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Top 10 spiritual journeys in India





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Located in south western Tibet.

Considered a holy journey by- Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.

Takes over 14 days to complete, starts from Kathmandu.

Mount Kailash is known to be the abode of Lord Shiva according to the Hindus.

Travel by bus, jeeps or helicopter.

It is a difficult yatra since it involves a challenging trek to North of Kailash.


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Situated in Andhra Pradesh.

135 km drive from Chennai, can also be reached by air and rail.

Vedas and Puranas mention that Tirupati Balaji grants all boons & worshipping him ensures mukti or salvation.

Numerous sevas and utsavams are conducted throughout the year at the temple.

People from all over the world throng the temple, donate their hair, gold and money.

The idol of Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji) invokes a sense of purity and spirituality.


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One of the seven holy places in India for the Hindus.

Located in Uttarakhand on the banks of River Ganga.

Nearest airport- Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (35 km).

Visiting Haridwar is known to help attain moksha and get rid of all sins.

Holy places in Haridwar- Har ki Pauri (main attraction), Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Kankhal, Piran Kaliyar etc.


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The holiest place for the Hindus in India.

Located in Uttar Pradesh, 320 km from Lucknow, the state capital.

Considered holy by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists as it grants moksha (salvation) to the those who visit it in their lifetime.

Holy places- Asi ghat, Dashashwamedha Ghat, Adi Keshav Ghat, Panchaganga and Manikarnika Ghat.


5. Buddhist circuit tour
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Covers Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Kathamandu and Lumbini.

8 day long tour starts from Varanasi.

Travel by train or bus.

Other famous destinations- Udaigiri, Khandagiri, Sanchi can be visited.

Buddhist people around the world take this tour to visit the places to experience the presence and teachings of Lord Buddha in these places.

 

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One of the holiest religious places for the Sikhs.

Located in Punjab, easily reachable by rail and air, 217 km from Chandigarh.

Sikhs visit the holy Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara (The Golden Temple) to seek blessings at this holy place.

The Golden Temple houses the holy book of the Sikh Religion ‘Guru Granth Sahib’.


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4 holy places for Hindus- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath located in Uttarakhand.

Yatra starts mostly from Haridwar (227 km) to Yamunotri and so on.

All your sins are washed away and you can attain salvation after death.


8. Amarnath Yatra
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Hindu devotees travel on foot to the Amarnath Cave either from Srinagar or Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir.

A stalagmitic pinda of Lord Shiva appears in the Amarnath cave in between July and August.

The yatra is extremely difficult but fulfilling when the yatris see the lingam and experience the presence of Lord Shiva in each and everything.


9. Vaishno Devi Yatra
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Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Katra is the nearest city (45 km).

Pilgrims seek the blessings of Mata Rani, manifestation of Goddess Durga.

The climb up the Trikuta Mountains can be made by palanquins or riding ponies.

Can be reached by rail, air.


10. Kumbhamela
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Held in a three year rotation interval at Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik, Ujjain.

Largest peaceful gathering in the world.

People take a dip in the holy rivers Ganga at Haridwar, confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati at Allahabad, Godavari at Nashik and Shipra at Ujjain.

A dip in these holy rivers washes away all sins, grants salvation.



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