Preparations for religious tourism

It is not like that you get inspired by some supernatural dreams and set out on a religious voyage. You can always launch a religious trip and you don’t need to tune up to a proper mindset always. It is open to all and anytime you can set out for your desired trip. However, certain sacred trips are seasonal like Haj for the Muslims and Sabarimala Ayappa trip cum trek of Kerala in India. First and foremost preparation you need is to choose a religious site and get all the necessary updates like the location of the religious site, the right time to make a trip, the general ambience in and around these sacred sites, existence of any taboos and a general awareness about the local customs. A major chunk of your preparation time would go in locating a resourceful tour operator with a good track record in this form of tourism.

You may use the internet search engines and find one choicest destination at your leisure. Else you need to track the advertisements given in the media by the operator including the range of service offered in addition to the target of meeting chief religious quest that the customer is seeking. After a satisfactory survey, you select the tour operator and establish contact with your selection. You get an approximate estimate of your budget estimate a major portion of which would include the tour operator’s fee.

On having communication with the tour operator, try to get a thorough detail of the exact range and quality of services promised, and if feasible try to take out a documentation of the same. The search information on religious tourism focuses your interest on subsidies extended by the government. The government of your destination country as well as your own often encourages religious tourism among a particular community. If you fit the bill, then why don’t you avail the opportunity in the first go?

The location of the country and the season during which you would do religious tourism have a bearing on what type of apparel you are going to put on. If you are visiting in cold season, needless to say you need warm clothing and just the reverse if you venture during the scorching months. During heavy showers you need to wear water proof jackets and footwear. Know beforehand the accommodation where you are going to stay and its distance from the holy site. This would help you further in planning on various issues once you reach your destination.

As in any other niche tourism, it is a must you carry medicines and packaged water. Take your photography kit for catching the pictures of awe-inspiring temples, mosques, churches and other amazing sacred monuments of great cultural significance. Take as little liquid cash as possible and better rely on your bank cards. If you are planning your trip all alone without the service of a tour operator, your preparatory exercise multiplies. Right from booking your both way flight tickets, you need to fix up your hotel much ahead, and circumstances of your destination and your trip in particular will dictate your future preparatory action.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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