India, where the din of temple bells along with the muezzin’s call to prayer is a daily occurrence. Where the tall spires of temples and churches radiate spirituality and where pilgrimages are also major tourist hubs, travelers from across the world are beckoned to witness these beautiful places of worship.
The route which we will be following on our Sacred Sites Tour will take us to ancient places of worship where we will get to experience firsthand these pilgrimage sites.
This small town is scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas. Rishikesh catapulted to fame when the Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram. The town is now known as the "Yoga Capital of the World", a place of ashrams where solace-seeker come to spend their time in the serenity of meditation and yoga.
Walk on the famous Lakshman Jhoola suspension bridge which spans the mighty Ganges River. It is believed that on this bridge the essence of India comes alive for the traveler.
Every sunrise and sunset, on the banks of River Ganges in Rishikesh a Hindu ceremony is known as “Aarti” is performed as a spiritual celebration. It is here where you will be enchanted by the bhajans (religious songs) performed by saffron-robed gurus and disciples. The aroma of incense and camphor saturates the air, mesmerizing lights of various diyas (oil lamps), and the setting sun reflecting on the streaming water. You will hear the serene sound of the surging waterway and watch the participants sway in unison as all components i.e. fire, water, earth, and air collaborate to create this spectacle. The purpose of the practice is to bring peace, joy, and contentment to the soul.
DHARAMSHALA - a pilgrim's rest house
Home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. When the Dalai Lama took refuge here, Dharamshala has become a very popular place for students of Buddhism.
Set in the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhars, McCleod Ganj is at an altitude of 1,750 m, a refuge from the hot plains below.