A travel portal that promises to facilitate spiritual tours and pilgrimages all over the country will be launched on International Yoga Day on Sunday.
Mumbai based portal spiritualyatra.co.in was formed after two years of research by a team which has explored 750 spiritual destinations across India and will provide facilities like guides, food and accommodation to travellers.
“The idea of this site was born after witnessing the unorganized ways in which the local tour operators handle travelers visiting these spiritual destinations. This portal is a one-stop solution to address the needs of spiritual travelers across the globe,” Sarita Nair, founder of the site, said.
The portal has explored untapped places of interest to various communities including Ganga Sagar (West Bengal), Hemkund Sahib (Uttarakhand), Velankanni Church (Tamil Nadu), and Ajmer Sharif among others.
Spiritual Yatra will also be conducting special guided group tours to holy events like Kumbh Mela, Pushkar Mela, Jagannath Yatra, Kolkata Durga Puja and Krishna Janmashthami at Vrindavan besides others.
From Colombo to Kabul and Nairobi to New York, high-profile politicians and the hoi polloi came out in large numbers to showcase their yoga postures and send a message of unity on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day on Friday.
If President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena urged everyone to practice yoga just like him, thousands of people including Indian expats celebrated Yoga Day in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, with a message of peace and harmony.
In Sri Lanka, several events are being organised to mark the International Day of Yoga.
Hundreds of students along with provincial governor Suren Raghavan attended a Yoga programme in Tamil-majority Northern Province. The participants performed several yoga asanas under the supervision of trained Yoga gurus.
“I compliment my friend @narendramodi for his efforts at bringing our common heritage of Yoga to the international stage. I urge all to practice yoga like me,” Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted on Friday.
Yoga Day was also celebrated in countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Israel, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Germany and Singapore, among others.
“At an excellent initiative of Mr. Atiqul Islam, Mayor of #Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), a yoga session was conducted at #Uttara park today,” the High Commission of India in Bangladesh tweeted.
“Yoga in front of #White House #YogaDay2019,” tweeted the Indian Embassy in Washington.
At an event in Beijing, China Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri and diplomats from other countries, including Nepal’s envoy to China, preformed various poses of yoga with hundred of people.
“Yoga represents aspirations of the people from India and China… it is beneficial to work together in spirit of ‘friendship and cooperation’,” Misri said.