India is a spiritual country where people gives utmost importance to humanity, divinity, purity, forgiveness and karma. It attracts many tourists by its pious culture and various religions. There are numerous religious and ancient spots in India. Pilgrim places in India are deep-rooted with rituals, spirituality and religious customs.
India covers different religions like Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism and contains more than 70 pilgrim destinations. Some even think that life is incomplete without having at least visited some of the following religious places.
Here is the list of top 5 India’s famous pilgrimage destinations:
Rameshwaram is a well-known place where people wash off their sins. It is closely linked with the mythologies of India. Other elements like Palk Strait, rail route over sea and Adam’s bridge is famous here. Rameshwaram temple is considered as the iconic pilgrimage destination in this town.
In addition to this temple other temples like Gandhamathana parvatham, Kothandaramaswamy temple is the places of spirituality. It is well known that 4 shiva temples are located in four corners of India and southernmost side Ramanathswamy temple is located.
Varanasi is also known as Benaras is the Hinduism capital of India. There is a total of 88 ghats which leads to the famous river Ganga. This city contains many modern and ancient temples like Tulsi Manas temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Dhanvantri Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple and many more.
The river Ghat and all the ghats are well-known spots for rituals and most famous Ganga Aarti. It is to be believed that this city contains 23,000 temples in the past. There are almost 15 ancient mosques which are unique. These mosques are built during the regions of Alamgir, Abdul Razzaq, Hazrat Musad Dargah and Bibi Razia. Take the 9 Days – Delhi Agra Jaipur with Varanasi tour and experience the rich culture of India.
Kanchipuram is famous for numerous Vishnu and Shiva temples. This is a historical town which is famous for many temples and silk articles. It contains many stone temples like Kumarakottam temple, Varadarajan Perumal temple, kailasanathar temple and Vaikuntha Perumal temple. Ekambareswara temple which contains India’s tallest temple tower is located in this city.
Kanchipuram is famous for both Jainism and Buddhism temples. This city is famous for iconic Jainism spots like Chandraprabha temple and Trilokyanatha temple. This city contains several mutts where the tourists can stay and enjoy the culture here. There are 2 famous mosques in this city which are built in the period of the 17th and 20th century.
Rishikesh is the famous pilgrim destination visited by sages and priests for learning and meditation. This is popularly called as the Yoga Capital of India. Tera Manzil Temple, Nilkanth Mahadev temple, Bharat temple, Kunjapuri temple, Geeta Bhawan temple and parmarth Niketan temple are famous here.
There is a popular spot where the 3 mountain streams join called Triveni Ghat. This spot is popularly known for many activities and rituals. A city named ‘Haridwar’, which is located close to Rishikesh is an important religious and Hindu pilgrimage spot.
Dwaraka is the home of Krishna, located in Gujarat. This place contains 12 Jyotirlingas which is famous among the tourists. Dwaraka means ‘door to salvation’. Every year thousands of Krishna devotees used to visit this place. This town is famous for its culture, marvellous architecture and grandeur temples. This place is famous for Jagat Mandir which is also called a Dwarkadheesh temple.
It is believed that the history of Dwaraka dates back to the period of Mahabharata. Inside the temple, there is an idol of Lord Krishna which is black and is magnificent. Before coming into the temple, devotees take bath in the Gomti River and enter the temple through Swarg Dwar.
If you are planning to explore these pilgrimage destinations of India, you can also take the Palace on Wheels train that can help you to explore all the destinations.