Mythology and India are the synonym of each other. On one hand our country is filled with various mythological stories and on the other hand all these stories are associated with various pilgrim sites that enhance the temple tourism in India. People from all across the world travel to India to visit to these beautiful shrines and search for peace, spirituality, solace, knowledge, do research and satisfy curiosity.
Seeing the increase in the temple tours in past few years we have made a consolidated list of prominent pilgrim sites in North India which are worth visiting once in a life.
- Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu & Kashmir
- Yamunotri In Uttarakhand
- Gangotri in Uttarakhand
- Kedarnath in Uttarakhand
- Badrinath in Uttarakhand
- Haridwar in Uttarakhand
- Rishikesh in Uttarakhand
- Mathura Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh
- Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
- Bodhgaya In Bihar
- Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand
1. Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu & Kashmir
Most prominent and revered Devi temples in India, which is situated at Trikuta Hill near Katra region in Jammu and Kashmir, Vaishno Devi temple is visited by lakhs of devotees every year. The Goddess is worshiped here in the form of ‘three Pindies’ each signifies individual power of Goddess Kali, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati.
To make your North India tours more memorable you can visit other pilgrim sites near Mata Vaishno Devi temple such as Ban Ganga, Charan Paduka, Ardhkuwari, Bhairav Nath Temple and many more.
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2. Yamunotri In Uttarakhand
Serving as the holy abode of Goddess Yamuna, Yamunotri is one of the finest pilgrim destinations in North India under ‘Chota Char Dham Yatra’, Yamuntori is the pioneer point for Yamuna River which holds a significant place in sacred rivers in India. Yamunotri is travelled by thousands of devotees every year. Legend has that the one who takes bath in Yamuna River will get the boon of painless and peaceful death.
Here are some more pilgrim sites near Yamunotri that you can visit during your temple tours in India; these are Hanuman Chatti, Janki Chatti, Kharsali, Surya Kund and Divya Shila and many more.
3. Gangotri in Uttarakhand
Ganga the most sacred river in the world and its abode Gangotri, one of the four major pilgrim sites in Char Dham Yatra makes a perfect destination in terms of Hindu mythology. Gangotri is considered as the starting point of Ganga River. Pilgrims consider that taking a bath in the holy water of River Ganges will give you moksha and one will get free from the cycle of death and rebirth. Apart from spiritualism Gangotri is also famous for its Unspoilt Charm, natural scenic beauty and rich wildlife, which makes this, places a perfect place to enjoy Wildlife tours in India.
One can visit Ganaga Temple, Bhairon temple, Gangotri temple, Gaumukh Glacier and many other pilgrimage sites during your visit to Gangotri.
4. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand
The loud and zealous mantras of ‘Jai Kedara’ echo the surroundings and a herd of people singing bhajans and praise make the aura of this place more enchanting. Kedarnath is one of the most significant 12 Jyotirlinga of Shiva. The shrine of Kedarnath is also featuring as the 3rd dham among the Cham Dham Yatra destinations. Devotees of Shiva consider this place auspicious and believe that visiting Kedarnath once in a life will give them salvation of life and death.
Other places you might consider are as follows – Omkareshwar temple, Gauri Kund, Kedarnath Temple, Vasuki Tal and many more.
5. Badrinath in Uttarakhand
Badrinath is also a significant Vishnu temple and come last in Chota Char Dham Yatra. Legend has Lord Vishnu did great penance and Goddess Lakshmi took the form of Berry Tree to shade him from scorching sun. Berry is known as Badri in local dialects thus the place got its name Badrinath. People from all over the world visit this temple and enjoy their pilgrim tour in North India. Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Mana Village, Neelkanth Peak are some other places you might visit.
6. Haridwar in Uttarakhand
One of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in India, Haridwar holds an important place in Hindu worlds. Haridwar is located on the bank of River Ganges and fascinates travellers from across the country. Travellers visit this holy place to take bath in the holy water Ganga. The presence of bustling markets, ghats, eateries shops, sadhus and temples give Haridwar a unique look that is something worth experiencing.
Here are some places you can visit during your visit to Haridwar; these places are as follows – Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple and many other sites. All these places will prove a blessing to your North India tourism.
7. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand
Rishikesh, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage is located on the bank of River Ganga and is often called Yoga Capital of the world. One can find numerous of yoga and meditation centers in here along with numerous of Ashrams. People on their activity tour packages can also indulge themselves in various activities in Rishikesh such as River Rafting, mountaineering, River Rappeling and many more.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Trimbakeshwar temple, Triveni Ghat and Swarg Ashram are other major attractions of the place.
Suggested Tour: 9 Nights 10 Days Haridwar And Rishikesh Tour Package
8. Mathura Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh
The place where Lord Krishna born and brought, Mathura and Vrindavan are beautiful Hindu pilgrimage sites that fascinates many national and international travellers. Much folklore related to Radha and Krishna revolves around these two cities. There are many sites that you might want to visit during your visit to Mathura and Vrindavan are Krishna Damodar Janmabhoomi Temple, Dwarkadheesh temple in Mahura and Bankey Bihari temple, Rangaji temple in Vrindavan. Mathur and Vrindavan also keep an important role in Golden Triangle Tours in India.
9. Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
Famous as ‘City of Temples’, Varanasi is a prominent Hindu Pilgrim site that has its own aura and charm. Bathing ghats, sadhus, swirling smokes and cremation sites attracts thousands of tourists to this holy city every year. Once known as Benaras or Kashi the land is believed to be created by Lord Shiva himself. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kaal Bhairav Temple, Annapurna Mata Temple are some prominent shrines to be visited in here.
Suggested Tour: 7 Nights 8 Days Golden Triangle Tours With Varanasi Temples
10. Bodhgaya In Bihar
One of the prominent Buddhist pilgrim sites Bodhgaya is associated with Gautam Buddha. Gautam Buddha got enlightenment here. Mahabodhi temple, Bodhi tree, Great Buddha statue is amazing sites to be visited in here.
11. Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand
Listed among the 12 Jyotirllinga of Shiva, Baidyanath Dham is one of the highly visited Shiva temples in India. The temple gets highly visited during July and August that falls in the holy month of Shravan according Hindu calendar. Parvati temple, Naulakha Temple, Nandan Pahar and Basukinath Temple are some of the other prominent shrines in here.