06 Jan Spiritual India
During your trip to India, discover the spiritual facet of the subcontinent. Many Indian cultural monuments listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. From north to south India, discover these wonders!
From Punjab to Madhya Pradesh
On the way to Agra, discover one of the new seven wonders of the world: the Taj Mahal. White marble mausoleum and largest jewel of Indo- Islamic art, it was built between 1631 and 1648 on a huge garden. You will observe magnificent historical and Qur’anic inscriptions in Arabic characters.
Close to the Pakistani border in the Punjabi land, you will be dazzled by the beauty of the Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple, covered in gold leaf . Located in the heart of the city of Amritsar, this temple is the spiritual center of Sikhism.
Continue your journey towards New Delhi. The Indian capital is full of monuments to discover! You will find the Jama Masjid, largest mosque in India made of red sandstone and white marble, and the Qutab Minar minaret 73 meters high.
South-East from Madhya Pradesh to Orissa through Jharkhand
During your visit in West Bengal, visit the Sun Temple of Konarak, which is one of the most famous Brahman sanctuaries of India. Nicknamed the “Black Pagoda”, this site is actually a representation of the chariot of the sun god Surya.
Located a hundred kilometers south of Patna, the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya is one of four holy places associated with Buddha’s life and one of the oldest Buddhist temples in India still intact. There exist about twenty of the Khajuraho Temples, divided into three groups. Built by the Chandela dynasty, they belong to two different religions: Hinduism and Jainism.
Maharashtra and Karnataka
Built by the Chalukya dynasty, the Pattadakal Monuments consist of a Jain shrine and nine Hindu temples including several temples dedicated to Shiva. Located near Aurangabad, Ellora Caves are of a complex of 34 temples and monasteries in honor of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Spread over two kilometers, these architectural wonders are carved into the cliffs. Do not miss the masterpiece of Ellora: the Temple of Kailash.
Like the Ellora Caves of the Ajanta Caves are located near Aurangabad. There are 29 carved into the cliff. Discover sculptures, statues and frescoes of old Buddha over 2000 years! In the state of Karnataka, visit Hampi; fascinating town, home to many ruins of temples and old palaces. A magical place where architecture and nature are one.
Tamil Nadu in all its beauty
Capital of the Hindu pilgrimage but also the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is the oldest and holiest cities in southern India. Admire the beauty of Dravidian art through the Minakshi Temple, Koodal Azhagar or Thirupparamkunram Murugan.
Impossible to miss the Great Living Chola Temples while visiting the state of Tamil Nadu! Built by the Chola dynasty, the site includes three Hindu shrines. Finally, discover all the monuments of Mahabalipuram Shore Temple on the thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva, the famous Descent of the Ganges representing an episode in the history of Shiva, or the Grotto dedicated to Vishnu Varaha.
Almost all the major religions of the world are represented in India. A journey to the heart of the Indian subcontinent ensures a very interesting stay!