Secular pilgrimages and sacred tourism in the Indian Himalayas

  title={Secular pilgrimages and sacred tourism in the Indian Himalayas},
  author={Shalini Singh},
AbstractAssuming the above quote as a true portrayal of pilgrims, this article attempts to describe the prototypical pilgrim from amongst the wide array of contemporary religious and secular tourists. To achieve this end, two approaches have been adopted. Firstly, the phenomenon/concept of pilgrimages have been discussed, so to distinguish it from the tourism phenomenon and; Secondly, the geographical notion of genus loci has been employed to exemplify the fundamental quest for ‘geopiety… 
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