This week we have a guest post from Indian blogger Rohit Agarwal.
India is a mystical realm of marvel and wonders. It is the abode of the Himalayas where sages meditated for centuries in the ancient times to attain salvation. In the modern times, century sounds like an exaggeration of a lifetime but everyone still needs to break monotony from the hectic work and family life juggle. Travelling to India can provide you that panacea! So, as we realize the worth of pondering over oneself by taking breaks from that highly demanding job, we’ve done something to offer you with a remedy to this perpetual problem. Here’s a list of five places that will help, if visited, to provide self-realization in India.
Note: Not all of these destinations are dog-friendly.
This pristine location is one of the holiest places that needs a visit and is situated in Uttarakhand. It is the most sacred pilgrimage to be visited out of the Char Dham. The Badrinath temple is synonymous to Badrinarayan temple. It is a part of both, the Chota Char Dham and the bigger Char Dham pilgrimage that takes devotees to some of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage sites in the country.
It lies between the two mountains, known as Nar and Narayan, and is spread in the vast expanse of three square kilometres. Set at an altitude of 3133 meteres, this temple is a brain freezer and the ultimate reliever from frets. Badrinath is a great destination for adventure seeking yet reticent souls.
One of the holiest places in India out of the prestigious seven is a true gem for anyone who is craving to wash their sins off by bathing in the holy river Ganga (or Ganges). The bountiful beauty of the mystic nature, comprising of Har ki Pauri, Mansa Devi, Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sapta Rishi, are the eminent attractions in this mystic land.
Myriad sages meditate here, on the foothills of Himalayas, lending serenity to the hearts and souls of everyone who seeks for blessings from the juggernaut of life. It conducts Maha Kumbh Mela once every twelve years, drawing millions of religious souls to perform the divine rites auspiciously. The evening arti (prayer) on the banks of River Ganga is the sheer diamond among the huddle of rocks.
3. McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala)
This is the ultimate place for yoga, meditation and self-realization in Himachal Pradesh. The abode of the Dalai Lama is perfect to spoil yourself with warmth and hospitality that the disciplined monks of Gaytu Monastery offer.
The main teachings of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan chants of 21 tara and Amitabh Karmapa are inevitable. The Tibetan healing techniques and Ayurveda health can heal the sore body and mind, quite miraculously under the guiding hand of Dalai Lama.
It is the ideal place for rejuvenation and retreatment in the rugged terrains of the Himalayas that is delightfully breezy and cool.
The most sacred temple of Sri Venkateshwara, located on Tirupati Hill near Sri Swami Pushkarni River, is in Andhra Pradesh. The wealthiest religious site in India is visited by many alike. It won’t be wrong to state that this temple perhaps receives the highest amount of donations of all the religious sites in the Country. Even celebrity actors in India, such as Amitabh Bachchan, reportedly donated 51 lakhs INR to this temple.
Keeping the riches aside, this spiritual site is a must visit for people looking forward to spend time with themselves.
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus
This is a church in Old Goa built around 400 years ago. It has mortal souvenirs of St. Francis Xavier like his foot nails. The patron saint who died in the year 1552 is preserved in a mesmerizingly embellished casket which is put on display only once in a decade. Being India’s first minor basilica, it was named as Bom Jesus which means infant Jesus. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is a well crafted example of Portuguese architecture in India.
The divine church is interspersed with tranquility and is an ideal place for self-reflection.
Rohit is an architect by profession and a blogger at heart. You can find more of his articles on travel at Trans India Travels.
While in India, also consider heading further south to the tranquility of Kerala on the southern west coast of India. Check out these Kerala tour packages for family.
Looking for more destinations to visit in India? Add these World Heritage Sites in India to your itinerary