Planning for a spiritual tour? Keep these things in mind
If you are planning to visit a religious place in your village or a renowned temple in the coming future, here are some ideas to make your trip a sound one. Firstly, you need to check out the travel guidelines of the location you plan to travel. Secondly, you need to consult your doctor to know the dos' and don'ts of traveling to a far or nearby location. The third and foremost important is getting a vaccination to protect against the coronavirus disease. You need to complete both doses of the COVID-19 VACCINE so that your travel is smooth and protects you from the risk of getting the virus or any sort of possible illness.
You can check out the religious place or temple's official website to understand the travel requirements. Say, for example, if the temple's official website provides access to get an online pass or do online booking of your travel period for visiting the place and also accommodation, then it would be great for you. You can fill in your important details and also carry your identity documents like Aadhaar card, pan card, passport or voter's id, etc with you. You can even check out lodges and hotels near the temple area for your convenience.
If you want to explore local cuisine and local things near the religious place, then carry some cash as sometimes the shops may not accept payments via card or apps. You can also make a list of things you plan to do in the temple or religious place. For example, if you plan to do pooja, you can book it online or contact the temple officials before you leave your place to know the pooja timings. This will help you plan your travel time accordingly.
Carry a first-aid kit and also enough masks, tissue papers, bags, etc. to use if you don't get access to good washroom facilities during your journey. If you are going by road, you can stop at petrol pumps and hotels with parking facilities as they may also have washrooms for tourists. You can ask the hotel staff to give you sanitizer and soaps to wash your hands properly before you have your food.
If you are planning to wear ethnic attire, you can wear it in your hotel room and leave for the temple. Keep the poojas in the morning time as you will find less crowd from other local people in the place. This will ensure that you get good darshan from the idols of the temple and also sit there for some time to do meditation and offer prayers. Try having breakfast or some food at hotels near the temple as you will get good quality foods served there compared to hotels outside the religious place or on highways.
Most of the temples avoid taking photos inside, so ensure to keep your mobiles switched off or in silent mode. You can definitely click some selfies once you come out of the temple premises and also get clicked by the local photographers who will give you photos in physical copy instantly.