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A multiple of faiths exist side-by-side in India, shaping the country's heritage, its life, culture, traditions and mythology four of the world's major faiths meet on the Indian soil: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. The first two were born in India. Jainism, Sikhism and countless minor cults and regional sects arose. India has also given refuge to Jews and Zoroastrians. On Swan Tours, you'll find India pilgrimage packages covering almost all the pilgrimage places in India. With around 44+ India pilgrimage tour packages, we can happily say that you will certainly locate the very best offers to explore all the pilgrimage tourist places in India.

India Pilgrimage Tours

India Pilgrimage Tour Packages No. of Days Price*
Panch Jyotirlinga Tour from Pune 02 Days / 01 Night Rs. 8, 500
Ashtavinayak Darshan from Mumbai 02 Nights / 03 Days Rs. 15, 000
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Darshan 06 Days / 05 Nights Rs. 19, 500
Mumbai Shirdi Goa Tour Packages 08 Days / 07 Nights Rs. 22, 500
5 Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra 08 Days / 07 Nights Rs. 35, 999

Tips for Indian Pilgrimage Tour

India is a vibrant nation with combination of different religion of faith. India is the birthplace of numerous religions and those religious beliefs are extensively spread out all round the globe. There is a smell of practice in the soil and also the scent of religions airborne of India. Here is list of India pilgrimage tour tips below:-

  1. Ensure You Are Medically Fit
  2. Modest Dressing is advised
  3. Choose the right kind of Footwear
  4. Carry the Right Peripherals
  5. Be Friendly With your Tour Guide
  6. Respect Local Religious Sentiments
  7. Take precaution for your safety
  8. Keep prior information of the places you are visiting

List of Top Indian Pilgrimage Tourism Destinations

India holds many old as well as modern-day religious areas and there are several cities dotted with numerous spiritual buildings. Here is list of pilgrimage tourist places in India below:-

  1. Varanasi
  2. Haridwar
  3. Rishikesh
  4. Amritsar
  5. Bodhgaya
  6. Tiruvannamalai
  7. Ajmer
  8. Delhi
  9. Mumbai
  10. Jammu and Kashmir
  11. Puri
  12. Gujarat
  13. Kedarnath
  14. Badrinath

Hindu Pilgrimage Tourist Places in India

  1. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu Kashmir
  2. Golden Temple/Swarn Mandir/Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar
  3. Sun Temple (Surya Mandir) in Konark
  4. Jagannath Temple (Jagannath Mandir) in Puri
  5. Somnath Jyotirlinga, Gujarat
  6. Ranakpur Temple
  7. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati
  8. Hemkund Sahib

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours in India

The personality and teachings of the Buddha illuminated the lives and thoughts of millions in Asia it was in India that the light, was first kindled. The Buddha was born in India. And he lived and died there. His teachings, were imparted in the context of his Indian heitage. A thousand years after his death, he was accepted as an incarnation of Visnu, one of the three highest gods in the Hindu pantheon. Buddhism remained an Indian religion for many centuries before it became a pan-Asian one.

  • Lumbini, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tourist Place
  • Bodhgaya, Bihar
  • Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh
  • Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh

Jain Pilgrimage Tours in India

About the same time as the Buddha was preaching his dharma, and in the same region, another religious tradition was being established. Vardhamana, better known by his title Mahavira (Great Hero) was an elder contemporary of the Buddha. The two teachers had much in common: both were Kshatriyas of royal descent but renounced the worldly life; both rejected caste bathers and questioned the sacredness of the Vedas. Mahavira's fame has been eclipsed by the Buddha's; Jainism, the religion preached by Mahavira, counts more than 3 million adherents in India today, whereas the Buddha's faith has almost twice as many.

The theme of self-conquest, common to many religions, is supremely important to the Jains. The very word Jain is derived from jina (conqueror). Carrying the idea of self-conquest to its extreme, Jainism has become the world's most rigorously ascetic faith. God has little or no place in this system. The popular gods of Hinduism are accepted, but they at placed lower than the jinas, who are regarded as the true focus of deviton.

Mahavira, through usually accepted as the balmier of the faith in the contest of history. is said to be the last of a line of 24 jinas. All of them are said to have attained perfect wisdom (Kaivalya), through different penances, to vanquish desire and break their bomb with the material world. The jinas are also known as Tirthankaras (crossing-makers). The crossing refers to the passage from the material to the spiritual realm, from bondage to freedom.

  1. Jain Temple, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Ellora Jain Cave Basadi, Maharashtra
  3. Dallina Vardamana Mahaveera Jain Temple, Sankighatta, Karnataka
  4. Shantinath Jain Tirth, Maharashtra
  5. Shri Mahavirji Jain Temple, Rajasthan
  6. Thirupanamur Jain Temple, Tamil Nadu
  7. Palitana Jain Temples, Gujarat

Islamic Pilgrimage Places

Arab traders came to India as early as the 7th century. After that, Muslim invaders made sporadic raids into India from time to time until, at the end of the 12th century. The first Muslim kingdom was established at Delhi. The Muslims gradually extended their rule eastwards and southwards. The Mughal Empire was founded by Babur in 1506. One of the greatest Mughal emperors was Akbar (1556-1605), whose policy of religious tolerance bought Hindus and Muslims together.

In its first phase, Islamic rule in India was aggressive. But the mystics of Islam, known as Sufis, played an important part in spreading the message of universal love. This message was conveyed most effectively by the classical Persian poets, particularly by Rumi, who expressed the spirit of Sufism through beautiful symbols and images. Persian, not Arabic, was the court language during Muslim rule.

