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Embark on a sacred sojourn to the spiritual places in North India

30/10/2018 | | 0 Comment |

Embark on a sacred sojourn to the spiritual places in North India

Traveling to India is so much more than its sights and experiences. Blessed with a plethora of spiritual places in North India, devotes are lured for a holy visit from far and near. The divine aura is so irresistible that people from all over the world are enchanted to feel the connection with the almighty. Singing hymns of the lord, performing rituals and praising uncountable miracles, devotees find themselves into a different world altogether. 

Besides the wish-granting powers, the remarkable architecture of these holy places leave the devotees astonished. Here’s a list of spiritual destinations in north India to consider before setting on for a pilgrimage.

1.  Bodhgaya

Reckoned as one of the important pilgrimages tour to India for the Buddhists all over the world, Bodhgaya offers a blissful retreat. The holy town is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and founded Buddhism. There stands a Mahabodhi Tree which marks the spot where this divine phenomenon occurred. The sprawling Mahabodhi Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of best places to visit in Bodhgaya.

What to do?

  • Explore various monasteries.
  • Embark on the Mahaparinirvan Express.
  • Marvel at the Great Buddha Statue.
  • Pay a visit to Wat Thai Buddhagaya.
  • Unveil mysteries behind the Muchalinda Lake.

Best time to visit: Months between November and February are the best to visit Bodhgaya.

How to reach?

Gaya is the nearest airport and Gaya Junction is the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya.

2.  
Varanasi

Nothing is as much as spectacular as the evening Ganga Aarti in Varanasi. One of the holiest cities in India Hindus and Jains alike, the town attracts innumerable pilgrims throughout the year. A myriad of age-old traditions, cultures, ancient temples are the center of attraction. Interestingly, dying in the sacred town is considered to help in attains salvation. For this reason also, people plan a trip to Varanasi at least once in their lifetime.

What to do?

  • Take a boat ride on River Ganges during sunrise.
  • Temple hopping.
  • Visit Sarnath
  • Pay homage at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

Best time to visit: November to March is the best time to visit Varanasi.

How to reach?

Varanasi is connected to the major cities via Varanasi Airport and Varanasi Railway Station.

3. 
Amritsar

Home to the famous Golden Temple, Amritsar is as pious as the name of the town itself. Translating into the ‘pond of elixir’, the name Amritsar outstands amongst the rest of spiritual places to visit in North India. The tempting langar served at the Harmandir Sahib pacify even the esurient souls. Every inch of the town narrates thousands of sagas of the heroic past and brings in lots of visitors from worldwide.

What to do?

  • Volunteer to serve the mankind at the Golden Temple.
  • Take a dip in the holy pond around the temple.
  • Be a part of an interesting ceremony that takes place at the Wagah Border daily.
  • Explore the Jallianwala Bagh.
  • Pay homage at the Durgiana Temple.

Best time to visit: A trip to Amritsar can be planned between November and March.

How to reach?

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport lies in close proximity to Amritsar. Whereas, visitors planning to visit by train can deboard at Amritsar Railway Station.

4. 
Haridwar

Named among the 7 holy destinations for Hindus in India, Haridwar is among the places where even the air is permeated with spiritual bliss. Settled on the banks of the holy River Ganga, the ancient town is dotted with a number of temples. The river ghats are the most blessed as pilgrims come to take a bath, get absolved of all sins and attain salvation.

The evening Ganga Aarti held is a spectacular sight, which one must witness to be blessed by the divinity. Even, the holiest gathering of Hindus, the Kumbh Mela is organized in Haridwar, along with 3 other places every 12 years.

What to do?

  • Visit the holy temples
  • Attend the evening Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri
  • Take a dip in the river
  • Ride the ropeway to Chandi Devi Temple

Best time to visit: October to June

5.  
Vaishno Devi Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Shakti, Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest temples in India. The cave shrine located in Jammu, in the three-peaked Trikuta Mountains is in essence spiritual bliss. Almost a 13km trek from Katra through the hills, a 6-8 hours’ trek brings devotees in presence of the holy cave. Also available are options of helicopter packages that save time and hassle.

The revered form of Maa Vaishno Devi is present in the form of three Pindis which are namely Goddesses- Maa Saraswati, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Kali. Each of these pindis symbolize three forms of Mother Goddess- the preserver, the creator and the destructor.

What to do?

  • Trek to the cave temple from Katra
  • Pay a visit to Bhairav temple to complete the pilgrimage
  • Visit the Ardhkuwari cave
  • Opt for a helicopter ride
  • Bathe in the holy pond before taking blessings of the Goddesses

Best time to visit: October to June

6.  
Ajmer Sharif Dargah

The revered Sufi shrine of Moinuddin Chisti, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah is one of the holy spiritual places in North India. People come to take blessing of the saint throughout the year, but the numbers increase on 6th and 7th of the seventh Islamic month, Rajab, on the death anniversary of the saint.

Offer flowers and perfume to be blessed by the saint. Attend the daily Quran reading sessions and the Sama, divine Qawwali to experience spiritual bliss.

What to do?

  • Visit with flowers and perfume
  • Hear the Quran readings
  • Attend the divine Qawwali session, Sufi music that is out of the world

Best time to visit: October to March

7. Chardham

Undoubtedly, Chardham Yatra is one of the holiest pilgrimages in India. The char dhams in Uttarakhand are, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The holy journey lasts from April till October.

Start with Yamunotri, the origin of River Yamuna to get the blessings of the river Goddess, the sister of Yama, Lord of Death. Next, visit Gangotri, the glacial origin of the river Ganga dedicated to the divine Goddess Ganga. Kedarnath, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Lastly, visit Badrinath, the revered shrine of Lord Vishnu. The spiritual journey comes in addition with the picturesque regions of Uttarakhand that can be completed by road, treks, palki and also helicopter.

 



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