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Genuinely Spiritual India

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For all the backpackers naively intoning 'OM' and spuriously aligning their chakras, India still manages to have some of the most genuinely powerful sites of religious worship on Earth.  
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Amarnath

The yearly pilgrimage to the holy Shiva cave at Amarnath, two days' walk into the mountains from the roadheads at Pahalgam and Baltal in western Kashmir, might just be one of India's most unforgettable experiences. Though more than half a million Hindu pilgrims from all over India make the arduous...

Rishikesh

The self-described "yoga capital of the universe", Rishikesh is great for those looking to align their chakras, but is also a fantastic place even if you're not into Ashtanga. Set between two high ridges with the gorge of the slate-blue Ganges running deep below them, the town is physically...

Tirumala & Tirupati

Tirupati is the service town for the hilltop temple city of Tirumala, and for millions of Hindus, Tirumala is the service town to God. Home to the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, this town in southern Andhra Pradesh sees as many pilgrims as Mecca or Jerusalem, who come to make a wish before its...

Golden Temple

The holiest of holies for the Sikh faith (it's essentially an offshoot of Hinduism that despite its tiny size provides one of the most visible, friendly, and widespread minority populations in the whole of India), the Golden Temple is arguably India's best pure 'spiritual' temple experience. At...

Bodh Gaya

A small town in the poor eastern state of Bihar, Bodhgaya is where the historical Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment beneath a pipal tree. Today, there is a constant stream of pilgrims from all over the world that visit the town to pray and make offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple, where a...

Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Benares, is one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world. The sobering scenes of public cremation on the steps on the banks of the Ganges are what it's best known for, but it's equally a paradise for photographers, history lovers, and those with an interest in...