temple Ravana rebuilt it with silver. And after the demolition of silver temple, Krishna reconstructed it. According to historians, this Temple was looted and plundered seventeen times.

It is also known as Prabhas Patan. According to the Legend, Lord Shiva's Kalbhairav linga is situated at Prabhas. The exact date of the construction of the temple is not known but it is assumed that this Temple was constructed around 4 century A.D.

Famous architect Prabhaschandar designed the present temple and the first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad installed the Jyotirling in the new temple on May 11, 1951. Built in the Chalukya architectural style, the temple reflects Gujarat's artistic excellence. Various parts of the Temple are shikhara, the Garbhagriha, the sabha mandap and the nritya mandap.

The museum at the Temple keeps the remains of the earlier temples. Pottery shards, seashells, a glass case of water bottles containing samples from the rivers Danube, Nile, St Lawrence, Tigris, Plate, Murray, seawater from Tasmania and New Zealand are exhibited in the museum.

Bhalka Tirth (a place where Lord Krishna was wounded by an arrow by mistake), Sun Temple, Junagarh Gate, Mai Puri (once a Sun Temple, now a mosque) and Ahilyabai Temple are some other famous places.


»» Tirupati Tirumala Pilgrimage Tours

Tirupati Tirumala Temple is also known as Tirupati Balaji Temple. The Temple is dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara. It is located on the seventh peak Venkatachala of the Tirupati Hill on the southern banks of the River Pushkarini. Venkateshwara is also called the Lord of seven Hills.

It is written in the Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns that in this Kali Yuga one can attain Moksha by worshipping Lord Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateshwara. People visit this Temple to seek blessings from Sri Venkateshwara.

It is written in the history that rulers of famous dynasties paid visit to this ancient shrine of Tirupati Tirumala Temple. These rulers endowed the temple with rich offerings. During the reign of Vijaynagar Kings the contributions to the Temple increased.

In Varah Purana it is mentioned that while Vishnu came to reside on the Southern Bank of the Swami Pushkarini, Adi Varaha manifested Himself on the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini.


»» Vaishno Devi Pilgrimage Tours

Vaishno Devi in Jammu is the most popular pilgrimage in India. Every year pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi to pay homage to Goddess Vaishno Devi. People who come with a pure heart are supposedly blessed by the Goddess.

There is a legend associated with the shrine. 700 years ago Vaishno Devi was meditating when Bhairo Nath, a tantrik demon pursued her. The Goddess had taken a vow of celibacy. So she tried to run away from him. While running she reached Trikuta Mountains she felt thirsty. She shot an arrow into the earth from where water came gushing out. This place is known by the name of Banganga. Goddess took some rest at Charan Paduka, where she left an imprint of her feet embedded in the earth.

She hid to meditate in Adhkawari cave and stayed there for nine months. So the cave came to be known as Garbh Joon (the womb). Bhairo discovered her after a span of nine months. Furious Goddess blew an opening with her Trident and escaped. Then in an incarnation of Mahakali she cut off Bhairo's head with force that it fell at a distance. Today Bhairo's Temple stands there.

It is mandatory that one should visit Bhairo's Temple before visiting the Temple of Vaishno Devi. The shrine is located at an altitude of 5,200 feet above sea level.

After visiting Vaishno Devi, you can enjoy the chilled air and snow capped mountains of Patni Top. The tourists can enjoy the games like sledging, skiing and many more.


»» Varanasi Pilgrimage Tours

Varanasi lies between the River Ganga and River Assi (a tributary of Ganga). Varanasi is also known as Kashi. Varanasi is one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimages of Hindus. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas is installed here. For instant salvation people desire to die here only. Varanasi has a rich tradition of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving.

Visit the Ghats at Varanasi and witness a beautiful dawn. Pilgrims pray to sun God while standing waist deep in water.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Aurangzeb for his fanatic attitude towards Hindus demolished the temple. Rani Ahalyabai of Indore rebuilt it in the 18th century. The present temple is open only for Hindus.

Durga Temple also called the Monkey Temple as there are many monkeys roaming in the vicinity of the temple. It was built in 18th century.

Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. Here Tulsidas wrote Ramcharit Manas, his famous work on the life of Lord Rama.


»» Shirdi Pilgrimage Tours

The Shirdi Saibaba Temple, located at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India attracts millions of devotees of all religions, castes and creed who come to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.

Shirdi is a small village in Kopargam taluk, in Ahmadnagar District of the Maharashtra State. When Baba was physically present at the age of 20 in Shirdi, it was a small village of 80 thatched houses with mud walls. Today it is a big town with palatial modern buildings and shops.

Thursday is the day Saibaba is specially worshipped. On this day devotees from all over India visit Shirdi for Darshan of Saibaba. The Temple opens for devotees at 5.15 a.m. (0515 hrs) with Kakad Aarti and remains open till the end of Shejarti.

For devotees across the globe, there are arrangements to get Pujas conducted on their behalf and the prasad sent to them. Shirdi is well connected by road. There are also a few religious places of tourist interest in and around Shirdi.

Shirdi Saibaba Temple is managed by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan since 1922. The trust ensures that a strict code of conduct is maintained in the temple premises.


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