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Hansa Spiritual Tours
Spirituality is an intrinsic part of India’s culture and life. Worshiping pictures of gods and goddess, shrines…surrounded by incense, garlands are the part of holism in accord to the Hindu mythology. If you want to visit India’s pilgrimage and religious sites, you can choose one of our Hansa India Spiritual Tour packages.

India's famed spirituality has made it a popular destination for spiritually-inclined travelers and seekers for decades. India is the source of many of the world's major religions and has many holy pilgrimage sites. Visit the sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India, Islamic Sacred Sites in India , Sacred Christian sites in India , Sacred Buddhist sites in India, Jain Sacred sites in India, Sikh Sacred sites (Gurudwaras) in India, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Bahai faith. All of these religions coexist in harmony in the amazing multicultural diversity of India.

Hinduism originates from the ancient Vedic tradition and other indigenous beliefs, incorporated over time. Prominent themes in Hinduism include Dharma (ethics and duties), Samsara (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), and Moksha (liberation from the cycle of samsara).

There are many Hindu holy places in India. One of the most famous is the ancient city of Varanasi. Other holy places in India include Kedarnath and Badrinath in the Himalayas, the Jagannath temple at Puri, Rishikesh and Haridwar in the foothills of the Himalayas, Prayag (today Allahabad), Rameshwaram in the South and Gaya in the east. The largest single gathering of pilgrims is during the annual Kumbh Mela fair held in one of four different cities on a rotating basis.[citation needed] Another important "set" of pilgrimages are the 51 "Shakti Peethas," where the Mother Goddess is worshipped, two principal ones being Kalighat and Kamakhya, which are incidentally major points of confluence for practitioners of Tantra and those who seek their guidance. Vaishno Devi, the Shakti temple near Katra, Jammu and Kashmir is the second most visited religious shrine in India, after Tirupati Balaji Mandir

Siddhartha Gautama was the historical founder of Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama was born as a Kshatriya prince in ancient India. (563-483 BC). After asceticism and meditation, Siddhartha Gautama discovered the Buddhist Middle Way - a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya. Thus began Buddhism, one of the world's great religions and pilgrimage traditions.

There are four sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centres, first of these is the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbinivana, east of Kapilavastu. The second most sacred place of pilgrimage is Bodh Gaya where he attained enlightenment. The third most sacred pilgrimage centre for Buddhists is Sarnath or Isipatan where Buddha delivered his first sermon, and the fourth is Kushinara or Khushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, where he finally gave up his mortal self.

Jain Dharma, is a dharmic religion and philosophy originating in Ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of Tirthankaras. The 24th Tirthankara Lord Mahavira lived in ca. 6th century BC. Jainism stresses spiritual independence and equality of all life with particular emphasis on non-violence. Self-control (vratae) is vital for attaining Keval Gnan and eventually moksha, or realization of the soul's true nature. One of the most important ethical code taken very seriously in Jainism is “Ahimsa” or non-violence. Nonviolence includes being vegetarian, and some choose to be vegan. Jains are expected to be non-violent in thought, word and deed, both toward humans and toward every other possible living creature, including even themselves.

Some of the important Jain pilgrimage sites in India are Shikharji, also known as Parshvanathji or Sammet Sikhar and located in Giridih district in Jharkhand state, is considered the most sacred pilgrimage site. In Karnataka - Shravanabelagola, a monumental statue of Saint Gomateshwar in Hassan. The Dilwada Temples – a complex of white marble Jain temples on Mount Abu, Ranakpur Temples which have a extensive complex of white marble Jain temples in Ranakpur, Palitana, most visited Jain temple in Gujarat and the Bawangaja - a complex of Jain temples and monumental statues in Barwani District,

Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak and is a monotheistic religion. Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak and is based on his teachings, and those of the 9 Sikh Gurus who followed him. The Gurus who followed Nanak contributed to the consolidation and spread of Sikhism. A Gurdwara, meaning "the doorway to the Guru", is the Sikh place of worship and may be referred to as a Sikh temple.

The Golden Temple is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. It is a source of inspiration for all Sikhs and their chief place of pilgrimage. Also known as Harimandir Sahib, it has entrances and doors on all four sides. Other important Sikh pilgrimage places are Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi, Hemkund Saheb, Paonta Sahib and Manikaran.

Islam is a monotheistic religion based on the revelations received the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century, which was later recorded in the Qur'an. Today, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. The word "Islam" means "submission," reflecting the religion's central tenet of submitting to the will of God. Islamic practices are defined by the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms. Since its introduction into India, Islam has made religious, artistic, philosophical, cultural, social and political contributions to Indian history, heritage and life. Quran is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe the Quran to be the book of divine guidance and direction for mankind.

Some of the most important Islamic pilgrimage places are - Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer is famous for the tomb of Hazrat Muinuddin Chishti, Jama Masjid in Delhi. One of the largest mosques in India and the final architectural extravagance of the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is the mosque at Taj Mahal in Agra. Another fantastic mosque is located at Fatehpur Sikri built by Mughal Emperor Akabr and located a short distance from Agra and lastly the famous Haji Ali in Mumbai.

The first Christians in India, according to tradition and legend, were converted by Saint Thomas the Apostle, who arrived on the Malabar Coast of India in A.D. 52. After evangelizing and performing miracles in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, he is believed to have been martyred in Madras and buried on the site of San Thomé Cathedral. Beginning in the eighteenth century, Protestant missionaries began to work throughout India, leading to the growth of Christian communities of many varieties.

India houses many ancient churches all over the country but especially in South India, from architectural point of view there are some exceptional constructions and designs, which reveal a fusion of European and British architecture. India has Churches of all kinds depicting different forms of Christianity. There are Syrian Churches, Catholic Churches, Protestant Churches and various others. India has some unique Christian pilgrimage sites. Some of the famous churches in India are - The holy Basilica of Bom Jesus, houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Other well-known churches are the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Church and Convent of St. Monica, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Anthony and Chapel of St. Catherine, Lady of Immaculate Conception, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the statue of Abbe Faria, Christ Church and St Michael's Cathedral, The Catholic Church of St. Francis, St. John's Church-In-Wilderness, Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church.. The present St Thomas Archdiocesan Shrine in Palayur (South India) is believed to be the first Christian Church established on the Indian soil.

Amarnath Pilgrimage Tour with Kashmir
Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights
Destinations : Delhi – Srinagar – Pahalgam – Chandanwari – Sheshnagh trek – Baltal – Srinagar - Delhi

Classic Spiritual Tour
Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Bhubaneshwar - Puri - Calcutta

Hansa Buddhism Tour
Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations : Delhi – Lucknow – Sravasti – Lumbini – Kapilavastu – Kushinagar – Varanasi – Bodh Gaya – Rajgir –Ratnagiri Caves – Bhubaneshwar – Delhi

North India Spiritual Tour
Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Haridwar - Syana Chatti - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Rudraprayag - Kedarnath - Joshimath - Badrinath - Govindghat

South India Temple Tour
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi- Chennai