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Visit These 5 Spiritual Destinations Across The World

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Travel is considered spiritual in most religions around the world. Regardless of whether you believe in a higher power or not, you could add a deeper meaning to your own trips by choosing a spiritual destination. Here are 5 awe-inspiring destinations where you may or may not find religion, but will certainly find beauty, connectedness, and some inner peace.

Lumbini

Gautama the Buddha was born in a garden in Lumbini, Nepal. The town started attracting pilgrims as early as 249BC when King Ashoka travelled there. An Ashoka Pillar with a dedication to the Buddha marks the occasion. You should also visit the Maya Devi Temple which houses the slab on which Prince Siddhartha is believed to have been born and the lake Puskarni where he was bathed after birth.

Vatican City

The Holy See has been the home of the leader of the Catholic Church since 1378. No trip to the Vatican is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. The history buff in you would be satiated at the Vatican museum. This is also the town where St. Peter, the first Pope was crucified and buried. Visit his tomb at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Sri Pada

The beauty of the holy mountain in Sri Lanka is so universal that as many as 4 religions consider it a sacred site. Sri Pada literally means sacred footprint and the rock formation is believed to be the print of Buddha’s foot by Buddhists. Hindus though believe that it is a print left by Shiva’s foot, Muslims think it was Prophet Adam whereas Christians believe it to St. Thomas.

Mt. Kailash

The source of many of the mightiest rivers in Asia, Mt. Kailash is considered sacred in many religions of the region - Buddhists, Hindus, Bonpos, and Jains all come here on pilgrimage. The 52 km circuit is an epic worthy of being called a pilgrimage even if you do not have any religious inklings. Take time out for this trek if you love the mountains.

88 Temple Circuit

Shikoku, an island in Japan, houses 88 temples - each representing the removal of one of the 88 evil human passions identified in Buddhism. In the past, devotees walked the 1500km circuit to get rid of all the passions in one shot. Today, you can take a tour bus starting from Tokushima and do the same.

Regardless of where you choose to go among these best destinations in the world, do not forget to buy a good travel insurance policy. While these destinations will protect your spiritual self, Bharti AXA will protect you against any travel emergencies.

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