India has something on offer for every kind of traveller. The adventure seekers, the beach bummers, the family types and even the religious tourist.
Our country is the birthplace of some of the worlds most important and influential religions. People from far and wide come to India to seek blessings and pay homage at places of strategic religious importance.
Infact Narendra Modi’s National Tourism Policy has put special emphasis on religious tourism in India and ways to promote and boost the same.
Here are some places that you must visit if you are a religious tourist-
They are the four most important places of pilgrimage for Hindus. Every devout Hindu has an aspiration to travel to these four places in order to gain salvation. The four dhaams are – Puri in Orissa, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Dwarka in Gujarat and Badrinath in Kashmir.
The home of Sai Baba of Shirdi, this place welcomes people of all faiths to come and seek Sai Baba’s blessings. Buzzing with tourists from all four corners of the country, it is a major hub.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
A holy destination for the Sikhs, this temple that floats on water and is covered with a sheet of gold, hence the name. It has a copy of the Adi Granth placed in the inner chambers which is read by pilgrims throughout the day.
An important place for Buddhists, people from the our Far East who practice Buddhism extensively flock here in large numbers. The places of significance are the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment and the Mahabodhi Statue which marks the exact spot of enlightenment.
Hazratbal Shrine, Shrinagar
One of the most important shrines for followers of Islam. Situated by the Dal Lake, its significance is that it houses a hair of Prophet Mohammed. The devotees are allowed to view the relic only once a year.
If you decide on seeking divine blessing and travel to any of these destinations, make sure you have sturdy luggage with you.