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Top Yoga & Meditation Destination in India


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Yoga is an age-old science that has been a benefactor to the human mind and body. India being a place where yoga was originated, and the name was given by Patanjali which was derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuja” which means to attach or climax (peak point of highest development). It is the attachment of the mind and the body with nature. It is such an amazing aid, which if use and propagated rightly, can heal a number of diseases; both mental and physical.

India invented Yoga and Meditation many millennia before the world could understand its importance. In the western countries yoga means only physical postures and sequences (asana) but in India yoga asana is the aspect of the whole system. From centuries in the traditional ashrams of India yoga practices is an act of whole body and soul. So in India, one can expect a greater emphasis on breathing, meditation, cleansing on one’s soul with devotional practices such as philosophy tuition, chanting of mantras, faith (Bhakti), Regardless and the Karmic aspect of yogic philosophy.

The various yoga activities are aimed at curative and physiological advantages, body flexibility, stability and power, and emotional well being. If the visitor is interested, these activities can also be extended to incorporate spiritual discoveries.

Yoga can be practiced by everyone and has an amazing effect on the body and mind energies allowing one to deal with life’s ups and downs with a sense of equanimity. If you will get a chance to learn about the age old therapy that plan a yoga tour in India.

The yoga learning environment in India is exactly suited the learners. Usually various ashrams and yoga centers are located in the lap of nature and far away from the hustle of the cities. The centers provide shelter and fresh vegetarian and healthy food that will soothe and alleviate your mind and body. Learners can also get an opportunity of enjoying a calm and soothing scenic natural beauty of nature.

I would like to mention a few good places in India where you can learn the art of Yoga.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is also known as the world capital of yoga. It is a very beautiful place, lying in the foothill of The Great Himalayas. This city is full of amazing landscapes. The natural beauty & fresh breeze of this place makes it a right place for yoga learners. The whole environment of this place is full of spirituality. This atmosphere leaves a positive impact on the mind & spirit of an individual.
Rishikesh offers Yoga Teacher Training courses for beginners and also for yoga teachers. The city is located on the bank of river Ganges and it is believed that meditating here brings one soul closer to Moksha (Enlightenment). Right from the food to the atmosphere the place is very close to nature.

Yoga centersSpirit Yoga Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Sadhna Mandir, Sanskriti Yogpeeth etc.

Spirit Yoga Foundation Rishikesh

Spirit Yoga Foundation Rishikesh

Hardwar

Located between the holy river Ganga and the mighty Himalayas, Hardwar is a spiritual retreat for people not only from the country but outside of it as well. It is one of the calmest destinations of India and also nature personified. The huge amount of greenwood and alluring roads with scenery of the cold hills, offers the best conditions for the purification of soul. There are a number of resorts that bestow spiritual healing through the practice of yoga and ayurveda.

Yoga centers – world renewed Patanjali University, established by Yoag Guru Baba Ramdev ji, agni yoga school, Ayurvedic yoga & meditation in Haveli Hari Ganga.

patanjali Ashram Haridwar

patanjali Ashram Haridwar

Bihar

An important centre of power, learning and culture down the ages, Bihar is a great state and an attractive tourist destination. The state has given many leading religions to the world such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and, to a certain extent, Sikhism.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the world renowned Bihar School of Yoga in eastern India. At this school, yoga is a lifestyle and not just any practice. Karma yoga is given preference over Asana.

They also adapt the ancient tantric meditation techniques into a practice. This practice induces complete relaxation while maintaining consciousness. Hatha yoga also preferred hear it includes a balance of mind and body via physical postures or asanas, filtration of mind, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through meditation.

Alongside the classes, one must expect to work like a yogi, cleaning utensils, kitchen work; toilet cleaning is the part of one’s schedule here. This yoga learning school holds untold and far-reaching benefits. Here, our deepest levels of creativity and healing energies can awaken.

Yoga centers – Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar

Bihar school of yoga

Bihar school of yoga, Munger

Kerala

Kerala is the native land of Ayurveda and a perfect destination where the soul meets the mind. It is the tranquil and calm breezy gem of Southern India, here the body converted in to a temple of health. Kerala is the known destination for its yoga and ayurvedic treatment, which is famous all over the globe because of the various ayurvedic resorts offering greatest treatments and services.
The peaks of the hills, the crystalline water of the beaches, the blue sky and the amazing view, everything adds up to a great yogic experience. With a number of yoga centers, kerala is a hotspot of yoga enthusiasts.

Yoga centers – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram at Trivandrum, Ayurveda, Massage & Panchakarma School at Kannur , PVA School of Yoga Kannur, etc.

Sivananda Yoga Ashram

Sivananda Yoga Ashram

Goa

Goa is renowned for its pristine natural offering breathtaking scenery. The shiney sand beaches of Goa are famous for its unmatchable beauty of silvery sand having endless rows of palm trees. Apart from the beautiful beaches, Goa is famous for its adventures water sport and yoga activities. Goa is home to various yoga retreat centers scattered all over the state.

