Five must-do pilgrimages in India

When you undertake a pilgrimage with your family, the profoundness of the experience exponentially increases.

 

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

Undertaking a spiritual journey goes beyond traditional notion of travel. The pilgrim tires to connect with a higher being that (s)he has faith in. It can also be a journey of self-discovery, relaxation, serenity, and even motivation. Most importantly, these trips gain so much more magnitude when taken as a family.

Sripad Vaidya, Co-Founder, COO, Confirmtkt shares a list of places that provide your family with the most rewarding spiritual journey.

Rameswaram

Located at the southernmost tip of India, Rameswaram  has no shortage of praise. From being home to the most spectacular temples, or being the hometown of perhaps one of the greatest presidents and citizens of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the prominence of this place can never be understated. Here you find the Ramanathaswamy temple, which has been standing against all tests of time since the 12th Century. After you gawk at the murals and the statues, you can take a dip in the 23 theerthams. Post this, you can take a thrilling train ride over Pamban Bridge, the second-longest sea bridge (2.35 km long) in India. For the adrenaline aficionados, you have kite-surfing, for the history buff, you have the Dr Kalam Museum, and for the nature lovers, you can watch the pink flamingos in Arichamunai Bird Sanctuary.

Ajmer

This beautiful city was founded in the 7th century. Gaining great prominence during the Mughal Empire, this city, home to the Nareli Jain Temple, is one of the ideal places to take your family. Sightseeing spots including  the Khwaja Garib Nawaz Dargah, Ana Sagar Lake, and Durga Bagh. Besides, the streets are filled with exquisite handcrafts, unique delicacies, and meenakari jewelry.

Tirupati

It is the home of the uber-famous Tirumala Temple, situated at the peak of the Tirumala hills. If you are travelling for peace of mind and serenity is your goal, then travelling to Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple is your best bet. Later, you can enjoy your visit to Kapila Theertham waterfalls, an ancient lord Shiva temple and a unique rock cave. In short, travelling to this place with your family and loved ones is a must.

 

Amritsar

While this city is known for the dazzling Golden Temple, there is a lot more to this magnificent city. You and your family can learn more about the story behind the most significant immigration to ever occur at the Partition Museum. You can also view the lowering of the flag ceremony at Wagah Border Crossing. This ceremony fosters a sense of brotherhood and mutual respect between India and Pakistan.  You should also inspect the wonders housed in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, the Central Sikh Museum, and the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.

 

Varanasi

People say you can wash away your sins in the holy river of the Ganges. Your family can also undergo a transformative experience in the Evening Aarti and take a boat ride at dawn in the Ganges. Then, explore all the temples here or take a leisurely stroll alongside the ghats or even go for a sightseeing tour of Sarnath. There is also the historic Ramnagar Fort, which tends to astound the minds of everyone.

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