On the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, the twin cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh are among India’s most revered pilgrimage spots. They regularly attract throngs of Hindu visitors who come to pray at the many riverside temples as well as foreign travelers, many of whom come to practice yoga.
Category: Things To Do
September 4, 2015
The capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai often serves as a jumping-off point for exploring the state’s historical and religious attractions. However, those who stick around the city will find that Chennai has plenty of impressive places of worship of its own. Here are a few to discover.
August 21, 2015
Known by many names, from Benares to Kashi, the city of Varanasi is among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and one of India’s most significant holy sites for Hindus. Straddling the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh, the city attracts pilgrims who come to bathe in the Ganges waters, visit famous temples and perform the last rights of their loved ones here; it’s believed that anyone whose ashes are submerged in the Ganges at Varanasi will be liberated from moksha, the cycle of rebirth.
August 14, 2015
Agra is most often associated with its most famous attraction, the Taj Mahal. While there’s no denying that the centuries-old mausoleum is by far the city’s most visit-worthy attraction, there are plenty of other gorgeous historic sites in Agra beyond the Taj Mahal. Here are a few favorites.
July 31, 2015
The Indian festival of Holi marks the end of winter and ushers in spring on the full moon of March every year. Over time, the festival has grown into a nationwide celebration where the entire country of India covers itself in brightly colored powder. Although it’s celebrated all over the sub-continent, some places celebrate more than others.
July 27, 2015
As the sun goes down in the city of Jaipur, the crowds gather to watch the nightly Light and Sound Show at the Amber Fort. As impressive as the fort is during the day, it’s even more magical at night. After viewing the show, we stopped at a few other Jaipur hotspots to see them light up at night. Touring at night we got a different view of the fort, Water Palace and Surabhi cultural center.