Spiritual Tours 2020
Spirituality is a beautiful journey. Whether it’s by travelling to places of worship, or a secluded and peaceful natural wonder, Travel Jaunts is determined to help you discover your inner magic, and perhaps those of others as well. From taking in the wonder of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to following the magical chants of zen meditation in Japan, let us partner you in your journey to the center of your light.
10 Best Spiritual Journeys to take in this lifetime
Developed from a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and culture, Cambodian traditions are some of the most peaceful in the world, despite evolving through decades of conflict and brutality in the regime of Khmer. Today, Angkor Wat is a UNESCO world heritage site, known for its stunning architecture and art, telling stories of life under Khmer rule. Built by Emperor Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple for the Lord Vishnu, over the years it has transformed into a Buddhist temple. The walled city of Angkor Thom is famous for its Bayan temples, with giant stone faces gracing the towers. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia houses art treasures and secrets in the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
Catching a glimpse of the beautiful sunsets from Angkor Wat is the icing on the cake for a perfect vacation for someone interested in art and history.
Best time to visit Cambodia – From November to April, the weather is pleasant and there is very little rain, thus allowing clear skies and cool breezes for your forays around Cambodia.
Where to stay in Cambodia – In order to see Angkor Wat, it is best to stay in the town of Siem Reap, which is close to Angkor Thom. In Phnom Penh, it is best to stay close to the city centre, for easy access to the tourist spots such as the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
How to reach Cambodia – Krong Siem Reap is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from here as well.
Buddhist Circuit Tour Package
Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the world, originated in India. Its legacy has been left in a number of pilgrimage centers, stupas and monasteries across Northern and Central India. It is said by the Buddha that a visit to places important in his life, like his place of birth, enlightenment, teaching and attaining Nirvana, can bring merit and rebirth to one’s life, so take the Buddhist Circuit tour as part of your quest for enlightenment.
Best time to go on the Buddhist Circuit Tour – October to March is the best time to take the Buddhist Circuit tour, especially in Sarnath.
Where to stay for the Buddhist Circuit Tour – The locations of the Buddhist Circuit – Varanasi, Delhi, Sarnath, Shravasti and Bodhgaya – are best seen when staying in hotels and resorts in each location. Several of the locations are also home to ashrams, where you can experience a joyous, simple stay.
How to get to the Buddhist Circuit Tour – If you want to fly in, you can fly into Varanasi Airport in Uttar Pradesh, which has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. You can depart from Patna Airport in Bihar after your trip.
In order to experience Buddhism at its origin, plan your Buddhist Circuit tour itinerary with Travel Jaunts’ packages.
Jerusalem David’s Old Quarters
The birthplace of Judaism, and a helping-hand in shaping Islam and Christiatinty, Israel is one of the most significant destinations in the world. It is also home to over 200 museums (including the only underwater museum in the world), and world-famous places of religious worship. Mount Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest cemetery. Tel Aviv is a center for Islamic and Arabic culture, with an oriental architecture style and narrow, quaint streets. Nazareth, “the Arab of Israel”, is believed to be the childhood home of Jesus. Beit She’an, the oldest city in Israel, is a national park of archaeology. In Israel, you step into a varied civilization for the perfect vacation.
Tucked in a corner of the Middle East, Jordan is a varied landscape including stretches of desert (including Wadi Rum, a UNESCO world heritage site), a small but brilliant coastline, ancient archaeological sites (Amman, one of the oldest cities on the planet, has witnessed human communities since the 13th century, and even features in the Bible). It even has its own iconic landmark in the “Lost City”, Petra, a historic paradise that is known today as one of the seven wonders of the world, and whose Royal Tombs and monasteries are likely to make you gasp in delight. Visit Jordan for the vacation of your dreams.
Best time to go to Israel and Jordan – From December to March, you experience the peace and cool weather of the Dead Sea, and you can see all of Israel’s tourist attractions.
Where to stay in Israel and Jordan – In Jerusalem, stay in the Old City, as it is only a few minutes away from the most popular tourist destinations such as the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. It has a wide variety of accommodation, from luxury hotels to quiet retreats. In Tel Aviv, you should stay in the White City Area, which is a buzz of culture and nightlife. The impressive architecture in the White City Area has been the perfect place for boutique hotels to stay in. The town of Wadi Musa has developed around the site of Petra, and is perfect for your stay to reach Petra very easily.
