A Guide to India's Spiritual Retreats
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Some things in life, such as work, stress and maintaining a sane family life, can leave us feeling deflated, to say the least. It is in times like these that we need somewhere to escape to, somewhere we get to kick back and catch up with our inner selves… Perhaps somewhere like India.
As one of the most spiritual countries in the world, India is home to all major religions and it’s also the birthplace of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. Couple that up with India’s lush landscapes and beautiful architecture, and you’ve got a winning destination where you can retreat and get in touch with your deepest self again.
We’ve rounded up some of the most sacred spots in India that will offer you solitude and an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Check them out, who knows, you might just reach that state of mindfulness you’ve been chasing for such a long time!
Also known as “God’s Own Country,” Kerala is what some call heaven on earth. With the pleasantly warm air, the ocean to calm the soul, and the massages offered on the pristine beaches, this is where you can leave all your worries behind. Make sure you feast on the traditional Kerala foods or rejuvenate a tired body with a good Ayurvedic massage while you’re exploring Alleppey.
Do yourself a favor and browse Google’s images of the Andaman Islands. Now go ahead and say these words: “This doesn’t seem idyllic.” Pretty hard to do, right? The Andaman Islands are best known for their clear turquoise waters brimming with colorful sea life. Whether you decide to spend your days lazing on the beaches, or you’re into snorkeling and scuba diving the reefs of the islands, you’re guaranteed to bust some serious stress and find your Ohm in these parts of the world.
India’s northeastern state is home to the hill city of Gangtok, the perfect spot to get into a better mood with the fresh air and locals that seem to be on a permanent happy-high state. For a little excursion, try heading out to Nathu-La at the Indo-Chinese border, where you’ll find some sanity along the shores of Tsomgo Lake. For some serious mindfulness escapades, head to the breathtaking monastery of Rumtek, or take some more time and go see Gurudongmar Lake with its picturesque natural beauty.
Mindfulness practices, yoga, inner peace and spiritual enrichment can all be done and found at Rishikesh. Once you’re done with your meditation ritual and you need to get the adrenaline game on, head off for some white-water rafting or trekking. Rishikesh is also home to the Ananda Spa, offering some of the best views over the Himalayas coupled with the elements of Vedanta, Yoga and Ayurveda to boost your wellness.
The warm locals of the cold desert landscape just seem to effortlessly blend together to help visitors relieve their stress and enter a state of mindfulness. The best place to visit here is Leh, but a little careful planning and a few extra days are well worth it, if you’d like to escape to Manali. To help you get away from it all you can trek the Nubra Valley, or take a mountain bike trip to Khardung La!
Sure it sounds so cliché, but if you’re after the idea of engaging mindfulness and getting away from life’s hustle and bustle, Goa is one of India’s best sights to visit. You can choose to party up a storm on the pristine beaches, or head to Calangute or Baga for some superb dining experiences. Grab a cocktail and a great book and then head down to the beaches such as Morjim or Agonda for a truly relaxing break from life.
Udaipur is one of India’s most charming cities, and if there ever was a destination that might just help us believe in magic again, this would be it. The sunsets over Lake Pichola rejuvenate the soul unlike anything else, but if you’re keen for a little exploration, make sure you see the attractions such as the City Palace!
We’ve told you about seven amazing Indian destinations which may all help you get away and enter a state of mindfulness. All things considered, this is actually a list of seven reasons why India can help you rebalance your life and get back in touch with your core values as well as your life mission. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post and that it has somehow inspired you to grab your gear and head out to the oh-so-inspirational India!
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Written by Dan, Editor in Chief of True North Athletics.