Amritsar highlights: Golden Temple, Jallianwalla Bagh & Wagah Border

The mere mention of Amritsar for most people brings images of the beautiful Golden Temple, also called ‘The Darbar Sahib’ or ‘Sri Harminder Sahib’ by the Sikh community. This is the most important pilgrimage site for them. For many others, it evokes horrific images of partition of British India into India and Pakistan and memories of massacre of innocents by the British at Jallianwala Bagh. So Amritsar, the city in North-Western India, in the state of Punjab and just 30 kms away from the Wagah Border (Between India and Pakistan), has a rich historical, religious and cultural appeal.

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Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Gujarat

Driving miles along the shore of the Arabian Sea, on the Western Coast of the Indian Subcontinent, to reach the sleepy town of Veraval and sitting on the beach, flanked by the first among the twelve ‘Aadi Jyotirlings’ and looking out at the vast expanse of water is an experience not to be missed. Combine the trip with Dwarka, home to Sri Krishna, and you will find yourself standing at the ‘Gateway to Heaven’.

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Vaishno Devi pilgrimage: The Goddess beckons

One of the most important pilgrimage for Hindus, is a visit to the shrine of the Goddess, Vaishnavi, in Jammu. Devotees throng this temple to ask the Goddess for some favour or to thank her for a bountiful life. Although the climb to the abode of the Goddess is not very easy, all age groups are seen walking those miles into the mountain. While there are many devotees who visit the shrine once every year, there are some who trek those 13.5 Kms every month, to seek her blessings.

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