Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Our first stop takes us to Abu Dhabi where the 3rd largest mosque in the world is showcased for all visitors to explore. But in our opinion this has to be the prettiest mosque we have ever seen.
The Architecture is astonishing to say the least. Each and every object and wall in this mosque has the minutest attention to detail that we have never seen anywhere else.
Try to visit the mosque in the evening because they put on the lights after 7Pm. Taxis are easily available from any part of the city. This can also be a part of a day trip from Dubai. The mosque takes on a whole new persona after dark. This is tranquil and peaceful and anyone can be a part of the culture.
For women especially, the attire should be proper. Make sure you have your own Abaya otherwise you will have to go through an underground parking lot which is hot and dark to a changing room where they provide free Abayas.
Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster), Zurich, Switzerland
The christian roots in Europe go back centuries and everywhere you look there seems to be a church or a cathedral towering over the city skyline. Churches were and still very much are the centre of the community. When we were in Zurich we came across a beautiful church located in the heart of the city.
This church is very significant to the history of the city and was actually founded by women which was very uncommon at the time. As is the case with most churches, visitors are warmly greeted and are welcome to explore and partake in the church activities.
Sunday Mass is always a great experience however the real star of the show has to be the stain glass windows created by Marc Chagall. They are quite a stunning site and given that Christianity isnt as big in India as it is in Europe, it makes for a fairly new sight.
Even though this is the most significant church in the city, there are many others to explore. Ideally you should only allocate about 1 hour at this place.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali Indonesia
Even though it is not the biggest and most important temple in the area, the Ulun Danu Temple definitely steals the limelight when it comes to it’s environment and simplicity. It is stunning. Near the north of Bali, it is situated about a 2 hour drive from Denpasar with moderate traffic along the way.
The backdrop of the lake and the mountains is a visual treat. The heat of the city slowly fades away as the cool winds of the mountain will refresh your senses.
If you can go around the time where there is a purification ceremony or a Balinese dance performance taking place it will be an added bonus to your experience. You can even go hiking around the area as well. The natural beauty complements the peaceful surroundings.
Try to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. If you get there around 8 in the morning, you will have a hassle free and crowd free experience.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore
With the towering building and so much to do in Singapore, it’s easy to completely overlook this gem of a place situated within the city. Sometimes when experiencing the fast pace life of this ever expanding metropolis, the Buddha Tooth relic Temple is a place where one can just switch off.
The tranquil rooftop gardens and the room with the relic is exquisitely designed. A museum of artifacts including the Buddha tooth itself is also available for the public to see
The rooftop gardens has the world’s largest prayer wheel located within it. Not many people visit this area, so it’s very peaceful and you can let your mind wander as you listen to the vibrations made by the prayer bowls.
The museum area will require you to take off your shows so don't go in wearing complicated footwear. It is situated in Chinatown so be sure to explore the entire area and not just the temple.