Religion plays an important role in travel. It is due to the secularism in India that has lead to the huge significance of religious tourism. Our country has been ruled by a number of dynasties and each brought a flavor of their own through their architectural marvels. These phenomenal structures also included a number of places of worship made for the rulers as well as the masses. Goibibo has come with a list of some enthralling religious places in India.
1) Vaishno Devi, Katra
Vaishno Devi is perhaps the most crowded Hindu religious destinations. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, it is said that pilgrims can only reach there if they get a call from Mata Rani or the Goddess. Located in Katra, the trek to reach the shrine is an exciting one. Devotees reach there with great faith and the maximum crowd is witnessed between May and July. On an average, close to 18,000 pilgrims visit the temple per day. That is the amount of faith people have in Vaishno Devi.
Travellers can take a bus or train to Katra, a small town in Jammu so as to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Book a hotel in advance so that there is no inconvenience in accommodation.
2) Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer
An important destination for not just the Muslims but people from all religion, Dargah Sharif (also referred to as Ajmer Sharif) is the shrine of Moinuddin Chishti, the popular Sufi saint who is said to have spread Sufism in India. Such is the charisma of the place that even celebs from all around come here to seek blessings. It is a common culture in Bollywood to pay a visit here before the release of a movie.
The dargah is situated approximately 1 km from the railway station and 2.5 km from the bus stand. Hotels near Ajmer Sharif are easily available in different categories.
3) Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the tomb and the remains of St. Francis Xavier whose contribution towards spreading Christianity has been legendary in the eastern part of the globe. Basilica of Bom Jesus is an important place from religious point of view for the Catholics. However, that definitely doesn’t stop people across the world to witness the architectural beauty of this church. Its unique design that takes one to the times of the Renaissance and its existence as India’s first basilica makes it a big attraction in not just Goa but the whole country.
4) Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Lord Himself has stood up to resolve the affairs of the Saints; he has come to complete their tasks
Harminder Sahib, more commonly known as The Golden Temple, is known for its impeccable architecture that attracts tourists from all across the globe. Designed by Guru Arjan – the fifth Sikh Guru, Golden Temple has a structure inspired out of Hindu and Islamic style. It is a part of a huge complex that also comprises the Sikh Museum and Monument of Victory of Sikhs on Delhi. The water body that surrounds the temple is said to have healing powers and devotees tend to take a dip in it.
Due to the huge number of tourist arrival, there’s no dearth of hotels in Amritsar near Golden Temple in all categories. Don’t forget to visit the Jallianwala Bagh that holds high historical significance.
5) Sai Temple, Shirdi
Irrespective of caste, creed and religion, Sai Temple situated at Shirdi gathers crowd throughout the year. Years back, Sai Baba gained a lot of recognition among locals for his teachings and the miracles that he brought in the life of people. Referred to as a fakir during those times, Sai was a resident of Shirdi and the place has been a major pilgrimage since then. His believers come from all religions and different parts of the world. Estimated count of devotees per day goes as much as 20,000 per day. Go there to attain balance and peace of mind.
Shirdi has numerous attractions including temples dedicated to the lord and also a Sai Museum known as Dixit Wada Museum. It is easy to find hotels in Shirdi at affordable prices.
6) Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu
Take a glimpse into the origin of Jainism and the principles followed by the religion at The Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu. A group of five magnificent temples, these were constructed way back in the 11th century. The temples boast of the Mewar architecture that speaks for itself. Constructed out of white marble, the Dilwara temples are an important landmark for the Jains. People with an inclination towards history, art, photography and architecture are surely going to love this place.