Here are some of the toughest pilgrimages in India that leave no chance to test the patience of the pilgrims. India being an extremely religious country embraces the famous Himalayan temples situated at high altitudes, making these pilgrimages the toughest to visit.
Some of the toughest pilgrimages in India:
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Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand:
- Kedarnath Temple is located at a height of around 3583m and is counted among one of the most peaceful Hindu shrines in the world.
- Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga Temples and Pancha Kedars, this tourist spot is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range on the banks of the river Mandakini.
- Due to the damage caused by the floods in 2013, the trekking trail of Kedarnath has been changed. The new route to Kedarnath has Sitapur or Sonprayag as a starting point.
- You can trek to Kedarnath via Guptkashi and the total distance of the trek is now 21 Km.
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- Kailash Mansarovar is counted among the most difficult to access religious sites in India.
- Mt. Kailash is a 6,638 meters high mountain peak located in the south-western corner of Tibet.
- Mansarovar is at a distance of around 20 km away from Mt. Kailash.
- Kailash Mansarovar is an outstanding pilgrimage for the Hindus, Jains as well as Tibetan Buddhists.
- After the war of 1962, Indo-China land route via Nathu La in Sikkim has opened again for the pilgrims. Now the tourists can enjoy an easier and safer journey to Mansarovar.
Shikhar Ji Temple, Jharkhand:
- The temple of Shikhar Ji is located at a height of around 1350m on the Parasnath Hill, Jharkhand.
- Shikhar Ji Temple is one of the most favourable religious sites for the followers of Jainism.
- The base camp of the trek is at Madhuban which is around 14 to 18 miles from Giridih Station and one has to cover the path on foot.
- The trek from Madhuban to the temple is around 28km which includes some extremely steep and deep ascends at different spots.
- Hemkund Sahib or Hemkunt Sahib is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by lofty hills and these peaks are referred to as Nishan Sahib.
- Best time to visit Hemkund is from April to June.
- The trek to the temple is 13km long from the Ghangaria village.
- Some of the beautiful attractions here are Hemkund Lake and Lakshman Temple.
- The most spectacular monastery, Phuktal or Phugtal is a nature’s wonder located near Padum in Zanskar Region of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir.
- Claimed to be the most remote monastic establishment in the country, this Buddhist shrine is nestled at a height of around 3850m.
- The mesmerizing view of the monastery attracts many tourists and devotees here.
- To reach Phugtal, one needs to trek through a 7-km long trail accessible from the Padum-Manali trekking route.
Amarnath Cave Temple, Jammu & Kashmir:
- Amarnath temple is mysterious, beautiful and challenging to access which requires mental strength and physical stability to reach.
- Located in Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of around 3888m, this sanctified shrine forms a significant part of Hinduism.
- Amarnath Cave is the most famous cave temple in India that attracts a huge crowd during the annual Amarnath Yatra.
- The main attraction of this religious site is the naturally formed ice lingam that its change size according to the season.
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