TOP 5 SPIRITUAL INDIA DESTINATIONS

Amritsar
Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth 
guru of Sikhs.
It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name,
meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around
the Golden Temple. The exquisite Golden Temple attracts 
pilgrims from all over the world.
It looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully
lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated.
English: Panorama of the Golden Temple at Amri...

English: Panorama of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple is cultur...

Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple is culturally the most significant place of worship for the Sikhs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Description: "Entrance to the Go...

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TOP 5 SPIRITUAL INDIA DESTINS

4.- Rishikesh

Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to 
come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects
of Hinduism. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River,
surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in 
Uttarakhand. Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and 
peace with its numerous ashrams and yoga institutes. It's 
particularly popular with spiritual seeking foreigners, while 
Haridwar holds more significance for Hindu pilgrims.

English: Ganges River at Rishikesh.

English: Ganges River at Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula, on the banks of Ganga, Rishike...

Lakshman Jhula, on the banks of Ganga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh alleyway

Rishikesh alleyway (Photo credit: ruffin_ready)

TOP 5 SPIRITUAL INDIA DESTINS

3.- Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in 
the world. Located in the state of Bihar, it’s here that
Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under
a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling
Mahabodhi Temple complex. The town is also home to dozens of
Buddhist monasteries. Those who are interested will find plenty
of meditation and Buddhism courses and retreats on offer.
English: Buddhist monks meditating under the A...

English: Buddhist monks meditating under the Anandabodhi tree in Jetavana Monastery, Sravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India. This is one of the 3 most holy Bodhitrees in Buddhism. The original tree was a sapling of the Mahabodhi tree in Bodhgaya.

Bodhgaya

Maha Bodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, India. ไทย: วัดมห...

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2.- Varanasi

Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is another of the
 seven sacred Hindu cities with a very old history. Known 
as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, 
it’s believed that anyone who dies here will be liberated from 
the cycle of reincarnation.  The fascinating thing about this 
mystical city is that its rituals are revealed openly to along 
the many riverside ghats. It's an intense city that attracts 
Hindu pilgrims and foreigners alike.
Run-down Street (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Run-down Street (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India) (Photo credit: Ashley Coates)

Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. 

 

TOP 5 SPIRITUAL INDIA DESTINS

1.- Haridwar 

Ancient Haridwar (the "Gateway to God") is one of the seven holiest
places in India, and one of the oldest living cities. Located at the
foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it's particularly popular
with Hindu pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters of the
fast flowing Ganges River and wash away their sins. Unlike Varanasi, 
the water is clean and fresh in Haridwar. The evening Ganga Aarti 
holds special appeal.
Haridwar, a site for Hindu pilgrimage, 1866 ph...

Haridwar, a site for Hindu pilgrimage, 1866 photograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Ganga River in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, India. H...

Ganga River in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, India. Hornjoserbsce: Rěka Ganges w Haridwarju, Utarančal, Indiska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH INDIA

 South India is home to ancient civilisations, bustling modern cities,
mountains, forests, exotic wildlife, temples, beaches and backwaters. 
This tour takes in a variety of destinations while still giving you 
the chance to see local life up close and engage with the wonderfully
warm and friendly people who call this land home. 

Day 1 On arrival in Chennai you’ll be met and introduced to your 
driver. Depart immediately and drive 90 minutes south to the beachside
town of Mahabalipuram. 
Overnight in Mahabalipuram. 

Day 2 Your first full day in India will be relatively low-key with a 
half-day sightseeing tour of the ancient monuments of Mahabalipuram in
the afternoon, after a morning spent acclimatizing and perhaps 
strolling on the beach. 
Overnight in Mahabalipuram. 

Day 3 Day excursion to the temple town of Kanchipuram, one of the most
sacred pilgrimage sites in southern India. On the way back to 
Mahabalipuram you will visit the Cultural Village of Dakshinachitra and 
the Crocodile Bank - a unique centre for the study of these amazing 
reptiles.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 4 Departing Mahabalipuram the next stop is at Trichy, another of 
Tamil Nadu’s important Temple Cities and home to Srirangam and Rock 
Fort Temples.
The climb to the top of Rock Fort is rewarded with views over the city 
and Srirangam temple, one of the largest in Asia. Rock Fort Bazaar is 
a very interesting market, seething with people and a great place to 
buy almost anything. 
Overnight in Trichy.

Day 5 Leave Trichy after breakfast and drive 3 hours to Madurai. 
Later in the day visit Meenakshi Temple and the Nayak Palace, 
with free time in the late afternoon to explore the markets of 
Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu and one of its 
most fascinating. 
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 6 Early morning visit to the famous Madurai flower markets, 
and after breakfast drive 4 hours to Periyar, high in the hills
of the Western Ghats. 
Options for the afternoon include guided trekking in the forests 
of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a visit to a spice 
plantation, bamboo rafting or a chance to ride, feed and bathe 
an elephant. 
Overnight in Periyar.

Day 7 Leaving the hills, drive down to Kumarakom on the shores 
of Vembanad Lake and board your private houseboat. This is one 
of the quintessential experiences of South India - cruising the 
unique backwaters of Kerala.
Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 8 Disembark the houseboat and drive 2 hours to Cochin. 
Afternoon sightseeing around historic Fort Cochin, a major trading 
port for centuries and home to a multitude of cultural influences. 
Overnight in Fort Cochin.

Day 9 Full day drive to Wayanad- a remote district in the north of 
Kerala.
Overnight in Wayanad.

Day 10 A day in the Wayanad district where you can go trekking, 
visit a wildlife sanctuary by jeep or see some of the local 
attractions which include India’s oldest Neolithic rock carvings 
and ancient Jain temples in the forests.
Overnight in Wayanad.
 
Day 11 Morning drive down to Mysore and in the afternoon visit the 
famous flower market and sumptuous Mysore palace. If you happen to 
be in Mysore on a Sunday you Can see the amazing sight of the 
nearly 100,000 lights of the palace being turned on.
Overnight in Mysore.

Day 12 Depart Mysore and drive to Hassan, en route visiting the giant 
Jain statue at Sravanabelgola. Later in the day you will be able to see 
two of the most intricate temples in south India- the Hoysala Dynasty 
structures at Belur and Halebid.
Overnight in Hassan.

Day 13 Full day drive to Hospet; settle in to your accommodation 
ahead of the next two days at Hampi which is 12km/20 minutes from 
Hospet.

Day 14 and 15 2 full days are needed to do justice to this remarkable 
site- spend one day with a guide to get some background and 
understanding of the history of Hampi, and on the second day explore 
at your own pace. 
Overnight in Hospet

Day 16 A full day excursion to the temples and caves at Aihole, 
Pattadakal and Badami. 
Overnight Badami.

Day 17 Drive west to the coast and the world famous beaches of Goa, 
India’s smallest state.
Overnight in Goa

Day 18 and 19 Wind down with 2 days relaxing on the beach. If you are 
interested in the history of Goa, a full day tour is an option. 
Overnight in Goa.

Day 20 Morning flight to Mumbai, where you will be met on arrival and 
transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of the many 
highlights of Mumbai including the Gateway of India, the Dhobi Ghats 
(probably the world’s largest open-air laundry), the Hanging Gardens 
and historic colonial buildings of south Mumbai. 
Overnight in Mumbai.

Day 21 Morning visit to the rock-cut temples at Elephanta Caves, on 
Elephanta Island in the middle of Mumbai Harbour. Later in the day 
transfer to Mumbai airport for your flight home. 

Imagen Madurai- Flowers Market
ImagenGoa Beaches

Imagen Vembanad lake
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