The Best places to visit in India for a spiritual awakening 

We are aware of time-honoured temples and rituals set amidst a backdrop of ancient ruins. There are also certain places that exude undeniable energy and inspire reflection. They also fill the body with a sense of peace and inner bliss.

Regardless of your beliefs and traditions, here are some of the best places in India to visit. They help to remain in touch with your spiritual side and have the power to stir your emotions. You can book any of these or more holidays to India with TransIndus to be assured of a hassle-free spiritual experience.

Varanasi

Varanasi is the spiritual heart of India and the epicentre for devoted Hindu pilgrims. They come here to bathe in the waters of the river Ganges, offer prayer, and cremate their loved ones.

For visitors of any faith, the sunset Aarti ceremony is a highly enriching experience, both spiritually and emotionally. This holds on the bathing ghats of this 4000-year-old city, every evening without fail for hundreds of years. 

Bodh Gaya

This major pilgrimage destination is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Bodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree where it is said under which Lord Buddha meditated before achieving enlightenment.

Visitors flock to this complex. They not only offer prayers, study, and meditate, but also collect the fallen leaves from the holly tree. They believe that it will bring them nirvana and utmost bliss.

Tiruvannamalai

This temple town is the spiritual and cultural hub of the Tiruvannamalai district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a home to one of the largest statues in the world devoted to Lord Shiva. Moreover, the town is full of monolithic temples with the holy mount Arunalacha towering in the background.

Pilgrims offer their respects to the mountain by walking barefoot around the entire 14 km base. They do so, especially on the days of a full moon. One cannot leave Tiruvannamalai without paying obeisance at the Sri Ramana Ashram. To them, this is the meditation site of the great sage Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Tawang

Located in the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is home to the Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world. Dukhang is the main complex of this spiritual shrine which features a stunning 18′ high statue of Lord Buddha.

Steeped in history and a tradition of spirituality, Tawang is also the principal centre for Buddhist teaching. It draws a large number of spiritual seekers, not only from India but from all over the world as well.

Auroville

The spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa founded Auroville in the 1960s. It is not dedicated to any particular religion but to human unity. This town is in Pondicherry, 150 km south of Chennai. Besides, it is meant to be a place where men and women from any country can live together. They always live in peace and harmony, irrespective of caste or creed.

The cohesive force behind Auroville is the beautiful Matrimandir, a place for silent concentration, and the live-in campus. Auroville is not a tourist destination, rather it is meant for material and spiritual research spread over a vast area. A place that should be visited in a peaceful physical and mental state.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh, meaning ‘Lord of Senses’ is one of the many names of Lord Vishnu, and the birthplace of yoga. This town is popular with both Indians and foreigners. They come to Rishikesh in large numbers seeking spirituality in the many ashrams. They also visit yoga institutes dotting this town in the Himalayan foothills.

Saints and sages of the past believe that Rishikesh is a God-blessed destination. It is located on the shores of the Ganges river. Here, it meets the plains from its faraway source in the Himalayas. The evening aarti ritual, a daily event at the Triveni Ghat is a soul-stirring experience.

Amritsar

Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ramdas, the fourth guru of the Sikhs. It is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs. It literally means ‘holy pool of nectar’, the body of water found in the Golden Temple. Also, it is referred to as Sri Harminder Sahib. The temple is not only a religious place for the devout Sikhs but also symbolizes human brotherhood and equality.

The temple is open to everyone, irrespective of caste or creed. Those who wish to seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without a semblance of any hindrance. The ideology and philosophy behind the Golden Temple is a matter of experience and not a description.

Dwarka

Dwarka lies on the western tip of India and is a city from Lord Krishna. It is a common belief that this avatar of Lord Vishnu spent his early life in Vrindavan and Mathura. It was before founding Dwarka for the Yadavs. This is where Lord Krishna spent his life till the last days on earth.

The beautiful Dwarkadhish Temple is a homage to Lord Krishna. It is a must-visit place to learn more about the life of this popular deity. Vajranabh, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna, built it almost 2500 years ago. One can still come across fresh imprints of the 16th and 17th centuries within its boundaries

Ajmer

The Dargah of Ajmer Sharif is one of the most important spiritual destinations for Muslims the world over. It stands testimony to the strong harmony between the Hindus and Muslims in India. The shrine at this dargah is a tribute to the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-din-Chisti. His honorable grave lies inside this complex.

Each day, thousands from all members of the community of different religions and faith and not just Muslims, throng here. They come in large numbers to offer prayers and seek solace in the spiritual atmosphere.

Katra

The holy shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India. Also, it is second only to Tirumala Tirupati. It is a common belief that the goddess Vaishno Devi was an incarnation of the combined spiritual strengths. These powers were of goddess Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, and Mahakali.

It is there high up on Trikuta hill. Pilgrims have to travel an uphill trek of 14 km in order to reach the shrine. Moreover, there is a constant religious chanting as the crowds labor their way to the top. It lifts the energy and brings about a sense of calm. Besides, it quickly dissipates any fatigue or tiredness of the tough trek.

Shirdi 

Shirdi is the home of Sai Baba, one of India’s most loved and revered saints. It is another temple that is open to all castes and religions. Moreover, it is another important spiritual destination in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Visitors arrive at Shirdi in a non-stop flow from all corners of the world. They come to seek solace from the temple of the now-departed holy saint. There is a loud chanting and the overall atmosphere of the worshippers calling out the Baba’s name. These are there to evoke a sense of awakening and spiritual enlightenment in the visitor.

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