With the pandemic situation under control and the implementation of holiday plans postponed, the demand for wellness has grown exponentially. The appeal of wellness travel is fueled by the fact that people are more health conscious than ever.
Across the country, hotels and resorts that are dedicated to a creative and comprehensive approach to wellness are growing healthily. The ‘India-genous Travel’ survey conducted by Agoda earlier this year found that 37 per cent of travelers wanted to rest and unwind from the hustle and bustle of their daily routines, making wellness one of the four main reasons why Indians travel.
A break from the daily grind that is planned with a special focus on wellness is increasingly becoming a conscious choice for all those with a passion for travel. It can include spa treatments, therapies, healthy eating, culinary events, physical activities, adventures in nature, 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, that are ideal for a much-needed wellness vacation.
Captivating Escape to Nature in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra
Charming and relaxing, Maharashtra’s stunning Western Ghats region is perfect for nature lovers and indeed anyone who wants to get away from the madding crowd. The entire area is known for its canopy of green hills that create a refreshing haven to visit. This picturesque destination offers travelers a respite from the sweltering weather and hectic daily routine and thus makes an ideal getaway for a short break.
Where to stay: Fazlani Natures Nest
Overlooking the blue waters of Lake Andra and surrounded by dense green lands with a plethora of flora and fauna, Fazlani Natures Nest is a luxurious retreat 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 is spread over 68 acres. This spectacular panorama of natural beauty will leave you spellbound. The resort offers personalized wellness retreats that use a combination of alternative medicine approaches, whether it be the age-old science of traditional Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, physiotherapy, or unique wellness offerings such as ‘horse’ therapy.
Fazlani Natures Nest hosts a wide range of yoga practices to help its guests heal holistically. Various lifestyle disorders are addressed here. One can choose from a menu of Detoxification and Revitalization Retreat, Lifestyle Disorder Management Retreat, Immune Resiliency Retreat, Natural Relaxation Retreat, and Optimal Weight Management Retreat. Guests can also experience forest bathing at the resort.
The wellness kitchen at the luxury wellness resort plays an important role in helping guests achieve their desired wellness goals, drawing raw material from their large organic farms and fruit orchards for a farm-to-table approach to ensure than only the freshest, healthiest and most completely balanced foods. meals are brought to the guest’s table.
The property offers a variety of exciting activities for children to enjoy, such as feeding the birds, horseback riding, and nature walks. Children can also learn how the beautiful roses are grown and then exported around the world.
Spirituality and adventure in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Whether it’s the spirituality you’re looking for or adventure, a quaint romantic vacation or a trip with your gang; Rishikesh offers the best of all worlds there is. While the Ganges River and its hill-fringed white-sand beaches draw nature lovers, river rafting, morning yoga, and local food 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 more well-known national park sanctuaries in the surrounding area include The Corbett, The Rajaji National Park, and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.
Where to Stay: The Pink Ganges
Located in Shivpuri, the luxury retreat overlooking the Ganges is a 45-minute drive from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The exquisite retreat offers 16 well-appointed villas, each opening onto a private balcony with views of the Ganges Valley and forest. The villas at the retreat have been designed with classic elegance in natural color palettes that complement the natural surroundings. Signature dining options based on local cuisine and a full menu of yoga and spa services ensure a memorable stay experience for guests seeking physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
The Roseate Ganges also has a temperature-controlled infinity pool with views of the surrounding valley. Guests can opt for the resort’s bespoke services, from walking, trekking, river rafting to exploring pilgrimage sites, yoga, meditation, and exclusive religious art along the Ganges River. Guests can also enjoy specially selected spa therapies and private dining, a visit to Rajaji National Wildlife Park, the Beatles Ashram, or a visit to organic farms.
Kerala: God’s Own Country
Amidst lush greenery and coconut trees, Kerala is the land of wellness. World-renowned for offering wellness therapies including traditional Ayurveda and Yoga, Kerala never fails to replenish and revitalize the spirits of travelers. God’s Own Country is often referred to as the birthplace of Ayurveda. The destination brings visitors closer to nature. It is the perfect place where one can recover from stress and tension.
