Religion is one of the most significant entities of life in India; religion has been prevalent in the country since time immemorial. Diverse religions live in harmony and on their existence numerous cultures flourishes. People of various faiths believe in paying highest penance to attain salvation and thus these pilgrimage tours came into existence. Devotees set on long journeys under highly challenging atmosphere to perform penance and ultimately attain salvation. India pilgrimage tours takes one to the holiest shrines of the almighty thereby getting one closer to that divine ambiance. For those desiring to set on a quest of spirituality or those wanting to see an off-beat route to the country these pilgrimage tours in India proves to be the best bet.
Char Dham- Comprising of four pilgrimage sites namely, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, Char Dham Yatra is considered one of the most pious pilgrimages of Hindus. Nestled in the soaring high Himalayas, a journey to these holy shrines is both challenging and soul stirring and thus is widely opted by devotees as well as tourists opting for India pilgrimage tour packages. The picturesque panorama surroundings and people chanting names of their deity together all creates an atmosphere of divinity that has the quality of cleansing all the malice of the soul and provides great peace.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra- The Himalayan region mostly secluded and even inaccessible at many regions has retained its purity and has well preserved its pilgrimage sites and is thus rightly called Land of Gods. As per Hindu faith, destroyer of evil and sorrow, Lord Shiva once resided at a cave of Mount Kailash where he narrated the entire story of creation of the universe to his wife Goddess Parvati. A journey to Kailash Mansarovar also regarded pious by other faiths is thus considered one that demolishes evil and is capable of blessing the pilgrim with ultimate ecstasy.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites- Three of the sites in India related to the life of Lord Buddha are major Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Devotees of Buddhist faiths participate in the long journey of great moral value which takes them to these pilgrimage sites. Buddhist pilgrimage tours in India takes the devotees to the sites of Bodhgaya in Bihar which is the site where Buddha attained enlightenment, Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh where he preached his first sermon and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh where Lord Buddha had attained Mahaparinirvana.
Rameswaram Temple in Tamil Nadu- The journey to Rameshwaram temple is an important pilgrimage for Hindus. One of the Jyotirlingas (shrine of Lord Shiva where the deity is believed to reside) Rameswaram temple is a beautiful example of rich South Indian architecture. As the legend goes, Lord Rama along with his wife and brother had first installed a Shivlinga and worshiped it here at Rameswaram.
These India pilgrimage tours through challenging terrain and uncertain climate are adventurous for tourists and are enlightening for those with a little spiritual bend of mind. The devotees performing tiring penance in the name of their lord and the ultimate darshan (beholding of the deity) in a dazzling sanctum sanctorum all are celestial experiences that leaves everlasting impressions of ecstasy and holiness in the mind.