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5 Great Destinations For A Spiritual Travel Experience

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If you’re looking to re-charge your soul, you are not alone. Many people wander the globe looking for spiritual places where they can feel a cosmic energy. Below, you’ll read about five destinations where you can do just this.

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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from Pedroso Mount. Photo: Luis Cagiao/Shutterstock.

1. Camino de Santiago, Spain

For Christians, there won’t be many better destinations than this place in Spain.

One of the great spiritual journeys you can make is to the tomb of the apostle St James, which is in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. you can choose from a few different ways how to reach this place.

Cycling or even horseback riding are all considered appropriate forms of
pilgrim transport; but in fact, most people walk as a better way to contemplate their lives — especially as the journey on foot takes about one month to complete.

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Temple 80. Photo: Simon Desmarais/flickr.

2. 88 Temple Circuit, Japan

Those interested in Eastern culture should travel to Japan and visit 88 Temple circuit.

What makes this place so incredible is that on the Japanese island of Shikoku you’ll find exactly 88 temples, a number equal to the amount of sinful human passions as defined by the Buddhist faith.

If you want to free yourself from every one of these passions, you can do so by completing the Circuit. It will take some time — the route is about 150 kilometers/93 miles — but the experience will leave you with unparalleled mental clarity.

By the way, if you’re looking to do this on your own, Japan is one of the best places for solo travel in Asia

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The Gaumukh glacier, source of the Ganges river in Uttarakhand, India. Photo: Nila Newsom/Shutterstock.

3. Source of the Ganges, India

You can make a short stop for a spiritual experience in India, near the source of the Ganges – the sacred river for all Hindus.

Thousands of pilgrims make the pilgrimage to its source near Gangotri, performing
“darshans” (offerings) as near as possible to where water flows from the ice wall under the moraine.

Some even try to wash their sins by getting a short swim in the Ganges River, too.

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Mount Kailash, Tibet (South Face). Photo: Lihana/Shutterstock.

4. Mount Kailash, Tibet

Mount Kailash is a sacred place for many different religious peoples, like Buddhists, Hindus, Bonpos, Jains and, more recently, trekkers who consider this mountain one of the big challenges they want to overcome.

Some pilgrims walk the 52-kilometer (32-mile) course in a day, while others take their time around the mountain, “bowing” themselves around the mountain by switching between lying down and standing up.

This physically strict routine is believed to help people remove their sins.

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The Virgin Mary. Photo: OndroM/Shutterstock.

5. Međugorje, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

And finally, the place where many people believe the Virgin Mary once appeared to six children is
in the Bosnian mountain village of Međugorje.

In fact, The Virgin is said to appear at MeÄ‘ugorje even today, bringing messages to the world and people who travel here.

This place will surely help you get closer to the spiritual world, depending on your religion.

What’s your favorite destination for a spiritual travel experience? Please share in the comments below! 

Jessie Festa

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and volunteering in Ghana.

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