The Best Destinations for Spiritual Travel

Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by Nathan Cima on Unsplash

One of the best things about travel is that no matter your interests, there’s a destination out there with something to offer. Some places are famous for their party culture and nightlife, others their cuisine, while a select few are regarded as hubs of mysticism and spirituality. These unassuming places, often considered sacred by their local populations, have unique energies perfect for retreats or just some good old fashioned soul searching. Keep reading to learn more about some of the top destinations for spiritual travel.

Varanasi, India

Varanasi is an ancient city revered by followers of Hinduism, who believe that those who die on the land will be freed from the karmic cycle of death and rebirth. Locals and pilgrims from all over the world travel to participate in spiritual festivals and bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges river, accessible through special sets of stairs called “ghats.” Beyond the river, Varanasi is also home to dozens of markets and thousands of temples, most of which are free to enter. 

Bagan, Myanmar

For those interested in Buddhism, the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar sits peacefully as both a spiritual hub and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, tourists can explore its many temples and pagodas and take some time to meditate and reflect. For a different perspective, book a hot air balloon flight over the city, or watch the sunset along the Irrawaddy River.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Situated in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, the citadel of Machu Picchu is steeped in a mystical energy dating all the way back to the 15th century, when it was considered sacred by the local Inca population. Today, spiritually-inclined travelers from all over the world venture to Machu Picchu to experience its beauty and connect with something greater than themselves.