Visiting the numerous pilgrimage sites of India is an extremely spiritual experience. You can actually avail a holistic retreat by paying a visit to this land of various religious beliefs. India is home to people and pilgrimage sites of various religious faiths including Hinduism, Sikkism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity, Parsis and Judaism. A number of religious of the world have found their emerging roots in India. You can realize this by exploring its temples, churches and other places of religious importance. You can opt for a tour to any of the well-known sites such as the holy Sikh city of Amritsar for world-renowned Golden Temple; Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama’s home-in-exile; Rishikesh, the World’s Yoga capital and Varanasi, located on the banks of the holy Ganges, or taking a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga at Har-ki-Paudi in Haridwar.
In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim. India is the most popular in pilgrimage tourism because it is the land of every religion which co-exists in harmony. Hinduism is the majority in India. Hindu pilgrimage sites can be divided into dhams, kumbhs, jyotirlingas, devi sites etc. Every category has got its own significance. It is believed that visiting char dhams help you to attain salvation. There are Four Dhams and Twelve Jyotirlings along with 51 Shakti Peeths in India.
In India we find the oldest pilgrimage tradition in the whole world. The practice of pilgrimage in India is so deeply embedded in the cultural psyche and the number of pilgrimage sites is so large that the entire subcontinent may actually be regarded as one grand and continuous sacred place. The earliest sources of information on the matter of sacred space come from the Rig Veda and the Atharva Veda.
Following the Vedic period the practice of pilgrimage seems to have become quite common, as is evident from sections of the great epic, the Mahabharata (350 BC), which mentions more than 300 sacred sites spanning the sub-continent. By the time of the Puranas, the number of sacred sites had grown considerably, reflecting both the ongoing assimilation of aboriginal sacred places and the increased importance of pilgrimage as a customary religious practice.
Hindus call the sacred places tirthas and the action of going on a pilgrimage is called tirtha-yatra. The word tirtha means river ford, steps to a river, or place of pilgrimage. In Vedic times the word may have concerned only those sacred places associated with water, but by the time of the Mahabharata, tirtha had come to denote any holy place, be it a lake, mountain, forest, or cave. Tirthas are more than physical locations, however. Pious Hindus believe them to be spiritual fords, the meeting place of heaven and earth, the locations where one crosses the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth to reach the shore of liberation.
Admire the stunning structural design and take glimpse of art collections, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is a superb trip of great moral importance. Our packages include various Buddhist sites like Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, Sravasti and Lucknow. The journey offers you the opportunity of knowing the life story of Lord Buddha also known as Siddhartha Gautama. All these Buddhist sites are matchless in their own way.
South India Temple Tour
Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Thanjavur | Trichy | Madurai | Kanyakumari | Trivandrum 11 Nights & 12 Days
Feel delighted exploring the magnificent temples of South India popular for their elegant architecture and design. The pilgrimage tour creates a perfect ambience to help you connect with the God. The 12 days and 11 nights tour package takes you various South India temples like Lord Venkateswara, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Arunachala Temple, Meenakshi Temple and many more, which are major sources of religious teachings.
We are specialized in tailor made individual and group tours. Send us your query and we will get back to you in 8 working hours. You may also write to us telling us your requirements using our form and we will contact you