The spiritual destinations are found in almost all the geographical locations in the world. People in large numbers embark their journey to the holy places with a sole motive of offering their prayers and devotion to the almighty. The calm environment, serenity and aura of the sacred places truly provides a memorable experience to the devotees. A spiritual odyssey to some of the holy places offers a golden opportunity to the tourists to end their search for the salvation and purify their minds from all the evil thoughts. Here are some of the most popular spiritual destinations that you can visit, purify your soul and find ultimate peace:
The sacred city of Mecca is situated in Saudi Arabia. The place is popular all across the world as the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. Devotees, primarily the Muslims visit Mecca to perform Hajj and seek blessings of the almighty. It is imperative that you must hold a proper Visa before making plans to enter into the country and visit Mecca. There are plenty of sites that you can visit such as the Grand Mosque, Thour Mountain, Makkah Mall, Al Kiswah Factory, Al Jaaranah Mosque, Abraj Al-Bait Towers, Al Nour Mountain, Masjid Taneem. Muslims in large numbers visit the Grand Mosque, offer prayers and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul.
Haridwar is a very popular spiritual destination that is nestled in the enchanting foothills of the breathtaking snow-capped Himalayas. It is an entry point to one of the most revered sacred places including the Char Dham Yatra. Many devotees from various parts of India as well as the world gather in large numbers to offer their devotion to the almighty and experience the spiritual bliss. The holy Kumbh Mela, which is renowned as one of the biggest spiritual congregation of the people in the world is organized every 12 years. A bath in the sacred Ganga River offers a great peace of mind to the devotees.
There are several tourist destinations in Haridwar that are worth a visit such as the Har ki Pauri, Rishikesh hill station, Pawan Dham, Bharat Mata temple, Mansa Devi temple, Neel Dhara bird sanctuary, Chandi Devi Temple and so on. Many people assemble at Har ki Pauri ghat to witness the Ganga Aarti, which is a very mind blowing sight and offers the people a very memorable experience.
Lourdes is one of the world most popular and worshipped shrine particularly for the Catholic people. It is located Hautes-Pyrenees, the southwestern part of the France. This spiritual place in France became renowned when in the year 1858; a poor shepherd young girl named Bernadette revealed 18 sightings of the Virgin Mary. After that this holy place came into the light of the world and a lot of people descend to Lourdes to enhance their spiritual life. If you are Lourdes and have some free time, then you can also do plan to visit several well-known destinations such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Grotto of Massabielle, Basilica of the Rosary, the miraculous medal museum and Chateau Fort.
Amritsar, the awe-inspiring city of the majestic Punjab is a very prominent holy destination of India. The city is renowned worldwide for the sacred Golden Temple that allures a lot of tourists. The temple is also known by the name the Harmandir Sahib. It is essentially a precious shrine of the Sikhs. Not only the Sikhs, people, belonging from the various religious backgrounds flock to this enchanting temple to offer prayers. One of the most unique features of this particular temple is its dome that is fully made up of pure gold. The revered scripture of the Sikhs, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib preserved inside the temple. The divine verses of the scripture are sung in the temple that relieves the individuals from their stress and provides them the inner peace.
Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most renowned, revered and ancient shrine of India. It is located in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir at a height of 5300 feet on the Trikuta Hill. The holy cave is found in the town of Katra that is approximately around 46 km from Jammu. The devotees feel really blessed after seeing the three rock idols inside the Vaishno Devi Temple. The right idol symbolizes Goddess Kali, middle one symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi and the left one symbolizes Goddess Saraswati. You can plan your travel to this enchanting place at any time of the year, but it is important that you must avoid your trip, especially in the winter season as it is a tough task to undertake travel due to the bone-chilling winds and excessive snowfall.
Vatican City is regarded as the best known and busiest holy centers in the world. It is the home of the Pope and the countless number of the person visits this religious place to find solace and peace. The legend has it that St. Peter took his last breath in this place. The Vatican is essentially a sovereign state that functions independently. Some of the notable sights and attractions that you should not miss while travelling to the Vatican City are historic civil administration building, Ethiopian Seminary, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Palace and Sistine Chapel.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Every year, millions of people, visit the shrine of Guadalupe that is nestled in the Mexico. According to the legend, Mary appeared to a poor man called Juan Diego and told him to construct a shrine on the site where she had appeared. Mary left her appearance on the cactus-cloth that is now displayed to the public in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Bahai Gardens is located on the enchanting Mount Carmel (Hafia, Israel) between the stunning sculptured gardens. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The Bahai shrine is known all over the world as the resting place of the Bab, who announced the coming of Bahaullah, the messenger of the almighty. The devotees belonging from the Bahai religion have a view the God is one and the various messengers that have come to this earth to preach the same thing. According to them all the Gods such as the Krishna, Mohammed, Buddha and Jesus took birth to teach the same thing that is the lesson of humanity to the people.
The holy city of Jerusalem, which is essentially a capital city of Israel, offers an unforgettable religious and spiritual experience. It is an abode of some of the revered shrines of the Christianity, Islam and Judaism. There are many popular sacred sites that can be found old city walls of the Jerusalem such as the Haram al-Sharif, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Bethlehem is a most respected religious place in Christianity. Christians believe that it is a birthplace of the Jesus Christ. This majestic and beautiful destination remains jam packed particularly during the Christmas season. Some of the popular places that must be on your itinerary to visit are Nativity Grotto, Solomon’s Pools, the Old City, the Separation Barrier, field of Boas and so on.
If you are planning a religious trip, then you can consider these well-known religious destinations, have an amazing experience of peace and spirituality.
Shubhanshi loves traveling and sharing her travel experience with the world through her blogs. She has traveled around India and abroad. Currently she is describing about top spiritual places in the whole world including the Char Dham Yatra Tour in India.