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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

I have personal experience of walking around the mountains of Thiruvannamalai on a full moon day along with other devotees. Most of the devotees walk barefoot and so did I. The asphalt road is used ...
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Can I perform Umrah while on a Saudi Arabian visit e-visa

Yes, you can perform Umrah while on a visit eVisa. From the official eVisa website: 8.7 An eVisa is granted solely for tourist purposes or for the purpose of performing a umrah and it is not ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

Do you need to be religious active to walk to Santiago or do any other traditional pilgrimage? Most people I have heard of who have completed a large part of the Santiago route by walking or ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Walking barefoot probably won't be as bad as you expect. For one thing, that trail is walked barefoot by a lot of people, all the time. A lot of the things that make barefoot walking painful are ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Just couple of months ago, during peak summer season, I completed this 14 odd km walk around the mountain and I did not do it barefoot. I was probably one of the few wearing my slippers among ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mecca Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca. Road signs to guide non-Muslims are provided. The minimum penalty is deportation from the ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

Only Muslims are allowed to travel to Makkah according to the current rules of Saudi Arabia. Is that an Islamic rule? No. Makkah during the prophet Mohammed's time had non Muslims, they were never ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

My brother, sister and I walked the camino de compostela in 2013 - we are all non religious. Everything is quite organized and we had no problems finding places to sleep/eat. Depending on where you ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Being an Indian & Hindu, I can say that it is not mandatory for anyone to walk barefoot for such a long distance. However, due to some religious principles you will be requested to remove shoes ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

I don't expect walking barefoot will be any trouble, but if you feel like having a backup plan, I suggest you equip yourself with adhesive bandages. Pick the ones without absorbing pads, and ...
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Can a non-Orthodox man visit Mt. Athos?

Permits are given for non-orthodox and orthodox men. 10 non-orthodox and 100 for Greek and orthodox visitors per day and are valid for a 4 day visit. The permit is called a "Diamonitirion" and you ...
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Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?

The Galilee region of Israel is considered quite safe, and is not near any of the hot spots you are concerned about. You're more likely to be bitten by a scorpion. The Jesus Trail FAQ goes into some ...
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Can I perform Umrah while on a Saudi Arabian visit e-visa

Yes, you can perform Umrah on a Saudi Arabian e-visa. From this news article: Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is the visa holder can benefit from it in performing Umrah, ...
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Butterfly Hunting in Montreux Switzerland

Lepido.ch is a French-language site dedicated to everything related to butterflies in Switzerland with a wealth of practical information. According to the site, some butterflies are protected in the ...
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How safe is it for "Western" Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?

Growing up in Saudi Arabia and now living in Kuwait, I can corroborate what @MeNoTalk has said, and will add the following: All road signs are clearly marked in English and Arabic. Make sure you ...
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Are there any formal religious pilgrimage journeys to take in the USA or Canada?

There is probably nothing in North America directly comparable to the pilgrimage trails in the Old World; the continent was too recently settled and too lacking in sites associated with Jesus and the ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

If you enjoy being deported and detained, then by all means try to sneak into Makkah. Deportation for non-muslims caught in Makkah and Medina results in a lifetime ban from the country. The signs ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I think that there are 2 basic approaches to a pilgrimage which have served people for centuries. It's a holiday. For this to work you need to be properly dressed and equipped (enough sunscreen!) and ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

I have done this pilgrimage with shoes on (trainers in fact). No one seemed to frown upon it, but like you mentioned, walking inside a temple or such is highly taboo. It also depends on why you are ...
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Recreating Hemingway's Trip to Pamplona (Part 1)

Well, I've tried a bounty and that didn't work (so far, I'm impatient), so here is my guess: Near Aribe at 42°56'25.93"N 1°16'26.78"W : (Courtesy Google Earth). There is a different view ...
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Visiting the Vatican as a pilgrim?

There is only one place designated for visitors inside the walls of the Vatican, the Domus Sanctae Marthae (Casa Santa Marta). But its purpose is to lodge ecclesiastical personnel serving at the ...
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Can any of the Game of Thrones Castles in Ireland be Visited?

Game of Thrones is filmed in various places worldwide, not just Ireland. This map gives you a good breakdown. Many of the castles and other locations are actually filmed in several different ...
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Literary Pilgrimage to Top Withens, Yorkshire (Wuthering Heights)

Take a look at this photo and this Google map. I believe that the photo was taken from around about the site of Bottom Withens (which I think is at 53.818568, -2.025406 on the map - North East along ...
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Following in the footsteps of Jason Bourne

@Dorothy gave a great link which I'd never noticed on imdb before. It appears that imdb users add locations that they recognise into imdb's database of filming locations, such as the one for the ...
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Is the St-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage realistic for a non-experienced hiker?

I describe my own experience as I went on the Camino de Santiago in summer 2011. I will focus on Spain and the camino frances, if you want to know something about france, switzerland or germany I ...
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Fastest way to reach St-Jean-Pied-de-Port from Barcelona or other Spanish airports

As stated in comments, going to Saint Jean Pied du Port from Barcelona can take quite long. Unless necessary to go via Barcelona, try to get a flight to Bilbao or San Sebastián, so that you can ...
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What are the necessary contents of an "Islamic certificate" required for a convert to perform Hajj pilgrimage?

There are simple requirements to convert to Islam; you simply have to say the Shahada (the below is the Sunni version, which is the one usually quoted): لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلله ...
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What St-Jacques de Compostelle routes offers the most sightseeing while remaining well supported?

Leaving from Paris (and presumably going through Tours) is clearly not a good option given your criteria. The area around Paris and the Centre-Val-de-Loire are generally flat and the route then goes ...
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Travelling to the Sacred Well in Walsingham Norfolk (Sacred Spring in England)

Going north along the Cam from Cambridge (and joining the Great Ouse) takes you to the cathedral city of Ely. According to the Cambridge Rambler's page Pilgrims Way, Ely was a staging point for ...
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Following in the Footsteps of Hemingway in Italy

Several outdoor gear manufacturers have outlets right in Montebelluna. The Salewa Store is on via Feltrina Sud 154A. Orizo Factory Outlet is at via Feltrina Nuova 49. The links take you to the scarpe/...
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