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The 11 Most Zen Places on the Planet

Published by Huffington Post on Wed, 19 Aug 2015

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.Related: 10 Of The Most Colorful Places On EarthMount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic. This mountain in western Tibet is a holy trinity, as it's considered the center of the universe by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains.Uluru, Australia. View Panoramic. Also known as Ayers Rock, this clay-colored monolith is worshipped by the Aborigines, who believe it's inhabited by ancestor spirits and still perform ritualistic ceremonies in the base of the caves today.Lumbini, Nepal. View Panoramic. The birthplace of Buddha is home to shrines, temples and monasteries, such as the stunning World Peace Pagoda.Lake Atitln, Guatemala. View Panoramic. Travelers come here to unplug and take in the culture of the Mayan villages that have dotted its banks for centuries. Look hard enough and you just might spot the mythical city purported to exist deep below the water.Sedona, Arizona. View Panoramic. Bring on the tie-dye and wind chimes. This area is known for its vortexes, which are considered powerful centers of kinetic energy.Cenote Sagrado, Mexico. View Panoramic. This stunning, azure-hued sinkhole, located near the archaeological site Chichen Itza, was used by the Mayans for ceremonies and sacrifices.Sanur, Bali. View Panoramic. The Indonesian island is known as much for its pristine beaches as its meditation and yoga retreats.Crater Lake, Oregon. View Panoramic. The Native American legend says that a battle between the chief of the world above and the chief of the world below caused the eruption that led to the formation of this massive lake.Stonehenge, England. View Panoramic. To this day, the prehistoric monument is shrouded in otherworldly mystery. Scholars and historians still question how it was built and why.Na Pali Coast, Kauai. View Panoramic. As Hawaiian legend has it, Pele, the goddess of fire, came to this verdant, volcanic spot in search of a home. Island natives say the sense of mana, or spiritual power, instilled by gods and ancestors is strong. Mahabodhi Temple, India. View Panoramic. Buddha reached enlightenment here after awakening from three night's rest under a Bodhi tree. Hey, it doesn't get much more Zen than Buddha.More from PureWowThe Happiest Places In The World10 Insanely Beautiful Towns From Around The WorldThe Safest Countries For Solo Lady Travelers -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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