Plan Your First Pilgrimage Tour to India

by Richa 

(from: Jun 26, 2012 to: Jun 26, 2013)

There could be thousands of words to describe India and its incredibility but still one can feel that words are too short to explain this amazing country. This is the vastness and vividness of India which is being surfaced by religious values and cultural ethics. True of its own kind, India is known for its cultural heritage and multi-religious beliefs.

All across the world, people come here to explore the diverse religions illuminating at the sanctified pilgrimages spread all over the country. India pilgrimage tour gives the opportunity to explore all these pilgrimage sites of varied religions.

Let us have a look on different famous pilgrimage tour India that attracts many devotees and visitors all across the world:

Amarnath Yatra

Located 145 km from east of Kashmir, Amarnath is the most famous place in India typically known for the icy Shiv Linga that changes its shape with the change in season. The size of the lings also becomes smaller or bigger when the moon waxes and wanes. On full moon day, the size of the linga reaches at 6 ft height. On the full moon day during July and August, which the Hindus call “Shravana”, when the shiva linga attains the maximum height, it is believed that Lord Shiva first appeared on this day.

Amarnath Yatra is the holy journey towards the Amarnath Cave, where this Shiva Linga is placed. It is at an altitude of 13700 ft at the glacial valley and the cave is about 150 ft high and 90 ft long. There are more ice formations that resemble the images of different gods in the cave. The biggest figure is Shiva’s image which is called “Amarnath” and being worshipped by thousand of devotees every year.

Chardham Yatra

As the name suggests, Chardham is the name of the four pious abodes of different gods in the Himalayan ranges at Uttarakhand state. The famous shrines that together form the Chardham Yatra are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. All the four dhams are situated at different districts at the serene and captivating valleys of Himalayas. Where Badrinath is located at the Chamoli district, Kedarnath in Rudraprayag and both the Gangotri and Yamunotri temples are located at Uttarkashi district and are defined as the origin place of the both the rivers respectively. A visit to all these famous shrines will show the path of redemption and what Hindus call, the “Moksha”.

Buddhist tour/ pilgrimage

It is the most renowned and widely spread religion based on the teachings and beliefs of Siddhartha Gautam “Buddha”. The most important places of pilgrimage in Buddism are generally located in the Gangetic planes of Norhtern India and Southern Nepal. The pilgrimage sites are found in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh and other parts of India. Bodh Gaya is the most important pilgrimage centre in India where MahaBodhi temple is situated.

Four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India are:

1. Lumbini- the birth place of Gautma Buddha (now in Nepal).
2. Bodh Gaya- the place of his enlightenment where he attained nirvana
3. Sarnath - where he gave his first teachings
4. Kushinara- where “Tathagat” spent his last days and died

Churches of South India

Christianity has had long and glorious relations with India and you can find many ancient churches all over the country especially in South India. One can surely explore the surprising fusion of European and British architecture in India at its vivid churches with great constructions and designs. The major churches in South India are:

Goa Churches- Goa the place of Portuguese enclave has maximum number of churches to visit and they are -The holy Basilica of Bom Jesus, Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Church and Convent of St. Monica, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Anthony and Chapel of St. Catherine.

Kerala Churches - the Malayatoor Church, Valiya Palli Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church. Tamil Nadu Churches- Christ The King Church, Kandal Cross Shrine, Luz Church, Manappad Church, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, St. Andrew's Church, St. Mary's Church In The Fort, St. Thomas Mount and Velankanni Church.
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