India Spiritual tours are the tours comprising of visits to the holy pilgrimage sites of India where tourists can not only get to know more about the rituals and customs of different religions, but they can also partake in the religious activities. By taking spiritual tours of India, you get an opportunity of paying a visit to the sacred ashrams, ancient temples, and holy shrines. You can come across hundreds of spiritual thoughts and inherent beliefs during the spiritual journey to India. Since diversity prevails in every nook and corner of India, religion is no different. From north to south and from east to west, you will observe a significant variation in the beliefs and values of people during a spiritual tour to India.
Hindus and Jains prefer to worship in temples, Sikhs go to gurudwara, Buddhists flock monasteries, churches are thronged by Christians and Muslims pay a visit to mosques to offer prayers. Besides this, several other communities have diversity in their rituals and customs. Moreover, the country is ingested with an aura of spirituality.
India is home to several ancient temples, out of which some are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Sun Temple in Odisha, Great Living Chola Temples in Tamil Nadu, Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bihar and many more. On the other hand, Varanasi is the most visited spiritual city and is also one of the seven holy cities of India. It is very significant in Hinduism owing to its vast history. It is often believed that the one who visits this city, gets liberated from the cycle of incarnation. Equally popular is the Kumbh Mela, which is the largest religious gathering in the world. While these are some major examples, others are also no less significant. Without wasting much time in thinking, embark on a spiritual tour of India and enlighten your soul, body, and mind.
|Best India Spiritual Tour Packages||Day's / Night's||Base price / Person|
|India Religious Tour Package||13 Days / 12 Nights||Price on request|
|Chardham Tour Package||12 Days / 11 Nights||Price on request|
|Madhya Pradesh Pilgrimage Tour Package||07 Days / 06 Nights||Price on request|
|Gujarat Temple Tour Package||05 Days / 04 Nights||Price on request|
|South India Religious Tour||16 Days / 15 Nights||Price on request|
|South India Temple Tour Package||13 Days / 12 Nights||Price on request|
|Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour||15 Days / 14 Nights||Price on request|
|Church tour in India||14 Days / 13 Nights||Price on request|
|Sun temple tour package||12 Days / 11 Nights||Price on request|
|Buddhist Places Tour of India||09 Days / 08 Nights||Price on request|
|Famous Gurudwara Tour in India||14 Days / 13 Nights||Price on request|
There are 6 major religions, namely Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
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As we have discussed that though India is a secular country, there are 6 major religions, namely Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Here we enlist some of the best pilgrimage sites of every religion. Go through the entire section and choose which site you wish to visit during a spiritual tour of India.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh:- Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in India. Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi holds great significance in terms of history as well as spirituality. The city is chock-full of temples, ghats, and various other historic monuments. It is often believed that the one who visits this city, gets liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. People from all across the world flock the city to wash away their sins in holy River Ganges. Owing to its major role in history and culture, the city is often referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India.
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh:- Counted amongst the seven holy cities of India, Ujjain is located on the banks of River Shipra in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The city is quite rich in terms of cultural heritage as numerous temples, belonging to different eras are there within the city. Due to the same, the city is also called the Temple City. Another major attraction of the city is Kumbh Mela, which is the world’s largest religious gathering. It is held once every 12 years on the banks of River Shipra. All these reasons together make Ujjain the most-visited spiritual destination in Madhya Pradesh.
Haridwar, Uttarakhand:- Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is also one of the seven holy cities of India. The city is highly important for Hindus as there are several temples in the city. Pilgrims from different corners of the world visit the city to take a dip in the holy river as it is believed that taking a bath in River Ganga absolves a person of all sins. The city is also famous for hosting Kumbh Mela, which is attended by millions of people. The mela is observed in the city once every 12 years, alternating between Ujjain, Nashik, and Prayagraj.
Pushkar, Ajmer:- Pushkar is a quaint town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. The town is popular as it houses the famous Brahma Temple, which is one among the few existing ones in the world. Another major attraction of the town is Pushkar Camel Fair, which is one of the world’s largest cattle fairs. The fair also features several cultural events, races, and competitions. Besides, the town has several temples and also a lake, named Pushkar Lake. The Hindus consider that taking a dip in Pushkar Lake is holy. Due to its spiritual importance in Hinduism, it is also considered as Teerth Raj.
Sikh pilgrimage sites in India:- Also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple is a gurudwara in Amritsar, Punjab. Plated with gold, it is the most famous pilgrimage site of Sikhs in India. The temple serving as a symbol of brotherhood and equality is visited by people in large numbers, who seek solace. The major highlight of the complex is Amrit Sarovar, which is a huge man-made pool. It is said that that the tank has healing powers and pilgrims from all across the world visit the Golden Temple to take a dip in the holy waters. The temple complex also comprises of several other shrines and monuments.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab:-It is a pilgrimage site of Sikhs, situated in Rupnagar district of Punjab. Located between Shivalik Hills in the east and Sutlej River in the west, Shri Anandpur Sahib is highly significant for the followers of Sikhism as it houses Kesgarh Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the five takhts. The city also observes the grand celebration on the occasion of Hola Mohalla, which signifies the largest annual gathering of Sikhs. Moreover, the city also has various gurudwaras and forts. Last but not least, the city also has the world’s largest khanda at Panj Piara Park.
