Imagine the perfect spiritual vacation.
It’d have to be in India, right?
Sure, the pyramids of Egypt are spectacular and deeply spiritual. The Northern Lights are a treat for the eyes (and soul). And Venice’s canals are simply irresistible.
For a spiritual vacation it has to be India.
Travel to India and you’ll be in the home of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, the Ganges River in Rishikesh, the ghats in Varanasi, and oh good lord, the Himalayas.
You can actually feel the spirit of India in the very air. It’s the home of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Hinduism. . And the temples! I mean just look at these beautiful Buddhist statues and temples!
India is the place to be.
You grab a travel-bag. Throw-in your:
- Yoga pants
- A mala for meditation
- A copy of Journey To The Buddha Within You
- A travel-worthy meditation chair
- Pure consciousness
- And a ton of excitement.
You’re so excited you accidentally forget to book travel insurance and find a hotel. After all, this is a spiritual vacation not a package-deal.
You did remember to book the flight though, so you can at least get there.
And you’re off.
Because you love spontaneity and adventure. You forget everything and head right out the door to the airport.
You’re sitting on the plane listening to the engine rev-up. Your tummy is tingling with excitement.
The kid behind is kicking your chair. But it’s cool. You’ve practiced Buddhist meditations so anger management is no problem for you.
Hours later, you get that popping in your ear as the plane descends. The wheels screech on the runway. The plane pulls-up.
Takes a good hour for everyone to Hulk-smash their way out of the airplane.
And at last, your feet touch the warm ground of India.
Spirituality is all around you.
There are tiny temples cuddling-up to houses at the ends of roads. A group of people are sitting at the roadside reciting mantras. You listen to their hum. It sounds sacred. It fills your soul. It uplifts your spirits.
You cannot wait to get to your first tourist- destination.
Where are you going to go?
Funny you should ask. Because actually, today, the Indian Ministry of Tourism just threw-up a list of “wellness tourism destinations”. These are the five most important wellness tourism destinations in India.
There reason for doing this was to promote these areas as travel destinations.
Sounds like a good place to start our spiritual vacation in India.
Let’s take a look at the 5 places they chose.
The 5 Best Wellness Tourism Destinations In India
These are the top 5 spiritual destinations where you can find (and indulge in ) Ayurveda, holistic therapy and naturopathy.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
The stunning spa and resort known as Ananada in the Himalayas is a dream to behold.
This place is leading the tourist revolution in India.
Here you’ll lose yourself in foothill of the Himalayas. You’ll indulge in all manner of spa treatments.
You’ll get crazy-fit here too, fit in both body and mind.
Weight loss, yoga, spiritual healing, meditation, detoxifying, massage therapy… Ananda is famous for them all.
Without doubt, this is one of the best tourist destinations in India.
Soukya International Holistic Health Centre, Bengaluru
Here you will discover the true depth of spiritual healing.
The wellness centre in Bangalore is famous for having a whole ton of different healing methods.
The center includes Leech Therapy, yoga, meditation, nasal cleansing, a whole ton of different Ayurvedic practices and much more besides.
The Leela Kovalam in Kerala
We like choices. And spiritualists have a lot of different choices available to them. Especially at Leela Kovalam.
As well as a huge (and gorgeous) yoga studio and meditation space, you can choose from different Ayurveda packages—
“Therapeutic”: With this package holiday, you’ll get to cure many of the most common health problems.
“Lifestyle”: With this package you will detoxify, de-stress and restore your spirit.
“Wellness”: Don’t like getting old or being overweight? No sweat. This package help you slow down th aging rate and lose weight.
Devaaya, Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Divar Island, Goa
Situated on the simply sublime Divar Island (which will make your jaw drop) the Devaaya, Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre offers naturopathy and therapy to restore your spirit and passion as well as boosting your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Learn yoga, too. This place will teach you yoga in an unforgettable way.
Kalari Kovailakom, Kerala
They call this sublime locale the “Palace For Ayurveda”.
