Soul searching is very important to millenials, and so these are the best cities in India to find your soul and detox yourself from the city life.
India a country with rich culture and deep religious beliefs, some of the cities of India have great religious significance and serve as great destinations to nurture your souls. It is probably the monkey life we live, where our goals or people around us are more important to us than our own self. You will often feel empty despite of your life full of people. All these cities with immemorial culture and rich traditions teach us techniques to tame our messed up spirits and minds. Just spending time in these cities can give you a chance to be close to both nature and culture. Giving you time to think about yourself and things important to you, calm your mind, have some self-reflection and connect with your souls. So break the thick walls of your busy routine and allow yourself break free. Entre your wonderland and empower yourself with freshness and peace.
1.Varanasi the city older than time
According to Hindu Mythology Varanasi is the birth place of Lord Shiva and was found about 300 years ago but it is also said that it is more than 500 thousand years old and still counting. Varanasi is settled on the western banks of river Ganga. Its people are down to earth and colorful, markets to shop traditional Indian attire, Ayurveda medicines, handicrafts and much more. Some of the things you must do in Varanasi are a Boat Ride in Ganges River, dive in the holy waters of River Ganga, visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, watch a sunset while having a stroll at the banks of River ganga, witness the Ganga Arti at the Daswameh Ghat, go visit the weavers’ Village and lastly have some amazing food in Varanasi. The gastronomical treat in Varanasi is the best to have with chaat, kachori, aloo tikki, thali and the great Banarasi Paan.
2.World Capital of Yoga, Rishikesh
Rishikesh one of the most famous cities of Uttarakhand and the gateway to Garhwal Mountains. It is world Yoga capital and has many yoga retreat centers. Rishikesh not only heals you with yoga but also with some Adrenalins rush some of the activities you could do here are River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Giant Swing, Flying Fox, Camping on the banks of the Ganga, Trekking and chiff jumpling. Some o the must visits of Rishikesh are Beatles ashram, Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, visits some cool and melodic cafes, have some local Garwali meals and much more. People come here especially to celebrate the festival of colors, Holi.
3.Find yourself in Haridwar
“Early in the morning we crossed the ghats, where fires were still smoldering, gazed with our western mind, into the gangs” – Mary Oliver. Haridwar is the gating city to Uttarakhand, also the Chaar Dham Yatra starts in Haridwar. Every year a lot of Hindu pilgrims come to this city to immerse in the devoting oof god. Haridwar is amongst the other holy cities where Kombh Mela is being celebrated, in this mela not only Millions of worshipers gather but also many international stars come to seek the blessings of goddess Ganga. It is believed among the Hindus that by Batheing in The holy river one can wash off all the sins he has done. Some of the interesting things to do in Haridwar are visit the Har ki Pauri ghat, go Temple hopping to Mansa devi Temple, Maya devi Temple Chandi devi Temple and many others, Live in the Ashrams and have a Yoga retreat and go on for a fun food trail and taste the local Delights. Haridwar also offers you Adventure tours like trekking, river rafting, bird watching and much more, do visit Rajaji National Park.
Amritsar justifies the colorful Sikh culture like no other place; it is a perfect blend of traditions, culture and urbanization. The city is divided in two parts old Amritsar and new Amritsar. Amritsar was Founded in 1577 by the Sikh Guru Ramdas. It also has a rich history rather dark history because of the incidences like Jallianwala Bagh attack by Genaeral Dyre and forces on 13 April 1919, fights during India Pakistan partition and many others, but this place has given us many brave freedom fighters who fought for India’s freedom. In Golden Temple world’s largest free community lunch is held, and people from all walks of life and all religion, sit and eat together. Some of the must visit places in Amritsar are Wagah Border Crossing, Hall Bazaar, the Golden Temple holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, Jallianwala Bagh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Central Sikh Museum, Ram Tirath, Akal Takht, and Gobindgarh Fort.
Bodhgaya is one of the four holiest cities of Buddhist faith. The Mahabodhi temple is the main attraction of this town and is located near the spot where Lord Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment. Bodhgaya is also an important center of Buddhist studies. In the 6th century when the local Prince Siddhartha renounced all marital possessions and gave up all the luxuries in life, and after rigorous tapasya he attained Enlightenment. The place Bodhgaya is famous because Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment near this place under the Bodhi tree. Some of the fun things to do here are visit Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi tree, great Buddha temple, Muchalinda Lake, Sujatha Temple, Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, Royal Bhutan Monastery and many other temples.
Dharamshala a city in Himachal Pradesh. Here you will find many monasteries and Buddhist shrines. The place has rich culture and it is the best place to escape in the arms of nature. Some of the fun things to do here are Volunteer and teach the locals English, go camping, it is also close to many trekking trails, shopping, go Paragliding, rock climbing, zip lining, hiking, fishing and cycling. Must visit places of Dharamshala are McLeod Ganj, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Bhagsu Falls, Dal Lake, Kangra Valley and Kangra fort.