India has forever been the destination where people from all over the world travel to, in order to have a spiritual experience or be one with nature. Ayurveda, yoga and other such traditional methods of cleansing has worked wonders for most, and what better place to have the best experience of it than in the country it was born in?
Mostly set against the backdrop of nature in its utmost pristine form, there are many places in India that a traveller can visit for a tranquil rejuvenation in the arms of nature. Here are the 6 best places to visit in India, if you are looking for a fresh beginning.
Auroville is a planned township that harbours a unique ideology of living with divine consciousness, where no caste, creed, colour or nationality matters and people work together to build a cashless society. It is located in Pondicherry, and partially in Viluppuram district of Tamil Nadu.
To do so, Auroville has an array of options as to what role you could play in that society. One can either volunteer for various activites like organic farming, animal care, etc. or take part in workshops and therapies.
This idea of life coupled with lush greenery that surrounds Auroville is definitely the rejuvenation you must aim for.
Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore
The Art of Living was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who believes that peace can be achieved when the mind is free of stress. This ashram was, therefore, built for the purpose of getting rid of stress and achieving inner peace.
There are many programs exclusively for different groups of ages to attain happiness and achieve inner peace and a stress-free lifestyle. Radha Kunj is a beautiful garden where you may take a hearty evening stroll, apart from which the place has a gurukul, a huge kitchen, etc.
Sivananda Ashram, Kerala
Sivananda Ashram in Kerala believes that classical yoga will help one find self-realisation and ultimately attain a spiritual retreat. It is settled on the foothills of the majestic Western Ghats, with coconut groves and lush greenery surrounding the ashram.
Set alongside the tranquil Neyyar Dam, the experience ought to quench one's thirst for a retreat into nature. They have different programs for different purposes, camps for kids, etc.
If you're at Kerala, don't miss out on cruising through backwaters or rivers on houseboats, try their ayurvedic massages or even just watching sunsets in itself can be relaxing.
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Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune
Osho is a luxurious place of retreat, which offers a lot of activities throughout the day, in order to relax and meditate. Although Osho is slightly on the expensive end, people from all over the world visit Osho in Pune to rejuvenate. The place has spas, saunas, gyms, meditation centres and more.
You may plan on visiting the many monumental places of Pune like Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace or popular temples, while you're visiting the serene city.
Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri
Also known as Dhamma Girl-Vipassana International Academy-it is one of the biggest, fast-growing meditation centres of the world. Vipassana means seeing things the way they are, which is one of the oldest forms of meditation in India.
Therefore through meditation, one can indulge in self-observation and thus, in self-purification. Since the centre is located in the breathtaking hill station of Igatpuri in Maharashtra, you can even spend time in the Bhatsa river valley, Camel valley or go on a trek to Mount Kalsubai.
Isha Foundation, Coimbatore
This non-profit spiritual organization started by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, is an ideal institution for a complete spiritual rejuvanation. It is located in the serene city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Isha Yoga is a customized style of yoga here, that uses ancient Yogic methods to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
While you're at the city, you may also visit temples galore such as Marudhamalai Hill temple, Perur Siva Temple, etc.