Kasi or Varanasi, the “City of Spiritual Light” is one of the holiest places in India, where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones.
Rishikesh - a busy little town on the banks of the holy Ganges at the foot of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is the gateway to the Garhwal in the Himalayas. In the district of Dehradun, Rishikesh is situated at an altitude of 1360 ft above sea level. Rishikesh is located precisely on the part in Uttaranchal known as Tehri-Garhwal region.
Badrinath cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan, Badrinath is the holiest of the four main shrines.With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, the shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu. Badrinath is situated along the right bank of the river Alaknanda.
Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology. Ganga, the holy river of the Hindus enters the plains from here. Haridwar's scenic beauty is a blend of height and plains, the air echoes the sounds of chanting mantras. The city abounds in temples of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Haridwar has a lot of spiritual retreats or Ashrams carrying on the lineage of providing the way to body soul perfection via various yoga and meditative techniques.
Kedarnath amidst the dramatic mountainscapes of the majestic Kedarnath range, stands one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of Kedar or Lord Shiva.Lying at an altitude of 3584 mts. on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus.
Rameshwaram is one of the foremost religious cities in Tamil Nadu. An important pilgrimage center for both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites, it was at Rameswaram where Lord Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the Indian epic - The Ramayana) performed thanksgiving rituals to Lord Shiva after his triumph over the demon king Ravana in the battle at Sri Lanka. Rameswaram is located on eastern side of the island in the Gulf of Mannar.