It is literally an ancient palace that has been restored and converted in to an Ayurveda centre.
The interior is laid-out like an ancient ashram (monetary) and just as strict. This is the destination for the serious spiritualist. It prohibits meat, caffeine, leather, and alcohol. But in exchange for that sacrifice you will get a personalised holistic and Ayurvedic lifestyle that is custom-built for your individual health needs.
We’ve now visited the five spots picked out by the Indian Ministry Of Tourism.
“Please, sir. I want some more”.
Time for yoga and meditation.
Let’s be totally indulgent and visit these beautiful meditation and yoga destinations too
Yoga in Rishikesh
At the foot of the Himalayas, beside the holy Ganges River, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, lies the beauteous city of Rishikesh. It’s famous for yoga and meditation.
Ashrams and temples bejewel the vegetarian-utopia known as Rishikesh town.
This is the ultimate travel destination for yoga. No spiritual vacation in India would be complete without a visit to this stunning yogi-heaven.
Be sure to visit Prakash Yoga Ashram, which is Eastern yoga for the Western individual. Perfect.
Yoga in Mysore
In the heart of Mysore in the southwestern state of Karnstaka lies the former capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. The heart of the city of the opulent Mysore Palace, a magi al blend of Gothic, Hindu, Islamic and Rajput styles.
This city is the epicentre of Ashtanga Yoga and the home of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Cntre, founded by Pattabhi Jois in 1948.
Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune
Osho has inspired millions of people around the world with his beautiful words and wisdom. His philosophy comes to life at the international Meditation Resort in Pune.
As anyone who has practiced Oshos meditations will know, they are not like other meditation techniques. They are more dynamic involving movement. So it’s fitting that the Osho International Meditation Resort includes movement meditations like Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as Zen archery. And that’s not even mentioning the Olympi-sized pool.
The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru
Bengaluru is capitol of Karnataka state in southern India and the centre of the high-tech industry. It’s also famous for its nightlife and parks, and for Th Art Of Living International Centre.
The Art Of Living International Centre advocates and teaches stress-free, peaceful living based on the teachings of the grand Vishalakshi Mantap.
The meditation hall here is 65 acres in the Panchagiri Hills. Here you’ll be practicing yoga and meditation and also doing seva (voluntary service), which includes cooking, cleaning and office work.
Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri
Igatpuri is a town and a Hill Station municipal council in Nashik District in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Here you’ll find the Vipassana International Academy, where you will learn many different meditation techniques including Vipassana.
The philosophy of the academy is to eliminate dukkha to achieve purification.
One of the most amazing things about the Vipassana International Academy is that it demands absolute silence. Even non-verbal communication is disallowed. The only communication permitted at the Vipassana International Academy is infrequent communication with a teacher.
For even more fun, book the holiday during Diwali: Festival of Lights
This is what the palace looks like when it’s lit up for Diwali Festival Of Lights. The festival of lights in India is one of the most beautiful events in the world as these photos show.
Around the world (though of course mostly in India) Hindus will be celebrating the event, which coincides with their new year, and is usually marked by fireworks and by the offering of gifts in the form of fruit and nuts.
But Diwali is far from just an Indian celebration. Seven in ten Indian Americans will celebrate Diwali, including Indian American Hindus and non Hindus. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 51% of Indian Americans identify as Hindus, 5% as Sikhs ans 2% as Jains. The remainder are Muslims (10%), Christian (18%) and non-religious (10%).
According to the Pew research centre Hindus are only half of the people who attend the Diwali Festival Of Lights. Indian Hindus are the biggest demographic visiting the Diwali Festival of Lights from America.
In India, Hindus make up 80% of the population. In India, many non-Hindus will also celebrate Diwali, The Festival of Lights.
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Pack your bags! We’re going on a spiritual vacation in India!
Imagine visiting all these beautiful, magical spiritual destinations in India. It would be an absolute dream come true.
Guess I know where I’m going next year!