Top holy places to visit in India

Thousands of people visit India so that they can experience Indian spiritually. But many of them who visit the country do not know that other than Hinduism there are other religions that also exist in India. This means that there are non-Hindu religious places that can also be visited and can provide spiritual upliftment.

So let’s look at some of the other religions of India! Other popular religions include Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism which are collectively known as the Indian religions or simply those that started in India. Other major religions of the world that has significant following in India include Islam and Christianity. In fact, India has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia comprising of about 15% of India’s population. Christianity is India’s third most popular religion with over 24 million followers.

Sikhism is another India’s religions most popular in the state of Punjab. If you are planning to visit Punjab then the Golden Temple is a must visit. Here are some excellent photos of the Golden Temple that was sent to me by a friend. People from all over the world visit this holy shrine. In addition, the world’s newest religion, the Baha’i Faith has a lovely temple called the Lotus Temple in Delhi. It is considered as an architectural marvel.

"Lotus Temple New Delhi"
The Lotus Temple in New Delhi

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Some Indians also claim to be following Judaism. Initially, it was dismissed as people who simply wanted to immigrate to Israel but it is now accepted that they are one of the lost Jewish tribe called “Bene Israel”. It is the only country in the world where they have not been prosecuted by any incidences of anti-Semitism.

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Now that you know that there are other religions, here are the 5 top religious places in India you might like to visit.

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

Varanasi
Varanasi: Photo by Irene. Read her interview here.

Also known as Banaras and Kashi. Thousands of people visit this place every month; it is one of the best places to experience Hinduism in its raw form. I consider myself lucky to have spent half of my childhood in the holy city of Banaras.

Bodh Gaya (Bihar)

Mahabodhi Temple Complex
Mahabodhi Temple Complex

Bodh Gaya in Bihar (where I come from) where Buddha used to live, preach and mediate. It is said that he found enlightment under the famous Bodhi Tree. This is one of the best places for those interested in Buddhism.

Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)

Main Tirupati Balaji Temple
Main Tirupati Balaji Temple

The Balaji Temple in Tirupati (known as Tirumala) in South India is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It’s a very popular religious destination for South Indians. North Indians and foreigners also visit this place in large numbers.

Golden Temple in Amritsar (Punjab)

the golden temple amritsar India
The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Built by the fifth Guru Arjun known as the Sri Harmandir Sahib, it is the most famous temple of the Sikhs. People from all walks of life and all religious denominations visit this place.

Read about Manuela’s experience at the Golden Temple

Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer (Rajasthan)

Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer: Photo by Shahnoor Habib Munmun

The dargah of Moinuddin Chishti in the Rajasthani city of Ajmer is a very popular Muslim pilgrim site but indecently Hindus and Sikhs also visit this place in large numbers. It is said that if you ask for a wish, it will come true. If you happen to be visiting Rajasthan you might consider visit this Muslims shrine.

Basilica of Bom Jesus (Goa)

Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNECSO Word Heritage Site and is considered a landmark in Indian Christianity is the oldest church in India.

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Shalu Sharma is a blogger and a writer from Bihar, India. She is the founder of YouBihar, the Bihar social networking site and writer on tourism in India. Apart from blogging, she is also a mother who does cooking and washing. She also watches movies and read other blogs. You can follow her on .

42 thoughts on “Top holy places to visit in India

  • July 23, 2014 at 10:07 am
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    I’m planning to visit to Banaras in August, I haven’t been there before so this would be my first visit and I’m really excited about it. 🙂

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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:22 am
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      I hope you have a nice time. It’s very hot at that time but nonetheless, you will have a nice time. Don’t forget the Aarti’s at the ghats.
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  • July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am
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    A very good list about the religious places in India covering all the major religions practiced in India. They are all worth a visit and the experience one gets is very unique to each one of them. I would just like to add the Jewish Synagogue in Fort Kochi, which is open to all and is one of the oldest Synagogues in Asia.
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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:25 am
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      Thank you Prasad. I have not heard of the Jewish Synagogue in Kochi so thank you for mentioning it. I have a liking for the Jewish religion and have been to Israel and Palestine to see the holy places of the 3 religions. I am thinking of visiting Kochi soon.
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  • July 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    Hi Shalu,

    Nice list indeed 🙂

    It’s good to know that I’ve visited most of these holy places in the country and each one is a worthwhile place with a past history, which makes it all the more interesting. I love hearing those about such places, as one can go back in time and relate to it in a much better way.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:26 am
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      Absolutely Harleena. These holy places are a must visit not just for Indians but for anyone considering coming to India. Thank you for your comment.
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  • July 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    I am from Gaya (Bihar) and living in Bangalore, glad to read about my place which is holy place for Buddhaism. Great time for visiting Bodh Gaya is in the month of January. The famous temple of Gautam Buddha i.e Naulakha Temple is worth to visit. This place is awesome and filled with peace and love.