It offers a series of programs for beginner to high levels. They also run some yoga teacher training certifications and drop-in yoga classes. With the yoga classes, the yoga centers also offers Ayurvedic massages, chanting and meditation.

Yoga centers –  Art of Living Yoga Meditation Centre, Amit Reiki, Abs yoga. Apart from these a number of beaches

Kranti Yoga School, Goa

Kranti Yoga School, Goa

Mysore

Mysore is also known as the birthplace of Modern 20th century Yoga. Mysore Mandala is one of the prettiest places for yoga in Mysore. The yoga center is located in a century old house and a charming café supplied by owner’s organic farm. It is more like a western style retreat than a traditional ashram. The original vinyasa system of yoga was the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Krishna Pattabhi Jois.

By practicing this modern style, ashtanga yoga of Mysore we heat the blood and make it thin so that it can circulate freely. Ashtanga yoga practice moves you towards a very deep awareness of yourself and teaches you control over your mind.

Yoga centers – Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram, Chaitanya yoga Kendra etc.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram

Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh

Dharamsala is beautiful place surrounded by mountains and is peaceful too, making it an ideal relaxation point. It is full of burgundy and saffron clad Buddhist monks and fluttering prayer flags. You’ll feel the fresh hill breeze and the cool atmosphere welcoming you far away from the city smog and hectic traffic.
It is the right place to try meditation and take some yoga lessons, listen to the monks chanting prayers in the monastery, or watch their lively debates at the temple.

Yoga centers – Universal Yoga center,

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

Yoga tour of India is such a perfect combination of revitalization of mind and simultaneously seeing new places.

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Select your Next weekend Getaway from Delhi-A perfect trip for Historical and Adventurous lovers


Delhi, the capital of India doesn’t need any introduction that witnesses a large influx of travelers all throughout the year. From towering buildings to the ruins of the heritage monuments, Delhi has so much to leave you enchanted with. If we talk about Delhi, the first thing comes in our mind is its remarkable attractions such as Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Rajghat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Jama Masjid, Rajghat etc.
Delhi has some recharged and rejuvenated tourist destinations close to the city. If you are preparing to a weekend holiday trip, there are some outstanding weekend getaways from Delhi. These short trips are the perfect way to explore destinations in and around your city and come back refreshed.

As St. Augustine said the – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Let’s chart out some pleasure trips from Delhi to hill stations, religious sites, wildlife sanctuaries or adventure destinations etc.

Agra, Uttar Pradesh
6244061405_1af167edcf_zAgra is a lovely town located on the banks of Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh, located around just 200 km it a favorable destination for Delhiites.
Agra also features three UNESCO world heritage sites. They are Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal is the symbol of eternal love which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is famous for its matchless architectural beauty and never fails to lure visitors coming from different parts of the world for India tours. The vista of white marble monument Taj Mahal is simply matchless especially during sunrise, sunset or full moon light.

Jaipur
Amber-fort-Jaipur-31This princely city of Rajasthan offers royalty and Raj culture of the bygone era. It is located around 268 km from Delhi. Affectionately dubbed as the Pink City, Jaipur takes pride in its royal attractions including sightseeing, shopping and enjoying Rajasthani cuisine and culture. Some of the famous sightseeing places in Jaipur are its forts – Jaigarh, Amber and Nahargarh. Other sightseeing places to see are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Galta Monkey Temple, Hawa Mahal and City Palace. One must relish the shopping and the food here.

Haridwar
Malviya_dwipa_island_across_Har_ki_Pauri_during_Kavad_mela,_HaridwarHaridwar is situated about 215km from the capital city Delhi and one of the favorite destinations for weekend getaways around Delhi. Haridwar is a holiest town and also consider as the ultimate gateway to Gods. It is situated at the place where Ganges emerges from mighty Himalayas, it is the perfect weekend gateway to have a quick dip in the Ganga, visit temples and attend the evening aarti.

Mussoorie
MussoorieMussoorie is a hill station situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and also known as “The Queen of Hills”. Located around 275.7 km from Delhi, it is the best place for trekking and sightseeing. The romantic atmosphere of Mussoorie has earned the town its name of the Indian honeymoon capitol. Spread over mountain range, with unbelievable views of majestic Himalayas, and distant views of the pious Ganga River from one end and Jamuna River from the other it attracts a number of tourists from all over the globe.

It is such a paradise to hide from unbearably hot summers of Delhi. Tourists flock Mussoorie from April to June to beat the Delhi heat and from Dec-Jan to enjoy the snow.

Nainital
Naini LakeNainital is a beautiful hill station having amazing views of hills and ancient temples in its arms. It is situated around 296 km from Delhi and popularly known as the “Lake District of India”. Here you can enjoy Cable car rides, boating in the beautiful lakes, scenic views of Kumaon hills, horse and animal rides, trekking, sightseeing etc.

