Just a few hours drive from the national capital of India and you will reach these holy places that will help you spiritually cleanse your mind and soul. Check out our list of top 5 spiritual road trips from Delhi. By Smrithi Suresh

Spiritual Road Trips From Delhi

1. Delhi to Pushkar (Brahma Temple)

 

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The famous Brahma Temple that’s located near the holy Pushkar Lake, is one of the five sacred pilgrimage places in India. Ancient scriptures describe this temple as the only shrine of Lord Brahma in the world, owing to a curse. Every year, on Kartik Poornima, thousands of devotees come to wash off their sins in the holy lake. And, the experience is nothing short of magical. Additionally, a road trip to this holy place will give you a chance to try authentic Rajasthani cuisine at Pushkar Palace, or drive alongside a herd of camels. If you plan to visit in November, the famous Pushkar Camel Fair deserves your attention too. While here, you can also check out other temples such as Savitri, Mahadeva, Varah and Rangji.

Distance from Delhi: 417 kilometres

Duration: 7 hours 25 minutes (approx.)

Best time to Visit: October – November

Places to visit: Camel Safari, Sarafa Bazaar, Man Mahal, Varaha and Gau Ghat

Where to stay: Dera Masuda, Pushkar Resorts, and Gulaab Niwaas Palace

2. Delhi to Pathankot (Mukteshwar Temple)

 

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A drive to this border district of Punjab, via the smooth roads and bends of Chandigarh, will take you to the famous Mukteshwar Temple, which houses deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Parvati. This white-marbled shrine also has a connection with the epic Mahabharata, as the caves near this temple are said to be the resting place of the Pandavas during their exile. Other famous temples you can check out include Kali Mata ka Mandir, Ravidas Mandir and Kathgarh Temple. A trip to the city of Pathankot in the month of April will give you a chance to visit Mukesran da Mela, an annual fair hosted to mark the festival of Baisakhi.

Distance from Delhi: 480 kilometres

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

Best time to Visit: October – April

Places to visit: Nurpur Fort, Ranjit Sagar Dam, and Shahpurkandi Fort

Where to stay: Hotel Opulence, The Grand Hotel, and Hotel Venice

3. Delhi to Dharamshala (Bhagsunag & Aghanjar Mahadev Temples)

 

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Situated in the lap of snow-peaked Himalayas, Dharamshala is a spiritual city of Tibetan Buddhists. On your way to this hilly abode, you will come across many old structures that will leave you awestruck with their intricate details. The first thing you should do upon reaching Dharamshala is to seek blessings of Lord Shiva at the famous Bhagsunag and Aghanjar Mahadev temples. If you are a sucker for good architecture, Masroor Temple, associated with Indian mythologies is the place to be. Other interesting activities to participate include Dal Fair, held near the Dal Lake and Chaitra Navratra Mela. If you want to experience a session of serene Buddhist chantings, the Kalachakra temple and the Dalai Lama temple in the nearby McLeod Ganj area are ideal choices.

Distance from Delhi: 472 kilometres

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best time to visit: October – February

Places to visit: Bhagsunag Falls, St John Church, Kangra Art Museum, and Gyuto Monastery

Where to stay: Pink House, Clouds End Villa Cottages, and Hotel Inclover

4. Delhi to Devprayag (Raghunathji Temple)

 

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One of the Panch Prayag destinations, Devprayag is said to be the birthplace of the holy river Ganga. Surrounded by water and exquisite landscape, the confluence of the Bhagirathi river with Alaknanda is a must-see sight. This town is also home to Badrinath Dham pundits. On the upper part of the town is the Deula style Raghunathji temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Danda Naggaraj, Chandrabadni and Mata Bhuvneshwari are also some of the important holy shrines here. Just 74-kilometres away lies Rishikesh, another holy town, that’s also famous for river rafting and other adventure sports.

Distance from Delhi: 314 km

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Places to visit: Suspension Bridges, Dashrathshila, and Teen Dhara

Where to stay: Banyan by the Ganges, and Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa

5. Delhi to Dehradun (Buddha Temple)

 

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If you wish to go on a spiritual road trip to a slightly cooler place, Dehradun is the right destination for you. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, this city houses famous temples such as Tapkeshwar Mahadev, Laxman Siddh and Daat Kali Mandir. Moreover, Buddha Temple Dehradun is Asia’s largest Buddha reliquary. There are also well-known churches and Gurudwaras nearby. You can even participate in various religious fairs that keep happening around the city. It is advised to reach the destination before sunset.

Distance from Delhi: 257 kilometres

Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

Best time to visit: March – June

Places to visit: Robber’s Cave, Malsi Deer Park, Sahastradhara, and Mindrolling monastery

Where to stay: Embassy Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, and Seyfert Sarovar Premiere

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