Wellness Retreats in India: Rejuvenate, Reboot, Refresh | Travel
As the government plans to make India one of the most sought after health and wealth destinations in the world. We list destinations around the country that offer you a holistic healing experience
There is renewed interest in people seeking a holistic approach to achieving their health goals in a safe and conducive atmosphere led by a coterie of experts following the government’s decision to set up a National Council for Medical Tourism and well-being. This has led to a growing popularity of several wellness retreats benefiting from the latest scientific advancements. Morning yoga, Kundalini meditation among verdant forests, fresh vegetable juices, herbal cuisine, divine and holistic spa treatments can all be experienced at a wellness retreat. These retreats help to disconnect and reconnect to mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
For the uninitiated, the Ministry of Tourism has created a dedicated institutional framework to further the cause of promoting India as a medical and wellness tourism destination. The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a national strategy and roadmap for medical and wellness tourism. As the government gives impetus to boost the wellness industry in the country, we bring you ancient healing therapies that India has been known for since time immemorial.
“During and after the pandemic, there has been an increased awareness and focus on health and consumers are naturally turning to the ancient science of Ayurveda. With overseas travel being restricted, we are seeing a flood of inquiries to come up with a unique proposition that involves culture building and sustainability coupled with luxury and well-being,” said Shruti Shibulal, CEO and Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences Pvt Ltd.
Sound healing sessions
For those who enjoy bathing in the soothing sounds and vibrations of sound healing sessions aided by instruments to open, cleanse and balance their chakras and release blocked energy, Sound Spa by Svatma, Relais & Châteaux in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu is the place to be at. The results of current research, which shows that sound healing synchronizes brain waves to achieve a state of deep relaxation and helps restore normal vibrational frequencies to cells in one’s body. “The Swaram Nidra Anantar sound bed at Svatma has a massage table and has been orchestrated to have 50 carefully tuned and stretched strings underneath. A trained therapist uses a resonator to create vibrations that nurture the emotional and physical system. The sessions create a deep harmonizing effect of pure sound and a state of deep relaxation,” explains owner Krithika Subrahmaniam.
Ayurvedic and yogic healing
Anandas in the Himalayas, Rishikesh has tried to recreate the synergy of mind, body and intellect through the rejuvenating and ancient processes and philosophies of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies . “We focus on all elements of a holistic, stress-free lifestyle – optimal health, mental well-being, spiritual awakening, sensory perceptions and cuisine to complete the whole experience,” adds Mahesh Natarajan, CEO of Anandas in the Himalayas.
Compensate for diseases
The past 5-10 years have seen a surge in the growth of the wellness industry and alternative therapies that aim to prevent disease. Kerala, with its deep-rooted traditions based on ancient Ayurvedic systems, is extremely popular for wellness tourism. “Niraamaya Spa is one of the most luxurious Ayurvedic wellness centers that offers classic programs for sufferers as well as those seeking relaxing wellness experiences. Each program is carefully designed by experienced professionals from Ayurveda,” says Allen Machado, Managing Director of Niraamaya Wellness Retreats.
A team of Ayurvedic doctors, trained therapists, nutritionists, yogis and spa chefs create a lasting journey to a healthier and enriched lifestyle for guests.
Combination of Eastern medicine and Western influences
Tiger’s Eye, a therapy session with beautiful gold bands, helps you release fear and anxiety, promotes harmony and balance at Six Senses Spa in Fort Barwara. “Expert therapists use a powerful crystal in a full body massage journey that includes stretching to tone the nervous system, breathing, visualization and healing sound to restore a sense of inner peace and well-being,” explains Dr. Jitendra Varshney, Director of Wellness, Six Senses Fort Barvara.
These retreats offer a personalized, authentic and holistic experience for anyone looking to embark on a journey of healing and rejuvenation.
A holistic experience
Nestled in the Himalayas, 8,825 feet above sea level, nestled among unspoiled acres of grassland and pristine nature, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, is L’occitane’s Khyber Spa, “Inspired by Provençal rituals, the holistic journey to Khyber begins with wellness consultation and detox drinks that prepare the body for treatments.The therapist performs a massage or scrub specially designed according to the client’s needs to relax, reset emotions and restore lost energies A fusion of Indian and Western therapies such as Swedish, Balinese, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Thai, Tuina, Shiatsu, Reiki, Korean as well as Hydrotherapy, Yoga, Ayurveda and healthy cuisine is offered,” says Dr. Vijay Aggarwal, CEO Brands Sanghvi.
Ramada by Wyndham Udaipur Resort and Spa offers a variety of mindful activities ranging from meditation centers to yoga sessions, play areas where families can relax, and a culinary team of expertly curated detox menus to meet each individual’s needs. . “Today’s wellness retreat is not just about timely sessions, but offering a combination of daily getaways that help our guests reduce stress,” says Nikhil Sharma, Regional Manager – Eurasia, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Reinterpreting ancient writings
Vigyan Yoga selects the best ancient scriptures and reinterprets them to make them relevant in today’s world while focusing on logic and rationality. “Each of our retreats is made affordable and accessible and themed around a singular scripture and includes theory, yoga, pranayama and meditation to facilitate the full growth of mind, body and soul. We teach people how to incorporate these teachings and practices into their way of life,” say co-founders Jai Singhania and Kaushal Kumar. The retreat at Deer Park Institute, Bir, Himachal Pradesh is priced at just Rs.10,000 which consists of 8 days of Yoga Sutra theory, physical yoga, pranayama and meditation.
Jinali Sutariya, travel blogger, TravelStoriesByUs shares her experience of visiting a retreat in Lonavala, Maharashtra. “I recently went to a retreat and felt energized again. These wellness centers work very well and are a perfect combination of ancient healing methods and modern diagnostic techniques. he immense motivation that individuals get here to adopt a healthy lifestyle is indeed something very important for people today.These experiences cost between 20,000 and 50,000 per person for 3 days.
Going through the trauma of the past two years has been difficult for all of us and still reeling from the news of a possible lockdown, self-care has never been more essential. A long sauna bath, aromatherapy sessions, hikes and yoga have never hurt anyone.