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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:28 am
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      Nice to know that you are from Gaya. I am from Patna and have been to Gaya on many occasions both to the Vishupad Temple and the Bodh Gaya itself. Thank you for mentioning the Naulakha Temple.
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  • July 24, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    Of them i visited benaras, tirupathi and go chruch. I would have missed lotus temple in a near future visit there. thanks.

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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:29 am
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      Lotus Temple is a great place to visit. You will like it. There is nothing to see inside but its beautiful from the outside.
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  • July 26, 2014 at 2:46 am
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    I love the religions of India!
    I have taken many courses in world religion,and maybe
    someday I will come there as well.
    I love how the Holy can shift enough to cover the entire world.
    Love your site
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  • July 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    All great monuments – would love to visit one day.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    I love this articles. As a travel agent, we need a lot of information about India, because we never create a tour package to India before. Thanks, ms shalu

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  • July 30, 2014 at 4:49 am
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    Hi Shalu, It’s really nice post about “Top holy places to visit in India” ! India is such a great country & it be believed India has been a very pure Holy Country ! God has taken Birth in India! So Indian People do believe in Holy places ! So these are such nice Holy places and most famous temples in India but there are also many uncountable Holy Places those are still unaware in public.

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    • August 2, 2014 at 7:37 am
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      Hi Disha
      It is certainly a place of regions, not just for Hinduism but all religions has some kind of presence in this country. Thank you for your comment.
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  • August 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this interesting articles! full of useful information! it’s really worth reading! keep up the great work!

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  • August 5, 2014 at 7:13 am
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    i have visit few of them, i love tirupati and golden temple , when i get a time to travel i will return

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  • August 6, 2014 at 10:53 am
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    Hi,
    You have beautifully covered all the important religious places of all populous communities of India. But being Hindu out of these I’ve only visited to Goa church on my school trip!

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  • August 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    I’ve been to Varanasi and Bodh Gaya. Too bad I haven’t been to the other places you mentioned here. The Lotus Temple in Delhi is something else!
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  • August 10, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    After a long time i have visited your blog. I really love to know about indian holy places thanks for the nice description. I would like to say I would be more helpful if you could share the places where visitor can stay.
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  • August 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm
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    Hello, Mrs.Sharma,
    Your site is so good and very useful for not only tourists but also for knowledge seekers… i love the way you maintain balance between different religions when you have to mention about more than one religion..
    india is a holy place and i believe it’s greatness lies in it’s culture, not just in the religions..
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  • August 13, 2014 at 7:09 am
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    Golden Temple Amritsar, I have been there 4 times. It’s an amazing place.
    Thanks for is wonderful post.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 9:51 am
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    These place are really beautiful and nice. i have not visit all places but i have visit only place lotus temple. i heard about also other places and i want to go these places.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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    Thanks for sharing such a nice list of the holy places to visit in India. I have visited only one place which is Khwaja Moyuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer (Rajasthan). I will try to visit all these places. Again thanks.
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  • August 14, 2014 at 5:45 am
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    bodh gaya bihar, i have been there when i visit india last year, other place ? i will come too ! nice post

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  • August 15, 2014 at 11:33 am
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    Thanks for sharing valuable informative post about top holy places in India. India is the best pure holy country in world. All places are really looking very beautiful. I’ve visit only Golden Temple in Amritsar. Now I’ll visited Louts Temple and Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
    Thanks for providing useful information.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    As usual, a post worth reading.
    Loved to read it till end and came to learn alot from this.
    Thanks for sharing such a great info.
    Keep sharing.
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  • August 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    Out of all these places, Tirupathi is my favourite place, sister. I’m also planning to visit Bodh Gaya, Golden Temple in this October.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
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    Such an amazing architecture in India. I`m from Europe and everything here is much different!

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  • October 28, 2014 at 7:06 am
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    Beautiful article. I loved this. Omkareshwara Temple in Madikeri Karnataka is also a sacred place to visit in India.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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  • April 17, 2015 at 7:50 am
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    What a beautiful places to visit! I’m definitely going to check some of these.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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    These places may look beautiful themselves but what one have to find is the beauty inside it. Find your God. See the difference of Bhagwan, Allah and Christ for once with your own eyes. Observe because it is your own responsibility to serve only the one who created you not the ones you created.
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