Pilgrimage - Northern India

Northern India is a beautiful amalgamation of various communities and religion; each community with its different spiritual thoughts. Boasting of several spiritually significant places, sometimes it’s hard to choose which ones to visit. North India also has some pilgrimage sites that hold extreme importance along with beauty. Below are some of the prominent pilgrimage destinations of Northern India.

Allahabad - One of the four sites of the mass Hindu pilgrimage, Allahabad holds an important position in Hindu sculptures for it is situated at Triveni Sangam. Allahabad holds the reputation of staying a step ahead of all other cities, whether it is Indian history or modern politics. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that the god of creation, Brahma, landed on earth in Allahabad. The city was originally named as Prayag or the place of offerings, and is revered as one of the most important pilgrim spots for the Hindus.

Amarnath - One of the significant religious hubs among Hindus, Amarnath is beautifully placed around 145 km away from Srinagar. Amarnath is among the most visited sacred sites in India that entices people of all religions. Situated at an elevation of 4175 meter above the sea level, the ambience here remains pleasant and one can actually feel the spirituality in the air. Offering striking views of nature, Amarnath makes for a perfect place to meditate and attain Nirvana.

Ayodhya - An important pilgrim place for Hindus in India, Ayodhya is one of the seven holiest cities of India. The prominence of Ayodhya is due to the fact that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama, who is an important deity in the Hindu pantheon. Attracting pilgrim from all over the country, Ayodhya boasts of a range of tourist attractions that are scattered all over the place. Pilgrim visiting the land during festivals and important religious dates consider a holy dip in the sacred Saryu River auspicious.

Char Dham - North India has been a major attraction among the travellers from all around the country, majorly for its religious tourism. One of the famous religious tourism (yatra) is the Charm Dham yatra - the holy pilgrimage tour to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The meaning of Chardham to some is path to salvation. These four pilgrimage centres attract number of pilgrims each year, thus becoming the most important hubs of religious travel in the entire Northern India.

Fatehpur Sikri - The World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by Emperor Akbar as part of his plans to build a grand capital for his empire. Situated 39Km away from Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri served as the Mughal Capital from 1571 to 1585. Built entirely with red Sikri sandstone, the city’s architecture is a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles. The sandstone throughout the city has exquisite ornamental carvings and interlaced decorative designs.

Hemkund Sahib - Shri Hemkund Sahib is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Sikhs. Set amidst tall snow-capped mountains and residing beside a lake of pristine blue water, Hemkund Sahib is a place of almost unbelievable beauty and peace. The picturesque natural settings make this hill region an amazing place for rejuvenating vacations. The place houses one of the prominent Sikh Gurudwaras placed in the heart of the region. A Hindu shrine dedicated to mythological hero Lakshmana is also a popular site to visit.

Manikaran - A well known pilgrim destination for both Sikhs and Hindus, Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh attracts tourists from all over the country. Located at an altitude of 1737 m, Manikaran refers to a jewel. Popular tourist attractions in Manikaran are Sri Gurunank Dev Ji Gurudwara, its sacred hot springs where pilgrims take holy dip to get rid of pains and pangs, Lord Ramchandra Templa, Temple of Lord Shiva and Kulant Pith. Not just the pilgrim centres, but the scenic beauty of the place is also a huge puller among tourists.

Pushkar - One of the most ancient cities of India, and an important centre of pilgrimage for Hindus, Pushkar has a magnetic appeal to it. Located in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district in midst of Aravali range, Pushkar with its magnificent temples and number of bathing ghats takes you closer to the divine power. The place is among the five pilgrim sites or dhams for people following Hinduism. Resounding with chanting prayers and religious songs, Pushkar is a happy tourist attraction with a dash of commercialism.

Ranakpur - Ranakpur is located in the state of Rajasthan and is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. A quaint town in Rajasthan, Ranakpur is extremely popular among tourists. Although Ranakpur has been waived off from other tourist destinations in Rajasthan, it still receives several visitors because of its status as a major pilgrim destination in the state. Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali mountain range, Ranakpur is renowned for some amazingly carved Jain temples constructed in amber stone around the year 1439 AD.

Vaishno Devi - One of the most sacred pilgrimage centres in India, Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir is a temple dedicated to Goddess Vaishno. An estimated 8 million pilgrims visit the temple every year making it the second most visited religious place in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. Devotees climb an altitude of 5300 feet to reach this divine destination which is believed to be blessed with the powers of almighty. The temple, which is visited by over 8 million yatris every year, is maintained by the Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. This is due to the unflinching faith of the devotees who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad.


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