India, land of smiles and kingdom of wonder

“The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being”

SRI AUROBINDO 

India is a world on its own. As soon as we heard we could visit this amazing country we were thrilled: everbody knows that yoga has its origins in India, that Indians master the technique of ayurveda and they possess a more holistic approach to life. Not to mention that the second largest country of the world – with 1.35 billion inhabitants –  is home to his holiness the Dalai Lama. All together, this country is a kingdom of wonder and has many treasures to be discovered…

India is a huge country and it is easy to get lost in all it has to offer. To give you an idea: India’s coastline measures 7,517 kilometres (4,700 mi) in length and the country covers a total of 3,287,263 kilometer. When visiting India it is highly recommended to book via an experienced tour operator or travel counsellor from your own country. They can connect you to the best people for your trip. You can also book directly via well known hotels with wellness facilities. To give you an idea of what kind of wellness India has to offer we selected some wellness locations for you to review:

The Ganges is one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped in Hinduism and personified as the goddes Gange. The Ganges river is the most important vessel of India. Many cities are located on its banks and it provides the country with fresh water – derived from melted snow – from the Himalaya’s.

The Ganges is a sacred river to Hindus along every fragment of its length. All along its course, Hindus bathe in its waters, paying homage to their ancestors and to their gods by cupping the water in their hands, lifting it and letting it fall back into the river; they offer flowers and rose petals and float shallow clay dishes filled with oil and lit with wicks (diyas). On the journey back home from the Ganges, they carry small quantities of river water with them for use in rituals.

It is said that the water from the Ganges will flush away all of your problems.

Taj Lake Palace

After the young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, was caught frolicking at moonlight picnics with ladies of the ‘zenana (the private chambers of the court)’, he built his own pleasure palace on Lake Pichola. The Maharana (ruler) called this palace which he built in 1746, Jag Niwas. Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur.

The best wellness at Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda, one of the best luxury wellness retreats in India, integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy. For lovers of authentic wellness, this is the place.

Ananda in the Himalaya is one of world best wellness resorts in India.

In ancient India, holistic living was a way of life. People inherently understood the balance of nature, the ways of the Universe and how the elements affected not just their physical health, but their mental well-being. It was understood that if they achieved harmony within, they would be at peace with their surroundings. On the fast track to progress, our world changed as did we; but deep within us we have always understood and upheld the beliefs and principles of our ancestors. To seek harmony, to balance themselves again, to be one with their surroundings, Indians have been known to ‘retreat’ to the peace and quiet of the mountains… to the stillness of the hills and the natural flow of the rivers.

Home of Ayurveda at Carnoustie Resorts

This is the home of Ayurveda in Kerala. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda.

Carnoustie Resorts is featured in Forbes, “5 Top Wellness Retreats for Ultimate Renewal 2017. This wellness resort has many luxury poolvilla’s and even an house boat.

India, kingdom of wonders

India has so much luxurious wellness to offer, we simply don’t know where to start sharing! In the South of India (places like Goa) it has the most (western) luxury resorts to offer where you can relax and comfort your body. Yet, the North (Dharamsala) is the location of the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here you can sleep and stay at a monastery and boost your mental wellbeing by learning from the monks.

Mark Denslagen

Inspired and intrigued by cultures from all over the world. By listening. Watching. Learning and wondering. Trying to select the best luxurious wellness worlwide. Slow down and enjoy the quality of life. Because, if not us, who? And if not now, when?

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