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Spiritual Tourism – The Rising Travel Trend! Why Spiritual Tourism is Booming in India in the Post-Pandemic Era and Its Benefits.

After missing out on two years of travel fun and adventures, the craze for travel among people is at an all-time high! People are tempted to travel often or travel more in their bid to gratify the wanderlust within and to make up for the lost time. Equally interesting is the rising popularity of the new travel normal like domestic travel, revenge tourism, spiritual and wellness tourism, staycation, quick weekend getaways, solo trips, road trips, and short holiday breaks that sparks new life into travel in the post-pandemic world.

It is true that the travel sentiments amongst Indian travellers have also become stronger and upbeat post-pandemic. Amid the many new travel trendsSpiritual Tourism is now leading India’s travel recovery with more Indians opting to visit spiritual destinations and religious places across the country than ever before. Not just Indians, but International tourists also find coming to India to revel in the blissful aura offered by spiritual destinations in India.

A recent report revealed that Northern India witnessed the maximum demand for Spiritual Tourism, followed by the southern, western, and eastern regions of the country. As per the report, Varanasi, Tirupati, Puri, Amritsar, and Haridwar are the top five holy sites for spiritual tourism in India. The Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala and the Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir has seen visitor numbers almost double in recent years. Also, it is fascinating to see an unusual interest from Gen-Z and millennials in Spiritual Tourism recently.

Why Spiritual Tourism is Booming in India in the Post-Pandemic Era?

As a spiritual destinationIndia has been attracting Indian as well as international tourists with an array of sacred sites and spiritual encounters since time immemorial. But post the pandemic, there has been a sudden surge in the number of people visiting the temples and other spiritual sites across the country. While spiritual tours have always been popular among the older generation, many millennials and young working professionals are now showing a special attractiveness towards spiritual tourism.

Woman with Namaste mudra sitting near Virupaksha temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India

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A primary reason for the renewed interest in Spiritual Tourism in India is the hectic lifestyle and stressed work environments. Thanks to the pandemic, Indians are paying more attention than ever to their mental health and are turning to spiritual journeys as an ideal stress buster and rejuvenation therapy. Many people go on spiritual retreats in gratitude and to connect with the almighty while others to connect with Mother Nature and to find inner peace. 

The best part is that the Spiritual Tours give a space to explore outdoor adventure, authentic local culture, nature, and wildlife along with wellness activities like Yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda treatments. This provides an additional push for young travellers to opt for Spiritual Tourism. The ease of travel, digital booking platforms, Wi-Fi availability, direct flights, luxury accommodation, indigenous cultural experience, and unique food experience are the other factors that contribute to the rise of Spiritual Tourism in India.

Benefits of Spiritual Tourism:

Spiritual tourism in India

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  • Spiritual Tourism is an investment in your well-being which creates space and time away from daily distractions.
  • Spiritual tours introduce you to destinations that are of spiritual significance as well as new cultures and traditions, creating opportunities for spiritual growth and personal awakening. 
  • Spiritual journeys foster long-term improvement in mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Spiritual voyages help connect with like-minded people through shared experiences who can aid in your personal growth and accompany you on the path. 
  • Spiritual travel trips offer the opportunity to connect with nature, which is the best medicine for stress and anxiety. It improves your mood as well as boosts feelings of happiness and well-being.

Top 10 Spiritual Destinations to Visit in India:

Spiritual tour in Varanasi.

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  • Varanasi – Considered the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is the ultimate place to feel peace, harmony, and solace.
  • Puri Jagannath Temple – This revered Vaishnava temple in Odisha is one of the Char Dham for pilgrimages in India.
  • Amritsar Golden Temple – Everyone, irrespective of caste, creed, or race can seek spiritual solace without any hindrance at Golden Temple in Amritsar.
  • Haridwar – Situated in UttarakhandHaridwar is one of the seven sacred cities of India which forms the gateway to the four major pilgrimages (the Char Dham) – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
  • Tirupati – Famous for its legendary temples, especially Tirumala Tirupati Temple (Lord Venkateswara Temple), Tirupati is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres in India, situated in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ujjain – Ujjain is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage destination in Madhya Pradesh which is well-known for the centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple.
  • Pushkar – Pushkar is an ancient sacred city in Rajasthan of deep spirituality, noted for its hundreds of fabulous temples including the only ‘Lord Brahma Temple’ in the world, and several gurudwaras.
  • Madurai – Tamilnadu‘s temple town, Madurai which is synonymous with the stunning Meenakshi Amman Temple is the ultimate destination for attaining spiritual bliss.
  • Vaishno Devi Temple – Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir is the most famous spiritual site in India and is visited by thousands of devotees every year to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
  • Guruvayoor Temple – Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple in Kerala called the ‘Dwaraka of the South’ is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations in India
A colourful view of Kalapeeshwarar temple tower at Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Whenever life seems chaotic and stressful, take a complete break from everything and go for a spiritual tour. Use the time away to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate,embrace the peace of mind, learn new things, and come back with a refreshed mind. To sum up, Spiritual Tourism is a life-changing experience and is worth considering the next time you plan a holiday in India.

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2 responses to “Spiritual Tourism – The Rising Travel Trend!”

  1. Niralya says:

    spiritual immersive cultural trips can be a transformative way to explore a culture’s spiritual traditions and connect with its people. Whether through yoga retreats, meditation retreats, pilgrimages, Ayurvedic treatments, or cultural festivals, travelers can deepen their understanding of India’s rich spiritual heritage and connect with its people in a meaningful way.

  2. Discountler says:

    An increase in the number of Russian and Eastern European spiritual pilgrims was noted. The flow of enlightened people from Western Europe also increased.

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