India is a hub of spiritual tourism, with many religions and strong religious beliefs. There are many pilgrimage destinations in India flocked by number of pilgrims throughout the year, which offer their visitors peace of mind and body.
There are pilgrimage tour packages available online that can make your holy trip a comfortable one. However, considering a few parameters would help make the selection of packages easier.
1. Budget: A visit to pilgrimage destinations is considered pious and takes priority over everything else. While, budget would certainly play a role, it will not prove to be a hindrance when it comes to religious trips for most people. Among North Indian pilgrimage packages, Haridwar is one of the popular choice among pilgrims and is also the cheapest one. Package for 2 days 1 night would cost about 4,200 which includes transfers and accommodation in 3-star hotels. However, if budget is not a concern, there are packages for tours to other destinations in North India like Vaishno Devi. Such packages would cost around 9,000 for 4 days 3 nights and would include flight and accommodation.
2. Destination: There are quite a few such destinations in India and outside India as well. The choice of destination will depend on a variety of factors including budget, duration etc. If you are looking for pilgrimage packages in South India, Tirupati tours are available starting from 8,000 which includes visit to Sri Venkateswara temple apart from flight from Bangalore to Chennai, transfers and accommodation. There are also pilgrimage destinations in central India like Madhya Pradesh. A trip for 5 days 4 nights including Ujjain and Indore would cost around 26,000. The tour will make you experience the pious sites in India ? Omkreshwar and the Jyotirlinga temples of Mahakaleshwar.
3. Number of days: The time at hand is an important factor that will decide most of the things and shape up your trip. For those looking for weekend getaways from Bangalore, packages are available for tour to Madurai and Rameshwaram for 2 days 1 night costing about 6,500. The package includes tour to famous pilgrimage sites like Meenakshi temple, Holy Kundalas Main Temple Dharshan and Satchi Hanuman Temple. For those interested in longer duration trips, there are packages for tour to Ahmedabad which covers cities like Jamnagar Dwarka, Somnath and Udaipur. Costing about 35,000, the package includes visit to popular religious places like temple of Shree Krishna-Shree Ranchodrai, Bala Hanuman Temple and Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple.
4. Type of accommodation: Type of accommodation is certainly one of the most important factors. You would look for convenience and comfort, if traveling with family or if the budget allows. On the other hand, you would prefer an accommodation suiting your budget if traveling with friends or on a shoe string budget. There are budget hotels, luxury resorts, cheap guest houses and shelters available in almost all the religious destinations. If you are looking for budget hotels, you can get packages starting from 16,000 for 3 days 2 nights to Shirdi. However, if you are looking for 4-star hotels, the same package may cost about 19,000 and may go upto 21,000 for 5-star hotels in Shirdi.
5. Domestic Vs. International: Although India a hub of tourism for pilgrimage destinations, many devotees prefer international locations. While most of the Hindu pilgrimages are within India, there are some outside too. Also, for Muslims the most revered pilgrimages of Mecca & Medina are outside India. For Christians too, most of the pilgrimages are located outside India.
Amongst international religious packages, there are packages for tour to Jordan, Israel and Egypt for 10 days 9 nights. Costing about 85,000, the package covers tour to popular sacred churches, Birth Place of the Lord Jesus and places like Jerusalem, Amman. Another package for visit to Bali in Indonesia is available for around 40,000 which includes visit to ancient Hindu shrine and Tanah Lot temple. The duration of the package is 6 days 5 nights.
6. Travel deals and discounts: Various travel portals offer discounts to the customers who book holiday packages in advance. This helps make the rates little more affordable and give you more bang for your buck.
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