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7 Pilgrimages that Offer More Than Just Blessings (Read: Treks and Wildlife)

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A visit to a religious place conjures up images of large crowds, crowded alleys and short glimpses of deities. These pilgrimage ideas can make your visit fun and adventurous with your take on spirituality.

7 Pilgrimages that Offer More Than Just Blessings (Read: Treks and Wildlife):

  1. Vaishno Devi (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Hemkund Sahib (Uttarakhand)
  3. Velankanni (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Kailash Mansarovar (Uttar Pradesh)
  5. Kutch (Gujarat)
  6. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  7. Haridwar (Uttarakhand)

1. Caves , trekking and more at Vaishno Devi

Caves , trekking and more at Vaishno Devisource: happy trips

The shrine of the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is in a cave located in the Tirkuta Hills of the lower Himalayas near a town called Katra in Kashmir. The entire area around the temple area offers great views of the lower Himalayas and less crowded trekking routes, like Sukhal ghat, are a must do.

Manish: If you enjoy trekking then this is a destination. If you are religious this is a destination. If you are nature lover this place is beautiful.

Get a chopper ride to the temple

2. Spectacular natural beauty, Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara

Spectacular natural beauty, Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwarasource: taxiinnovafroutstation.com

Located in the Valley of flowers National Park, a six kilometer trek away from the village of Ghangaria and on the shores of the Hemkunt lake is this important Gurudwara. The surrounding valleys and the larger Chamoli valley is full of trekking trails and abundant wildlife, making for an excellent nature getaway.

Donarun: A steep trek of 6 km from Ghangria is Hemkund Sahib. Nestled between 7 peaks, this is one of the holiest shrines for the sikhs. The trek itself is as memorable as the destination.

Explore the Chamoli Valley

3. Holy Mother Mary, Velankanni

Holy Mother Mary, Velankannisource: skbcarrentals.com

Velankani is situated on the east coast in Tamil Nadu close to the Port city of Nagapattinam. It’s a significant Roman Catholic shrine and has a church dedicated to “Our Lady of Good Health, Mother Mary”. A short drive away is the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary which is worth a visit.

Sandeep: A great place for pilgrimage. Once you visit the place it gives you a strong urge to come back for pilgrimage to the same place again. Great experience.

Shop for locally made handicrafts.

4. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Yatrasource: hillpost.in

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for its religious value, cultural diversity, physical beauty and the natural spectacle you experience. The upper reaches of the Himalayas on this trek are truly something to experience once in a life time.  

Mohan: Mount Kailash is most divine for Hindus and Buddhists. Mt Kailash view from Manasarovar was very attractive and beautiful. This pilgrimage was memorable.

Learn about the history of the region

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5. Truly diverse Kutch, Haji Pir Dargha

Truly diverse Kutch, Haji Pir Darghasource: discoveredindia.com

This Dargah is located in the city of Bhuj in the district of Kutch. This shrine is only 2 km away from the Pakistan border. Kutch gives this shrine the backdrop of inclusiveness, cultural diversity and extraordinary folklore.

Pollomi: The White Desert of Kutch is one of such surreal places. You must have seen the most amazing pictures, heard the best stories, but nothing ever would get you close to seeing it yourself.

Imbibe the culture of Kutch!

6. Spirituality and nature's grandeur, Tawang Monestry

Spirituality and nature's grandeur, Tawang Monestrysource: aroundtheworld.in

The Tawang Monastery also known as "Galden Namgyal Lhatse" is famous Buddhist monastery which was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-61 AD. Set it Tawang, theres everything for the nature and adventurous kind.

Shaliesh: This is the second largest monastery in the world. A very peaceful place. The location is also very beautiful. One can see most of the Tawang City from the monastery.

Learn about Orchid farming. 

7. She flows onto the plains, Haridwar

She flows onto the plains, Haridwarsource: wikimedia

Haridwar is located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas and onto the plains, bringing along with it life giving water. This is one of the holiest cities for the practicing Hindu. Evenings are when prayers are offered and the banks of the river light up. The surrounding Himalayas are a feast of activities for the explorer.

Anisha: Going back to Haridwar and again to cherish those memories -- the pleasure of sitting next to the Ganges, listening to chants and witnessing 'maha aarti', lighting up clay lamps and making a wish -- is all what I want."

Enjoy the pooja every evening on the banks of the Ganges

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