From time immemorial people have travelled for one reason or another. People started recreational holiday travel to take a break from their normal activities. This has continued unabated since. Impact of religions and cultures over centuries have altered beliefs. These changes affected the way people travel too. People belonging to some religions travel to places that hold special significances for them at particular times of the year.
People undertaking religious travel generally travel in groups although in case of some people – such as the sanyasis in India – individual travel is also preferred. It is a travel that hold a special more and spiritual significance. In the case of some travellers they may be trying to find a metaphor for their own beliefs. The destinations are usually connected with divine spirits where miracles were said to be witnessed in times gone by.
The number of people undertaking such travel is constantly growing. Thus there are several businesses operating worldwide catering to this segment. There is a growing awareness in the religious travel business of the need to combine spiritual obligations of the pilgrimage with the obligations to the natural world. Hence steps are being undertaken to make travel more eco friendly.