News report | | 10/06/2021 | ±3 minutes reading time

Religion plays an important role in India. There are countless temples and other places of worship of different religions and religious movements to be found in the country. Apply for your Indian visa to admire the beautiful temples in the country.

Temples of different religions and movements

India is the cradle of Hinduism. The vast majority of Indians are Hindu, but in the country you can also find many followers of Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity, the Bahai faith and Sikhism. Due to the large number of religious movements, India has a variety of temples and places of worship. Tourists can therefore visit a wide variety of temples in India, each with a different characteristic architectural style. India is therefore interesting not only for travellers interested in religion and culture, but also for lovers of architecture. In this article, we describe some of the most beautiful temples in the country.

Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) - Amritsar, Punjab

The Golden Temple of Amritsar is considered by many travellers as the most beautiful temple in India. It is the main temple of the Sikhs and is visited by over 100,000 people daily. The shrine has four entrances leading to the main temple Hari Mandir: a golden temple surrounded by water. All visitors - not just Sikhs - are welcome to visit the temple. You are required to cover your hair and enter the temple without shoes.

Amritsar is located in Punjab, a state in northern India. Amritsar airport is one of the locations in the country where you can enter India with an online e-visa. Domestic flights go to Amritsar from most major cities in India. From New Delhi, it takes about 9 hours by car to reach Amritsar.

Golden Temple AmritsarGolden Temple of Amritsar

Meenakshi Temple Complex - Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The Meenakshi temple complex in Madurai consists of a six-acre area around two central Hindu temples dedicated to the gods Parvati and Shiva. The temples are known for their colourful and bright colours and are surrounded by twelve high gateways (also called gopurams) typical of the temple architecture of South India. The electronic visa allows you to arrive in India at the Madurai airport, which is about ten kilometres from the temple complex. Other nearby airports where you may arrive in India with an e-visa are Coimbatore, Kochi and Tiruchirappali.

Mahabodhi temple complex - Gaya, Bihar

The temple complex of Mahabodhi is one of the places dedicated to Buddha, and it is one of the oldest intact Buddhist temples in India. The complex is named after the bodhi tree under which Gautama Siddhartha sat when he attained enlightenment. The temples are an important place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. The temple complex is located in the north-east of India in the state of Bihar. The nearest city where you can arrive with an Indian e-visa is Gaya.

Lotus Temple - Delhi

One of the most extraordinary temples in India is located in the capital: the Lotus Temple. This giant temple of the Bahai community was built in the shape of a lotus flower, the Indian symbol for peace, purity, love and immortality. The building has won several architectural awards and was named the most visited building in the world by CNN in 2001. Those who want to visit this temple can fly directly to New Delhi. On this page, you can find an overview of all the locations where you are allowed to arrive in India with an e-visa.

Indian visa application online

For a visit to one of the above-mentioned temples or to the many other beautiful temples and sights in India, you need a visa. Tourists can generally make use of the electronic visa for their trip: the eTourist visa. This visa for India is applied for online with a digital application form. After paying the costs and uploading some documents, you will generally receive the visa in one week.

The eTourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issue and can be used for an unlimited number of trips during this period. Each individual stay in India may not exceed 180 days. You can therefore travel to India several times with one visa and visit several areas of the country. With an e-visa, you therefore have enough time to visit different temples in the country.