Hindu Pilgrimages / Temples
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world and is practices by over 800 million people in India. There are many holy cities, including Varanasi, Haridwar, Ayodhya, Mathura, Dwarika, Kanchipuram and Ujjain which are known as the ‘Tirthas’ – that enable people to cross from the world of earthly suffering to a divine place. Accordingly Hindu Temples predominate in India, from Vaishnodevi and Kahivishvanath to Jagannath Puri and Madurai’s Sri Meenakshi, each devoted to one of the many Hindu gods. Visiting them allows you to experience the fabric of everyday life in India.
Sikh Pilgrimages / Guruduaras
Sikhs worship in temples known as gurudwaras and communal meals are a feature of the temple activities. Sikhism doesn’t recognize any caste of class, so everyone becomes involved in ceremonies. The famous Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, is the paragon of Sikh Temples. This is the holiest of all Sikh Temples. This shrine of Sikhism has a unique blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Anandpur Sahib also in Punjab, was the heart of the recent 300 years of the birth of Sikhism celebrations. As and egalitarian religion everyone is welcome to enter the gurudwaras and this is a great way to fully appreciate the culture of the Sikh society.
Buddhism is of great importance in India because it has its birth here. The founder Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha – the enlightened, was born in Lumbini in India and the current Tibetan Buddhist leader – The Dalai Lama has his abode in McLoed Ganj in North India. Indian Buddhist temples are mostly found on the slopes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Zonskor and Sikkim. They provide the perfect backdrop to learn and experience Buddhist philosophy and morality.