Of late we have come across the term “Spiritual Travel” tremendously increasing. And many countries promote the theme of Spiritual travel to gain popularity. However, few places across the globe stay true to the concept of Spiritual Travel. We have covered a beautiful write-up on the same few months back.
Why do people love spiritual travel? Does it always have to do with religion?
Spiritual travel is religious but more towards healing! People go in search of spiritual travel places to attain inner peace and to take a break from the day-to-day hectic life. Our today’s topic is authentic to the concept of Spirituality. Also, the place holds a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So, let’s explore the beautiful place Tiwanaku and understand the place well before packing our bags.
About the place Tiwanaku
The City Tiwanaku is a city from the Pre-Hispanic Empire that is situated in Southern Andes. It was once the most prominent place in the Andes. Tiwanaku was a spiritual, cultural and politically significant place in those times. However, today the place is a specimen and landmark glorifying the past of the land. The ruins and remains of the monuments and other historical debris mark their significance today.
Tiwanaku is situated near the shores of the beautiful ad scenic Lake Titicaca. And thus attracts people who love to explore the landscapes and nature in that area. Also, Tiwanaku has some fabulous archeological monuments and sites in that area. The place is one of the major attractions when it comes to World Heritage Sites.
The place is well known for spirituality and thus makes it a place for spiritual tourism. Tiwanaku plays an important role in world tourism in converting people to attain sustainability.
History of Tiwanaku
It all started as a small settlement.
Yes, Tiwanaku was a small settlement that later flourished to greater heights. It grew into a city soon in between 400 AD and 900 AD. It was then the place started to become a politically important place. Also, the place had cultural and spiritual prominence. The place was very well known for its ceremonial centers to build with technical preciseness. With carves, ashlar stones towards the points lead to the old age rainwater harvesting method.
Tiwanaku is a place untouched by changing times. Most of the ancient places took turns to evolve and mixed with the changing times. Tiwanaku stood with its monumental stone buildings. Those monuments now are a prominent archeological zone. Some several temples and shrines mark the presence of spirituality of the land. All those temples were built in different eras and periods of the place. Some such well-known monuments and temples are Kalasasaya’s temple and Pumapumku’s Pyramid.
The architecture of Tiwanaku shows the strong political presence of the different eras. However, the temples and shrines indicate the religious influence of the place and the people. The ruins and debris of monuments, archeological sites, ceremonial monuments and the presence of the oldest of the Andean civilization all played a part to inscribe the place into the world heritage site.
Protection of Tiwanaku
The Tiwanaku entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2000. And that makes the place to be well persevered and maintained. The national international committee takes care of most of the part. However, each and every monument is looked after by different governing bodies of the state. There is a well-maintained planning tool for the conservation of the archeological sites. The overall work of the place including the restoration, archeological welfare and construction is taking care of with utmost priority.
The Bolivian state also looks into establishing the rules and regulations. It is done at a national and local level.
Best time to visit Tiwanaku
Before looking into the best time to visit, we will be looking into the factors that pull tourists towards the place. Tiwanaku is a World Heritage Site from Pre-Hispanic civilization. The ruins of walls and buildings have helped in listing the place to UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is the epitome of cultural amalgamation. There are several civilizations and cultural evidence found in the archaeological debris.
Also, the place has some wonderful pilgrimage destinations then and now, which implicates the presence of spirituality and religious prosperity. Temples and monuments from the past paved way for the tourism.
Spiritual travel is the need of the hour in terms of mindfulness and physical wellbeing. Be it domestic spiritual tourism or international tourism people need to explore to known the significance. This not only creates awareness towards preserving national heritage but also ensures knowledge on old age heritage sites across our country. Tiwanaku is one such place that has preserved old age religious monuments and spirituality. And it has earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the over said reasons.
And when we say religion and tourism go hand in hand, Tiwanaku stands true to its share- a prominent spiritual and cultural place!
So, pick Tiwanaku – The spiritual and Political Centre of Tiwnanku culture as your next travel destination. Till then Its a bye from me!