Before exploring touristy nuances of India, it is quite natural to be a little scared, worried or just concerned. After all, it is a new country, completely different from European and American hinterlands. Nevertheless, what attracted me towards this country was the idea of spiritual endeavour. Watching about the holy places in India, interesting customs, sacred mantras, traditional cultures and mythological books – slowly had become my everyday routine in a very significant manner. Hence, one fine day, when I was ready for it – both mentally and spiritually, I geared on for India’s embrace. Quite obviously, my choice included the spiritual India Tours Package.
Following were the main attractions of my spiritual rendezvous with Incredible India Tourism:
Haridwar: Lauded for being one of the seven most holiest destinations in India, Haridwar has its own charm. It is quite natural to find several foreigners sitting by the River Ganga, chanting the sacred hymns. Situated in Uttarakhand, it witnesses the Kumbh Mela festivity once in every 12 years. This ancient city is devoted for worshipping the God Shiva who is one of the religious protagonists in Hinduism. Personally, for me, trekking mountains to enter into the sacred temples, watching the valley from trolley lifts and finally experience the magic of religious Aarti in the evening, everything made Haridwar special. In the silence of the vast panoramas, I somehow felt a new kind of peace within my own thinking. Though, the entire volley of thoughts did not de-clutter all at once, but the experience in itself was a rare metamorphosis for me.
Varanasi: What else could have been a better holy destination to unravel than Varanasi? Also called as Kashi or Benaras, this city is a brilliant blend of traditional and the modern. Along with Hinduism, it has also been a holy site for Buddhism and Jainism. Only after being there one can understand why it is called as the ‘religious capital of India.’ The city is colourful, classic and charming. It is an experience in itself to sit next to Ganga, on the various ghats of Varanasi while sipping your cup of tea and contemplating about life. You can easily find a lot of monks here. The past of Varanasi is captured with vintage photographs and graffiti. Every little detail of this ancient city has a story to tell. You also get to understand the believe in ‘karma’ by exploring Varanasi.
Amritsar: Adding the touch of Punjab in my India Travel Guide, I then thought of exploring Amritsar. It is known for the Golden Temple. It was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1577. The Gurudwara had a unique architectural idea to it, with the main stairs leading from above to the ground. The Holy Pool of Nectar present in the Golden Temple is a pilgrimage site for many. Everything was the same inside, but perhaps it was the aura within the temple that somehow made me believe in the higher justice of life. It felt as it there was a reason why I had planned this trip and this reason would keep guiding my life, forever.