For long a land of pilgrimage, India reveals great secrets, sacred and philosophical, to the spiritual explorer. Even the farthest corners of the country hold great faith, divinity, energy and the astonishing ability to quieten the mind.
Religion in India is a wonderful kaleidoscope. Four major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism were founded here. Christianity has ancient roots here, having been introduced by St Thomas the Apostle around 2,000 years ago. Settlers from Iran (then Persia), who arrived on India’s shores between the 8th – 10th centuries CE brought with them their Zoroastrian faith. Islam entered India with the arrival of the Muslim rulers from Central Asia.
A spiritual journey can begin anywhere. Seek with all your heart and you will find the peace, faith, and hope you are looking for. Journey to see and experience temples, monasteries, churches, gurudwaras (Sikh house of faith), mosques, pilgrimage spots, shrines, or simply stay in the ashrams (spiritual centres) of India’s greatest spiritual beings – all set against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty and rich history.
Together with the spiritual philosophy that has been integral to the Indian way of life, India’s ancient traditions of wellness and healing techniques developed through centuries of wisdom have drawn scores of international tourists and travellers who want to experience both holistic and alternative therapies and treatments. For travellers looking for a wellness focused holiday, India is replete with world renowned destination spas and, Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and naturopathy or holistic healing retreats scattered across the country.