Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. And once-in-a-lifetime holidays are the perfect way to rejuvenate, revive and rest the soul. India may not be a destination you have thought about to experience relaxation. Aside from its majestic temples, palaces, history and breathtaking landscapes, there’s also another side to this intoxicating country. It may be a pricey trip, but it’s worth saving up for if you want an escape from the mundane and are looking for new experiences. Today I’m going to look at two very different styles of holiday you can take to India. The first is complete beach bliss and the second is a more spiritual journey that will leave you coming away with a fresh perspective on life.
Holidays to India can incorporate anything from the spellbinding Pink City of Jaipur to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra. Tourist attractions in Bangalore include Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Vidhan Soudha. In Kerala, you’ll want to take a houseboat across the mesmerising backwaters. And in Munnar, you simply must take a tour of the lush and vast tea plantations on offer.
But right now, it’s time to explore the heady beaches of Goa in western India, whose fabulous coastline extends along the Arabian Sea. You can read my post on how to plan a once in a lifetime trip right here, so you have a better idea about budgeting and searching for deals. Goa is perfect if you are looking for a winter sun escape. It has a totally relaxed tropical ambiance that is ideal for rest and relaxation. Its long stretch of golden-sand beaches is a big part of the allure, as are the gastronomical delights and spiritual vibe. Where else can you do tai chi in the morning and then enjoy an authentic fish curry in the afternoon?!
If you want a lively, friendly vibe head over to ever-popular Baga beach in the north. But for a more chilled out scene make your way to the south to Arambol and Galgibaba. Galgibaba beach is also known as Turtle Beach as it’s where turtles come to nest. The beaches of Goa all offer barefoot luxury, friendly locals and a super lot of that all important sun. It’s a great destination for an exotic beach holiday that is slightly different from the usual choices. And if you can tear yourself away from sunbathing there are also Hindu temples and Catholic churches to see in old Goa and vibrant markets to explore.
Another slightly different way to experience the spiritual side of India is to spend a week at a wellness retreat. There are many beautiful wellness retreats scattered around India in places such as Kerala and Bangalore. But today we’re going to focus on the super luxe Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. It’s a trip that you’ll have to save the pennies for but it’s totally worth it to find yourself staying at the foothills of the Himalayas for a week.
Here you’ll be able to participate in traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta techniques. And you’ll also be offered a healthy eating plan and a refreshing detox. It’s a beautiful spot to visit if you are serious about getting into optimum health for 2017. Programmes are tailor-made to suit your needs and include everything from morning Hatha Yoga and therapeutic massage to holistic wellbeing. There is a gorgeous spa, a beautiful pool and lots of hydrotherapy treatments. The Ananda is one of the best destination spas in the world, and it’s worth visiting India to see what all the fuss is about.
I’ve wanted ti visit Indie for years and am yet to get round to it, thought I’m definitely going to eventually!
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