The pollution in Delhi is far from bearable now. The only good that’s come out of it though, is that we all have an excuse to get a breath of fresh air (quite literally).
Here are five gorgeous wellness retreats that promise relaxation, rejuvenation and we’d dare say, respiratory respite:
Wellness retreats near New Delhi
SOULITUDE IN THE HIMALAYAS
This hillside retreat has more to offer than panoramic views of the Himalayas and chilly mountain air. Embark on a hiking trip to the neighbouring Kumaoni villages or enjoy a solitary meal by the Kalsa river. Live in traditional Himachali wooden rooms that open up to snow-clad peaks and feast on healthy home-style meals made with the freshest of ingredients.Take in the beauty of the lake district with visits to the glass-surfaced lakes in Bhimral, Naukuchiatal and Sattal, all an hour’s drive from Soulitude.
Ananda In The Himalayas, Rishikesh
Perhaps the best thing you could do to relax your mind, pamper your senses and take a break from that fast-paced city life is check into Ananda – a luxury destination spa that will look after your mental, physical and spiritual health. Ananda offers various detox packages that can be customised as per your needs right from 12-day yoga retreats and ayurvedic rejuvenation to fitness and stress management programs. Although your meals are curated as per your body type and nutritional needs, there’s an on-site international cuisine restaurant and a pretty tea lounge as well. Ananda is situated at a convenient distance from New Delhi but offers downtime away from the buzz of the city.
Vana, The Retreat, Dehradun
After a short ride down a narrow path off the main road, the magnificent, serene exterior of Vana comes into view. Inside are multiple living and dining spaces, rooms that exude tranquillity and a health food restaurant. Green lawns are dotted with statement art pieces and several quiet nooks and corners perfect for rest and relaxation. On offer are detox treatments inspired by traditional Indian medicine, comprehensive yoga sessions and complementary therapies for the mind, body and soul. This solitary abode is perfect for those looking for a complete health reset.
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, Chandigarh
Relax like a royal at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort amidst regal architecture, elegantly furnished rooms and large, inviting outdoor spaces. After you’ve indulged in a private yoga session or two, pop open a bottle of sparkling wine and enjoy their open-air jacuzzi. Treat yourself to a four-course traditional Punjabi meal, ingredients for which came directly from the neighbouring farms. Breathe in the 8000-acres of forest that surround the property. Isn’t that a luxury?
The Glasshouse by The Ganges, Uttarakhand
Neemrana’s “non-hotel” marks the spot where the river Ganga shifts course northward, towards its source. The Glasshouse’s geographical location reflects its spa Amrit Kashi’s motto: to help guests make the journey back to themselves. The spa offers head-to-toe pampering with healing massages for aching muscles, energising Ayurvedic treatments and an atmosphere of silence and serenity.
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