Most of the world might refer to India as a religious & spiritual center, but there is a whole lot more to this country that makes it more amazing & beautiful. The landscape has a lot to offer than just a great spiritual experience. And, it is not just that you have to travel to a far off place to experience the tranquility of the landscape, but the most famous destinations have also got something off the beaten road for their visitors traveling with tour packages in India, let’s take a look.
- Explore the narrow alleys of Varanasi to witness the true local culture
A sacred and soulful experience, Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. The Ganga Aarti in the evening is the highlight of the city. However, there is something more to this city that just the spiritual vibes. The narrow lanes of the city feature graffiti, local wares and bookstores offer something unique before its visitors. The street art here is a perfect combination of art and faith.
- Come face to face with the history of Amritsar
Amritsar, the city home to the golden temple is a popular Sikh shrine inviting pilgrims in large numbers ever year. However, the city also features some important quarters from history. One such example is the Khalsa College Amritsar, a historic institution established in the year 1892. Located on the Amritsar – Lahore highway, the building is a perfect amalgamation of the Indo-Saracenic and Mughal architecture style.
- Take a Heritage Tour of Puri
Home to the world famous Jannath Puri temple, the city of Puri is considered one of the sacred destinations in India. However, you can also opt for a heritage city tour and explore the enthnic life of the city, visit the tribals, take a rickshaw ride and explore the city at a glance. Moreover, you can also enjoy the delicious Puri Cheesecake in the narrow lanes of the city prepared from cottage cheese, sugar and cardamom.
- Go River Rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a famous religious destination featuring numerous temples, the Sacred Ganges, and heavy settlement of yoga centers. The destination invites numerous devotees & pilgrims from all over the world. However, if you are looking for something different, then you will be glad to know that Rishikesh also offers some great river rafting opportunities.
- Light and Sound Show in Madurai
Home to the famous Meenakshi Temple, the nightly sound-and-light show at the Tirumalai Nayak Palace is an offbeat thing to indulge into for a great experience. The amazing light show unravels the story of the Silappathikaram in English and Tamil for the audience.
- Watch those Deers in Tirupati
Synonymous with the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is one of the most famous religious sites in India. But, how many of us know that Tirupati is also home to a deer park with abundant wildlife & scenic natural views. With a varied wildlife, the deer park is a great place for photographers.
- Hippies in Hampi
The historic city with century old heritage is one of the protected UNESCO World Heritage site and is a great destination for an offbeat experience. You can find numerous Hippies at the bustling streets and can experience some of the most amazing and unusual things here at Hampi.
- And then there is another Hippie Destination Dharamshala
Dharamshala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and the Tibetan government in exile is another highlight for those looking for an offbeat adventure. The monasteries and Tibetan culture make Dharamshala a cloud nine destination for travelers looking for someplace placid and in search of spiritual enlightenment. The city also invites hippies, adventure seekers and those who long for a total different experience.
- The Adventurous Leh
The rugged landscape of Leh is mostly known for its adventurous escapes, and Buddhist monasteries. Besides its thrilling adventure opportunities and Buddhist appeal, the destination also offers great opportunities to enjoy a laid back vacation. Stay at the old town located next to the Shanti Stupa, visit Basgo for a historic tour, and enjoy a great day biking at the Nubra Valley, Leh will simply bewitch you with its untouched beauty.
So what do you think about these religious places that can challenge even offbeat destinations to the core? Share your views in the comments section.