India - Holy places
India is place of different religions, cultures, traditions, ethnic values and customs. Over 80% of India's population practices Hinduism.
Other major religions in India are Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.
The holy Ganges flow abundantly in North India which makes it a popular destination for devotees.
North India is dotted with popular pilgrim places like Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Gangotri, Badrinath, Mathura, Vrindavan, Ayodhya and Ujjain. Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are the four major shrines that constitute the Char Dham. The Char Dham tour is considered to be the most scared of all Hindu religious tours.
Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, is located in Amritsar. It is considered the holiest shrine for Sikhs.
Western India includes states of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Goa is a state of diverse religious cultures and attracts tourist from all over the world. Goa has beautiful churches, elaborate temples and mosques.
The state of Gujarat has important Jain temples. The most prominent Jain shrine is the rectangular Neminath temple. Akshardham Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple, Sun Temple and Somnath Temple are other popular religious places in Gujarat.
Eastern India includes pilgrimage sites of West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand.
West Bengal has holy places like Adinath Temple, Hare Krishna temple in Mayapur and Kali Mandir in Calcuta.
In Orisha, one can visit famous religious places like Jagannath Temple in Puri and Temple at Konark.
Religious places in South India are: Amaravati, Guruvayor Temple, Kalpathi Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Udupi and Sabarimala Temple.