Whether we accept it or not, visiting a holy shrine does give us some peace of mind. Besides oneness with God and peace of mind, some of these temples offer breathtaking views, beautiful architecture and an overall picturesque environment.
Let’s have a look at some of the best from around the globe:
1. White Temple, Thailand
This one is like walking straight into a fairytale.
2. Marble Temple, Bangkok
Straight out of a postcard, this one!
3. Golden Temple, India
Surely, this one is already on your bucket-list!
4. Kinkaku-ji, Japan
Listed amongst the ‘Top 10 things to do in Japan’ this one is a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape.
5. Sravanabelagola, India
Perched upon a hilltop, this statue of Mahavir Swamy is claimed to be the largest in Asia.
6. Batu Caves, Malaysia
Not visited Malaysia yet? Add this to the ‘things to do in Malaysia’ list then.
7. Prambanan Temple, Indonesia
Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Surely that’s not something to miss!
8. Gawdawpalin Temple, Myanmar
About 180 feet high and located on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, this temple is not only picturesque but also one of the largest and the second tallest temple in Bagan.
9. Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Bhutan
Clinging to a cliff amidst the mountains, clouds and trees, this place attracts one from afar as well!
10. Mahabodhi Temple, India
Claimed to be the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment, this is a rare site to visit for Indians and foreigners alike.
11. Lotus Temple, India
Shaped like a lotus and made out of white marble, this temple is a sight to behold!
12. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, New Jersey
The Akshardham temples all over the country are known for their beauty and architecture, but the one in New Jersey is said to be the best of them all.
13. Temple of Heaven, Beijing
This one is the largest and most representative existing place among Chinese ancient sacrificial buildings. And also breathtakingly beautiful.
14. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, India
Bright, colourful and eye catching, this temple is appealing both to the mind and eye.
15. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Said to be the unofficial 8th Wonder of The World, Angkor Wat is heaven for lovers of architecture and history.
So combine both your wanderlust and your spirituality to get the best of both through these temples.