Kashmir Pilgrimage Tour
Srinagar Tourism offers a clear picture of the several pilgrimage destinations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The state has a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in the lifestyles of the native people who live in the villages in the different districts of the state. Kashmir Tour includes visits to a number of ancient Hindu, Muslim and Sufi and Buddhist temples, shrines and monasteries. The Ladakh region has a number of important Gompas or monasteries. The village of Krimchi situated in the Udhampur district has the three most ancient Hindu temples in the state of Kashmir. Jammu is known as the city of temples. There are a number of places of worship in the Srinagar area. Pilgrimage tour includes a visit to the most frequented, popular and perhaps the most important Hindu place of worship, that is, Mata Vaishno Devi, which is located at a height of 5,300 feet above the sea level. The Vaishno Devi shrine is located inside a cave in the Trikuta Mountains in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pilgrimage destinations in Kashmir involves visits to other important places of worship. These are Amarnath, Charar-e-sharif, Hazratbal mosque, Khanqah-e-moulah, Kheer Bhawani, the Shankaracharya temple and the Gompas in Ladakh. The Amarnath shrine is located inside a cave in the Himalayas. The mythological and historical importance of this sacred place according to mythology is the fact that lord Shiva recounted the secret of creation to the Goddess Parvati in this cave. The Charar-e-sharif was a 600 year-old wooden shrine, which was destroyed as a consequence of an armed battle between the Indian Army and the Pakistani Army. The Shankaracharya temple is situated at a great height atop a hill in the southeast of Srinagar. The Kheer Bhawani pilgrimage is located in the village of Tulla Mulla near Srinagar. The Gompas in Ladakh and Zanskar are of special importance as these give the tourist an insight into the Buddhist culture, beliefs and tradition.