India is known for its association with age old practices like Yoga and Ayurveda. Many travellers visit India with a single minded purpose to undergo some of these cathartic processes. If you want to treat yourself, here are some of the top destinations to immerse in indulgence:
Ayurveda in Kerala
Ayurveda cannot be discussed without the mention of Kerala. The serene backwaters off the coast of the state provide a great backdrop for treatments like Abhyangam, Pizhichil, Dhara, Vasthi, Udvarthananm and Nasyam which are practices related to physical therapies to make the body fight against specific ailments. Apart from treatment of diseases, Ayurveda also provides more holistic care for relaxation & rejuvenation. This traditional form of medication is now accepted as a credible practice and adopted in many places. There are a number of homestays in Kerala which have their own treatment centres or can guide you to a reliable centre.
Yoga in Uttaranchal
The age old practice of Yoga, a physical, mental, and spiritual form of discipline which originated in India, is by far the most widespread form of healing in the world today. After its advent in India, the world has subscribed to it so strongly that Yoga centres have mushroomed rapidly. Given that the roots of the practice still lie in India, Yoga is very popular with visitors and many centres can offer a truly authentic experience.
Though Yoga is widespread in the country, Uttaranchal, a state of North India, is one of the most outstanding destinations for good yoga centres. Yoga centres often have a fairly rigorous set up, alternatively many homestays in the area have dedicated areas for Yoga, such as a small pavilion and a peaceful backdrop and can arrange private tuition.
Spa Treatments in Goa
Even though Goa is always associated with backpacker budgets and shack food while you enjoy the sun, it also has a new face – a luxury spa infusion with the sand and sun. Some of these spas are wonderfully cut off and aloof from the tourist infested beaches, and are a great place to relax. Along with a host of other treatments on the menu, try the Synchronised Abhyanga “Four Hands Massage”, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage and the traditional Marma Facial, which includes a crown chakra massage. Be extremely careful about choosing the right spa and the credibility of the person supervising a treatment. If staying at a homestay your host will be able to help arrange a visit and treatments at recommended spa venues.
There are plenty of other massages and treatments like acupuncture that one can experience in India. Holistic treatments provide great break from the rigmarole of daily life so choose the destination wisely to have a pleasant experience.
If you would like to pamper yourself with some Indian treatments contact our reservations team who will be happy to help you plan a trip and recommend homestays who can best accommodate your interests.
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