Vacations usually are all about eating, shopping and sight-seeing but why not visit a beautiful spiritual destination? Also, combining a travelling experience with spirituality is a journey that’s unexplainable. Visiting spiritual destinations can be helpful in understanding their importance and the vast culture behind the sacred areas, it’s a type of learning that doesn’t come too often.
This Buddhist kingdom should be on the top of any spiritual travel bucket-list! Bhutan is a spiritual treat for visitors. The Tigers Nest Monastery (Taktsang Lhakhang) is the most popular site to visit as this was said to be the place where Buddhism was brought into Bhutan.
Another reason to love Bhutan is, its culture and traditions are based on Buddhist values, they even have a unique development philosophy – Gross National Happiness which focuses on the well-being of its people.
Other places to visit: Dochu La Pass, , Tashicho Dzong, take a hike on the Zuri Dzong pass.
2. Bali, Indonesia
This spiritual island is known for its serene beaches and lovely greenery, but it’s a great place for spiritual rejuvenation. Also, the movie Eat, Pray, Love gave a glimpse into the spiritual life one can lead in Bali – from visit healers, practicing yoga and indulging in organic eating – Bali is the perfect spiritual destination.
Other places to visit: Tanah Lot, Pura Besakih, Ululate Temple, Sanur, and much more.
Next up on the the list of spiritual destinations to visit is Cambodia. This Buddhist country offers a journey of enlightenment to its visitors and is home to the famous temple Angkor Wat.
Temples are a great place to experience the spiritual culture of a country, but nature lovers should explore Cambodia’s holiest mountain range Phnom Kulen also known as the Mountain of the Lychees.
Other places to visit: Tonle Sap (Great Lake to Battambang), Prasat Ek Phnom, Wat Banan.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is known for its tea and its beautiful landscape doubles as a spiritual destination. Since the beginning of Buddhism, Sri Lanka has been home to many Buddhist pilgrims. The Buddhist traditions and values is noticeable all throughout Sri Lanka. Some notable places to visit are Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Mihintale, The Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth, The Famous Bodhi tree, the Dambulla rock caves temple and not to forget the reclining Buddhas.
Spiritual destinations offer much more than just pictures and souvenirs to take back. Moreover, they offer enlightenment and a spiritual journey that is often unforgettable.
About the author:
Kavya Sridharan is our newest Content Intern at The Silver Lining. When she isn’t busy typing away, she loves to travel and eat (a lot) – a delicious combination.