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Himalayan Pilgrimage

Himalayas is the main region for spiritual and holy person it is the abode of god. It is the home for Hindu's most important spiritual centers. For most of the people it is the mountain range with the highest peaks of the world but for a holy person it is much more than that. It is the place for his or her faith and religion. According to Hindu religion the Himalayas is the abode of Lord Shiva. Lots of legends are associated with Himalayas in the Hindu mythology. For centuries Himalayas is the home for some sacred pilgrimage site. Some of the important Pilgrimage centers are : Kailash Mansarovar and the Holy Mountain in Tibet, Char Dhams, which is considered, as one of the most important holy destinations of the Hindus comprises of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri. In the Trans-Himalayan regions there are monasteries, the most famous is the Thiksay monastery, which resonates with an ambience of peacefulness and serenity. Then there is Buddhist Gompas, Jamia mosque, Moravian church, etc . There is the famous Amarnath Yatra. It is a form of trekking to the Amarnath Caves, which is considered as one of the holiest place of the Hindus. Another important pilgrimage destination is Vaishno Devi, an abode of Indian goddess, centered at Trikutta hills in the Jammu Kashmir. The best time to visit these destinations is between March and July. Other important temples are the Ban Ganga temple, Bhumika temple, Charan paduka and Ardh Kumari.

Much of India's religious beliefs originate in Himalayas. Each mountain, lake and river is steeped in mythology. This "abode of Gods" includes many shrines and places of pilgrimage. Char-Dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri; Sikh's Hemkund Sahib, nestled in the mighty mountains,
Being a State full of isolated valleys and high ranges, several different styles of temple architecture developed and there are temples with carved stone shikharas, pagoda style shrines, temples that look like Buddhist Gompas or Sikh Gurudwaras etc. Several of them are important places of pilgrimage and each year attract thousands of devotees
Jammu & Kashmir
The state is a popular pilgrimage destination with major pilgrimage centers at Amarnath, Charar-e-sharif, Hazratbal mosque, Khanqah-e-moulah, Kheer Bhawani, the Shankaracharya temple and the Gompas in Ladakh.There are a number of places of worship in the Srinagar area, the most frequented and popular Hindu place of worship, is Mata Vaishno Devi, which is located at a height of 5, 300 feet above the sea level.
Sikkim's near about 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order have not only been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the people, but also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice.
There are three kinds of Hindu Pilgrimages in Nepal for 1. Lord Shiva 2. Lord Vishnu, and 3.Ma Shakti. According to Purans Himalaya is home of Lord Shiva and Parbati. Hence there are many Pilgrimage sites related to Lord Shiva in Nepal. Pashupati Nath Temple is the Holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva.
Apart from the majesty and grandeur of the natural surroundings, Bhutan has a special environment where communion with the divine is possible through contemplation and meditation. Since time immemorial, ascetics
Places of worship of the Tibetan Buddhism as well as of the indigenous Bon religion abound in the Tibet Autonomous Reglon. They are distinctive in srchitecturalstyle, and have had a great influence on the region since ancient times´╝Ä