There are stories galore that India has been a country synonymous with Yoga and meditation. From the time The Beatles visited the country on a spiritual quest, and prior to that, India has been a hotspot for spiritual seekers from worldwide. Millions of people flock to the country's many meditation and yoga retreats, looking for some peace and tranquillity and not only just learn Yoga but also to practice it and take some time off their hectic lives. With every retreat being different in its own peculiar way, here is a guide to choose wisely among the best relaxing meditation and yoga retreats of the country. Whether a Yog Shala or an Ashram, we have curated a list of top meditation centres of the country, to give you a fair-share of idea on what's on offer.
1. Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh
P.C: JD Mason
Along with the various things that India has contributed to the world, Yoga is certainly the most treasured bounty. With the increasing popularity of this ancient form of meditation, the Parmath Niketan is one place in India that runs a fully-fledged Yoga Ashram devoted to an extensive Yoga program with around 1000 rooms in its huge 8 acre campus. The Ashram also hosts a week-long international Yoga festival every year in its campus. With learners and yoga enthusiasts from all around the world, the Ashram is one of the top centres among the many meditation retreats with Acharya's and Guru's to help you find your inner zen.
2. Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Centre, Coonoor
P.C: Jared Rice
Huddled amidst the tranquil abode of picturesque vistas of the Nilgiri Mountains in the southern peninsula of the country, the Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Centre is ensconced with stunning organic farms, herbs and myriads of other medicinal plants. This meditation retreat appraises the power of the ancient Indian medication of Ayurveda, which not just relaxes your mind but also liberates your body and spirit from the fatigue due to routine life. Make a visit and unwind at this peaceful retreat to experience tranquility and liberation at best.
3. Ananda In The Himalayas, Narendranagar
P.C: Anupam Mahapatra
Ananda, the Himalayan abode of meditation and Yoga, encourages and welcomes the beginners and is indeed an exciting place to immerse yourself into the ancient yoga techniques and skills. 'Ananda' being the literal translation of 'extreme happiness', is what this meditation retreat has unceasingly been providing its visitors with. With different types of meditation and well-tried ‘Shuddi Kriyas' or ancient Yogic practices intended with the motive of purifying one's complete body and mind, the Ananda meditation retreat is not just the highest ranked but also a tourist's favourite spiritual centre of the country.
4. Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamshala
P.C: Erik Brolin
Employment of silence as one of the major tool in its meditation centre, the Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamshala is snuggled amidst the serene surroundings of Himachal Pradesh. The centre emanates the teachings and practices of Lord Buddha which helps its visitors to explore and venture deep within themselves in search of zen and quietude. Nestled close-by to the neighbourhood of Dalai Lama, the Tushita Meditation Centre is enveloped in a certain kind of positive energy that helps people to shed off all the negativity and attain peace of mind.
5. Yoga Vidya Spiritual Retreats, Kerala
P.C: Ksenia Makagonova
Kerala's most coveted meditation retreat, the Yoga Vidya Spiritual Retreats is one centre for Yoga which is run by scholars and professors from all over the world. An alluring amalgam of Ayurveda, meditation and Yoga, the centre is an intensive detox retreat, perfect to embark your journey for a spiritual quest.