World's Most-Visited Sacred Sites

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You don't need to have faith to be drawn to these temples, churches, and shrines, popular for their spiritual and cultural value.

No. 2 Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, India

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Annual Visitors: 21.9 million

This temple with its two golden domes sits along the western bank of the Ganges River and, with the Ganges, is the most holy site for all sects of Hinduism. Believers bathe in the river to cleanse their souls and reduce or eliminate the need to be reincarnated. Recently the government has worked to improve the quality of the water, where many millions also make offerings of flowers, food, and floating oil lamps. shrikashivishwanath.org

Source: India Tourism Office

World's Most-Visited Sacred Sites

No. 2 Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, India

Annual Visitors: 21.9 million

This temple with its two golden domes sits along the western bank of the Ganges River and, with the Ganges, is the most holy site for all sects of Hinduism. Believers bathe in the river to cleanse their souls and reduce or eliminate the need to be reincarnated. Recently the government has worked to improve the quality of the water, where many millions also make offerings of flowers, food, and floating oil lamps. shrikashivishwanath.org

Source: India Tourism Office

© Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd / Alamy
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