India has one of the oldest pilgrimage traditions in the world and this practice is so deeply embedded in the nation’s cultural psyche that millions of people take a pilgrimage tour every year. According to the ancient Hindu text, Mahabharata (350 BC), there are more than 300 sacred sites spanning the Indian subcontinent. With the assimilation of aboriginal sacred places and the growing importance of pilgrimage in Indian culture and tradition, the number of sacred sites has increased considerably. A visit to these holy lands and religious places not only cleanses the mind, body and soul but also offers a much-needed break from the monotony of routine. In the Hindu religion, these places of worship are termed ‘tirtha’ and undertaking a spiritual or religious journey is called ‘tirtha yatra’. Keeping the nation’s cultural, spiritual and religious heterogeneity in mind, IRCTC has curated a wide array of tour packages dedicated solely for the purpose of ‘Bharat tirtha darshan’. Here are some of the itineraries that could pique your interest if you have pilgrimage on your mind.
- Shri Ramayan Yatra: A mesmerising 16 nights/17 days journey will take you to all important Hindu pilgrim destinations across the country such as Ayodhya, Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi, Rameshwaram and Madurai. An affordable and all-inclusive tour package, it is perfect for families and takes place aboard ‘Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains’.
- Maa Vaishno Devi Darshan Yatra: A calm, peaceful and enchanting 10 nights/11 days journey, this will cover a visit to the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi and prominent religious sites in Amritsar such as Golden Temple. An economic tour package, it is ideal for large groups of Hindu devotees.
- Aastha Teerth Yatra: A truly religious odyssey covering destinations like Puri, Kolkata, Gaya, Varanasi and Prayag, this tour will give the opportunity to visit gorgeous pilgrim sites such as Jagannath Temple and Konark Sun Temple. You can also take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges to wash away all your sins on this budget 9 nights/10 days sojourn.
- Dakshin Bharat Yatra: A magical 12 nights/13 days journey of South India, this expedition will take you to Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Tiruchirapalli, Tirupati and Mallikarjuna. This affordable tour package will give you ample opportunity to experience the grandeur and architectural magnificence of renowned temples of South India.
While these devotional tour packages are a wide hit among tourists in India and abroad, another package i.e. golden triangle tour package by train also enjoys immense popularity. Although not a pilgrimage special tour package, it promises a fulfilling experience of India’s rich culture and heritage through a journey of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra. Feast your eyes over the glorious pride of India, Taj Mahal and get enthralled by the historic marvels in Jaipur. So, leave everything to us. Just pack your bags and get ready to undertake a unique and soul-stirring journey with IRCTC. To book a “Bharat tirtha darshan” package of your choice today, please visit https://www.irctctourism.com/.