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6 Pilgrimages So Beautiful They Will Touch Your Very Soul!

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A family holiday coming up? Here are the perfect monsoon getaways that offer a dose of spirituality too! Trek down a waterfall after a darshan of Goddess Parvathi or savor th finest wines after a divine encounter with legends!  A family holiday coming up? Here are the perfect monsoon getaways that offer a dose of spirituality too!


1. Kollur, Karnataka: Trek down waterfalls in God's name

Kollur, Karnataka: Trek down waterfalls in God's name
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A tiny village in the Western Ghats, Kollur has the legendary Mookambika Temple. Pilgrims from all over come here to seek blessings of Goddess Parvati. Surrounded by waterfalls and wild jungles, the Kodchadri trek and jeep ride a must do. 

HolidayIQ reviewer  Ambica says, " Melt your hassles by taking a deep breath of the fresh air at those lush greens, crank up and sync to the tunes of nature -the jingles of the River Souparnika and the chirping of birds at Kodachadri. Visit the divine mother of beauty and happiness -Mookambika to seek eek everlasting peace and happiness by meditating on her to break the cycle of stress! Please Drop in to the Divine destination -heaven on earth-Kollur, to feel rejuvenated relaxed and enlightened! Be blessed." 

2. Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra: Jyotirlinga in a beautiful setting

Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra: Jyotirlinga in a beautiful setting
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A short beautiful drive from Pune, through rain-soaked mountains around Nasik, brings you to the source of the River Godavari near the holy Triambakshewar Temple. It is dedicated to the god Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas

HolidayIQ reviewer Vamshi Karthik shares, "Trimbakeshwar is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Hillside view will definitely steal your heart. It's worth visiting in the rainy season, especially early morning view will be good. Advice is not to buy flowers in front of the temple because they will not allow flowers inside. It's better to keep your bags and mobiles inside your vehicle. If you visit this place, go early in the morning at 6 am and trek up to the hill, I am sure it will be your lifetime experience."

3. Palitana, Gujarat: Stairs up to heaven

Palitana, Gujarat: Stairs up to heaven
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A city of 1300 temples, Palitana is a showcase of intricate carvings and architecture. Legend has it that the temples were constructed over a 900 year period by various generations of pious Jains. Pick up Palitana's  unique hand weaved bamboo products after your visit. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Green lifesciences says, "Palitana is excellent destination specially for Jains, who want to visit the Adeshwardada temple on hills of Shetrunjay, reached by foot only. There are may other places to visit around like Songadh, Shetrunjay lake, Gopnath beach, Mahuva etc." 

4. Puri, Orissa: Beach side divinity

Puri, Orissa: Beach side divinity
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Revel in rain magic at the sea-side town of Puri, and also pay your respects to the Lord Jagannath while you are there. Walks along the beach lined with swaying casuarinas, are a special delight and ‘addas’ with friends over hot tea in the evenings can carry on till late hours of the night.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nilesh Marodia from Ranchi shares, “As it is said in Hindu mythology about Chaar Dham "PURI" is one of them. Our family enjoyed this place for religious trip as well as a family trip. The sunrise and sunset were so nice in the golden sky. The waves are sometimes wild and sometimes calm.”

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5. Nasik, Maharashtra: Land of legends and natural beauty

Nasik, Maharashtra: Land of legends and natural beauty
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The wine capital of India, Nasik is also a great place for a religious tour. According to the legends, Sri Rama with his brother Lakshman and wife Sita spent 14 years of their exile at Tapovan near Nasik. Lord Lakshman slashed off the nose of Surpanakha here and therefore this place is named as Nasik which means nose.

Tejas shares on HolidayIQ, "In Nasik there are many places you can enjoy with your family such as Falke Smarak, Pandavleni, Someshvar, Trimbakeshavar, Anjaneri, Chamar leni, Nehru van-udyan, Ramkund, Tapovan, Panchavati," among others.

6. Sringeri, Karnataka: Divinity on the wild side

Sringeri, Karnataka: Divinity on the wild side
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On the banks of the river Tunga and surrounded by the mountainous district of Chikmagalur, Sringeri is famous for the first ever mutt established by Adi Shankaracharya, founder of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.

HolidayIQ reviewer Jayanth says, "we get peace when we sit in front of god in Sringeri. Also nearby you have several places like Mallikarjuna betta, Durga temple, kigga, Sirimane falls, Agumbe sunset, Horanadu, Kalasa."



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