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We Assure You A Soulful Retreat At These 7 Pilgrimage Destinations

7 Pilgrimages To Escape Daily Bustle And Restore Peace In Heart

Want to take some time off your busy lives? Then you need to head to these pilgrimage places that will help you relax. Check out the reviews shared by HolidayIQ reviewers. 

1. Ajmer: To visit the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

Ajmer: To visit the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ashok Wadhwa adds, “An experience of a lifetime; India's most important pilgrimage for people of all faith. The splendid tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is next only to Mecca or Medina for Muslims. Built in the 13th century, this mausoleum has a gigantic entrance gate. 2 massive cauldrons in the courtyard were donated by Akbar and Jahangir. On the right side of the courtyard is the Akbari Masjid built in white marble. The saint's tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the center of the second courtyard and surrounded by a silver platform. There is a large crowd at all time awaiting entry to this marvelous site. So one has to be prepared to make a slow entry but a hurried exit!!Read Full Review

2. Varanasi: For the evening Aarthi near Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Varanasi: For the evening Aarthi near Kashi Vishwanath Temple
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajey Balaji V shares, “Be it an Indian or a guest from another country, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is bound to attract one like a flower beckoning a bee. The hustle and bustle around the temple, the hawker's endless calls, colorful shops which sell trinkets and amulets, the meandering lanes and by lanes, is all set to make your visit or pilgrimage an unforgettable one. The evening aarti on the Dashashwamedh Ghat is soul enriching and makes your heart cry in pain when we see the pure and historical river being polluted endlessly. If you want to witness the Aarti at its best, make sure you reach the Ghat by 6. 30 and hire a boat and go to the other side and watch the spiritual magic unfold.” Read Full Review

3. Palitana: To stay overnight at the dharamshala in Palitana temple

Palitana: To stay overnight at the dharamshala in Palitana temple
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Rajat Shah shares, “It's a pilgrimage place filled with lush greenery and big temples in Palitana city. This city has many Dharamshala to stay in. You can also enjoy the luxury of a cooler air conditioner in almost all the Dharamshala. You can check out a list of Dharamshala online. The food there you will get typical Gujarati food with lots of butter and sweets in all Dharamshala but city also has a big food court, here you can hog on all the Indian dishes and Chinese. Palitana is known for its peaceful temples.Read Full Review

4. Tirupati: To visit one of the wealthiest temple atop Tirumala hill

Tirupati: To visit one of the wealthiest temple atop Tirumala hill
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Kunnoth shares, “Never miss this holy pilgrimage center situated at Tirumala in Tirupati. It is one of the best pilgrimage centers in India. A trip to this holy place will be divine experience, which you won't forget in your life. It is believed that if you pray to the Lord Venkateshwara, your wishes will be fulfilled. Apart from the busy nature, what makes the temple so special is the wealthiest temple in India.” Read Full Review

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5. Haridwar: To take a dip in River Ganga near Chaar Dham

Haridwar: To take a dip in River Ganga near Chaar Dham
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Kiran Sood Sood says, “The pilgrimage to Chaar Dham is not complete without holy dip in Ganga at hardware. Har Ki Pauri is a sacred point where Rishi Bhagirath did tapas to bring Ganga on earth for the salvation of thousands of people. Even today people from all over the world come here for purifying one's soul. Water taken from this point of Ganga can be kept for years as this does not stale. The power of Ganga is tremendous. The best time to visit Har Ki Pauri is sunset when Ganga Arti is performed by designated purohits. Light of diyas reflecting in holy waters of Ganga gives delight as well as deliverance from karmas.” Read Full Review

6. Hassan: To visit the Jain pilgrimage center with one of the largest monolith statues

Hassan: To visit the Jain pilgrimage center with one of the largest monolith statues
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Priyam Goyal shares, “Considered to be one of India's largest monolith statues Shravanabelgola is 160 Kms from Bangalore, in Hassan district. It is an important Jain pilgrimage center. It has a statue of a prominent Jain, Tirthankar. The statue is considered to be one of India's largest monolith statues. The temple and statue are located atop a hill. The trek from the base to the top is around 2000 steps and takes around 1 hour to complete it.

The view from atop is completely worth the tough trek. Footwear is not allowed from where the trek starts, but you can wear socks to shied your feet from the rough steps. The steps are cut out of rock so the climb is a little difficult. There is no water or refreshments available on the way so I would recommend carrying water, beverages and light snacks. You can enjoy simple vegetarian meals in the town. Do carry some sunblock and hats as there is little shelter en route the trek. It is a beautiful place to click pics. Early morning would be a great time to visit.Read Full Review

7. Rudraprayag: For Kedarnath temple and tapt kund (hot water spring)

Rudraprayag: For Kedarnath temple and tapt kund (hot water spring)
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HolidayIQ Reviewer Mitasha Gupta says, “ Gaurikund is the base for your Kedarnath yatra starts. We visited Kedarnath Mandir, in May first week. It is at 6 km distance from the nearest bus point and connected with sharing jeep cost Rs 20 per head. There are so many hotels but they charge as they wish. The best accommodation is a lodge which can be booked 3 days in advance online through their website. There is Gauri Mata temple which only survived during 2013. There is a taptkund which continuously supply hot water. Pilgrims can take a holy bath there.Read Full Review

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