Traveling India: A Place To Find Spiritual Wealth
India is home to many religions and beliefs, and because of this conglomeration of spirituality, it is also one of the main attractions in the world for finding something resembling enlightenment. Aside from the natural beauty, pristine waters and virtuous mountains, India is home to many tourists sites that are of extreme sentimental value to locals. People from all over the world travel to India each year to take in the sights and experience a world so connected to God, spirituality drips like rain in this amazing country. India is both the birthplace of yoga, a popular practice even in the Western world, and the birthplace of Buddha, an icon in Hindu practices.
There is no doubt that one could travel to these realms to learn the true secret to happiness as well as take in breathtaking landscapes and photograph incredible architecture. No matter what you experience, there will be an element of the divine no matter where you go or what you do, even something as traditional as eating Indian food. If you are a first-time traveler to India, be sure you know something about the culture, or you will surely find yourself experiencing culture shock — but maybe in a good way.
There are a number of beautiful cities throughout this exquisite country, but some stand out as being places populated with spirituality and holiness. If you are looking to feel enlightenment, experience God, or hear your intuition, these are the cities to travel to.
This city is widely considered as the epicenter for spiritual energy. The city lives on the banks of the Ganges River, a river known for its healing powers. Some travelers with chronic illnesses visit here in hopes of being healed by these magical waters. All things culture run free in these streets, from music to dressmaking and so much more. After all, what else can you expect from the holiest city in India?
This city is named as the “Gateway to God.” It is both a holy city and one of the oldest cities in the country. It is neatly nestled up against the foothills of the Himalayas, one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world. It also lives along the Ganges River, where pilgrims go to cleanse their souls in the freshwater.
This city is famously known as the “Yoga Capital of the World.” It is also regarded by many Hindus as one of the holiest place in the country. The sacred Ganges River flows through this city, though some believe the water here is not as clean and clear as Varanasi.
This city is home to the Golden Temple, one of the most beautifully architected structures in the world. The streets are almost always packed with passersby hoping to get a photo with this marvelous temple. It is the birthplace of Sikhism and a popular location for the worship of Sikh principles.
Bodhgaya is probably most famously known as the location where Siddhartha achieved enlightenment and became known as Buddha. The famous Bodhi tree is now the the most spiritual place for Buddhists to find happiness and peace. Tens of thousands of tourists visit here each year to meditate and learn.
Lotus Temple, New Delhi
This temple, being named for its unique shape, is the Bahai House of Worship. Though this temple practices Bahai, it welcomes many visitors of all faiths, religions, and beliefs. This temple attracts millions of worshippers each year, as well as thousands of tourists interested in snapping a great photo.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
This Hindu temple is located in the Trikuta Mountains in a town called Katra. Here, tourists travel to have their wishes fulfilled, as it it is said that any who make a wish here from their heart will have that wish realized. This temple is known as the manifestation of the Mother Goddess, Shakti.
Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
This temple is another location for Hindu worshippers devoted to Lord Shiva. Anyone who wishes to visit this palace have to devote themselves to a 18 km uphill walk in order to reach the temple doors. Because of the remote location in the Himalayas, it is only open between April and November when extreme weather conditions have settled.
Sacred Heart Cathedral, New Delhi
Sacred Heart is one of few Roman Catholic cathedrals in the region and one of the oldest buildings in New Delhi. Though the building itself is somewhat small, compared to grand Sikh temples, thousands of tourists visit each year to see the Italian architecture.
Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan
Dilwara is a worship place for followers of Jainism, Indian teachings that show nonviolence to all living creatures. There are a total of five temples in Dilwara: the Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, Parshvanatha, and Mahaveer Swami. The detail in the architecture of each of these temples is so incredible that many revere this holy site as an example of architectural perfection.
No matter where you go in India, you are sure to stumble upon a house of worship for one of the many religions practiced in this country. If you are hoping to be brought closer to God, hear the voice of your intuition, or tackle your inner demons, India may be a perfect place.
Whether you traveled here by plane, train, cruise ship or on your own two feet, you will not be disappointed by the beautiful temples, the flowing rivers or the majestic mountains. Simply open your heart to the possibility of fulfillment and let the light of love flow through you.
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