It is said that transformation begins from within, but sometimes you need an external catalyst to really start the journey. Travel helps open and refresh the mind. This makes a wellness vacation even more pertinent. Think of it as doubling the advantages of a break—you’re travelling and spending that time for your health and healing. When the location is as stunning as Ananda in the Himlayas, you know you’ve got yourself a great deal. Need some more reasons to take that break? Here you go:
The castle-like facade of Ananda creates a lasting impression. Photo Courtesy: Ananda in the Himalayas
To really immerse yourself into the wellness experience you will have to create space between yourself and the daily grind. For a meaningful engagement with spiritual practices, you must step out of your regular life and travel to a place close to nature. The best place to travel would be a wellness retreat that helps you heal from within. Ananda in The Himalayas is a world-class wellness retreat that’s situated far from metropolitan hubs, and as the name suggests, in the heart of the Himalayas. Located in a 100-acre Maharaja’s Forest Estate, it is surrounded by peaceful sal forests that will refresh both body and spirit. You can opt for a day trek into the mountains or book a room that overlooks the forests or valley for glorious balcony views.
Making time for your health and wellness is a sign that you want to invest in self-care. At a wellness retreat, you have more time for yourself, and without the daily hustle, the mind is automatically more relaxed. Naturally, the lack of traffic and multi-tasking is an added bonus. At Ananda in the Himalayas, you can utilize the extra time by delving deeper into yogic practices, learning the kriyas, understanding the nuances of nutrition, or just spending the afternoon enjoying the hydrotherapy services.
The massage and treatment rooms at Ananda are furnished with all necessary amenities, including a great view. Photo Courtesy: Ananda in the Himalayas
As anyone who has tried to follow the steps in a do-it-yourself yoga or exercise video knows, without prior experience or someone to help these videos do more harm than good. At Ananda, there are a team of ayurvedic doctors, yoga teachers, and skilled chefs who are experts in creating bespoke plans for an individual. The experts are always available to answer any questions about your own personal prakriti. In fact, your wellness plan is built around what suits you best. It all begins with a consultation to determine the massage therapy, diet, fitness and spiritual schedule best suited to your needs. Ananda has multiple wellness programmes to choose from – you can pick from Detox, Stress Management, Dhyana (meditation), Weight Management or even choose to experience healing performed by several accomplished visiting masters from around the world.
Experiences with a multi-sensory appeal create impressions and feelings that last a lifetime. Think about a walk with the peacocks in the palatial gardens at sunrise; witnessing the spiritual experience of the Ganga Aarti as the sun goes down; stretching yourself as you take in the glory of snow capped Himalayan peaks, en-route to ancient temples; learning how to actually breathe properly in the fresh mountain air, whilst practicing yoga asanas and pranayama; testing your fortitude as you take on the mighty Ganga while rafting, or just sit by the river and take in the mystical energy of one India’s most spiritual towns, Rishikesh.
The perfect final touches to a wellness getaway!
The Ganga aarti at the ghats of Rishikesh are a magnificent sight to behold. Photo by Chris Cheadle/Getty Images
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