Corbett National Park
tiger-corbett-parkThe famous reserve is a great destination to immerse you in natural beauty. The park is located at the Nainital district of Uttrakhand, around 235 kms from Delhi. It acts as the protective reservoir for the critically endangered Bengal Tigers of India with the highest diversity of flora and fauna. Jim Corbett has always been the first hit for the tourists and the wildlife lovers. You can take a safari in a gypsy or even enjoy an elephant safari.

Rishikesh
Trayambakeshwar Temple, Rishikesh2An adventure hub not too far from Delhi, Rishikesh is popular for its adventures activities. The environment in Rishikesh offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities including white water rafting, camping, Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping, giant swing, cliff jumping, kayaking, trekking, river crossing, yoga and even meditation for people seeking spiritual rejuvenation.
Rishikesh is blessed to withhold the presence of Lord Vishnu ‘lord of all senses’ and the Ganges river as well. It is perfect to immerse yourself in spirituality and yoga with numerous yoga centers offering short term and long term courses.

Mathura
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna which is popularly known as the Brajbhoomi. It is situated located around 160 kumis from Delhi, on the bank of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state. Visit the Krishna-Balaram Temple (ISKCON), the prison cell where the parents of Lord Krishna were kept during Mahabharata period. The other popular tourist attractions of Mathura are Dwarkadheesh temple, Gita mandir, Government museum.

Bharatpur
Bharatpur Bird SanctuaryThe Bharatpur bird sanctuary’s close proximity to Delhi at 200 km makes it an ideal weekend getaway. It is one of the best bird sanctuaries of India & famous among the tourists for its outstanding wetland bird reserve.
This park hosts a large number of Migratory birds such as Chinese coots, Saras cranes, pelicans and many more in the winter months. This destination is haven for bird watchers and people who love nature. Immerse yourself in the dense forest and birds chirping…the fresh air and the cool breeze.

Sariska National Park
tiger-sariska-national-parkYour chance to see a tigers is just 4 hours away from Delhi in Sariska National Park. Sariska is famous national park and tiger reserve, it is Located at a distance of 217kms from Delhi. It comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali Hill range. The broad range of wild life here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance. Commonly seen animals in the park include nilgai, sambar, spotted deer, striped hyena, Indian porcupine.

Start packing your bags for your next weekend trip.

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The amazing natural Valley of Flowers: Uttarakhand


Valley of Flowers National Park is such a tourist paradise and a photographer’s delight which comes alive with the monsoon rain (during spring season). This beautiful place is located in the lap of West Himalaya, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

This place mesmerizes everyone with its classic natural beauty surrounded by the awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks as well as the lush green forests all around. It is a World Heritage Site with the covering an enchanting magical area of 87 square meters. This amazing vally was declared as the National park in the year 1982.

Tourists can enjoy the colors and fragrance of around 498 varieties of flowers including Brahma Kamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand, Marigolds, orchids, daisies, poppies, rhododendrons, primulas, blue poppy, the cobra lily and many others. Excluding this there are many plants having medicinal values.

Witnessing the place a person can see the blooming flowers everywhere in the surroundings and reflecting many colours like purple, blue, yellow, green, red, pink, white etc.

Valley of Flowers1 - Uttarakhand

 The overall view of the Valley of Flowers is looks like multi-coloured and handmade natural carpet with a hilly snow covered backdrop, which completely magnetize the tourists.

According to the legends, at the time of Ramayana (a hindu epic) the hindu God Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani buti from this place and cure Lakshmana.

This place was first discovered accidently by a British mountaineer and botanist named Frank S. Smythe in 1931. The mountaineer was captivated by eye-catching and spectacular background of the beautiful flowers and their nature smiles.

After some time, he wrote a book about this picture-perfect location, titled ‘The Valley of Flowers’. He introduced to the world to the secret of this beautiful valley.

The most amazing tale about this place is that, the local peoples was always known about this place but as it was externally beautiful, they thought that fairies must be living here, and did not dare set foot on it.

But today this place is grown to be one of the most popular travel destinations of Uttarakhand. Every year a number of travelers, botanists, adventure seekers, nature lovers and all the curious souls come here to experience the incredible charm of this place.

 The beautiful Valley of Flowers is opened for the visitors from April to October. After the first rain shower the tourists can enjoy the full blooming of the flowers. Remaining part of the year this place remains close because at that time it is completely covered in snow.

You can also enjoy the presence of snow leopard, Asiatic Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Brown bear, Musk deer, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Common Langur, Himalayan musk deer etc. with  a large variety of aerial species.

 Cascading waterfalls, small streams, flamboyant paddocks, crystalline streams, majestic peaks and of course the flowery meadows waits for you this year. So plane for a chilled vacation trip in this summer.

Pack in your bags as soon as you can within the short time available to you and visit the amazing Valley of Flowers. Definitely you will fall in love with this place.

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