Pilgrimage over the ages has been an important part of every religion. It expresses the commitment and desire of a person to be transformed into the vibes of a holy place. It is an act of our belief in God and a sense of our dependence on the powers of the almighty. India is known as the land of dharma. It is a country of diverse religions reflected by the profusion of temples present here. India is a country where spirituality is not restricted to the temples, mosques and churches, in fact it's the life blood of the nation.
As a conflux of different religions, India has attracted pilgrims from all over the world. Though Hinduism is the oldest religion in India, it has been the birthplace of various religions like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Sufism, and has always welcomed other religions brought in by different cultures into the country. India is home to many shrines of the world's major religions. There is probably more diversity of religions and sects in India then anywhere else on the planet. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism all have places of worship and holy sites in India.
Some of the holiest places of north India are the snow capped mountains of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Amarnath. In the central part lie Varanasi, Prayag, where the Kumbh Mela is held and Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. In the east lies Puri, famous for the Jagganath temple. In the south are Rameswaram and Kanyakumari and Dwarka lies in the west. Also places like Vaishnodevi, Tirupati and Shirdi are a must visit for every tourist in India.
The Sikh community is known for its sense of brotherhood and fellowship, a fact that is reflected in its pilgrimage sites. The Golden temple, situated in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the sikhs in India. Another sacred site is the Anandpur Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa panth or the 'pure sect' in the year 1699.
The Jain temples in India are a fine example of the Jain art and culture. The monumental statue of Bahubali at Sravanabelagola in the southern Indian state of Karnataka is one of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites. The Dilwara temple at Mount Abu in Rajasthan is another important site which is a fine example of the Jain architecture.
Christianity in India traces its past back to AD 52 when St. Thomas sailed to the country to spread the message of Christianity. A lot of shrines were built in places associated with him. With the Coming of the christians to India a lot of other Christian worship places were built. Some of the best churches in the world can be found in India in the state of Goa, a fabulous repository of ancient cathedrals and churches.
Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India can be found in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh anh Laddakh. Bodh Gaya is a place where Gautam Buddha attained supreme enlightenment and is a must visit for every person of devotion. The Mahabodhi temple situated here is an architectural marvel. Vaishali is another place of importance for the Buddhists.
Come to India to have a spiritual experience and to understand the depth and diversity of religion. We have on offer a number of customised and well paying tour packages, varying from a few days to a few weeks. We also offer spelised guides and translators to make your trips a success. You are sure to appreciate our friendly services as we take you to some of the most sacred and sanctified places in India.