India has long been a land of pilgrimage. Historically, India is known as a spiritual nation. For centuries, mentors and gurus in India have been informing knowledge of spirituality to people across the world. This is the land which beliefs in looking into within to understand the ultimate truth. For ages, foreigners have been visiting this spiritual land to find their peace of mind.
Haridwar is most popular hindu pilgrim place and destrict of Uttarakhand state in india. pilgrims reach here in drove to bathe in the fast flowing Ganga. Haridwar is a place where The River Ganga enters in plain areas of north india after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh.
Green forest and crystal clear water of Ganga river and background mountains creats a charming beauty of the holy city. Evening is the beautiful time to look ghats, they decorated with diyas and flowers of Marigolds. Haridwar is just 30 km from Rishikesh, 90 km from mussoorie and 220 kms from Delhi. Haridwar is the gatwey of the god and starting point of Chardham yatra, they consists Yamunotri, Gangotri, kedarnath and Badrinath. Haridwar is popular turists and hindu pilgrimage destination.
Famous attraction in Haridwar are- Gangadwara ( Har ki pauri) Ganga Arti that takes place every evening at Har Ki pauri , Kushwart (Ghat), Mansa Devi temple, and Neel parvat ( Chandi Devi). The Raja ji National park is just 10 km from Haridwar and an ideal destination for wildlife and adventure lovers. Haridwar is also known for its great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedie.
Varanasi remains at the heart of Hindu culture and the best places to see Varanasi in action are its ghats. Places where steps are leading to the Ganges and that are used for almost anything. Varanasi has hundreds of them, each with their own stories and legends
Bihar is one of the most exciting and alluring destinations to visit in India. Located to the north of the country, it is rich in culture and ancient sites. From its cities to the small towns and villages, there are many places to visit in Bihar. It is famous for its colourful festivals and deep-rooted customs and values.The state has a long and rich history. It was known as the kingdom of Magadha, home to many famous dynasties, such as the Mauryans and the Guptas. Pataliputra (modern-day Patna),
4. The Amritsar Golden Temple
Golden Temple attracts devotees from across the globe. The dome of the temple is made of pure gold, that is why it is called the Golden Temple. The temple structure stands on 67 sq feet of marble and is located in the middle of a Sarovar. The temple was built by the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ram Das. The temple enshrines the holy scripture of the Sikha, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. There is an old Jubi Tree located in the north-west corner of the temple complex, which is believed to have special powers. This tree was planted around 450 years ago by the first priest of the Golden Temple.
Shirdi, the home of India’s greatest spiritual saint – Sai Baba, is one of the most-visited pilgrimage centres in the country. Once a small, non-descript village, Shirdi shot to fame when a young ascetic appeared here and started preaching the values of shraddha (devotion) and saburi (patience) to people. The town today is literally woven around his life and all the places to visit in Shirdi are closely associated with Sai Baba.
6. Tirupati Balaji
The holy town of Tirupati is a call to tourists in every corner of the world. From here, they reach to the hill town of Tirumala 20 Km away that houses world famous Lord Venkateshwara Temple. Also known as temple of Tirupati Balaji, it is positioned on Venkata Hill, one of the Saptagiri (seven hills) of Tirumala Hills, surrounded by Eastern Ghats. The seven peaks are believed to be seven hoods of Adishesha / Sheshnag, the Serpent God cushioning Lord Vishnu.
7. Vaishno devi
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is said to have been built by the five Pandavas. The length of the cave is about 98 ft. The symbols of a large number of gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon can be seen here. At the mouth of the original tunnel to the holy cave can be seen the symbols of Vakra Tunda Ganesha, Surya Dev and Chandra Dev. When one crawls into the cave through the tunnel, he/she crosses over the Dhadh of Bhairon Nath. The symbol of Lord Hanuman, called Launkra Beer, can also be seen and the pilgrims have to wade through water beyond the Launkra Beer point. Twenty-three feet beyond Launkra Beer, on the upper left-hand side, the roof of the cave flares out and the weight of this overhang appears to be resting on the innumerable heads of Shesh Nag. Immediately below Shesh Nag can be seen the symbols of Shankh, Chakra, Gada and Padam. Higher up, almost touching the ceiling of the cave, are the symbols of the five Pandavas, the Sapt Rishi, the udders of the divine cow, Kamadhenu, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati.
The temple city of Madurai is one of the major tourist place in the state of Tamil Nadu and houses the world-famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple. Madurai city is also called as Athens of the East, home to various historical monuments, famous temples and important industrial and educational hub. Tourist attractions and places to visit in Madurai includes American College, Thiruparankundram Dargah, Vaigai Dam, Daniel Poor Memorial Library and Vandiyur Mariamman Temple and Teppakulam.
9. Jagannath Temple
Jagannath Temple is the most famous temple of Orissa visited by many a devotees throughout the year. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple was built by Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev in the 12th century. According to the legend associated with the temple, the king Indradyumna saw Lord Krishna in his dreams and the Lord told him to construct the temple. The walls of the temple are carved in an amazing fashion. The pictures on the pillars of the temple depicting the life of the Lord leave the onlookers spell bound.
The striking feature of the Jagannath Temple is its annual Rath Yatra. The Rath Yatra is a festival celebrating the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokul to Mathura. In the yatra Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Balbhadra are taken out in procession in three Rathas(chariots). The Rath Yatra is held during the month of June/July.
Ramanathaswamy is a beautiful temple visited by many a devotee throughout the year. It is believed that after defeating the demon king Ravana, Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva at the same place where the Ramanatha Swamy temple stands today. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas is present inside the temple. The Shiva Lingam here was installed by the Lord Rama himself. This temple has a great mythological importance as it is believed that its foundation was laid by the Lord Rama himself. Reflecting the richness of the Dravadian style of architecture, the temple is known for its largest temple corridor in India. The 1219 exquisitely carved pillars of the temple deserve mention.