In the search of spiritual solace

To stroll the spiritual path is to repeatedly step out into the unknown, mentioned writer Wallace Huey. And whereas the conventional pilgrimage has been an element of our tradition since time immemorial, it has now became a mix of religion and enjoyable the place the divinity merges right into a want to discover.

From the ghats of Varanasi to Taktsang in Bhutan, from Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Iran to Church of St. George, Ethiopia, spiritual experiences vary from the non secular and mental, to these centered in artwork and nature. These moments of euphoria, a craving for a connection to one thing larger than ourselves are normally introduced on by journey.

And in the case of spiritual tourism, how can we overlook actor Julia Robert’s tryst with discovering which means at an ashram in India. ”Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You combat for it, try for it, insist upon it, and generally even journey round the world in search of it. You must take part relentlessly in the manifestations of your personal blessings. And after you have achieved a state of happiness, you need to by no means grow to be lax about sustaining it. You should make a mighty effort to maintain swimming upward into that happiness ceaselessly, to remain afloat on prime of it,” says AMerican writer Elizabeth Gilbert in the e-book Eat, Pray, Love.

In its profundity, the partial perceptions and fleeting ideas, the typically  unnoticed shifts in consciousness that get ignored in most every day life, are allowed to flower into which means both unexpectedly or by visits to holy locations.

A multi cultural and religiously plural society, India has typically been referred to as the spiritual capital of the world. A land of mystics and yogis, individuals journey from throughout the world searching for solutions on human existence and consciousness. 

“For centuries, travellers have turned to India for their share of self-discovery and spiritual wisdom. Healing therapies, counseling, meditation, yoga, retreats in India offer a healthy alternative to a regular holiday break. It helps harmonize your body and mental wellbeing getting your natural rhythms back on track,” says Shiv Sadhika Maa Viswaroopa, Astrologer.

And as Alex Norman places it in Spiritual Tourism: Travel and Religious Practice in Western Society, “Spiritual tourism is the logical outcome of the combined processes of secularisation, post-modernity and the history of tourism.”

Spiritual tourism connotes one thing larger and far-reaching than a easy and single motion. It’s a complete endeavor that’s tough and requires effort. Travel and religion helps in broadening experiences and permits oneself to grow to be open to various concepts and beliefs which will alter or deepen the beliefs of current religion. It permits you to dive headfirst into your religion and get a a lot deeper understanding of what your perception means. And as journey influencer, Jagnoor Aneja places it, “The pandemic has made people realize the value of togetherness rather than the materialistic greeds of the common man. Being locked in houses has made people connect with their inner self and after the lockdown being lifted, people have started seeking spiritual retreats.”

He provides, “ Meditation is a great way to access the inner workings of your mind and help you experience a faith that you may experience superficially.” 

This year, begin on a pilgrimage of your personal, discover and create spiritual property.


The ghats of Varanasi have therapeutic and purifying properties. ”As a traveller, I get pleasure from unravelling the mystical theories and rituals related to locations. Varanasi is my favorite as I’ve all the time felt a surge of optimistic power that bubbles in me whereas strolling round the ghats and the night Aarti is mesmerizing,” says Manjulika Pramod, journey influencer and writer. She provides,”Spiritual journey helps to instill extra religion in my perception in a single tremendous energy. It additionally conjures up my soul and thoughts to introspect and clear the litter of thoughts. Every time, I sit down inside a temple and meditate, I really feel peace inside.”

Bodhgaya, Bihar

Located at the web site the place Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment, the Mahabodhi Temple can be a UNESCO World heritage web site. Surrounded by uniquely designed monasteries, this place tops the bucket record of any world traveller. Dotted with historical past and spiritual background, Gaya finds an essential place in the non secular books for Hindus.

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Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, New Delhi

This place awakens the soul and helps heal spiritually. ”Every traveller’s expertise at the Sufi shrine is soul enriching. Sufi traditions embrace practices resembling music, qawwali and different varieties of poetry of love, and relations. The music is certain to provide ruhaani sukoon to all,” says Sufi Ajmal Nizami, Custodian Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia

Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

“Tiruvannamalai attracts spiritual seekers to its Sri Ramana Ashram and Hindu pilgrims who walk around holy Mount Arunachala and pray at Arunachaleswar Temple, where Lord Shiva is worshiped as the element of fire,” says Manu Rishi Guptha, CEO, Niraamaya Wellness Retreats

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