New Delhi, September 18 (IANSlife): With the pandemic situation under control and postponed vacation plans in place, the demand for wellness has increased exponentially. The appeal of wellness travel is fueled by the fact that people are more health conscious than ever before.
Across the country, hotels and resorts dedicated to a creative and holistic approach to wellness are growing healthily. The India-knees Travel survey conducted by Agoda earlier this year found that 37% of travelers wanted to rest and relax from the hustle and bustle of their daily routines, making wellness one of the top four reasons for which the Indians travel.
A break from the daily routine that is planned with a particular focus on well-being is increasingly becoming a conscious choice for anyone who has a desire to travel. This can include spa treatments, therapies, healthy eating, culinary events, fitness activities, nature adventures, and educational programs that share ways to incorporate healthy habits into our daily lives.
Here are three destinations, located in different parts of the country, ideal for a must-have wellness vacation.
Captivating Nature Escape at Western Ghats, Maharashtra
Charming and calming, the beautiful Western Ghats area of Maharashtra is perfect for nature lovers and even anyone who wants to get away from the madding crowds. The whole region is known for its canopy of green hills that create a refreshing haven to visit. This scenic destination offers respite to travelers from the sweltering weather and exhausting daily routine and hence is an ideal getaway for a short break.
Where to stay: Fazlani Natures Nest
Overlooking the azure waters of Lake Andra and surrounded by dense green land with a plethora of flora and fauna, Fazlani Natures Nest is a luxurious haven to immerse yourself in nature to rejuvenate and rebalance body, mind and soul.
The luxury wellness resort is conveniently located between Mumbai and Pune and spans 68 acres. This spectacular panorama of natural beauty will leave you spellbound. The resort offers bespoke wellness retreats that use a combination of alternative medicine approaches, be it the ancient science of traditional Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, physiotherapy or unique wellness offers such as “equine” therapy.
Fazlani Natures Nest hosts large-scale yoga practices to help clients heal holistically. Various lifestyle disorders are discussed here. One can choose from a menu of Detox and Revitalization Retreat, Lifestyle Disorder Management Retreat, Immune Resilience Retreat, Natural Relaxation Retreat and Optimal Weight Management Retreat. You can also swim in the resort’s forest.
The luxury wellness resort’s Wellness Kitchen plays an important role in helping guests achieve their desired wellness goals, drawing raw materials from its large organic farms and orchards for a holistic approach to farm to fork to ensure that only the freshest, healthiest and perfectly balanced meals are brought to guests’ tables.
The property offers a range of engaging activities for children, including bird feeding, horse riding and nature walks. Children can also experience how beautiful roses are grown and then exported around the world.
Spirituality and Adventure in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Whether it’s spirituality you seek or adventure, a scenic romantic vacation or a trip with your gang; Rishikesh offers the best of all worlds that exist. While the flowing Ganges and its white sand beaches surrounded by hills attract nature lovers, rafting, morning yoga and local cuisine draw many to India’s yoga capital.
This region is rich in exotic flora and fauna and is well known for ecotourism and wildlife tourism. Some of the well-known national park sanctuaries nearby are The Corbett, Rajaji National Park and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.
Where to stay: the pink Ganges
Located in Shivpuri, this luxury hideaway overlooking the Ganges is a 45-minute drive from Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. The exquisite retreat offers 16 well-appointed villas, each opening onto a private balcony overlooking the Ganges Valley and the forest. The retreat villas have been designed with classic elegance in natural color palettes complementing the natural surroundings. Exclusive dining options based on local cuisine and a full menu of spa and yoga services ensure a memorable stay experience for guests seeking physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
The Roseate Ganges also has a temperature-controlled infinity pool overlooking the surrounding valley. Guests can opt for the resort’s bespoke services, from hiking, trekking, rafting to exploring pilgrimage sites, yoga, meditation and exclusive religious Arti by the Ganges. You can also enjoy specially curated spa treatments and private dinners, visit Rajaji National Wildlife Park, the Beatles Ashram or visit organic farms.
Kerala: God’s Country
Between lush vegetation and coconut palms, Kerala is the country of well-being. Renowned globally for offering wellness therapies including traditional Ayurveda and yoga, Kerala never fails to replenish and re-energize the spirit of travelers. God’s country is often referred to as the birthplace of Ayurveda. The destination brings visitors closer to nature. It is the ideal place where one can really recover from stress and fatigue.
An even climate, serene beaches, quiet stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the main attractions of this land. Classic art forms, colorful festivals and exotic cuisine are some of the cultural wonders that await travelers.
Where to stay: Meksoha
The first all-suite Ayurvedic retreat in India, Meksoha offers a truly bespoke wellness experience. The retreat is renowned for assisting clients in their quest for holistic physical and mental well-being. This holistic hideaway of just eleven suites is located on the banks of the Attingal Aaru River in Kerala. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the wellness center is located in a quiet little village, off the main network, but not too far from it.
Personalized and bespoke treatments are key and all-inclusive health therapies and treatments are standard. High quality foods based on the theme of what is known as the ‘satvik’ or Ayurvedic diet, are freshly prepared daily and carefully balanced to give one’s digestive system the opportunity to return to perfect health. Mekosha is also home to a lovely butterfly garden where many species of native butterflies can be found.
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