There are times in life when one is more inclined towards spiritualism and in exploring the mysteries surrounding the existence of almighty God. Sumana was also going through such a phase and it was the innate restlessness that made her take the snap decision of visiting India-the hub of spiritual tourism. She had heard a lot about Erco Travels from her friends and decided to contact them for this visit.
She was actually surprised to receive such a long list of destinations from Erco Travels agent; really impressed by the manner in which he had given brief details about each location highlighting the salient points. After many deliberations she zeroed down on the focal point of Hindu religion in Haridwar, Rishikesh and Amarnath-all from Northern India as after landing on Delhi International airport this tour could be taken uninterrupted.
In Delhi she decided to visit Akshar Dham and was amazed to see such a sprawling campus of 100 acres, which was built in a span of five years. The main monument of was 141 feet high, 316 feet wide and 356 feet long. Built of white marble and pink stone it reflected a unique aspect of Indian culture.
From Delhi she decided to move on to Haridwar to see the most sacred ghats of India-the Har ki Pauri that was built by Vikramaditya. The evening arti that took place on the banks of this ghat was a memorable experience in itself. When the floral diyas were floated on the Ganges, the ambience filled Sumana with a sense of peace and tranquillity. Moving on from Haridwar to Rishikesh was easy as it was just 25 kms away from Haridwar, Popularly known as the gateway to the Himalayas the city was like religious sanctity personified as it was bustling with all kinds of religious heads and many smaller and so-called sadhus.
Erco Travels agent told her legend goes for this place that Lord Rama did penance here in Rishikesh for killing Ravana. Today these two cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh are renowned as hubs of yoga, auyurveda and meditation. So, with the help of Erco Travels, Sumana booked herself into a famous yoga and meditation center and found so many people like her.
Then she shifted to Rajasthan and visited:
Eklingji temple: Situated in Udaipur, a famous temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 15th century it had the architecture of Jain temples.
Dilwara temple: Very famous for its religious sanctity and situated in the cool environs of Mount Abu, the place she was informed is always thronged by tourists and Indians alike.
Galta temple: The beautiful temple located in the city of Jaipur and dedicated to the Sun god is a coveted destination of tourists.
The Temple of Shrinathji: Built in the 17th century, this is a Vaishnavite shrine and is situated in Nathdwara. The legend goes that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhana hill in his hands to provide shelter to the cow herds and protect them from the relentless rain of the Indra, the water god.
After completing the tour Sumana felt was so much at peace with herself that she couldnt help thanking Erco Travels profusely for all the timely help.