How to go to Israel and Jordan– To enter Israel for the tour, you can arrive at Tel Aviv Airport, which has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. You can depart from Wadi Rum Airport in Jordan after completing your tour.
Kailash Mansarovar Package Tours
Over 30 million years old, Mount Kailash has existed even before the Himalayas came to be. To Hindus, it is the residence of Lord Shiva, and his consort, Parvati. To Tibetans, it is Sumeru, the cosmic center of the universe. Mount Kailash has served as a major spiritual center for Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. North of Mount Kailash is the world’s highest freshwater lake – Manasarovar – a journey ringed with spiritual vibrations. The route to Kailash Mansarovar takes you by either the Nathu La Pass in Sikkim, or the Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. It is said that a journey past Kailash and Manasrovar will bless you and help you go deeper into your soul, so book your Kailash Mansarovar tour package with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to go to Kailash and Manasarovar – The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (journey) is organized every year between June and September, and is taken by hundreds of people for its religious significance, making the best time to go then.
Where to stay in Kailash Manasarovar – To experience the beauty of Mount Kailash, the village of Darchen, located at the south foot of the mountain, is the best place to stay. The mountain can be hiked from Darchen, or you can stay in several of the small monasteries in and around the mountain. Near Lake Manasarovar is a small village next to Jiwu Monastery, where the best views of the mountain can be obtained. In Kathmandu, you can stay in Thamel, the main tourist attraction of the city.
How to go to Kailash Mansarovar – You can fly into Kathmandu Airport in Nepal, which has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Kathmandu Airport as well.
Badrinath and Kedarnath Tours
Badrinath, situated in the Himalayan mountains, is famous for the Badrinarayan Temple, and called one of the four “dhams” of India – essential for a pilgrimage. Kedarnath, a haven for devotees of Lord Shiva, has beautiful cliffs and mountains, and is considered one of the world’s holiest places. On the tour, we will see the Gobi Ghat, the location of the infamous Valley of Flowers in full bloom, as well as several other spiritual sights. A Kedarnath-Badrinath tour is a must to see India’s spiritual tranquility at its finest
Best time to go to Kedarnath and Badrinath – From May to June and September to October, you can visit both places, as it helps to avoid the chilly climate and heavy rainfall that winter brings.
Where to stay in Kedarnath and Badrinath -Badrinath, Rishikesh and Joshimath are well-equipped with hotels for tourists to stay in.
How to go to Kedarnath and Badrinath – You can fly into Haridwar Airport, which has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After your trip, you can depart from Jolly Grant Airport in Uttarakhand.
If you’re wondering how to plan your Kedarnath Badrinath yatra, Travel Jaunts is the place for you.
Italy, a paradise of delicious cuisine, great and plentiful wine, and vibrant art and history make it the perfect vacation spot. Vatican City, the seat of the Papal community, is also home to some of the most significant pieces of art in the world, including Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Step up and make your Italy Renaissance tour booking and let the experience soak into your bones like a da Vinci painting. The town of San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Saint Padre Pio, you have the chance to see the weekly candlelight procession, a spiritual and inspirational experience heading to the Sanctuary of St. Pio.
Nearly one-third of the world’s greatest art treasures are in Florence, which is also famous for its iconic architecture and Renaissance history. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Rome, the capital of Italy, clearly shows the glorious Italian history through ruins around the city, with the most famous being the Roman Colosseum, a grand homage to the battles of years earlier.
Best time to visit Italy– The spring and fall seasons (April-June and September-October) are perfect times to visit, due to the pleasant weather, lower prices, and reduced amount of tourists in the area. For San Giovanni Rotondo, the candlelight procession is held between May and October.
Where to stay in Italy – It is best to stay close to the city centres of Rome, Florence and Vatican City, for proximity to the tourist attractions.
How to reach Italy – Fiumicino International Airport in Rome is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Assisi Airport, which is also very well-connected to major cities in India.