Hemkund Sahib, Uttarakhand:-Also known as Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, Hemkund Sahib is a gurudwara located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Devoted to the tenth guru - Guru Gobind Singh, the gurudwara has been mentioned in Dasam Granth and various Holy Scriptures. It is said that the shrine is located 4632 m above sea level in the Himalayas. Owing to its religious importance, a large no. of pilgrims pays a visit to the site. Apart from the shrine, there are many other places of interest in the town. The most popular ones include Hemkund Lake, Lakshman Temple, and the Valley of Flowers.
Sirhind, Punjab:- Sirhind is another spiritual destination in Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab. The town is visited by people for religious as well as historical reasons. As per the sources of Sikhism, the two young sons of Guru Gobind Singh (10th Sikh Guru) were buried alive in a fort wall in Sirhind. Later, the king of Patiala built the Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib in their memory. In addition to the gurudwara, there are many other historic and religious places in the town.
St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai:- Also known as San Thome Church, it is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome in Chennai, India. Constructed in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, this church is one of the only three churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus. The church is built over the tomb of Saint Thomas, who is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. The church is designed in Neo-Gothic style. The church also features a museum and is a pilgrimage site for Christians in India.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa:-Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic basilica in Old Goa. The church is a major part of the Churches and convents of Goa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the oldest churches in India. The church contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is India’s first minor basilica. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of Portuguese colonial architecture and baroque architecture in the country. Moreover, it is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. The remains of the St. Francis Xavier attract tourists from all across the world. A special public viewing of the body is organized every ten years in the church. It is believed that the saint has the power of healing.
Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Sardhana:-It is a Roman Catholic Church in Sardhana, which is a town, located 119 km away from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in India. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church was constructed in 1781 by Joanna Nobilis (Begum Samru). The architecture of the church is inspired from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome along with influences of Indian architecture and famous architect Palladio. The church is not only the largest in North India but it also the only minor basilica in the region. Counted amongst the 23 minor basilicas in India, it is very popular for its historic connection and beauty.
St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Kanyakumari:- Also referred to as St. Xavier Church, it is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine located at Kottar, Nagercoil in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. Established between 1542 AD and 1550 AD by St. Francis Xavier himself, the church is the oldest Cathedral church of Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. An annual festival of 10 days is celebrated during November - December in the church, which attracts a large number of devotees from all across the world. In all, the church is a tranquil place and a sight to behold.
Dargah Hazratbal, Srinagar:- Dargah Hazratbal is a Muslim shrine in Hazratbal, Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The name of the shrine is a combination of Hazrat (Farsi word, meaning respected) and Bal (Kashmiri word, meaning place). This signifies that the place is highly regarded by people in the region. Nestled on the northern bank of Dal Lake in Srinagar, it is considered as the holiest Muslim shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The mosque contains strands of Prophet Muhammad’s hair, which is also known as the holy relic. The shrine was established by Inayat Begum. The holy relic is displayed to the public on special occasions by the descendants, i.e. male heirs of Inayat Begum. The shrine is also popular for offering beautiful views of the surroundings.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer:-Located in Ajmer, Rajasthan, it is a shrine dedicated to a Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti. Enclosing the Chsihti’s grave, the shrine is referred to by different names - Ajmer Dargah, Ajmer Sharif or Dargah Sharif. Situated at the foot of Taragarh Hill, the shrine consists of multiple white marble buildings, two courtyards, a massive gate, and a mosque containing the domed tomb of the saint. Urs festival is observed every year on 6th and 7th of Rajab. It is one of the holiest Muslim pilgrimages in India.
Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai:-Situated on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai, Maharashtra, it is a mosque and dargah of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Dedicated to a Sufi saint, the dargah is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The dargah is surrounded by the sea on both sides. Owing to its location, the dargah becomes inaccessible during the high tide. Devotees from all across the world visit the dargah to seek blessings. It is one of the major attractions in Mumbai.
Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi:- Located in Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, it is another dargah dedicated to a Sufi saint, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq of the Tughlaq Dynasty laid the foundations of the dargah. The dargah is very popular among people. Qawali sessions are organized every evening in the dargah. It is an important site for Muslims. The dargah complex includes tombs of various poets, namely Amir Khusro, Mughal princess Jahanara Begum, and Inayat Khan. People can visit the dargah for a tranquil and soulful experience.
