Our planet is filled with beauty in its many forms. Many magnificent places that some of us don’t even realise existed! Most of us may never see all the beauty that the world has to offer, however there is nothing stopping us from adding it to the bucket list. From natural spas in rural Turkey to famous mountainous terrains in Eastern Africa, we have compiled a list of the most serene yet breathtaking spots on the map, all guaranteed to spiritually renew the soul.
Mount Kailas, Tibet
Mount Kailas is a black mountain, Tantric Buddhists believe to be the home of Buddha Demchog. This peak is situated near Lake Manasarovar, which is a spiritual pilgrimage site for Buddhist’s and Hindus.
Crater Lake, Oregon
This lake is the seventh deepest in the world, known to be a sacred landmark. Tribesmen used the crater in their vision quests, therefore it is still appreciated as a sacred space. Crater Lake originated from a massive eruption caused by Mount Mazama, over 8,000 years ago.
Open to the public, this is one of the oldest spa destinations in the world. Reported to have healing powers, these chalky-white hot springs with their carbonate-rich waters offer exfoliating properties too. The name refers to the surface shimmering white limestone, shaped by calcium-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the vast mountainside, mineral waters foam, consequently spilling over cascades of stalactites into pools below. It is believed that these formations are solidified cotton that giants left out to dry.
Kusatsu Onsen, Japan
Discover the rejuvenating serenity of Kusatsu Onsen Boun, the hot springs said to be deeply curable. The spring water flows from one of the country’s three major springs, with the surrounding streets lined with Japanese hotels and gift shops, this is one of the most serene locations on earth. Kusatsu Onsen is the perfect way to experience the soothing tranquility of traditional Japan.
Ayers Rock, Australia
Uluru, Ayers Rock, is a 1,100 feet high, flat-top rock. The rock sparkles various hues of orange and red as the sun flushes its rays a top of the various layers of sandstone, basalt and granite rock. This makes Ayers Rock most recognized landmark in Australia (aside from Sydney Opera house). Ceremonies and rituals still take place subsequently, the rock is decorated with various spiritual paintings.
Callanish Stones: Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Dating from 2900-2600 BC the Callanish Stones undeniable beauty has spiritual health for years. The stones were once used as sighting devices, due to the ring of Callanish used to be for astronomical purposes. The gneiss rock is embedded with a variety of crystal types including white quartz, feldspar and hornblende. This landmark is gives Scotland its historical appreciation.
Taoist mountains: Henan, China
These Five Great mountains achieved their name as they are associated with Taoism so typically, they originated from the body of Pangu, the Tao creator of the world. Because of its eastern location, Mount Tài symbolises Pangus head, signifies birth and renewal therefore, is regarded as the most sacred of the Five Great Mountains.
Mt Kilimanjaro National Park, provides a breath taking sight of the heart of the park, home to the famous 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, it of course offers a climb to the top of Africa. Furthermore, the mountain rises from farmlands onto the lower slopes. Through lush rainforest and alpine meadows, then through to the twin summits of Kibo and Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The lower rainforest is home to many animals, mainly seen in the shadow areas of the summits.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Reaching over 4,050 square miles, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Stranded by prehistoric lakes evaporated years ago, the thick crust of salt extends to the horizon, covered by quilted patterns of salt that has risen from the ground. If you happen to travel here at the right time, notice a thin layer of water from nearby overflowing lakes, making the flats beautifully reflective of the sky. A tremendous source of salt and lithium, the landscape boasts the world’s first salt hotel. The stunningly desolate ambience of Salar de Uyuni can make for an incredibly spiritual experience.
Banff National Park, Canada
In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a natural hot spring was discovered and from there the park was born. Canada’s first national park, is one of the world’s most sought after destinations, hailed by a horizon of jaw-dropping mountain scenery. Millions make the hike to Banff to breathe in its stunning views, as well as to take part in a wide range activities.