A number of religions originated in India and influenced the world. At the same time, there are many religions that flourished in other countries and gained equal worth in different parts of India. The result is that there are many iconic religious sites in India that belong to various religions, but are visited by all types of tourists. Here is a discussion about the top five such sites located in different states of North India.
Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh
The extremely beautiful area of Ladakh accommodates many popular Buddhist monasteries known for their spectacular architecture. The oldest of the lot is located at Lamayuru, while many other that are worth visiting include Hemis Monastery which is also the largest in the region and has many guest houses in Ladakh located around it. Thiksey Monastery, Stok Monastery and Spituk Monastery are other popular attractions. The annually held festivals at these monasteries are the grand celebrations attracting thousands of visitors. One can stay at options like guest house in Ladakh while exploring these sites.
Hindu Temples in Varanasi
One of the most ancient cities of the world, Varanasi is well-known for memorable boat rides at Rive Ganges and majestic evening prayers. The city is also visited by flocks of pilgrims who wish to visit the centuries old temples built near the ghats. Some of the most popular ones include Vishwanath Temple and Kaal Bhairav Temple. Varanasi accommodation can be found in the form of home stays and budget resorts.
Muslim Tomb at Ajmer
People from different religions, looking for peace and tranquility, visit the Dargah Sharif located in Ajmer city of Rajasthan. This Muslim pilgrimage site is the tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti, a revered Sufi Saint. It is believed that one can find his or her wished granted while visiting the place with full faith. Just like Varanasi accommodation options, the Ajmer accommodation options like home stays can be easily found.
Jain Temple at Ranakpur
Like many other Jain Temples in India, the one located at Ranakpur in Rajasthan is hugely admirable for its spellbinding architecture. The main highlight of the temple is the group of 1444 pillars made of marble, each offering a different design. The enchanting ceiling details, domes, cupolas and turrets are the key features of the temple as well. Those staying at Ajmer accommodation can also plan to visit this temple with unmatched beauty.
Sikh Temple at Amritsar
The enticing Golden Temple at Amritsar in Punjab is the holiest Sikh shrine and a popular attraction among visitors from all religions. The main structure is located near a huge water tank where the pilgrims take holy dips. The artwork and sculptures of the temple are simply outstanding.
Exploring each of these sites is a lifetime opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. There are many other tourist places located in the close vicinity of these sites and adding to the interest of the visitors.