Ranakpur, Rajasthan:- Nestled in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range, Ranakpur is a village in Pali district of Rajasthan. The town is easily accessible by road from nearby towns like Jodhpur and Udaipur. It is widely famous for its centuries-old Jain Temples. The complex includes various temples such as Chaumukha Temple, Suparsvanath Temple, Amba Temple, and Surya Temple, etc. These temples are widely popular for intricate carvings and unique architectural style. Spread across a wide area of 48000 sq. feet, Chaturmukha Temple is one of the largest Jain temples. It is also considered one amongst the five holy shrines of Jainism in the country. The temple features 1444 marble pillars, 29 halls, 426 columns, and 80 domes. The astonishing thing is that the carving on all pillars is different. In short, the temple is one of the finest specimens of Indian architecture. It represents the awe-inspiring skills of the craftsmen of the bygone era.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan:-Mount Abu is only hill station in the Aravalli Range. Located in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, the hill town is famous among Hindu and Jain devotees. There are various temples in the town, out of which Dilwara Temples are a major attraction. The marble-built temple complex was established between the 11th and 13th centuries BCE. The campus comprises of five marvelous temples, out of which Vimal Vasahi Temple and Luna Vasahi Temple are the most famous ones. Though there are many beautiful Jain temples in the country, Dilwara Temples are highly famous for their architectural magnificence and intricate marble carvings. The site beholds great importance for Jain pilgrims.
Sonagiri, Madhya Pradesh:-Located in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, Sonagiri refers to the Jain pilgrimage site, which has various temples dating back to the 9th century. There are 77 temples on a hill while 26 are situated in the village. The temple no. 57 located on a hill is the main temple. Dedicated to Lord Chandraprabhu, Sheetalnath, and Parsvanath, the temple is huge and also has an artistic spire. Apart from its spiritual significance, the town is also popular for the architectural brilliance of temples. The site is one of the major pilgrimage sites for Jains.
Shravanabelagola, Karnataka:- Shravanabelagola is a town situated in Hassan district of Karnataka. The town is highly important in Jainism as it has Gommateshwara Bahubali statue located on a hill, named Vindyagiri. The statue is a 57-foot monolith. Built by the minister and commander, Chavundaraya of the Ganga dynasty around 983 A.D., it is one among the largest free-standing statues in the world. The statue is that of Jain deity, Bahubali. The statue can be spotted from as far as 25 km away. A significant event, called Mahamastakabhisheka is celebrated once every 12 years. The event involves anointing of the statue with milk, ghee (clarified butter), saffron, sugarcane juice, etc. Besides spiritual importance, the statue is also widely known for sculptural and architectural beauty. Tourists and pilgrims from all over the world flock the town to pay a visit to the mighty statue.
Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India:- Sanchi is a little town, which is located 46 km away from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Counted amongst the oldest points of India, it is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The town has various monasteries, viharas, toranas, and stupas honoring the life of Lord Buddha. Moreover, all the sites represent the splendid Buddhist architecture of the era of Ashoka. The most famous place in the town is the Great Sanchi Stupa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE, the stupa is one of the oldest stone structures in the country.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra:-Regarded as one of the best examples of rock cave architecture in India, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. They are situated approximately 100 km away from each other. The caves are carved out of basalt and are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Ajanta Caves are approximately 30 in number and are rock-cut Buddhist monuments, dating from the 2nd century BCE to 480 CE. Similarly, there are more than 100 caves at the site of Ellora Caves, out of which only 34 caves can be accessed by the public. These can be categorized as 12 Buddhist caves (cave no. 1-12), Hindu caves (caves no. 13–29) and 5 Jain caves (caves no. 30–34). The caves are the major attraction in Maharashtra.
Sarnath, Uttar Prades:-Located near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Sarnath is a small town. There is a deer park in Sarnath, where Gautam Buddha taught Dharma for the first time. Today, different countries abiding by Buddhism have established monasteries and viharas as per their cultures in Sarnath. It is one of the four holy sites of Buddhism that every Buddhist should visit. Sarnath is also the site where Lord Buddha taught the four noble truths and related teachings after attaining enlightenment. Apart from this, the town is also significant in Jainism as 11th Tirthankara, Shreyanshnath was born here. The temple dedicated to him is an important pilgrimage site in Sarnath for Jains.
Bodh Gaya, Bihar:- Bodh Gaya is located on the banks of River Niranjana in Gaya district of Bihar. It is the place where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under a tree. The tree is now referred to as Bodhi Tree. Bodh Gaya is regarded as the most important of the four sites related to the life of Lord Buddha. The other three are Kushinagar and Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh (India) and Lumbini (Nepal). The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Devotees from all across the world visit Bodh Gaya in large numbers. The complex in Gaya comprises of Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree. The temple featured 2 large straight-sided shikhara towers. There is also a museum and a Sarovar in Bodh Gaya.