Travelling to spiritual destinations has become more and more popular, as people seek something a little more different than the usual travel destination. Whether it be to nourish the soul, see wonderful culture and history, or even to enjoy a relaxing yoga retreat, spiritual travel can make a great alternative for your future travel plans.
In this article we share some of the World’s most mystical and spiritual places for you to add to the travel bucket list!
Varanasi is known as the spiritual capital of India, and is often referred to as “the holy city of India”. Set on the banks of the sacred river Gangers, Varanasi is the oldest city in India, and is steeped with ancient temples, mosques, and other holy sites.
This city has spiritual rituals that are thousands of years old, including the burning of Ghats, where bodies are cremated in the river Ganges. Watch people go about their day to day lives, their morning cleansing, lighting of funeral pyres, worship and the ceremonial offerings known as Aarti. Take in the incredible atmosphere, the sights, sounds, colours and smell of sandalwood and incense in this wonderfully spiritual city.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
Stonehenge is thought to date back to around 2500BC, and the history behind the stones is surrounded by much speculation and mystery.
It is one of the most famous sites in the World, located in Wiltshire, many people experience an unexplainable, strange feeling whilst walking around Stonehenge. The stones are also thought to have healing properties, with many people believing that pouring water over themselves, whilst sitting under the stones has a certain healing power.
Nobody knows how the stones were erected, weighing up to 50 tons, it is a mystery as to how ancestors moved such heavy stones with no tools.
The mystery of Stonehenge remains!
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of the most sacred places in the world, and is located in Central Australia. This beautiful site is made up of many caves, waterholes, and ancient rock paintings, and is considered one of the greatest wonders on Earth!
Uluru is a sacred site to many Aboriginal tribes, who use the site as a place for rituals and creating rock paintings. These tribes believe that they can invoke ancestral beings for blessing by touching the sacred rock of Uluru.
Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovnia
Medjugorje is a town located in Herzegovnia, close to the border of Croatia. This town is a popular site for Catholic pilgrimage ever since six children reported to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Millions are keen to worship at the site of this vision, and the local church offers Mass in over 10 languages.
Aside from its spiritual significance, Medjugorje is a location of stunning beauty, surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, dense forest and vineyards.
Ulpotha, Sri Lanka
Ulpotha is the ultimate spiritual retreat, perfect for yoga lovers and those seeking exquisite, secluded beauty.
A stunning hide-away in the heart of Sri Lanka, Ulpotha offers you total peace and tranquillity. Visitors to Ulpotha can enjoy relaxation in the beautiful surroundings of the Galgiriyawa Mountains, or take part in Ayurveda therapies and yoga classes in the company of practiced experts.
Where will you visit this year?