We discover India's culture, heritage, and natural beauty as we travel through thrilling highlands and relaxing beaches. Apart from several popular destinations for holidays, India is also abode to several spiritual destinations. With so many places of worship, spiritual tourism is a natural fit for this country. There are huge number of ashrams, temples, and monasteries available which may increase your curiosity about spiritual enlightenment.
Here is the list of seven spiritual places in India where you can go and start your spiritual journey:
Lord Vishnu has several names, one of which is Rishikesh, which means 'Lord of Senses.' This place is also the yoga capital because it is the birthplace of yoga. Visitors can here practice yoga, meditate, and learn more about Hinduism. Rishikesh is home to a huge number of ashrams and yoga institutes, which attract many spirituality seeking tourists. The Hindu saints who have settled here think that the location has been blessed by the Gods. River rafting, trekking, camping, and the Triveni Ghat's nightly aarti are all popular activities.
Varanasi is one of India's most ancient Hindu holy cities, with a vast history. Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, calls this sacred city home. According to legend, anyone who dies here will be free of the cycle of reincarnation. With a great number of visitors every year, this city is by far the most popular spiritual destination in India. Lord Shiva himself is claimed to have founded the 'City of Gods.'
Bodhgaya is the site of Lord Buddha's enlightenment, which become popular when he was meditating under a big fig tree that became known as the Bodhi tree. It is the world's most important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The Buddha statue, Mahabodhi temple, and Bodhi tree are three attractions that draw a huge number of visitors.
Puri is Odisha's most popular and religious tourist attraction. It is also one of India's four sacred Char Dhams. Lord Vishnu is said to have gone to Earth during times of crisis in order to wipe out evil and restore cosmic order. In the avatar of Lord Jagannath, he currently stays in Puri to protect everyone during the 'Kalyug'. People think that
visiting the Char Dham will cleanse them of one of their sins. Only Hindus are permitted inside the Jagannath temple, according to the rules.
The Ajmer Sharif Dargah, popularly known as the Ajmer Dargah, is located in Ajmer. It is Moinuddin Chishti's tomb that invites not only Muslims but people of all faiths. It has significantly contributed to the spread of Islamic ethical and spiritual principles by being the ultimate resting place of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti. Moin-ud-din Khwaja Chisti was a Sufi Saint who spent his entire life working for the upliftment of the downtrodden and oppressed. That is why Ajmer is considered one of India's holiest cities.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of India's biggest spiritual and cultural centers for Sikhs. It is a densely populated city in Punjab, and the temple receives over 10,000 daily visitors. The temple is a beautiful golden colour that reflects in the nearby lake. People from all walks of life are allowed to enter through one of four entrances, one facing each direction.
There are many caves and hidden spots in the beautiful hills of Girnar, and because of this, some parts of this mountain are believed to be spiritual sites. Many saints, gurus, and people who want to explore their inner-self came here and start their spiritual journey. In present times also, many people came here and performed spiritual practices to accomplish their self-realization journey. This place is very famous for 866 Hindu and Jain temples. People need to climb 9999 stairs to reach the final summit.