IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW INDIA without understanding its religious beliefs and practices, which have a large impact on the personal lives of most Indians and influence public life on a daily basis. Indian religions have deep historical roots that are recollected by contemporary Indians. The ancient culture of South Asia, going back at least 4,500 years, has come down to India primarily in the form of religious texts. The artistic heritage, as well as intellectual and philosophical contributions, has always owed much to religious thought and symbolism. Contacts between India and other cultures have led to the spread of Indian religions throughout the world, resulting in the extensive influence of Indian thought and practice on Southeast and East Asia in ancient times and, more recently, in the diffusion of Indian religions to Europe and North America. Within India, on a day-to-day basis, the vast majority of people engage in ritual actions that are motivated by religious systems that owe much to the past but are continuously evolving. Religion, then, is one of the most important facets of Indian history and contemporary life.
The Vaishno Devi shrine is located in a cave towards the top of the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu-Kashmir. There are three pindies for Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. Vaishno Devi is mostly identified with Mahalakshmi although She is the combined shakti's of all three. This is believed to be the only place where these three Devi's are found in one temple as natural pindies. The yatra, on foot, starts from Katra and continues up the mountain for around 12 kilometers. The yatra follows the path Vaishno Devi took when fleeing from Bhairon. Thousands of devotees make the climb daily to have darshan. It is believed that Vaishno Devi is the elder sister of the other seven Devi Mata's (Kangra, Jwalaji, Chamunda, Chintapurni, Naina and Mansa)
Day 1: Delhi Receiving of guests from new delhi railway station-check in hotel- visit of Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Rajghat
Day 2: Jammu
Drive to Jammu- check in hotel
Day 3: Jammu - Katra
Morning arrival at Jammu. Afternoon explore the city of Jammu. Leave for Katra in the evening and on arrival, check-in at the Hotel.
Day 4: Katra - Mata Vaishno Devi Temple
Early morning Trek* to Mandir (16 kms). Return by evening. Night halt.
Day 5: Katra
Shoping at Katra. Explore the city of Katra- Relax after *trekking
Day 6: Patni Top
Drive to Pattni top-check in hotel-Pony rides along little known trails- walking.
Day 7: Delhi
Drive to Delhi
Duration - 6 Nights / 7 Days
Places to See - Delhi - Jammu - Katra - Mata Vaishno Devi Temple - Patni Top
Char Dham are four most holy places for Hindu's. The Char Dhams are another name for four holy places of Garwal Hills -The sources of two rivers, Gangotri and Yamunotri are devoted to the female dities – Ganga and Yamuna. They both, along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Char Dham of the Garhwal, the four most hallowed shrines in the Himalayas.
Duration - 11 Nights/12 Days
Places to See - Delhi - Mussoorie - Hanuman Chatti - Janaki Chatti - Yamunotri - Hanuman Chatti - Rana Chatti - Gangotri - Tilwara - Chandrapuri - Siyalsaur - Guptkashi - Siyalsaur - Sri Kedarnathji - Ukhhimath - Chopta - Auli - Joshimath - Sri Badrinathji - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi
Although this is the chief house of worship for Sikhs, and their most important pilgrimage site, you don't have to be of the Sikh religion to be moved by the splendour of Amritsar's Golden Temple, also known as Sri Hari Mandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib.
Duration - 6 Nights / 7 Days
Places to See - Delhi - Chandigarh - Parivar Vichhora - Anandpur Sahib - Chandigarh - Amritsar - Delhi
Near the Valley of flowers is the holy lake Hemkund- an important pilgrimage of the Sikhs and Hindus. Along its shores is the sacred Sikh shrine where Sri Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru unified with god after Prolonged meditation in his previous birth. Nearby is the Lakshman Temple where Lakshman - the brother of Lord Rama performed his penance. The reflection of surrounding snow- clad peaks in its placid waters offers a scenic sight.
Duration - 8 Nights / 9 Days
Places to See - Delhi - Rishikesh - Karnaprayag - Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria - Govindghat - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Delhi