Life has surely become fast paced and to cope up with today’s hectic and stressful schedules, all we need is a time-out. Sometimes, our life routine is so hectic that we barely get time to relax ourselves. In such cases, all we look forward to is a long weekend. Weekend is the time when you can recharge and rejuvenate your spirits after an action packed and stressful week. The real jackpot situation is when you have a long weekend to enjoy and relax. To enjoy a long weekend, different people have different choices. While some opt to stay at home and relax, others may plan for an adventurous trip across the city.
But, if you seriously are tired of the routine hectic life and is searching for soul calming experience, then we would recommend planning out for a religious destination to explore. Exploring and reaching out to a religious destination will not only recharge you, but will also provide solace and rejuvenation to your mind and soul. Let’s explore the religious destinations that will provide you the right amount of peace to your mind, body and soul:
Vrindavan is undoubtedly one of the most sacred places for Hindus. According to mythological beliefs, this is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and was grown up. Located at the banks of Yamuna River, this town of Uttar Pradesh has many temples dedicated to “Radha-Krishna”. Thousands of devotees of the lord Krishna from across the whole world come here every year to visit this holy place.
Some of the most notable temples in Vrindavan are Banke-Bihari Temple, Madan Mohan Temple (known to be the oldest temple in the town), Shri Krishna Balram Mandir, Shri Radha Raman Mandir and Prem Mandir.
Reachability and Distance from Delhi: 154kms from Delhi via Yamuna Expressway
Located in the beautiful state of Uttrakhand, Rishikesh is a perfect picturesque as well as a serene religious destination to spend a perfect peaceful weekend. Rishikesh is also known to be the “World Capital of yoga”, and is believed to the perfect place that can bring you close to ‘Moksha’, with the aid of meditation. This town is also the centre for many of the pilgrims to start off with their ‘Chaar Dham Yatra’.
The famous attraction and sight-seeing points include Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and Triveni Ghat, though the place is also quite famous for its enthralling and adventurous rafting experience, rock climbing, cycling and hiking. Kailas Ashram Brahamvidyapeetham is a 120 year old institution built to preserve the Vedantic Studies, is also one of the major attractions of Rishikesh.
Distance & Reachability from Delhi: 232 Km via NH58
Mathura is said to be the birth place of Lord Krishan and is one of the seven holy cities of Hindus. This place is also famous with its other name “Brij Bhoomi” and was the capital for Surasena Kingdom which was ruled by Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle ‘Kans’. One of the most famous temples in Mathura is “Krishan Dev Temple”, which is built on the exact place where Lord Krishna was born. The other places of attraction in Mathura are- Jai Gurudev temple, Mathura Musuem, Vishram Ghat and Mathura Chorasi.
Distance & Reachability from Delhi: 157km via Yamuna Expressway
The city of Amritsar is considered to be one of the most important cities of Sikh and is situated in Punjab. The holiest shrine of Sikhism- “The Golden temple” is situated here and was built by the fifth guru of Sikhs –“Guru Arjan Dev”. One of the other important attractions of the city is “Jallianwala Bagh Massacre” in 1919 under British Rule in which thousands of Indians were killed. Wagah Border is also situated in Amritsar, where one surely feels patriotic by seeing the Pakistani Army performing the flag ceremony every evening.
Reachability & Distance from Delhi:456 kms via NH1 and Grand Trunk Road
Situated in the colourful state of Rajasthan, Ajmer is fully surrounded by the Aravalli hills. Ajmer is known to be the home of one of the most famous dargahs in India that is ‘Dargah Sharif of Moinuddin Chishti. The dargah is a popular pilgrimage destination for Muslims and even to the most famous Bollywood celebrities; it attracts thousands of visitors daily. The city of Ajmer has other attraction points as well, such as – Dhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque, Magazine Museum known to be the residence of Prince Salim, Mayo College and Anasagar Lake. Also, for visitors visiting the Pushakar Mela, Ajmer serves as the base.
Distance & Reachability from Delhi: 387kms via NH8
There are many other religious destinations which you can opt for exploring, depending upon your choice, budget, availability and time. So, get set and pack your travel bags for a spiritual and majestic weekend experience in the above listed destinations.