- Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days
- Major Attractions: Golden Temple, Ganges River, Dalai Lama Temple, Mahabodhi Temple
- Destination Covered: Amritsar, Dharamshala, Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodhgaya, Delhi
India is a varied country with many distinct religions, and it has served as a wonderful model of religious reform throughout history. We have included the majority of the main religions, their spiritual facets, and their holy sites in our spiritual India trip. We have placed a strong emphasis on the spiritual components of Indian faiths since they are the most crucial component of any tolerant religion.
Hinduism, Sufism of Islam, Tibetan Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Indian Buddhism are the main faiths we will be studying on our voyage. You will also learn about some of the well-known spiritual practises linked to these religions, which are crucial for mental tranquilly. You will get a deeper understanding of Hinduism’s yoga and rituals, Sufism’s devotional singing to connect with God, Buddhism’s meditation, Jainism’s sacrifice, Sikhism’s dedication to humanity, and Tibetan Buddhism’s Tantras.
When visiting these places of worship in India, you will become aware of the country’s enormous diversity, the many ways that the adherents of these faiths communicate with God, and—most importantly—the sincere reverence with which they perform the rituals and ceremonies. The teachings of the world’s spiritual founders, including Lord Buddha, Guru Nanak, and Lord Mahavira, are actually rather straightforward and still applicable in the modern period for world peace. Spiritualism, attending to the calm of the mind rather than superstitions, are the original messages of these faiths and their founders. Everyone, from all nations and beliefs, is welcome to practise yoga, meditation, and service to humanity.
In the Delhi airport’s arrivals area, a traditional greeting greets you with garlands. We’ll then present you to your driver, who will take you pleasantly to your hotel. Utilize our help to complete the hotel check-in. Before you go on this magnificent spiritual trip on our Spiritual India Tour, recover from your jet lag.
Start your spiritual journey with the Lotus Temple, a Baha’i house of worship that was constructed in the style of a flower in 1986. The Baha’i faith emphasises crucial tenets common to all religions. Visit Jama Masjid in Old Delhi later; it’s one of India’s biggest Friday mosques.
Visit the Shri Digambar Jain Temple, the oldest Jain temple in Delhi, to learn about the Jain religion. One of the traditional Indian faiths is Jainism. Visit Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah next, which is crucial for understanding Sufism, a mysticism-based branch of Islam. Visit Akshardham Temple, the biggest Hindu temple on earth and the centre of the Swami Narayan Hinduism, before you leave.
Transfer to the airport in the morning to catch your flight to Dharamshala. Arrive at the airport in Dharamshala and take a surface journey to Mcleodganj, which is 2082 metres above sea level and situated in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. As soon as the check-in procedure is complete, unwind at the hotel. Little Lhasa, or Mcleodganj, is the location of the exiled Tibetan government and the home of the Dalai Lama.
Around the Dalai Lama Temple and monastery in Mcleodganj, there is a sizable Tibetan Buddhist community. It is here where you may connect with Tibetans who crossed the border with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and learn about Tibetan Buddhism.
Start your tour of McLeodganj with Namgyal Monastery, commonly known as the Dalai Lama Temple since it is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s private monastery and is located next to his house. Visit the statues of Padmasambhava, Avalokitesvara, and Shakyamuni at the Dalai Lama Temple. Visit the complex’s museum to see photographs depicting Tibetan refugees’ trek from Tibet to India.
Later on in your spiritual journey across India, stroll around the Mcleodganj marketplaces to observe the numerous Tibetan textiles, arts, and crafts and to sample some of their specialties. Additionally, you may go to the forest’s Anglican Church St. John in the Wilderness.
Travel approaching the Sikhism’s Temple Another important religion in India was Sikhism, which Guru Nanak founded in Amritsar at the end of the fifteenth century. Sikhism’s adherents are referred to as Sikhs, which is a worry-prone race. While on your spiritual retreat in India, check into the hotel and take advantage of the vivacious Punjabi hospitality.
Visit the Golden Temple later to see the crucial Palki Sahib Ceremony, in which the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is brought from the main shrine to the sleeping chamber. The Golden Temple Complex has a fantastic atmosphere at night. To unwind for the evening, return by foot to the hotel.
Enjoy a traditional Punjabi breakfast at the hotel before beginning your day-long exploration of the Golden Temple Complex, also known as Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib. Sikh temples are regarded as the primary entrance to the instructor at a gurdwara. Visit the largest communal kitchen in India, which is located in the temple compound, first.
Enter the inner sanctum after passing through the complex where the devotees are bathing in the sacred pond. Drive to the Attari-Wagha border later in the afternoon to see the tumultuous flag retreat ceremony between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. Retire for the day by going back to the hotel in Amritsar.
Fly to Varanasi today, which is considered the oldest city on Earth and is situated by the banks of the Ganges, the holiest river for Hindus. Varanasi is India’s principal spiritual hub. After receiving it at the airport, a garland composed of Rudraksha tree seeds will greet you.
The word “rudraksha” means “the eyes of Lord Shiva.” Transfer to the Ganges Ghats later to observe the evening Aarti (Prayer). This would be a wonderful spiritual experience to witness it in person with throngs of worshipers singing and enjoying. Return to the hotel after supper so you can relax the rest of the evening and be ready to continue your Spiritual India Tour the following day.
Get up early and go to the Ghats to begin the dawn boat trip over the revered River Ganges. In addition to soaking in the dawn, observing numerous spiritual & religious rites performed by individuals after having a holy bath in the Ganges River is something Hindus believe to be true. Take a quick stroll around Varanasi’s winding lanes after disembarking the boat to learn about Hindu mythology and stop by a number of historic temples.
return to the hotel in time for breakfast and have a short nap. Later, make your way to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Sarnath is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site worldwide.
After breakfast, check out of the accommodation and go to Bodhgaya, the most revered site for Buddhists. Check in and lunch at the hotel after arrival. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple afterwards. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location where Lord Buddha attained Buddhahood or enlightenment after meditating under the Bodhi Tree, a Banyan tree.
Explore the temple complex, stopping at the sacred pond, several little shrines, stupas, and the Bodhi Tree, where Buddhist monks often meditate. The area possesses a potent spiritual aura, and when one leaves the property, their minds are at ease. Yes, a Spiritual India Tour offers the finest of India’s spirituality.
You have the option of returning to Mahabodhi Temple in the morning to meditate in Bodhgaya’s very religious environment. Meditation is a key component of Buddhism, which is more of a spiritual philosophy than a religion. One of the oldest still-standing brick structures in Eastern India is the Mahabodhi Temple.
After that, make your way to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Transfer from the airport to the nearby lodging and check in.
Today we will transport you to the international airport so you can begin your return home after witnessing the spiritual energy in the majority of the main Indian faiths. The basic message of all Indian faiths, which is humanity, peaceful coexistence, and fraternity, is one we hope you have understood. The adventure comes to an end here, and I hope to see you again in India for another discovery.