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Journeys undertaken with the intent of achieving spiritual objectives. Commonly associated with sites deemed sacred in a religion but the scope of this tag includes journeys undertaken as part of literary or historical or artistic enlightenment.

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How much does a Hajj visa/permit cost, and is a Hajj permit the same as a Hajj visa?

I read some potentially conflicting claims: https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/23/middleeast/egypt-hajj-tourism-companies-revoke-licenses-intl/index.html: Hajj permits are allocated to countries on a quota ...
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Where can I find information about Hajj season travel restrictions for Jeddah airport?

I've heard rumours that during the Hajj season, there are restrictions placed on travel to Jeddah airport. For instance, this post from Pegasus Airlines on Oct 7, 2023 states that: Saudi Arabia entry ...
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Can I perform Umrah while on a Saudi Arabian visit e-visa?

For those who don't know, just a few days ago Saudi Arabia, known for being inaccessible, introduced a new e-visa system for a handful of countries, which include the whole Schengen area, the U.S and ...
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What are the necessary contents of an "Islamic certificate" required for a convert to perform Hajj pilgrimage?

Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam. In order to perform hajj, one needs a special hajj visa. There seems to be an extra requirement for converts to Islam: If the applicant has ...
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Can a non-Orthodox man visit Mt. Athos?

I am very curious about visiting the monasteries of Mt. Athos. However, most of the information I see about visiting seems to be directed towards Orthodox pilgrims (and even that seems relatively ...
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Drinking from the Chalice Well in Glastonbury (Sacred Spring in England)

The Chalice Well web site says this... To be at the well head, to drink the water and absorb the atmosphere in the gardens can be a truly inspirational experience. ...which I understand to mean ...
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Are there any formal religious pilgrimage journeys to take in the USA or Canada?

In Europe, there are specific formalized paths to take when going on many religious, especially Roman Catholic, pilgrimages. In at least some cases, traveling along a specific route is a specific ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

There's this 14 km long road that's one of the main attractions in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The road goes all the way around a small mountain called Arunachala. The mountain is considered ...
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Following in the footsteps of Jason Bourne

I'm not as traditional a pilgrim as many of Travel SE's distinguished members. I've visited a couple of film studios, however I thought it might be interesting to plan a trip following the shooting ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...
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What St-Jacques de Compostelle routes offers the most sightseeing while remaining well supported?

I wish to do the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage. I am deciding which path would be best for me. My main criteria is having lots of support infrastructure (albergues, water access, food, etc.) ...
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Is the St-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage realistic for a non-experienced hiker?

From what I can understand, the terrain is not particularily hard, but the trail is certainly very long. Given good enough boots and good planning for food and shelter, is it possible to get used to ...
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Recreating Hemingway's Trip to Pamplona (Part 1)

In about three weeks one of Europe's most widely known events will take place: the legendary running of the bulls in Pamlona, or known locally as the "Fiesta de San Fermín". The city is famous ...
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Travelling to the Sacred Well in Walsingham Norfolk (Sacred Spring in England)

Somewhat related to this question and this question, I hope to visit the holy well in Walsingham Norfolk, arguably the most widely acknowledged holy well in East England. This is without doubt the ...
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Fastest way to reach St-Jean-Pied-de-Port from Barcelona or other Spanish airports

This summer I would like to walk on the Camino de Santiago. I want to start from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and walk for 300 km. My idea is to reach Barcelona by plane from Italy, and then go to the ...
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Following in the Footsteps of Hemingway in Italy

History tells us that the author Ernest Hemingway was stationed in Italy during World War I. He was billeted in the town of Villa Ca Erizzo Luca where he drove an ambulance collecting human remains. ...
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Visiting the Vatican as a pilgrim?

My wife would like to visit Vatican City. We are from Canada. My wife has mobility issues and I was wondering if it is at all possible to stay at the Vatican, either at Vatican City itself or in one ...
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How to get a direct darshan, avoiding all the queues, in Tirupati Balaji Temple?

This is specific to India and Indian people. My wife and I visit Tirupati Balaji Temple regularly and take darshan after going through long queues. Even for a Rs 300/- ticket queue there is ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

I'm not a Muslim (I consider myself as Jain/Hindu, etc) but I wish to travel around Mecca. There is a common belief around the world that only Muslims are allowed inside Mecca. Is that true? Can I ...
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Butterfly Hunting in Montreux Switzerland

Later this summer, scores of literary mavens from all over the world will converge on Montreux Switzerland to celebrate Vladimir Nabokov's life and works. The anniversary of his death is 2nd July. ...
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Can any of the Game of Thrones Castles in Ireland be Visited?

Westeros is a fictional locale in the popular 'Game of Thrones' series. Its stock footage for some castles is filmed in the Republic of Ireland. I would like to travel to Westeros for my next ...
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Literary Pilgrimage to Top Withens, Yorkshire (Wuthering Heights)

This summer hundreds (maybe thousands) of tourists and literary pilgrims will make the trek from Haworth to the ruins of Top Withens. For the most part they will start at the Bronte Parsonage and ...
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How do western people perceive Indians worshipping cows in Hindu temples? [closed]

How do western people perceive Indians worshipping cows in Hindu temples? Indians worship cows and they consider it as a place where all the gods reside. They call it as GO MATHA (Mom in the form of ...
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Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?

The Jesus Trail in Israel is a 65km hiking and pilgrimage trail in Israel that traces the route Jesus is meant to have walked. I'm not that knowledgable about the different areas of Israel / ...
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Differences between the Routes of the Camino de Santiago

I will be a first time "pilgrim" in July of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) and am deciding on the various routes. Can someone explain what differences are encountered on the routes - how ...
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How safe is it for "Western" Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?

So as I hope you all know, the Hajj is a religious pilgrimage that Islam requests all its believers to participate in at least once in their lifetime if possible. Now I know that there have been many ...
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