Mexico and Peru Tours
Surrounded by rich history, one gets to experience adventure after adventure filled with unforgettable moments in Peru that allow you to learn more about your deepest self, leaving you with the longing to visit again. A 15th century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge, Machu Picchu is the civilization that the Incas built around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Machu Picchu has long been steeped in legends and theories as to its origin, with the most popular one being that it was built as a fortress against jungle inhabitants.
With 34 UNESCO world heritage sites, and a history including Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan civilizations, which flourished for 3000 years before the arrival of Europeans, Mexico is a Mecca for spirituality. Chichen Itza, a Mayan settlement, is famed for the temple of Kukulkan, where there is a belief that its doors and windows have special alignments for destined events. If you arrive at Mexico today, you see footprints of its many civilizations, as well as gorgeous Mexican art and spiritual centres. Pack your bags and arrive at Mexico and Peru for the experience of a lifetime with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to visit Mexico and Peru – The dry season of December-April is when temperatures are lower and there is no rain to hamper your tourism. Between December and February, the air cools considerably as well.
Where to stay in Mexico and Peru In Cancun, you can stay in the neighbourhood of El Centro or Zona Hotalera for breathtaking views and to enjoy vibrant activities. In Chichen Itza, stay in the city, close to the archaeological sites. In Lima, stay close to the tourist attractions.
How to reach Mexico and Peru – Lima International Airport in Peru is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Chichen Itza Airport in Mexico.
Fatima and Lourdes Tour
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Fatima’s Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Fatima’s fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. The large torch-light processions in the evening are particularly impressive, often lead by Cardinals and Bishops.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a significant site where Catholics can deepen their faith, with a significant history and the meaning behind Lourdes. The apparitions, miracles and healing applied from Mary Immaculate are what define this sight as a significant place. Mary is the main reason why Lourdes is so significant because it is the site where she appeared to put herself forward to heal people and set miracles. Enjoy the delights of Fatima and Lourdes with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to visit Spain and Portugal – From March to May, the spring season of Portugal is in bloom and the climate is pleasant. Spain is pleasant both its spring and its fall (September to November), with fewer crowds, and the rates coming down.
Where to stay in Spain and Portugal – In Lisbon, you can stay in the Baixa and Chiado districts, which are close to the tourist attractions. In Lourdes and Fatima, you can stay close to the sites of worship, for easy access. In Barcelona, you can stay in the Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) located in the city centre, or the neighbourhood of Barceloneta.
How to reach Spain and Portugal – Lisbon Airport is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Barcelona Airport.
Lhasa, or “the place of the gods,” has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the 17th century. Set in the center of the Tibetan Plateau, it is home to several Tibetan Buddhist temples of historical significance, like the Potala Palace and Jokhang Palace. The Potala Palace, at the very top of Red Mountain, 3700 kms above sea level, was formerly the seat of the Dalai Lama. Spend your time praying and meditating in the koras (spiritual and sacred sites) of Leh.Other sights to see along the tour include the Shelkar Monastery, which is set on an especially sacred site according to the Tibetans, and Tashilhunpo Monastery, home to the Panchen Lama community (the most influential lamas in Tibet other than the Dalai Lama). Enjoy being in the very seat of spirituality in this Lhasa tour with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to visit Tibet – March, April, September and October are the best months to visit Tibet, as they are on the cusp of either summer rains or winter snow.
Where to stay in Tibet – In Lhasa, there are several Tibetan-owned hotels that have curated an authentic Tibetan cultural experience, and are perfect for your stay.
How to reach Tibet – Kathmandu Airport in Nepal is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Lhasa Airport.
We ask you to turn to self to find wisdom and serenity through your own spiritual path to old Japan, by enjoying a yoga and meditation retreat from the rush of your daily lives. Slowly embark through deep in the mountains and heritage sites that will enable to connect with the ancient earth; With the additional help of natural hot spring tubs heal your body, mind and soul, allowing them to rejuvenate themselves as the while you undertake yoga sutras, energy healing, mind empowerment sessions and walk through the spectacular wilderness.
Best time to visit Japan – March-May and September-November are the best months to visit Japan, as there is less rainfall and very pleasant weather.
Where to stay in Japan – During your tour, you can stay in the temples of Japan that you will be visiting, including Shunkoin Temple and Taiyoji Temple.
How to reach Japan – Tokyo Airport is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Tokyo Airport as well