The monsoon, despite its beauty, can be pretty taxing on common folk. Traffic gets worse and so do the roads, making travel difficult, and the rains can trigger a serious case of the blues. But that should not stop you from traveling or exploring. Instead of hanging your travel boots for the season, get packing and go out to a wellness retreat. Monsoon is the perfect season to refresh and rejuvenate yourself at a spa while listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops outside. And there are just so many spas to choose from.
India is a veritable wellness haven, from traditional old wellness centers to more modern ones that embrace the western approach. Several centers mix up both western and traditional methods, or adopt more modern holistic ones. You can feel physically and mentally rejuvenated and healed, and that is well worth the money spent. They can serve as a kind of alternative therapy to conventional medicine at times, when done by trained experts and therapists. So if you are up for some spiritual and physical healing, head to any of these popular wellness destinations in India. ALSO READ: 6 best spa resorts in India that will melt your stress away
The state of Kerala has been popular for centuries for its use of Ayurveda and its health and wellness centers. The state has hundreds of these traditional natural healing and therapy centers that offer a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments to realign your cosmic energy and revitalize your mind and soul. With a nice mix of ancient techniques and modern luxuries, Kerala has plenty of places to make you comfortable and refresh you body and mind. Add to that the auditory therapy of listening to hymns and the rainfall, and you have everything you need to calm your mind.
Meditating by the Goa coast
Goa is synonymous with parties, seafood and exquisite beaches, but there is so much more to this state than that. Beyond the nightlife and the sun and sand, Goa is also a major wellness destination, with a culture that deeply appreciates the importance of holistic living. Because of this, you’ll find plenty of holistic health clinic and spas that offer to alleviate your stress and improve your overall health. Goa is also big on Ayurveda, much like Kerala. With its palm trees, scenic rivers and lush green forests, it certainly shares a lot of the geography of Kerala. But Goa’s laid-back way of life and holistic approach is the unique touch here. And since the monsoon is typically an off-peak season for Goa, you’ll find plenty of resorts and spas at competitive tariffs at this time. ALSO READ: Goa in August is a fantastic idea. Here’s what you can do!
It might seem counter-intuitive to go from one crowded city to another, but the Silicon Valley of India does have some its quiet corners. Hidden away from the manic traffic and the hustle and bustle of the city, Bangalore’s wellness centers can be surprisingly tranquil. They are like an oasis of peace and quiet, offering a nice slowdown from the breakneck speed of city life. There are wellness retreats that offer traditional Yoga classes, including chanting and meditation sessions apart from teaching asanas. You also have other luxury health spas and retreats that offer the latest services in the wellness market. From exercise to meditation to food, you get the complete experience in these wellness centers.
For the wellness retreat in the Himalayas, head to Himachal Pradesh. The mountain state has several wellness destinations, with Shimla and Kalka being the biggest ones. Both places have some of the best known Ayurvedic wellness centers. Shimla has plenty of wellness retreats, hotels and spas where you can unwind amidst the mountains, 8,000 feet above sea level. Thai, Hungarian, Balinese, Ayurvedic; you will find them all in hill station of Shimla. Kalka, located in the Shivalik Himalayan mountains beside the Kaushalya River, is another place where you can find peace and wellness. You will find incredible resorts with awe inspiring views and services that promise holistic healing. Himachal Pradesh has wellness centers that offer a mix of various spa techniques, including Thai and yoga practices, with peace and tranquility for deep meditation. NOW READ: 6 best yoga resorts in India to relax your body, mind and soul
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