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In Search of Nirvana? 9 Spiritual Escapes to go with Your Buddies

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Thinking what to do over the weekend? Gather your closest friends and seek the truth together! HolidayIQ reviewers present the best places to begin your search for nirvana. 

1. Amritsar

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sankar Narayanan shares, “The Harmandir Sahib is a holy place of the Sikhs. In the sanctum the holy Granth Sahib is placed and worshiped. When you approach this holy place, you get the positive, soulful and peaceful vibration gripping you. ...There is an enormous Community kitchen (Langar) which feeds pilgrims through out the day. The food consists of Roti, tasty dhall and kichadi.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jai Dait says, “Golden experience...Me and three other friends were onboard to Amritsar from Mumbai. ...the entire premises of the temple is spotlessly clean and no dirt will ever be found there. Round the clock devotees flock the venue but the level of cleanliness maintained is something worth admiring. We visited the temple during the day as well as in the night when it really shined like gold. ” Read Full Review 

2. Haridwar

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Temple | Religious | Peace | Holy River
HolidayIQ Reviewer himanshu bahukhandi shares, “Chandi Devi Temple is said to be one of the most spiritual place in Haridwar and I myself have visited there many times. Chandi Devi Temple is the place where you can find the true spirituality of Haridwar and there is a saying that you should probably visit Chandi Devi Temple if you are visiting Haridwar. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Vinod Kumar shares, “Har Ki Pauri is the main place of Haridwar with religious value. Temples are situated on the bank of river. It is place for holy dip and very safe. Religious chanting and songs of maa Ganga gives a pious feeling. Everyday in evening Ganga aarti is being organised. ” Read Full Review

3. Varanasi

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Temple | Ghat | Ganga | Religious
HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajey Balaji V shares, “The hustle and bustle around the temple, the hawkers endless calls, colourful shops which sells trinkets and amulets, the meandering lanes and by lanes, is all set to make your visit or pilgrimage an unforgettable one....The evening aarti on the Dashashwamedh Ghat is soul enriching ...If you want to witness the Aarti in its best, make sure you reach the Ghat by 6. 30 and hire a boat and go to the other side and watch the spiritual magic unfold.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Thulaseedharan Achary shares, “A divine destination I visited Varanasi, the city of pilgrimage on 5th July, 2014. Varun, Asi and Ganga rivers are flowing through this sacred area and it was a place for spiritual enlightenment. In Ganga ghat, all the ritual formalities were performed. Also visited various ghats and temples along the Ganga river, which were more attractive....beauty of Varanasi, the place of Lord Shiva, moksh, saints and hermits, city of wisdom and the capital of Indian culture.” Read Full Review

4. Ajmer

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Religious | Shrine | Peace | Mosque
HolidayIQ Reviewer hemant prasad shares, “Divine destination & a holy place We plan to visit Ajmer last year to visit famous Dargah Sharif. ...Ajmer Dargah is the dargah of Khwaja moinuddin chishti and holy place for Muslims. ...The travelers who like to visit religious places can come to visit Ajmer. ...Other than Dargah Sharif there are so many other places which you can visit in Ajmer like Taragarh Fort, Pushkar Lake, Ana Sagar Lake, Brahma Temple(Pushkar), Nasiyan Jain temple, Adhai Din Ka Jhopra and Akbar Museum etc. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Adesh Sidhu adds, “Ajmer Sharif - Dargah for everyone It is an old Dargah and people from different religions come to visit this holy place. The Dargah is located at the heart of the city and it is approachable by foot. ” Read Full Review

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5. Katra

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Temple | Shrine | Religious | Mountain
HolidayIQ Reviewer Sahil Gupta adds, “Trip to holy Shrine I had recently visited the holy shine of Mata Vaishno Devi, it is situated in the city of Jammu and Kashmir - Katra. It is a very famous and among the devotees who believes in Maa Vaishno. ...Apart from this it is also a very beautiful place to visit. ” Read Full Review

6. Dharamshala

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Manoo Joshi says, “What a Place, just can't describe in words .... A place for artists to practice their crafts, where people could come & see the artists and work, know about the Tibetan culture and learn the art too....Built in a traditional old Tibetan architectural style, this place has so much to offer - peace, calmness, spirituality, love, beauty, knowledge & much more that words can't describe. One has to have a love & appreciation for nature, arts & cultures, without that this place can't be loved, enjoyed, admired & understood.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Siddharth Ajmera says, “Great experience. A must visit. The temple complex is very huge and has many monks. We visited in the afternoon, when there was some sort of a debate going on between the monks, where one monk was standing and asking questions and other was sitting and answering. And the monk who was standing and asking questions was clapping after each question. On the first floor is the temple of Lord Buddha where holy rituals where going on. The idol of Lord Buddha is very beautiful there....The temple is also surrounded by a series of wheels enchanted with 108 holy chants each. It's recommended to turn each wheel clockwise.” Read Full Review

7. Somnath

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Temple | Sea | Religious | Pilgrimage
HolidayIQ Reviewer Pramod Tiwari shares, “Somnath, the holy shrine!! Somnath Shiva temple at coast of Veraval city....Divine aura of Shiva is clearly felt. Best time is morning during sunrise. ... It's one of 12 jyotirlingas of Shiva. ...inside temple is beautiful and calmness is there.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer K SATYANARAYANA MURTHY shares, “Somnath Pilrimage Somnath (Gujarat) is one of the twelve jyotirlingas and has a place of pride in Indian mythology. ...The temple and surroundings are extremely well maintained....Do not miss to visit dehotsarg, triveni sangam, baluka teerth, parshuram temple, veneshwar mahadev temple and an ancient sun god temple. Also do visit cave temple of hinglaj mata.” Read Full Review

8. Udupi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Madhukar Hebbar says, “Kamalashile is the must visit temple which is located 35 km from Kundapura and 125 km from Shimoga as well as Mangaluru....Holy river Kubja flows through this temple...The name Kamalashile take after the stone Linga. Goddess Sri Brahmi worshiped in the form of a Linga, which is said to be convergence of Goddesses Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The holy river Kubja flows through this temple.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhishek says, “A better spiritual place where a miracle happened for a man called Kanaka Dasa. .... spiritual shopping is good and prasadam facility for all peoples is good. In spite of casteism peoples are welcome for the temple.” Read Full Review

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9. Bodhgaya

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Prof P V L adds, “A soulful trip feels extremely spiritual ...People coming there are extremely spiritual, polite and welcoming. A lady for instance, showed me the way of prostrating and praying and explained the significance. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Aaditya Kumar shares, “A place to begin your journey to paradise ...Very few places are there which symbolises the knowledge and what if that knowledge is the key to the Paradise "Truth & Peace". AmbiAnce of this place will let you feel the breezes of enlightenment blowing through Lord Buddha Tree (Bodhi Tree). Bodhi Temple is always ready to mesmerize you with it's charm. ...People chanting the prayer and rhythm of the prayer will fill you with the spirituality. ” Read Full Review

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