From being the birthplace of yoga and several of the world’s major religions, to being the location of several beautiful ashrams and places of worship, India is a sanctuary for you if you seek to find yourself, seek relief from the increasingly busy world in Indian spiritual retreats, or even to explore the inner world a little bit more.
Travel Jaunts will take you to several popular ashrams in India, show you the ins and outs of yoga and meditation, learn meditation courses in India, and help you experience the ins and outs of stunning spiritual places in India.
South Indian temples possess fascinating pasts, and the ability to make you realize the presence of religious teachings of years before, and the divine powers. Home to several UNESCO world heritage sites, Travel Jaunts’ South Indian temple tours combines the treasures of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu into one unforgettably holy experience.
Best time to go to the South Indian Temples – From December to February is the perfect time to see South India, as the climate is pleasant, and for Kerala and Tamil Nadu, least humid.
Where to stay to see South Indian Temples – In major cities where the temples are located, such as Trivandrum, Thanjavur, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, Chidambaram and Tiruchirapalli, it is best to stay at several hotels and resorts in the cities, close to the temple.
How to go to the South Indian Temples – Most of the cities can be reached by flight, with direct routes from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to cities like Thanjavur, Trivandrum, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli. Pondicherry, Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram can be reached easily by driving from Chennai.
Badrinath, situated in the Himalayan mountains, is famous for the Badrinarayan Temple, and called one of the four “dhaams” of India – essential for a pilgrimage. Kedarnath, a haven for devotees of Lord Shiva, has beautiful cliffs and mountains, and is considered one of the world’s holiest places. A Kedarnath-Badrinath tour is a must to see India’s spiritual tranquility at its finest.
Best time to go to Kedarnath and Badrinath – From May to June and September to October, you can visit both places, as it helps to avoid the chilly climate and heavy rainfall that winter brings.
Where to stay in Kedarnath and Badrinath – Both places are well-equipped with hotels for tourists to stay in.
How to go to Kedarnath and Badrinath – Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the best way to get to Kedarnath, being 250 kms away from it and well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The distance from Kedarnath to Badrinath is 41 km, and can be taken by road.
If you’re wondering how to plan your Kedarnath Badrinath yatra, Travel Jaunts is the place for you.
Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the world, originated in India. Its legacy has been left in a number of pilgrimage centers, stupas and monasteries across Northern and Central India. It is said by the Buddha that a visit to places important in his life, like his place of birth, enlightenment, teaching and attaining Nirvana, can bring merit and rebirth to one’s life, so take the Buddhist Circuit tour as part of your quest for enlightenment.
Best time to go on the Buddhist Circuit Tour – October to March is the best time to take the Buddhist Circuit tour, especially in Sarnath.
Where to stay for the Buddhist Circuit Tour – The locations of the Buddhist Circuit – Varanasi, Delhi, Shravasti, Kushinagar, Lumbini and Bodhgaya – are best seen when staying in hotels and resorts in each location. Several of the locations are also home to ashrams, where you can experience a joyous, simple stay.
How to get to the Buddhist Circuit Tour – The best way to experience the Circuit fully is to take the Buddhist Circuit tourist train, starting from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station, and taking you to all the places on the Buddhist Circuit. From Mumbai and Bangalore, you can fly to Delhi and then take the train from Delhi Railway station.
In order to experience Buddhism at its origin, plan your Buddhist Circuit tour itinerary with Travel Jaunts’ packages.
One of the holiest cities in the world, Varanasi is the seat and symbol of ancient Indian spirituality. Set on the ghats of the River Ganga, Travel Jaunts’ Varanasi tours will lead you to Buddhist landmarks, boat rides, and feel the vibrations of Sanskrit mantras.
Best time to visit Varanasi – Between November and February, the weather is pleasantly chilly, and perfect to enjoy the holy city.
Where to stay in Varanasi – Varanasi has several hotels, hostels and homestays throughout the city for tourists to stay.
How to go to Varanasi – Varanasi Airport is well-connected to Mumbai and Bangalore. It is relatively close to Delhi, so it is easily possible to fly directly to enjoy Varanasi tours from Delhi.
Over 30 million years old, Mount Kailash has existed even before the Himalayas came to be. To Hindus, it is the residence of Lord Shiva, and his consort, Parvati. To Tibetans, it is Sumeru, the cosmic center of the universe. North of Mount Kailash is the world’s highest freshwater lake – Manasarovar – a journey ringed with spiritual vibrations. The most favored and also the ‘less complex’ route to Kailash Mansarovar are Kathmandu in Nepal, Simikot in Nepal and Lhasa in Tibet. Apart from these, the Ministry of Tourism has figured out two routes for experiencing the divine Kailash Manasarovar Yatra which are none other than the route through Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and also the route through Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
Best time to go to Kailash and Manasarovar – The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (journey) is organized every year between June and September, and is taken by hundreds of people for its religious significance, making the best time to go then.
Where to stay in Kailash Manasarovar – To experience the beauty of Mount Kailash, the village of Darchen, located at the south foot of the mountain, is the best place to stay. The mountain can be hiked from Darchen, or you can stay in several of the small monasteries in and around the mountain. Near Lake Manasarovar is a small village next to Jiwu Monastery, where the best views of the mountain can be obtained.
How to go to Kailash Manasarovar – The route to Kailash Manasarovar is to take a flight to Bagdogra airport, 202 kms away, with direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Punjab is revered worldwide not just for its Golden Temple in Amritsar, a cornerstone of Sikhism, but for its rich cuisine as well. Through Travel Jaunts, you can take food walks in Delhi, and experience Amritsar food tours.
Best time to go to Delhi and Amritsar – November-March is the perfect climate to explore the place, and take the Amritsar golden temple package.
How to go to Delhi and Amritsar – Amritsar is well-connected from Delhi and Mumbai through flight and train. The golden temple package tours from Bangalore are also easily accessible, as there is a direct flight to Amritsar from Bangalore.
Where to stay in Delhi and Amritsar – Delhi and Amritsar have several hotels and accommodations for tourists.
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If you have less time preferred mode of transport should be flights as far as possible. Train travel has its own advantage if you wish to travel the length and breadth of India and dive deep into its cultural roots. Within the cities and for hill stations booking a cab/taxi makes sense.
India is huge and there is a region for every season. Also, depends on what you would like to experience. Primarily Mid Sept till April is a good time. High season being October to December in most places. July- August is the monsoon season.
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