The point comes to our lives on a continual basis when your heart vies for nothing but internal peace, calmness and tranquility. You wish to close your eyes and let your heart roam around in the boundless universe to unravel mysteries of the life and thereafter and you simply seek to spend time in His feet who is the Creator, sole force behind your survival and sustenance and from who we derive our energies and vitality. If such are the thoughts which are hovering in your mind and not moving out even for a moment, this simply implies that you require quenching your spiritual thirst by undertaking pilgrimage tour as the options are umpteen and each holy place has its own significance. The pilgrimage tours are not purely meant for elderly people who keep telling beads of rosary. The pilgrimage in India has special place in each one’s life and the paucity of time only averts us from taking it.
What I know for a fact that pilgrimage packages to Vaishno Devi are ever in demand. The devotees of Goddess Vaishno Devi wait most eagerly to lay hands on bookings as it is always an issue. Besides Vaishno Devi Temple, you may also visit Nau Devi Temple, Ardh Kuwari Temple, Charan Paduka Temple and Bhairavnath Temple to name a few. All these holy shrines have sacred saga behind them and you must plan your pilgrimage trip in such a way that you visit most of them, For people residing near Capital of India, four locations always tickle their spiritual buds and provide peace of mind and satisfaction beyond explanation which can only be felt. These divine places are Hardwar, Rishikesh, Mathura and Vrindban respectively. When the name of Haridwar comes, Kumbh Mela is something which tops the chart. It is a religious and spiritual congregation where millions of devotees, mystics, sages and yogis visit the place and take dip in Holy Ganges. It is an annual event which is organized during specific time period of the year. Besides, you may visit Daksheshwari Mahadev Temple, Sureshwari Devi Temple, Kankhal which is Panch Tirth and Doodhadhari Barfani Temple amongst several others. Rishikesh has emerged as a potential destination to learn yogic kriyas and meditation due to which several ashrams have come up for the benefit of mankind. When in Rishikesh you may visit Lakshman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Rishikund, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and others. The peace that you gather sitting at the Ghats of Hardwar and Rishikesh amidst morning and evening aartis is nothing less than divine which makes your heart speak out that you must undertake religious tours more often.
If you have greater affinity to Lord Krishna, Mathura and Vrindavan have strong imprints and evidence of His presence in every nook and cranny. Shri Krishna Janambhoomi, Prem Mandir, Krishna Balaram Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple and Radhakund at Mathura are must visit during your pilgrimage tour. Talking of Vrindavan, Banke Bihari Temple which was founded by Swami Haridas, Radha Ramanna, Govind Dev Temple, Madanmohan Temple, ISKCON Temple and Keshi Ghat will leave you mystified.
There are numerous other places which may be included in religious tours in India which not only Indians but foreign nationals also undertake and many of them simply fall in love with some sacred place and settle down forever. One more sacred shrine which I seek to mention here is Harmandir Sahib which is popularly known as Golden Temple which is located in Amritsar, Punjab. The shrine was constructed under the guidance of fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, in fact, he was the principal and primary architect of Harmandir Sahib. The willingness to serve is evident in every shrine of Sikh community but Golden temple, its architectural design, its grandeur and norm to serve make it significant in every respect. Around one lakh devotees from different parts of the globe visit the shrine everyday.
So, plan your pilgrimage trip soon and take a step further towards spiritual transformation of self.