The Most Photogenic Spiritual Destinations in the World!

Over 20,000 people a month (20,870 to be exact) search Google for a “spiritual awakening.”

To achieve a spiritual awakening, there are several things to try: declutter your home and mind, examine your beliefs, take care of yourself, learn to let go; the list is endless.

Possibly the best thing to do is to expand your mind – and the best way to do this is to travel!

This led to discover some of the most photogenic – and inspiring – spiritual destinations in the world.

To achieve this, pulled 50 of the most popular spiritual destinations worldwide and analysed the number of Instagram hashtags for each destination. The top 20 destinations can be seen in the table below.


Destination Country Tags
Istanbul Turkey 92,468,514
Ibiza Spain 16,262,531
Kyoto Japan 15,417,174
Goa India 7,811,479
Tulum Mexico 5,468,291
Ubud Indonesia 4,632,544
Santa Fe New Mexico 2,802,200
Amritsar India 2,695,261
Byron Bay Australia 2,669,304
Machu Picchu Peru 1,713,269
Sedona Arizona 1,629,553
Camino de Santiago Spain 1,563,600
Angkor Wat Cambodia 1,499,676
Mecca Saudi Arabia 1,442,744
Borobudur Temple Indonesia 1,274,255
Mashhad Iran 1,222,658
Saskatchewan Canada 1,214,264
Varanasi India 1,125,775
Rishikesh India 889,589
Montserrat Spain 791,947





Top Three Highlights:

The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the most photogenic spiritual destination in the world, with 92,468,514 tags.


This is perhaps unsurprising, as a major religious center for both Greek Orthodox and the Islamic faith, Istanbul is home to one of the world’s most important cultural heritages.


Spiritual highlights include: Suleymaniye Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum / Church and the Blue Mosque.

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To many, Ibiza is not just a party haven, it’s a place of healing, which could explain why it makes second place in the list (16,262,531 tags.)

Spiritual highlights include: Es Vedra, a mysterious rock island off the western coast, otherwise known as the third most magnetic place in the world.



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Finishing off the top three most photogenic spiritual destinations is Japan’s iconic Kyoto, with 15,417,174 tags.

It’s the most technologically advanced location in the world yet Japan has a powerful connection to its ancient heritage and deep spiritual traditions. Nowhere is this most resonant than in Kyoto.

Spiritual highlights include: Nanzen-ji, and Ginkaku-ji. Not to mention the infamous Kiyomizu-dera temple.                                                                                      


Additionally, please refer to this Dropbox link for high resolution images of the locations considered in this study. If you would like to use them, we just ask that the appropriate copyright is included:

Notes to Editors