Tourist spots with a spiritual significance demand respect and decency from every traveller. Your visit to places of spiritual tourism should not violate the ambiance of the place. If that happens, you will not only be offending the people who belong to that place and whose livelihood depend on it, but also the other travellers who want to have an unadulterated experience. Spiritual tourists have to be particularly careful about their behaviour, their choice of clothes and how they carry themselves in and around spots of spiritual significance.
Here are some dos and don’ts that you should keep in mind.
Do understand the spiritual connotations of the place before you visit the spot. There are guidelines available against every single spiritual destination online that you can read and update yourself. You can speak with our travel experts at Udiron, the best spiritual tourism organizer in India. Our experts will guide you on the religious and spiritual aspects of the place and what is expected of you. For example, most spiritual tourist spots in India have a no-shoes policy. Some don’t allow hats and sunglasses as well, more so when you enter the sanctum sanctorum. You should know beforehand what’s allowed and what’s not.
Don’t talk loudly among yourselves if you are part of a large group. It is okay to be chatty when you visit spiritual tourist spots but you have to be aware of religious ceremonies that take place. You cannot be laughing around loudly when monks or nuns are performing religious rituals. You are there to experience what life is over there. If you vitiate the atmosphere with your presence, you are robbing yourself of a chance to experience spirituality at its best. You are also ruining it for others.
Do dress appropriately. The cultural ethos of a place may not match what you are wearing. This is not something that is out to offend you personally. It’s just that some places require you to dress modestly and conservatively. It’s not a curb on your personal choice. It’s necessary to ensure that you don’t end up humiliating people who work in those spiritual spots and are brought up on some cultural contexts. Our travels experts at Udiron can advise you according to the spots you want to visit.
Try to soak in the sights and sounds of spiritual tourist spots by adhering to the general rules of the place.