Top holy places to visit in India

Mahabodhi Temple Complex

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

Here are some of the best places to visit in Delhi

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.

Here’s an exciting book on the various religions of India. This is a marvellous book that explains the religions of Indian in simple language. Although designed for children but it can read by all. So if you are considering visiting India on a religious tour then you might consider buying this book on Amazon. You can download them on Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

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.

42 thoughts on “Top holy places to visit in India

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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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    • 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

    • 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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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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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