Travel is not always about enjoying the popular attractions that a destination offers. Travel is the journey of discovery, and this discovery can also be about the self. We are referring to spiritual travel. India has been for ages attracted foreigners to explore the vast lands seeking Nirvana. If you are looking to travel to find peace, detox and rejuvenate yourselves, you must consider a trip to one of the many Vipassana Centres in the country.
Here are a few recommendations, you can choose the one closest to the city you live in or take yourself as far as possible from the urban chaos. Take a look at five Vipassana centres in India that you can travel to for an alternative experience.
Dhamma Paphulla, Bangalore
Situated at a short distance of 30 km from the vividly chaotic city of Bangalore is the Dhamma Paphulla Vipassana centre. The name translates to mean 'Cheerfullness of Dhamma' and peace of mind is just one of the things that come to mind when you enter this place situated in a tranquil spot on a property of ten acres. Enjoy the pleasant climate and the various meditation courses here to return rejuvenated.
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Dhamma Pattana, Mumbai
Mumbai is known to be a bustling city that provides a multitude of job opportunities and entertainment avenues as well. However, if you live in the city, chances are high you are looking for a relaxing break. So, how about heading to the Dhamma Pattana Vipassana meditation centre, which is located in Gorai, a beach town. Built atop a small hill, the meditation centre is the among the latest such addition in India. Meditation does not mean poor accommodation and stay conditions. In fact the building is fully equipped with all modern facilities and air conditioning. A part of the popular Global Pagoda Complex, a visit to this Vipassana centre is highly recommended for working professionals.
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Sikhara Dhamma, Dharamasala
If you yearn to leave the city and head to place of natural beauty and calm then you must consider visiting the Sikhara Dhamma Vipassana Centre in Dharmashala. Located amidst mountains and greenery, the meditation techniques combined with the fresh will surely make for one of the best journeys you have made. Head to this scenic destination and be rewarded with more than natural beauty. Ideal time to visit is April to November.
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Dhamma Setu, Chennai
Yet another solution for a unique escape from urban life is the Dhamma Setu, located on the outskirts of Chennai. The city that is a cultural capital in South India has so much to explore, but for those living here it is akin to any other busy city in the country. So if you are done taking outings to the beach and malls head to this Vipassana centre that is well-situated amidst paddy fields and farmlands. The rather new centre that opened its doors to people only in 2005 is also popular for an outstanding golden pagoda that is known to have around 300 seperate meditation cells.
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Dhamma Sota, Delhi
The Dhamma Sota meditation centre is situated at a distance of 70 km from the busy city of Delhi in a village of Haryana called Rahaka. The most striking feature of this centre is its location, located across 16 acres of greenery, the centre is bounded by the Aravali hills. It surely is a lovely getaway.
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