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Pilgrimage in Kashmir - Amalgam of Faiths

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This article bring forth information on some of the holiest pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. Plan a pilgrim tours to Kashmir and cleanse your heart and soul by bowing at some of the most revered sites in the country.

The wondrous state of Jammu and Kashmir boasts of various holy spots that make it an ideal pilgrim destination in India. On the pilgrimage tour of Kashmir, besides revering the various cave temples and other holy places, tourists can enjoy some exciting trekking adventure along with sighting some of the most exotic natural attractions.

Vaishno Devi Yatra - This is one among the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus, who throng to Kashmir all the year round. This sanctum enjoys very interesting historical legend and invites thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. The sanctum is located at a height of 5,300 feet above sea level on the hills of Trikuta range and is 48 kilometers away from the Jammu city and 14 kilometers from the Katra. One can reach the shrine through trekking or alternatively hiring a porter, pony or even a palanquin.

Amarnath Yatra - Amarnath Yatra is the next most visited shrine in Jammu and Kasmir. The main attraction of the cave temple is the ice lingam. Trekking is the most ideal way to reach the cave temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A 47 kms upward climb to the temple can be covered by two routes, first starting from Pahalgam and second begins from Baltal. Of recent helicopter services to the temple too have commenced from both Baltal and Pahalgam holidays.

Monasteries - For all the Buddhist pilgrim, head towards Leh and Zanskar that are dotted with magnificent monasteries. Belonging to the Mahayana and Hinayana Sects of Buddhism, these monasteries are not only popular for their education and spiritual significance, but most of them house museums that display exquisite artifacts depicting the flourishing of Buddhism in this region. The most popular Gompa is the Hemis, the largest monastery in Jammu and Kashmir. Other famous monasteries include Sankar Gompa, Likhir Monastry and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa which one should not miss on tours to Leh Ladakh.

Muslim Shrines - Beside the Hindus and the Buddhists, there are many other holy spots dedicated to Muslim pilgrim seekers as well. The Hazrabal Mosque, located on Dal Lake is an ideal place for those who want to see a unique blend of Mughal and Kashmir architecture.
The Char-E-Sharif, in Srinagar, is one of the most renowned shrine of Kashmiri saint Sheikh Noor-Ud-Din Noorani, who dedicated his life in service of others.

Other Popular Pilgrim Spots
Besides, the above mentioned holy sites, there are many other revered sites in Jammu and Kashmir that tourists should not miss while on holy tours of Kashmir. Shankarachariya Temple, located on the top of Kohi Maran near Srinagar, is famous not only for its holiness but also for offering panoramic views of the surrounding of Old Srinagar.

The beautiful mosque Khankahe Mouala, is another popular attractions. Located on Rive Jhelum, the mosque was built by Saint Mir Syed Ali Hamadani in 1395 and is noted for its Kashmir Muslim Architecture.

Other must visited pilgrim destinations in Kashmir includes the shrine of Sheikh Hamza on the Hill of Hari Parbat included in Srinagar tours. The holy temple of Kheer Bhawani dedicated to Goddess Ragnya Dev, located around 27 kms from Srinagar in a village called Tulla Mulla, is also a not to be missed site.

Plan a pilgrim tour to Kashmir and experience the bliss and spiritualism in these sought after pilgrim destinations in the Jammu and Kashmir.
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