  1. Dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, Ajmer
  2. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai
  3. Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi
  4. Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Haridwar

Sikh Pilgrimage Places in India

This process of bringing Hinduism and Islam close to each other was continued by Kabir and Nanak. Born into a Brahman family, Kabir was brought up by Muslim foster-parents. He was a disciple of Ramananda, a famous Hindu saint, but he was also deeply influenced by Sufism and used Sufi terminology in many of his poems. Inspired by Kabir, Guru Nanak (1469-1539) founded the Sikh religion with the avowed purpose of synthesizing Hinduism and Islam. Islam's spirit of brotherhood helped in loosening the rigidity of the caste system.

Nanak came from the Punjab, a region where Hindus and Muslims had come in closer con tact than in any other pan of India. A Hindu by birth and training, Nanak was attracted from his childhood towards Hindu as well as Muslim saints and poets. He visited the sacred places of Hinduism and also made the pilgrimage to makka. He saw the essential teaching of both religions as being the same. Nanak began to preach his message of unity. He attracted many followers and soon came together, and a new religious tradition was born. The term Sikh is derived from the Sanskrit shishya (disciple).

Angad, who succeeded Nanak as the Guru of the Sikhs, started compiling the master's writings. He also introduced a script that was already being used by some Punjabis. He called it Gurmukhi and made it the official script of the Sikhs. Guru Arjun, the fifth in succession, started building the temple at Amritsar that later became the holiest of Sikh shrines. Arjun also systematised the collection of sacred hymns and poems by Nanak, Kabir and other saints. This collection became the holy scripture of the Sikhs. It is known as Adi Granth (The First Book), or Granth Sahib (Book of the Lord).

  1. Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh
  2. Goindwal Sahib, Punjab
  3. Golden Temple, Amritsar
  4. Hemkund Sahib, Chamoli
  5. Paonta Sahib Himachl Pradesh
  6. Takht Sri Harimandir Ji, Patna Sahib

Christians and Jews in India

According to a strong tradition prevalent in the South, Christianity in India is as old as Saint Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The saint is said to have spent a few years near Chennai and to have died there. Other legends describe Saint Bartholomew as the first Christian missionary in India. Latin historians in the Middle Ages made frequent references to Christian settlements in India. However, Christian missionary activity from the West began with the arrival of Saint Francis Xavier in 1542.

His tomb in Goa is still visited by thousands of Catholics every year.

Saint Francis Xavier was succeeded by Portuguese missionaries. Some of them visited Akbar's court, and even entertained the hope of converting the emperor. Other Catholic countries soon began to send missionaries to India. In the 18th century, Protestant missionaries, especially from Denmark, Holland and Germany, started their work in India.

The British conquest naturally gave the Anglican Church an advantage over others. William Carey and Alexander Duff played key roles in establishing Christianity. Carey founded the Seminary at Serampore. Alexander Duff came to India in 1830 and continued Carey's work. Throughout the 19th century, Catholic as well as Protestant missionaries, besides preaching Christian doctrines, made contributions to education and scholarship.

Indian Christians, who number nearly 25 million, represent almost every denomination: (Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Maronite, Seventh - day Adventist, and others.

India has two ancient indigenous Jewish communities: the Malayalam-speaking Cochinis and the Marathi-speaking Bene Israel (children of Israel). Today, migration to Israel, England, the United States and Canada, has reduced the Indian Jewish population to 5,000.

Pilgrimage Tourist Places in India

Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir - This pilgrimage tour center is located in Trikuta hills that is 13 km away from Katra that take you to the holy cave temple of Mata Vaishnodevi, where you can count on spirituality and the natural landscape.

Sabarimala, Kerala - This pilgrimage travel center is located in Kerala that is considered as the second largest in the world after Hajj Pilgrimage of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which you will love to visit.

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh - Tirupati is known to be one of the best spiritual center which is one of the most-sought places in South India, located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh that you can count as one of the most-sought pilgrimage travel place.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - Varanasi is one of the best pilgrimage sites where you come across many pilgrimage sites like, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, and many spiritual temples.

Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer - Dargah Sharif is one of the holiest places of worship for muslims that is counted as one of the best sought pilgrimage spots in India that has many followers of every faith.

Haridwar, India - This is counted as one of the most spiritual places that is known to be the abode of Lord Vishnu in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Millions of people flock here every year where the evening aarti at Har ki Pauri and you can also take a dip in the mighty holy waters of the Ganga that is known to wash away all the sins.

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad - Allahabad is popular for the sangam or meet of the mighty Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. On the banks of the river, you get to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela that explicitly oozes heritage, history and the culture of the country.

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Pandharpur Tuljapur Package
05 Nights / 06 Days

Places Covered - Pandharpur » jyotirlingas » Mahur » Aurangabad » Nasik

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Nau Devi Darshan Tour Package
06 Nights / 07 Days

Places Covered - Haridwar » Chandigarh » Dharamshala » Katra

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Char Dham Tour
10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered - Haridwar » Barkot » Harsil » Uttarkashi » Joshimath » Rishikesh

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Chardham Yatra
11 Nights / 12 Days

Places Covered - Rishikesh » Barkot » Harsil » Guptkashi » Kedarnath » Joshimath

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Do Dham Yatra
07 Nights / 08 Days

Places Covered - Haridwar » Kedarnath » Joshimath » Rishikesh

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Ashtavinayak Darshan from Mumbai
02 Nights / 03 Days

Places Covered - Pune » Lenyadri

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Shirdi Shani Shingnapur Package
02 Nights / 03 Days

Places Covered - Lonavala » Nasik