Pilgrimage Destinations

North East India brings you a melange of varied religions all of which showcase the faith of people dwelling here. Whether you are a Hindu, a Muslim, a Jain or a Buddhist, this region of India will definitely charm your senses and will make you fall in love with the spirituality prevailing here.

Here are the top pilgrimage destinations in North East India:

Bodhgaya, Bihar
BodhGaya is an extremely popular religious site in Gaya district of Bihar. It is known for being the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the very sacred Bodhi Tree.   Buddhists visit here from all over the world as BodhGaya remains the most popular of the four main pilgrimage places related to the life of Gautama Buddha.

Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
Kamakhya Devi Temple is a famous pilgrimage spot in Guwahati, Assam.  The temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya who is worshipped by all locals here. The temple is counted among the most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the world. Resting on the top of Nilachal Hills, Kamakhya Devi Temple edges the beautiful Brahmaputra River.

Konark, Orissa
Konark in Orissa is home to some of the most priceless wonders of architecture. Here stands the very popular Sun Temple which has earned great popularity due to its remarkable architectural style and spiritual significance. Here you can see the finest examples of Oriya architecture. The temple was raised in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva.

Nalanda, Bihar
Nalanda is a beautiful culture and learning site located in Bihar. It is counted among the most renowned religious centres in the country. Nalanda was established in the 5th century. It is said that Gautam Buddha and Lord Mahavir stayed here for many years of their life. The place is visited by numerous travellers due to rich tradition encircling it. Many history seekers come here to explore monasteries and ancient monuments. The temples of Nalanda take you into the history of this place.

Shikharji Temple (Parasnath Hills) Jharkhand
Shikharji Temple in Jharkhand is believed to be one of the most sacred of all Jain Teerths. People visit here from all corners of the world to experience the spirituality and serenity of the place. The temple sits atop Parasnath Mountain which remains the highest among the Parasnath Range. It is said that here twenty out of twenty-four Tirthankaras attained Moksha from the Cycle of Rebirth.

Puri, Orissa
One of the four most prominent sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beautiful beach city known for housing the most well-known pilgrim spot, the Jagannath temple. Puri rests in the eastern part of Orissa and is the sacred seat of Lord Jagannath. Here the very famous Rath Yatra or the Car Festival is hosted every year which is attended by thousands of locals and travellers from all parts of the world.

Rajgir, Bihar
A gorgeous city located in the Nalanda District in Bihar, Rajgir catches the attention of travellers from all over the planet. The place is blanketed with rocky hillocks and is beautifully resting in a valley. Moreover, the tranquil setting of this place will revive your senses and soul. It is the place where Gautam Buddha is believed to have given sermons to his followers.  One can also see Buddhist monks indulging in meditation here at Vultures Peak. Here you can explore various Hindu and Jain temples apart from water ponds having medicinal properties.

Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim
The Rumtek Monastery is known for being one of the biggest and most prominent monasteries in Sikkim. The monastery beautifully paints the presence of Buddhist cultures in Sikkim and how fondly locals follow Buddhist traditions in their everyday lifestyle. It was originally named as Dharma Chakra Centre. It sits atop a hill 23 km from Gangtok and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists.

Sri Govindajee Temple, Manipur
Situated in the capital of the state, Imphal, Shree Govindaji Temple is frequented by streams of travellers all year long. This is the largest Hindu, Vaishnav temple in Imphal. The glowing golden structure of this sacred place draws many tourists apart from the regular local devotees. The famed temple of Shree Govindaji remains one of the major attractions of Manipur. This is a Hindu temple dedicated to deities of Hindu gods, Radha and Krishna Govinda.

Tarakeshwar, West Bengal
Kolkata is a breathtaking city where travellers visit from all over the world to partake in religious excursions. This ancient city remains drenched into spirituality of one or the other religious place. One such place is the very popular Taraknath Temple of Tarakeshwar. The temple is located in Hooghly District of West Bengal and is counted among the oldest spiritual places in the city. It dates back to the 18th century and is visited by thousands of devotees from all parts of the country.

Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang Monastery, in Tawang city of Tawang district, is the largest monastery in India and second largest on the planet. The monastery has a beautiful location in the valley of the Tawang River at an altitude of over 3000 m. The monastery complex houses a collection of 65 residential buildings where monks reside and carry out various daily activities.  This sacred shrine of Buddhists was built in 1680-81. There are numerous legends associated with Tawang Monastery.

Unakoti Hill Temples, Tripura
Located around 8km from the sub-divisional headquarters of Kailashahar town, Unakoti hill remains a famous pilgrimage destination in India. People visit here to enjoy its beautiful surroundings and amazing sculptures. Unakoti hill houses the largest bas relief sculptures of the country. It can be clearly noticed that the carvings made here are works of extremely skilled artisans.

Dhauli, Orissa
Dhauligiri, a hillside also known with the name of Dhauli, rests on the banks of River Daya banks. It is located 8 km from the south of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa. Here you can explore impressive Edicts of Ashoka engraved on rock formations in Dhauli. It is said that Dhauli hill was furious battlefield of the Kalinga War. Thus, the place has a rich historical value. One can also explore the very famous Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda here.


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