It is really not easy to convince your kids for taking a religious break but how about holiday destinations that have religious shrines and places to visit? There are many places in India that have religious sentiments and importance but are great holiday places too. You can easily indulge in many other activities there, along with taking a religious break or indulge in some spiritual therapy.
Here Are The Top 11:
1. Vaishno Devi
Located in Jammu, this hill station is perfect for a cooling vacation. Visit the temple during the wee hours and then relax for the day. The next day you can continue with sightseeing enjoying local delicacies or simply move on to higher altitudes of kashmir. The hilly areas has more to offer than you can guess.
2. Jagannath Puri
The temple in Puri attracts tourists from across the world, but the best part is that this is a terrific beach location too. Easy to access via train make sure you book in a good resort to enjoy bathing and fresh sea food, even on a spiritual break.
3. Hemkund Sahib
Located faraway in the hills, Hemkund Sahib is one of the most frequented destinations for vacations and religious purposes. You can simply relax in the soothing calm of the hills while enjoying the spectacular views. So take a break!
4. Aarti at Ganges Rishikesh
Just an hour away from Haridwar is Rishikesh, known for its many temples and shrines, but it is also known for the many rafting routes it has. So take your family for an adventurous vacation. After the temple darshan, make base at a camp and head off rafting and experience the beauty of the himalayan rivers. Some popular temples here are Shatrughna Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Mandir.
5. Kashi Vishwanath Temple Jyotirlinga
Kashi or Varanasi or Benaras is one of the 7th most holy places in the country. It is said that dying in this holy city ensures that you get a place in heaven. A lot of individuals also come here to perform the last rites of their loved ones at the bank of the river gangers. It is also the home to shakti peetha of the Goddess Shakti.
6. Badrinath and Kedarnath Temple
This is another hilly religious shrine that attracts many tourists. But along with the temple importance, there are many fun activities here like going camping, trekking and even hiking. Sure is a fun filled adventure for those who want to combine religion with some holiday.
Kedarnath is a few hours away and most tourists prefer visiting both places though it may take an extra couple of days. The Kedarnath shrine has just opened their doors this year after the devastation of floods.
7. Monasteries of Leh
This one is not for the fainthearted but those who want to enjoy meeting god at different altitudes, this is a beautiful destination. It is the home to Thangkas and monasteries along with large pillars and the teachings of lord Buddha. These sanctified structures take the breath away even as you head off for a spiritual adventure. Think of places like Hemis, Lamayuru, Shey, Alchi and Thiksey amongst others.
8. Tri-Rishi-Sarovar And Devi Naia Mandir, Nainital
It is said that when Lord Shiva was performing his ‘tandaav’ or rage dance, the eyes of his wife, goddess Parvati fell over here. Since then the place has been named Nainital and the goddess of Shakti or power is still worshipped here. The town is also the home to Tri-Rishi-Sarovar that has religious importance. Along with this, it is one of the most popular hill stations in the country to enjoy boating, shopping and lounging around along with snow activities in the winter. So enjoy your spiritual, holiday break!
9. Golden Temple, Amritsar
No holy journey can be complete without the beautiful and divine Golden Temple. Located right in the heart of the city, head to the temple for some spiritual and charity by helping out at the 24×7 kitchen which feeds thousands in a day. The prashad here is as holy and so delicious. Take a dip in the temple lake before you head out for the city.
10. Amarnath Yatra
The small town of Amarnath is one of the frequented visited places is the shrine of the lord Shiva at Amarnath. They say that the shrine builds itself out of snow every year and is at its peak during Rakshbandhan. The journey is not only spiritual but tests your stamina too. At the end of it, you sure reap the benefits of a holy view.
11. Churches of Goa
Yes it is not a typical religious destination but it is the home to some of the most beautiful churches in the country. Basilica of Bom Jesus along with the Church of St. Lawrence and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Church of the Lady of Immaculate Conception, etc. are some of the must see places here. Once done with the spiritual therapy, head off to the beach.