Whether in India or abroad, pilgrim tours are gaining popularity as more and more people get in touch with their religious side.
Domestic: India is a land of many religions and temples, churches, mosques, and gurudwaras are interspersed throughout the length and breadth of the country. Cathrrine Travels organizes various spiritual and pilgrim tours across the country to visit temples and holy places and is one of the premier pilgrimage tour operators in India. Your pilgrim tour can be clubbed along with a vacation as well, with two to three days set apart for temple visits. Call us to know more about which trips can be clubbed along with a regular vacation, or what spiritual sites you can visit while on vacation.
Some of the pilgrim tours organized by Cathrrine Travels are listed below:
Adi Kailash: This is one of the most revered mountains of India, and according to Hindu mythology, Adi Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and their offspring Ganpati and Kartik. Adi Kailash is a trek that has to be undertaken by pilgrims, and you can see the Parvati lake and the Gauri Kund on the way here. Adi Kailash can also be accessed via helicopter, and Cathrrine Travels organizes both trekking and helicopter tours to this temple.
Maa Vaishnodevi: The Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three-peaked mountain named Trikuta. This temple attracts millions of tourists a year, and the pilgrimage to this temple is considered one of the holiest pilgrimages a Hindu can undertake. The trek to the temple is almost 12 km from the base camp at Katra. The Darshan at the end of the yatra are in the shape of three natural rock formations called the Pindies. The cave does not have any idols or statues.
Char Dham Yatra: The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand covers the four Abodes in the Himalayas. This includes the four holy shrines of Hindus: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The religious significance of these places is that Kedarnath is devoted to Lord Shiva, Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna respectively. All four of these temples are situated within the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand can be done in about 10-15 days depending on your schedule. A helicopter tour of the same will take only two days.
Do Dham Yatra: The Do Dham Yatra comprises a tour of two of the temples covered in the Char Dham Yatra, which are Kedarnath and Badrinath. This tour can be undertaken if you are short on time for the Char Dham Yatra. This tour is available as a helicopter package as well.
Since these are religiously significant temples and places of worship that are situated in the Himalayas, you can club these with a tour of Kashmir or Uttarakhand, depending on your schedule. Get in touch with the team at Cathrrine Travels to know more.
Tamil Nadu has a rich history of devout kings who constructed many temples during their respective reigns. The temples of Tamil Nadu hold religious significance and have breathtaking architecture as well. The following are some of the most significant temples in Tamil Nadu. Most of these take about three hours or so to cover, and since they are relatively close in the state, a visit to four or five temples can be clubbed together in a three-day tour. A trip to one or more of these temples is sure to leave you spellbound.
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati in the form of Meenakshi and her consort, Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Sundareswarar. This temple is one of the most ancient in India.
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and showcases the grandeur of the Chola dynasty.
Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur: This temple is believed to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest temples in India.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. The temple has the tallest Gopuram of any temple in Asia, with the main Gopuram or Rajagopuram standing at 236 ft.
Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval: Another temple in Srirangam is the Jambukeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was also built by the Cholas.
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram is also known as the Land of a Thousand Temples. The Kanchi Kailasanathar is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram: The other temple of importance in Kanchipuram, this temple is counted among the five Panch Bootha Sthalas or the five elements of the universe. This temple is dedicated to the Earth.
Mayuranathaswami Temple, Mayiladuthurai: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Other notable temples in Tamil Nadu include the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai, the Jyotirlinga Temple in Rameshwaram, the monolithic rock temples of Mahabalipuram, and the Papanasam Temple of Tirunelveli, and the Kumari Amman Temple in Kanyakumari.
Karnataka also has quite a few temples with a lot of historic and religious significance. Some of these are the Udupi Srikrishna temple, Vidyashankara Temple of Sringeri, the Kotilingeshwara Temple in Kolar, the Mallikarjuna Temple in Pattadakal, the Murudeshwar Shiva Temple in Bhatkal, the Vijaya Vitala Temple in Hampi, the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple, the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, and the Durga Gudi Temple in Aihole. You can club your temple tours to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka if time permits with Cathrrine Travels’ customizable tour packages.