Friday, 14 September 2012

Trips to Religious Towns in India

Creed makes people travel. Since time immemorial people have traversed difficult terrain and braved inclement weather to get to their holy cities and things haven't changed much since then. The driving force still remains, journeys have however become more comfortable. India is home to numerous faiths and consequently, is abundant in holy cities that see a massive footfall especially on festive dates.

• For Hindus one of the most important religious travel is the trip to the four abodes strategically situated along the four cardinal points - Badrinath (north), Rameshwaram (south), Puri (east) and Dwarka (west). The Garuda Purana mentions these cities to be among the seven holiest in India. Haridwar/Hardwar is supposed to be the gateway for a pilgrim wanting to undertake a pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath. Apart from these there are other revered cities like Tirupati, Benaras, Ayodhya, Mathura etc that draw a number of devotees from the world over.

• For the followers of Islam there are sacred shrines and mosques all across the country. Srinagar, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Delhi... and the list can go on. Hazrat Bal is the most famous in Jammu & Kashmir and supposedly contains a hair believed to belong to Prophet Muhammad. Sufis from all over the globe flock to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Incidently Ajmer also serves as the base for devotees wishing to visit the Temple of Brahma in Pushkar.

• Our Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Zoroastrian brethren too have their important sacred places and towns which hold immense significance for their faith.

• Given the variety of religions that an ordinary Indian is exposed to, it is heartening to see that many of these religious cities welcome people of other faiths as well. So you would find a non-Muslim visiting the Jama Masjid and Ajmer Sharif, a non-Sikh prostrating at the Golden Temple and a non-Christian praying at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa. India has been a melting-pot for myriad faiths and this cultural mosaic is what makes this country so fascinating. Aadya e-Travel provides you with the best religious destinations in India and avail with the best packages. So hurry and book tickets with us today!
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