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The Best Spiritual Experiences in India

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Spiritual experiences in India is one of the reasons that inspire travellers from all around the globe. In India, traditions are a part of the culture. Spiritual practices quieten the mind, strengthen the soul and teach limitless compassion and wisdom. And, for this you need not take the difficult path. There is a lot to explore in the country. Giving the gift of connecting with the soul, spiritual experiences in India are unlike any other.

Get inspired for your next escape with these hand-picked suggestions for you.

Varanasi

Varanasi

In Mark Twain’s words Benares, now Varanasi is older than tradition, older even than legend, and twice as old as both of them put together. The holy city of Varanasi perched by the River Ganga is among the holiest cities in India. Owing to its rich spiritual legacy and history, it is a reflection of authentic India. In Varanasi, people come to wash their sins, seek knowledge and experience spirituality. The river ghats are witness to multiple aspects of life. The ancient temples are the sanctuaries of divine grace. Its people a friendly lot helping all those who are lost. And the sacred Ganges which forms the backbone of the city is the foundation of life and inspiration for many. In the hours leading up to sunset, the ghat comes to life with the vibrant, mystical and magical ritual called the Ganga Aarti. This grand and opulent ceremony is considered as one of the most lively and exciting spiritual experiences of India.

 

India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers incredible spiritual experiences. The country is a vast treasure for those seeking knowledge and awareness in spiritual terms. In the vast diversity, there are innumerable places and moments that connect you with the divine and a higher calling. Visit some of the popular sacred destinations of various faiths to experience spirituality.

Haridwar

Nestled by the holy River Ganges, Haridwar meaning the "Gateway to God" is one among the holiest places in India. Popular with Hindu pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters of the fast-flowing Ganges River and wash away their sins. Unlike Varanasi, the water is clean and fresh in Haridwar. The evening Ganga Aarti holds ​a special appeal. Another popular attraction is the Mansa Devi Temple. The largest religious gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela, is held in Haridwar as well. Plan your trip there with this Haridwar travel guide.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. It’s situated a short distance upriver from Haridwar, surrounded by hills on three sides. Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous ashrams and yoga institutes. It especially draws spiritual-seeking foreigners, while Haridwar holds more significance for Hindu pilgrims. Because of their close proximity, many people come to Rishikesh and Haridwar in the same visit. Plan your trip there with this Rishikesh travel guide. There are Rishikesh hotels and guesthouses for all budgets so you can find a great place to stay.​

Amritsar

Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around the Golden Temple. The exquisite Golden Temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world. It looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated. The Wagah Border is a popular side trip from Amritsar. 

Amritsar’s most famous landmark, the Golden Temple is lit up beautifully every evening, and visiting it after dark is an entirely different experience altogether.  This trip is generally timed to not only allow tourists to see the temple lit up , but to also witness the sacred Palki Sahib ceremony which takes place every evening. The Holy Book of the Sikh religion, the Guru Granth Sahib, is now regarded as the eternal Guru by the Sikhs, and each evening is carried on a palanquin by devotees to the inner sanctum, where it is placed overnight.

Dharamshala

Monastery in Dharamshala

Nestled in the picturesque Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, Dharamshala is the famous as the holy residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan monk in exile was granted residency in the mountain town in Himachal Pradesh. The divine presence of His Holiness brings visitors from far ends of the world to bask in the spiritual bliss. A hub of Tibetans in exile, the town is considered to be one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. 

Goa

Churches in Goa

Goa has a rich history and culture waiting to be discovered and also beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage churches and convents that are worth visiting.  This walking tour starts by taking you to several of the UNESCO World Heritage churches in the area before exploring Panjim's charming Latin Quarter. This district is renowned for its wonderful Portuguese era architecture - many of the gaily painted buildings have been beautifully preserved and still boast their original wrought iron railings and terracotta tiled roofs.


Incredible Wildlife Safaris in India suited for Summer

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Safari in the natural forest is expedition to observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. There are several sanctuaries and national parks in India that captivate wildlife photographers to click some of the best views, enclosing candid moments and rare sights.

Corbett National Park
Located in Uttarakhand one of the places for wildlife photography, where the jeep safari goes deep inside the park. It is famous for sightseeing of large carnivorous mammals, and it gives photographers candid moments. There are apparently five different zones in the park consisting of different flora and fauna. The rich biodiversity gives the photographers a notably brilliant chance to catch the candid moments and also splendid photographs. The Himalayan foothill gives it an extra edge over other parks. Catching a tiger before your splendid lenses will not be easy, but you can try your luck. Also Read - Vulnerable Wildlife at Risk As 116 Animals Including 11 Rhinos Dead in Assam's Flooded Kaziranga Park

Ranthambore National Park
The park of Rajasthan has its own place in exploring the wildlife. The park of Rajasthan is famous for luxurious train trips and safari. The most commonly sought animal for photography in candid moments is Bengal tigress with its cubs. Machli, one of the tigress is fond of posing before the cameras. This is the perfect place for clicking candid pictures of dangerous animals. Jeep Safari is advised to deepest to the park for spotting the tigers. Here are some places listed above for clicking perfect candid moments in the wildlife. The photographers are advised to take help of experienced guide and photographers for the best experience.

Kabini- Nagarhole National Park
It is one of the most popular haunts for those who love to explore the wilderness and enjoy getting up close with nature. It has a lot to offer right from the Jungle Safari, boating to trekking in Nagarhole Forest. The nature walk in the forest is a must if you want to reconnect with the surroundings and nature all over again. The jungle safari is a wonderful opportunity for all the environmental enthusiasts to mingle among the variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy the royal feel of an elephant safari for the view is just spectacular with dense forest all around and at times spotting various animals in their natural surroundings makes the ride worth it. A trip to Kabani can introduce you to the world of misty forests, valleys and watercourse.

