Traveling itself is an enjoyable experience. You get to learn new things and to grow as a person. But What if you find some fantastic spiritual destinations, that can relax your mind and give you some life-changing experiences. Religious destinations have their charm and aura, and they give you a sense of calm and relaxation. The history related to that place with unique rituals can mesmerize you, and of course, it will provide you with a new perspective towards life. If you’re looking for top spiritual destinations to travel in 2019, this is the perfect article. The following is the list of top 9 religious destinations in the world.
1. Varanasi, India
I feel if we are speaking about holy places, and we don’t start with India, then this article is a fail. India is the country full of rich culture and tradition. I have been to many spiritual destinations in India, but I had some life-changing experience in Varanasi. Varanasi, located at the banks of Ganga, is referred to be as the land of temples. A boat ride in this beautiful river will give you a piece of mind. The history and rituals of this place are mind-boggling. People have followed them for thousands of years.
2. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirà
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirà is an underground Roman Catholic Church build within the tunnels of a salt mine. It has many unique architectures of Colombia. This holy place is decorated with beautiful lights, giving it a magical and dramatic appearance. It also has numerous chapels and has been the centerpiece of attraction since the 5th century. I have never been here but planning to visit it as soon as possible.
3. Borobudur, Indonesia
Borobudur, located in central Java, Indonesia, is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. This temple has nine stacked platforms (six square and three circular stacks) and has more than 500 statues. It was built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty. It is the perfect place to get a beautiful spiritual experience.
4. The Dead Sea, Israel
Fun Fact: The Dead Sea is ten times saltier than seawater in the world. Although it’s called Dead SEA, it’s a lake with a length of 48 miles. Located about half an hour ride from Jerusalem.
The fun thing about this place is that you cannot drown in it because of its high salt level. The lake is known to have some excellent healing qualities. The healing properties are linked with the biblical concept. The healing properties are known to be helpful for people with skin problems, respiratory issues, and arthritis. It is a fantastic place to feel connected to yourself, feel relaxed, and rejuvenate yourself.
5. Saint Michael Chapel, France
Every year, Saint Michael’s chapel is visited by over three million tourists. It is a chapel located in Aiguilhe with a height of 279 meters. It was built to celebrate the return of Saint James from the pilgrim and has been considered a sacred place for thousands of years. It is an excellent place to sit, pray, and get all the positive energy back in your life.
6. Basilica of our lady of Guadalupe, Mexico
It is a Roman Catholic Church towards the north of Mexico City and has the photo of our lady of Guadalupe. Millions of people visit this church every year and have a mesmerizing experience. It has a blue turquoise colored roof and looks more like a stadium. The unique part of this place is, it is believed that the image of the Virgin Mary magically appeared on an apron. Now, the apron is kept safe behind a bulletproof glass above the altar. People from all over the world come to visit this church so that they can spiritually become stronger and fight life problems.
7. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda is a gold layered stupa in Yangon, Myanmar. It is considered as the holiest Buddhist Pagoda and contains a relic of the four Buddha’s of the present Kalpa. Travelers from all around the world HIGHLY recommend this place for people who are trying to find inner peace. The place is a wonder and looks breathtaking, especially during the night. The continuous chanting and the smell of the incense will make you feel relax.
8. Sandunóvskie Bath, Moscow
Since centuries spiritual bathing is considered as the best way to outcast negative energy and attract positive things in life. Sandunóvskie Bath or Sanduny is no different. It is a bathing house and an architectural landmark in downtown Moscow, Russia. Spiritual bathing is an easy way to connect your mind and body spiritually, mentally and physically. It’s believed that negative energy can lurk within your clothes, and it is a norm to take a nude public bath here. Besides the baths, the place also has quite amazing restaurants, hotels, and a zoological shop.
9. Vortexes of Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is a sacred and powerful place, with incredible healing powers. Travelers come here to experience and feel the mysterious cosmic forces which help you rejuvenate yourself spiritually. It has developed a worldwide reputation as a place for spiritual enlightenment.
The red rocks are a real beauty, and there are specific sites where the magical energy is intense. People love visiting this red beauty to meditate, do yoga or performance other kinds of rituals. People have experienced a feeling of self-recognition, calm, upliftment, and inner peace. Even if you have no such intention of spiritual enlightenment, you can visit this place for a visual treat.
I hope you guys enjoyed this article on nine spiritual destinations and I hope you guys add them in your to-do list.