Pilgrimage

Consider thou the blessed, the divinely-revealed verse in which pilgrimage to the House is enjoined upon everyone.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 109

Holy places are undoubtedly centres of the outpouring of Divine grace, because on entering the illumined sites associated with martyrs and holy souls, and by observing reverence, both physical and spiritual, one's heart is moved with great tenderness.

Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 61

In the Bayan, the Báb enjoined the ordinance of pilgrimage once in a lifetime upon those of His followers who were financially able to undertake the journey. He stated that the obligation was not binding on women in order to spare them the rigours of travel.  Bahá’u’lláh likewise exempts women from His pilgrimage requirements. The Universal House of Justice has clarified that this exemption is not a prohibition, and that women are free to perform the pilgrimage.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 191

The Lord hath ordained that those of you who are able shall make pilgrimage to the sacred House: Two sacred Houses are covered by this ordinance, the House of the Báb in Shiraz and the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad. Bahá’u’lláh has specified that pilgrimage to either of these two Houses fulfils the requirement of this passage (Q and A 25, 29). In two separate Tablets, known as Suriy-i-Hajj (Q and A 10), Bahá’u’lláh has prescribed specific rites for each of these pilgrimages. In this sense, the performance of a pilgrimage is more than simply visiting these two Houses. After the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá designated the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahji as a place of pilgrimage. In a Tablet, He indicates that the "Most Holy Shrine, the Blessed House in Baghdad and the venerated House of the Báb in Shiraz" are "consecrated to pilgrimage", and that it is "obligatory" to visit these places "if one can afford it and is able to do so, and if no obstacle stands in one's way". No rites have been prescribed for pilgrimage to the Most Holy Shrine.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 191-192

The Lord hath ordained that those of you who are able shall make pilgrimage to the sacred House, and from this He hath exempted women as a mercy on His part. He, of a truth, is the All-Bountiful, the Most Generous.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 29

Therefore it beseemeth thee to meet thine obligation to the Right of God first, then to direct thy steps toward His blessed House. This hath been brought to thine attention as a sign of favour.

Bahá’u’lláh, Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 499