India and the Himalayas have always been associated with wellness and peace of mind. It is not a new phenomenon that people flock to the Himalayas for well being and seeking peace and rejuvenation from the daily humdrum of life. These retreats, which are a fairly newer trend have thus cashed in on this need. Don’t misread this to mean that these are all just money minting set ups. On the contrary these wellness resorts often tend to cost a little extra because they really invest in an all organic setup, often growing their own supply of herbs and vegetables, completely depending on eco friendly products and maintenance and thus being a little heavy on the pockets.They also offer a multitude of nutrition and wellness programmes to suit every individual need. From yoga sessions, to massage therapy to diet control, they create a wholesome programme suited to the individuals need. Often, a person goes away from them, only to return next year. Most wellness resorts have a steady flow of return customers. The beauty of these retreats lies in the fact that these retreats meet the need of an exclusive way of living. In India, many people flock to Himalayas to attend wellness programs. What can be better than a relaxing, peaceful and serene ambience in the heart of pristine nature? One of the renowned and effective nutrition and wellness programs run in the Himalayas is in the Windamere Hotel, Darjeeling. It’s a retreat where activities like yoga, core strength and balancing, short hikes and excursions and learning sessions about your body and its ever-changing nutrition requirements are a part of its programmes. It is also a wonderful peek into the life and wellbeing in Himalayas. Another wellness retreat that runs equally wonderful programmes in the path of peace and well being in the Himalayas is the ‘Satvik Sadan” located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, enroute to Nainital in a place called Bhimtal. Satvik meaning purity concentrates on cleansing the soul thorugh yoga, meditation and many other packages specific to your need. Overlooking the serene lake which gives Bhimtal, the nearest town its name, it is a nature’s paradise as you soak in the stillness. Mudthatched cottages and terrace farming for organic healthy food as well as flower patches to grow their own aroma therapy oils speckle this resort. Built on part of the legendary ashram of Chyawan Rishi (who is known for his Ayurvedic jelly “Chywanprash”), the Retreat has a panoramic view of the mountains of Karkotak in the North, the ancient Gargi River in the south, and mount Haidakhand Kailash in the east. Whichever wellness retreat it is- the bottom line is that these retreats have become the new age resorts of finding internal peace and happiness without having to compromise completely on the modern lifestyle that we are so accustomed to.
Ackley Cooper Shaw is an avid Himalayas traveler and loves to relax amidst the nature. In this write-up he tells us about wellness retreats.