Bandipur National Park
Located in Karnataka, this park is famous for its wildlife riches which is 874 square km, and covers many endangered species of animals and flora. Bandipur National Park along with Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad National Park and Nagarhole National Park forms the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. Bandipur is one of India’s first and finest Project-Tiger reserves, and also southern India’s most famous. Its priceless tiger and leopard habitat is home to three rivers and represents in part the best remaining haunt of the endangered Asiatic elephant, Indian wild dog and a plethora of life in all its sublimely understated forms and colours This reserve is the largest protected area in South India and the region with highest number of wild elephants in South Asia.

Periyar Tiger Reserve
Also known as the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is situated in the hills of the Western Ghats and is home to no less than 1800 flowering plant species, 143 species of orchids, 35 mammal species, and 265 bird species. Other than the Royal Bengal Tigers that reside here, this sanctuary also boasts a substantial population of the Malabar Giant Squirrel, the endangered Lion-Tailed Macaque, Asian Elephant, Leopards, and Smooth-Coated Otters. Visitors to one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries can enjoy trekking, elephant rides through the jungle, and boating on the Periyar Lake.


Best Places in India to explore verdant Tea Gardens

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India is one of the top destinations for tea lovers. Lovers of the magical brew are in for a treat in India and the neighbouring Sri Lanka. India has a history of tea cultivation. There are many places that grow tea on the many lush hill slopes. From being one of the largest producers of tea to offering some amazing experiences for tea lovers, there is a lot on offer. The pleasant weather, gradient of slopes and the traditional approach of tea cultivation makes India very popular for tea.

1. Darjeeling

Tea gardens in Darjeeling

The black variety of tea which is harvested in Darjeeling, India, is considered the best variety of tea and Darjeeling is also known as the champagne of teas. The weather is the major factor that contributes to the flavor of the tea.

2. Munnar

Tea gardens in Munnar

3. Ooty

 

4. Assam


Spirituality in India

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India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers incredible spiritual experiences. The country is a vast treasure for those seeking knowledge and awareness in spiritual terms. In the vast diversity, there are innumerable places and moments that connect you with the divine and a higher calling. Discover the spiritual treasure with some unforgettable experiences. From sacred temples and enormous religious pilgrimages to yoga ashrams and beyond, spiritual experiences in India offer visitors healing, wellness, and the chance to forge a deeper connection with their surroundings. Begin your year afresh—and embark on an inspiring discovery tour of India’s most peaceful corners.

Stay in a Ashram

Attend Worship Rituals

Serve the needy


Natural Wonders to explore in India

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 India never ceases to amaze. The vast geographical expanse is an abode to diversity, some finest marvels crafted by man and nature’s wonders. when exploring India, the real India, you will surely across some surreal experiences. From the snow-covered Himalayas to the lush Western Ghats, from the azure beaches to the scenic beckwaters, the glemaing dune sof the Thar Desert to the eerie stretch of the Rann of Kutch, fmo the lush jungles thriving with wildlife to roaring waterfalls to secret caves, India is truly blessed. Travel plans to India remain incomplete without exploring few such marvelous scenic spots. We have listed down some of the wonders of nature that you can add to your travel itinerary.

Backwaters

Backwaters of Kerala

Of India’s wonders of nature, backwaters have made a special importance. Loved by honeymoon couples, families, people seeking getaway from routines or simple in search of bliss, Kerala’s Backwaters are simply heavenly. The network of waters of lagoons, lakes, rivers and the sea is a beauty. Besides, its scenic appeal the backwaters supports an incredible ecology. Some of the rarest birds and some even migratory species that fly in from far parts of the world for the winters.

Where to go: Kerala – Alleppey, Kumarakom, Poovar and Cochin, Goa

Beaches

Beaches in India

Nature has bestowed India with a vast coastline, stretching over 1200 kms. With access to the huge expanse of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, India has some of the most impressive coastlines. The stretch of silvery soft sands and dazzling golden hues leading to azure waters are some of the most scenic places in India. The wonder lies in the sheer diversity; from rock strewn shores to sandy expanes thriving with seasports, to secret coves of wildlife espceially the sea variety, shores witness to historic legends to ones offering a fun beach getaway.

Desert

Thar Desert in Jaisalmer

India's desertscape is truly a wonder. Rajasthan's vast expanse of the Thar Desert

Mountains

 

Where to go in the Himalayas – Shimla, Dharamshala

Lakes

Pichola Lake in Rajasthan

Waterfalls

Athirappilly falls in India

The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally translates to ‘sea of milk’. The waterfall gives us an allusion of the white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates, as it gushes into the waters of the lake. The falls are at their zenith during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction all year round. Tucked away in the crescent-shaped valley, the waterfalls are carpeted with lush green flora, thus becoming a perfect getaway for honeymoon couples.

Living Tree Bridges of Cherrapunji

Living Tree Root Bridges in India
Located in one of the wettest places on earth – Cherrapunji, Living Root bridges of Meghalaya can make for the most amazing pictures of nature in the world. This scenic spot is a way of boasting nature’s mysterious ways of creation. This place is famous for their ever-growing natural bridges, whilst some of them being 500 years old.

The roots of Ficus Elastic are grown by local Khasi tribes into strong and amazing natural bridges, which take around fifteen years to grow completely. These one-of-its-kind bridges are truly a natural marvel that you must visit.

Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport ( 60 Kms)