India is a land of diverse faiths. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and people of other faiths have been living here since centuries. India has been a land of origin of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism and has accepted other faiths which have not originated here, such as Christianity, whole-heartedly. There are a number of places of religious importance belonging to these faiths which have immense following among the masses, not only from the same faith but also from the cross-faiths. The most revered places are also the richest in terms of donations received. Here is a compiled list of some of these top destinations.
|Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi||Located at Shirdi in Maharashtra. Receives donations worth Rs 400 crores per year. Can be reached by road and train. Has no airport (nearest airports at Nashik and Mumbai). Important hotels in Shirdi are Sun-n-Sand, St Laurn Meditation and Spa, Matrix Inn and others.|
|Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati||One of those places which receive highest number of pilgrims, numbering around 60000 per day on an average and 300000 per day during the peak season. It receives donations worth Rs 650 crore per year. Can be reached via road, train and air. Nearest airport at Renigutta (15 km away). Best Hotels in Tirupati are Grand Ridge, Fortune Kences, Minerva Grand, Sindhuri Park, etc.|
|Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram||The treasure of this temple was discovered in the recent past, which by rough conservative estimates, is worth 100000 crores. It has multi-modal connectivity.|
|Mata Vaishno Devi, Jammu||This temple, revered by all faiths, receives 4.5 million tourists annually from across the country and globe. The temple has annual income of Rs 500 crore. It can be reached by train and air, but up to a point, beyond which road transport is required. It also has a helipad service.|
|Golden Temple, Amritsar||The seat of Sikhism and the single most important and revered place for the whole faith, Golden Temple receives about 40,000 visitors per day. Has convenient connectivity with rail, road and air. It also has an international airport. Radisson Blu, Comfort Inn Alstonia, Best Western Merion, Golden Tulip, etc are some of the important Amritsar hotels.|
|Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra||This Lord Ganesha Temple is one of the most revered places in Maharashtra. It receives donations worth Rs 50 crore annually. Has good connectivity. No dearth of all types of hotels in Mumbai, from the cheapest to the most luxurious.|