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In Pursuit of Spirituality- The Indian Way and Beyond!

In Pursuit of Spirituality- The Indian Way and Beyond!

It’s a well known fact that India was once known as the ‘golden bird’ owing to its wealth and prosperity. For centuries people from all over the world wanted to know just how this mystical land looked.

Ancient prosperous civilizations like the Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro and Indus Valley Civilization were based in and around the then undivided India and influences of Buddhism and Hinduism can be seen in countries like Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia till this date.

Columbus was actually searching for India when he stumbled upon the Caribbean islands or West Indies. Follow the spiritual path in India and around! 


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The cultural diffusion of Buddhist and Hindu philosophies has led to Indian culture and beliefs permeating mere geographical boundaries, developing a subculture of its own.

Ashoka’s son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitta are considered two of the chief propagators of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, which eventually took its own form of Theravada Buddhism which is the most popular form followed majorly in many Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam apart from the majority in Sri Lanka.

HilidayIQ reviewer Shajahan shares his experience when in Sigiriya, Sri lanka, "Go early morning/late afternoon to avoid the heat. Take a hat and water definitely and wear non-slip shoes - there is a real climb to the top. Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. The palace is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarana on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level. The entrance is designed in the form of a huge stone lion."


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One of the most iconic temples in the world, the Angkor Wat, was originally started as a Hindu temple, meant to be dedicated to Lord Vishnu but ended up becoming a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century.

Few are aware that it is supposed to be a representation of the sacred mountain with the five peaks, Mount meru, which is considered to be the spiritual and physical center of all the universes in Hindu mythology.

HolidayIQ reviewer Vaibhav talks about his Angkor Wat trip, "It is an absolute must if you are in the city, its splendid and beautiful. Remnants of such history are sheer pleasure to look and explore. Make sure you take a complete day for these as there are around 5-6 temples and extremely unique in their own way. Also ensure you start early as the temple complexes are closed by 5:30 PM. Carry water as it gets real hot in the day."  

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The world largest Buddhist temple is Borobudur and is situated in java. This temple is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple built by the Sailendra dynasty.

Elaborate displays of influences of Gupta art can be found in these temples, suggestive of the Indian connection with this place. One of the most sacred places for Buddhists, this temple is reflective of a remarkable merger of cultures and architecture.

HolidayIQ reviewer Sameer loved the sunset of Borobudur, "Awesome sunrise experience. It would require you to wake up early and go there but it's totally worth it. If you want, you can also stay at the hotel near this temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and you will be awestruck by the symmetry of it." 

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A staggering 83% of the people in Bali practice Hinduism and its evident from the breathtaking sea temples of Bali.

A paradise frequented by visitors in search of a cultural experience and unforgettable view, Bali is home to some of the most beautiful Hindu temples in the world.
The cliffside temple of Tanah Lot, though not directly a celebration of Hindu mythology, borrows heavily from it.

The famous Uluwatu temple, which is one of the six spiritual pillars of Bali is dedicated to Acintya, a major Indonesian Hindu God, and his manifestation of Rudra, the Hindu God of destruction.

Here's what HolidayIQ reviewer Saranya has to say about Tanah Lot, "Must visit, one of the best sight seeing places. Either go during dawn or sunset. But never miss this if going to Bali. Amazing attraction and wonderful temple. If you love photography then you got this as the place." 

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Even the Indian neighbours to our East have been influenced by India’s culture and practices. Nepal was the only Hindu country till 2006 (it’s now secular)  and about 80% of Nepalese are Hindus.  Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are also believed to have visited Nepal in deer forms, according to Nepalese theology.

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom where the majority (about 75%) follows one of the three forms of Vajrayana Buddhism which was founded by Indian Mahasiddhas. The remaining 25% people follow Hinduism.

HolidayIQ reviewer Kiran says this about Bhutan, "It feels so right to be lost in the right direction. Bhutan may be a traversed destination; but after having visited this paradise we ask ourselves why? This beautiful country has definitely been on our bucket list for multiple reasons and let me start by saying Bhutan did not disappoint in anyway; in fact it surprised us at every point. This tiny country straddled by the Himalayas, is such a joy to travel to. It is truly a feast to the eyes and for every visitor a magical cultural experience." 

When one starts exploring the reach of Indian culture, one unveils the fact that culture is truly transnational. In its endeavour to thrive together with a common way of life, a people subvert notions like nationality and regionalism to dilute their differences and celebrate and preserve what is common among them. This time around, don’t let the boundaries fool you- unearth the true essence of a culture!

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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