An even climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations, and exotic wildlife are the main attractions of this land. Classical art forms, colorful festivals, and exotic cuisine are some of the cultural wonders that await travelers.
Where to stay: Meksoha
Meksoha, India’s first all-suite Ayurveda boutique retreat, offers a truly personalized wellness experience. The retreat is renowned for assisting guests in their quest to achieve holistic physical and mental wellness. This holistic hideaway of just eleven suites is located on the banks of the Attingal Aaru River in Kerala. Surrounded by lush greenery, the wellness retreat is located in a small, quiet village, off the main grid, but not too far from it.
Personalized and bespoke treatments are key and all-inclusive therapies and health treatments come as standard. High quality foods based on the theme of what is known as the ‘Sattvic’ or Ayurveda diet, are prepared daily and carefully balanced to give the digestive system a chance to return to perfect health. Mekosha is also home to a beautiful butterfly garden where many species of indigenous butterflies can be found.
Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life
The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.
It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.
बेल्जियम से आई लड़की को भारतीय से हुआ, अब गाजे-बाजे साथ हिंदू रीति से दोनों ने श शादी शादी pic.twitter.com/jUc5ApG7co— NDTV India (@ndtvindia) November 26, 2022
The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.
Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.
Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.
Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.
A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.
Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad
Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.
The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.
According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.
According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.
Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.
With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the chassis @BosePratap ?) this device could find a global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention. pic.twitter.com/yoibxXa8mx— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 1, 2022
His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.
Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.
Former captain Sardar Singh’s mantra for Indian team
With less than 50 days to go until the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup Odisha Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023, the anticipation of witnessing the world’s best hockey players in one of the world’s favorite hockey destinations – Odisha – only grows with each passing day. .
As the Indian team carry out their preparations to end the medal drought at the prestigious event, it is time for hockey fans to relive the memories of India’s storied World Cup campaigns.
Winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2014 Champions Trophy, former Indian team captain, the legendary Sardar Singh, who was a part of the 2010 and 2010 World Cup campaigns. 2014, he recalled his memories of the years. past.
Regarded as one of the biggest driving forces for the Indian team during his playing days, Sardar played his first senior men’s World Cup on home soil in 2010, in New Delhi.
Turning back the clock, Singh said: “For almost every player, playing in the World Cup is a matter of emotion, and I was very lucky that my first World Cup was in India. Playing good hockey in front of our own fans was a great feeling. We played Pakistan in our first match, and I remember the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium was completely packed. And as soon as we lined up, the crowd went wild and immediately cheered us on, giving us a confidence boost.”
“That feeling of being supported and encouraged by the home fans when you play well in front of them is unparalleled,” Sardar said.
Sardar, a former captain who led by example, led the Indian team at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. According to the former captain, the team at the time was a close-knit unit, winning medals at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
Speaking about developing that winning habit, Singh said: “The team has to practice hard and for long periods. Look at all the great teams in the world, they’ve been playing together for a while. To win a medal, attention to detail must be paid, and the team must work together and help each other at all times.”
“When all these factors come into play correctly, and the team does well, wins a medal and then hears the national anthem while you’re on the podium, that’s a priceless feeling,” he said.
When asked about leading the team in a major tournament, Singh said: “I never thought of it that way. Yes, as a senior player, there are certain things that I had to do and also take care of the team, especially the younger players. But for me, all the players on the team count as captains. The idea was always that everyone should communicate clearly across the lines.”
The former captain has played alongside quite a few of the current Indian team and believes the team is very talented.
“The current Indian team has done well in recent years, and they are very talented, with a good structure as well. They should never be satisfied and always hunger for more,” Sardar said.
Ahead of the all-important Hockey World Cup Odisha 2023 in January, the former captain had some advice for the team.
“Once the players take the field at the next World Cup, what the player has done previously doesn’t matter. They have to work hard from the first whistle to the final whistle, and consistently on every play. The extra effort and focus will be key to performance as well as executing plans correctly. If they can do that, then the results will follow us automatically,” Sardar signed.
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