They say travel is the best form of therapy! In Elizebeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love, the quest leads the protagonist on a spiritual journey that inspired millions of travelers to follow the same path!
Sometimes the hectic pace of your daily routines can get way too much to handle. What you need is some time to relax and rewind with no responsibilities and no stress.
Traveling is the best way to forget about all your worries and discover a new version of yourself. A vacation will introduce a new perspective to life that will help you find happiness and peace. But if you want to inspire yourself and feel true contentment, then a spiritual trip is the way to go.
The best spiritual travel destinations to find yourself
A spiritual trip is certainly welcome when you can’t seem to find your footing in the big bad world and need to take a break. The destination for a spiritual vacation depends on individual preference. Only you can decide which place is best for you. But if you are having trouble finding the perfect destination, here are a few ideas that will help you out.
Known as the “Yoga Capital” of the world, the holy city of Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the great Himalayas. Every year, this city is flooded with thousands of tourists from around the globe who come here to experience a peaceful getaway. This place is popular for its world-class yoga classes, meditation centers, temples, and ashrams. If you visit Rishikesh, you must witness the evening Ganga Arti to get the full spiritual experience. You can also indulge in various trail hiking expeditions to spend some time amidst the beauty of nature.
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
Pack up your bag and climb up Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka to experience ultimate joy and serenity. Also known as, Sri Pada, this huge rock has an imprint on its top, which is believed to be Adam’s footprint. Different people believe in different legends. While Buddhists believe that it was created by Buddha when he left the earth, Hindus say that it is Lord Shiva’s footprint. Regardless of where your faith resides, it is a sight to behold. The 2,244-meter-long trail will give you ample opportunities to revel in the mesmerizing views of an enchanting sunrise, forests, and tea estates. For a more enhanced experience, you can also visit the yoga retreats in the adjacent area.
If you want to indulge in a spiritual journey while doing something fun and adventurous, this place is for you. Gosainkunda in Nepal is a world-famous trekking location and a Hindu pilgrimage spot. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of beautiful mountains and rich greenery. Tourists from all over the world come here to marvel at the gorgeous sights of nature and find peace of mind. The two most famous treks are the Langtang Valley trek and the Gosainkunda trek.
Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan
You will definitely be swooned by the sheer beauty and serenity of this place. It is said that Guru Rinpoche meditated here in the 8th century and thus introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. Located 900 meters above the ground, this monastery is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. Vehicles cannot drive up to this location. The only way to get here is by hiking, which will take around 3 to 4 hours. But don’t worry, if hiking is not your cup of tea, you can hire a horse to carry you the whole way up the cliff. On your way, you will find 3 temples and witness a spectacular view of a 100-meter high, enchanting waterfall.
Known for the sacred Kedarnath temple, Kedarnath is one of the Chota Char Dham (small four abodes) sites. Pilgrims and tourists flock to this holy place and complete a 14-hour long trek to reach the temple of Lord Shiva. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayan ranges in the Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is surrounded by lofty snow-peaked mountains and captivating glaciers. In the summer season, one will be in awe of the picturesque views of the mountains and the far-spread meadows.
Plan your next spiritual escape with HI Tours to get away from the bustling city life, and lose yourself to find solitude amidst the breath-taking beauty of nature.