Top 10 Sacred Travel Sites in Asia

Are your clients looking for some top-notch spiritual travel? Asia Transpacific Journeys has assembled a list of the top 10 sacred sites in the region.

1. Taktshang Monastery - Bhutan's most iconic temple and sacred spot that sits 3,000 feet above the valley.

2. Varanasi - A ritual cleansing held in India's Ganges River, said to absolve all sins and enable higher birth in the next life.

3. Shwedagon Pagoda - This gold dome in Yangon in Burma is sheeted in gold plates and topped with a 76-carat diamond.

4. Dambulla - One of Sri Lanka's most impressive cave temples, Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of five caves with painted walls and ceilings.

5. Borobudur - Ninth century ruins in Indonesia, and the largest Buddhist monument on earth, Borobudur is one of the original seven ancient wonders of the world.

6. Pashipatinath - Sitting on Nepal's Bagmati River, the temple is devoted to the Hindu god Shiva.

7. Pak Ou - This natural cave sits in Laos with over 3,000 Buddha statues and has been a worshiping spot for kings, merchants and farmers.

8. Dharamsala - Currently the residence of the Dalai Lama, this spot is frequented by pilgrims and visitors from around the world.

9. Wat Phra Kaew - This pilgrimage site sits in Bangkok's Grand Palace, and has been a place of worship since the late 18th century.

10. Sarnath - A sacred site near Varanasi where it is said that Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.


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