In today’s times, the life that we are leading is in a way very different from the life that earlier used to be. With changing times, even our lives have become a lot busier and there is some or the other distraction that always creeps into the lives of individuals. Meditation in a way is one of the most sought after things which an individual always looks upto in order to entangle the knots of his or her life. Not only do you get peace, but there are many more benefits of meditation right from getting a soothing life away from the hustle and bustle of city life to giving you stress-free breaks.
Make sure that the vacation you are planning out on this time is one of those wherein you get the desired break that is needed to make sure that you rejuvenate yourself in the best possible way. India is the home for meditation for many people, so if you are also looking for a similar kind of rejuvenation then here is a list of the best destinations for a meditation break in India:
One of the most exciting places, Rishikesh is nothing less than a spiritual heaven for all the people who are planning to visit this lovely place. Rishikesh has its own charm and aura that is one of the prime reasons why Rishikesh is considered to be visited by the people from foreign countries frequently.
With serenity and tranquillity all over, this place is nothing but a heavenly abode for all the visitors. It gives a treat to the eyes with the splendor natural things all around right from the gigantic mountains to the narrow streams; everything seems beautiful when you are in Rishikesh. Not only is this place all about the natural splendor, but there is definitely more to it than just that.
Rishikesh is also a huge fascination for all those who wish to perform a meditation on the hills as it gives them the perfect rejuvenation which are they are in quest of. It is indeed one of the most peaceful places in India wherein you can perform yoga and meditation and no wonder that is a prime reason why it is also called as the “World Yoga Capital”.
The spiritual vibe of this place is just too good that you cannot even miss out on it. There is also a belief that this place brings you closer to salvation and self realisation. In Rishikesh, there are not one but, many retreat centres that are opening up just because of the growing number of people who come here time and again. Located in the Himalayan foothills, there are also personalized meditation and yoga centres wherein you can restore your balance and also listen to some good music in a lovely environment to harmonize the strings of your energy.
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Suggested Tour : 12 Days – Yoga Tour Haridwar & Rishikesh
Dharamshala is literally regarded as the paradise on earth for meditation. The natural beauty of that place is in itself one of the very prime reasons why you would always love to get attached to that place and try to calm down your senses by meditating in such a lovely environment with a very serene backdrop all over.
One of the prime reasons why meditation in Dharamshala is always a good option because there is a very lesser population compared to other places in India and hence there is very less amount of distraction here. You can always take your place and corner and begin with meditation.
This place apart from the lovely natural surroundings also promises stress reduction and self-discovery. There are quite a number of tourists who actually come here for a spiritual tour. Dharamshala has some lovely road and woods, wherein one lovely roads leads to another, it is in places like these wherein you can actually find calmness and happiness within yourself if you have been looking for it all this while elsewhere.
This place is also home to Dalai Lamas and you can always go ahead and interact with them for a better experience and to get deep into the nuances of life and beyond. You are also going to come across several monks and a healthy conversation with them is definitely something which is going to make you a better person. Learn meditation in one of the most beautiful places on the earth, which is situated just on the lap of Himalayas.
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Himachal Hill Station Tour
3. Art of Living Ashram, Bengaluru
The Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore is indeed one of the best places wherein you can take a meditation break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a belief that you can come here with a number of concerns, but once you go back you would be always returning as a fearless man. The entire area of the Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore is quite well spread and you would eventually fall in love with the place and the way it has been maintained.
This lovely masterpiece is indeed something which makes you realise how amazing our lives actually are. The place feels more like a home to you, not only can you simply meditate here, but also practice yoga and other forms of art which indeed gives you the complete freedom to be yourself no matter how the world is outside.
The place nourishes you in all the possible ways and also gives you the strength to fight back life. There are also organic farms nearby wherein you can eat all the fresh vegetables and fruits and lead a healthy life during your short stay in that heavenly place. People who have visited the Art of Living Ashram have always had good to say about it.
Not only does this place keep you away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but also gives you much more than you can even expect. Spread in a 65 acre Greenland campus, happiness is something which lies here on top of the Panchagiri Hills.
You can explore this place in ways more than one by simply being part of the seva and by enjoying the evening satsang with meditative walks which are a pleasure on its own. There are several courses that are offered here right from happiness, stress-reduction to hypertension and diabetes.
Suggested Tour : Rich Culture of Bangalore Day Tour
4. Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune
One of those places in India, Osho International Meditation Resort is a one stop destination for all those who wish to combine the teachings of Buddha with mediation. The amalgamation of meditation and preaching’s of Buddhism is something unique that you are going to find here. The luxurious property and infrastructure of this place is surely going to make you fall in ease with each and every aspect that you are looking for.
Things simply seem to be fun, amazing and peaceful at the same time. More often than not there are good realms of people who come here to gain inner peace by being inside the architectural brilliance that this place usually provides. Here, things are way different than what you would always expect in Dharamshala or Rishikesh. Though, there is not a serene backdrop in comparison to these two mountainous regions, yet the aura and the charm of this place literally goes unmatched.
People get attached to the four walls. There are all kinds of fun session and activities that keep on going here during the time of Osho Retreat Programmes. These programmes are also something you can always look forward to ensure that your time at Osho is nothing but amazing. There are people from all walks of life and that is the reason why you are going to interact with new people, share experiences with them and the world that is creates here is indeed nothing but a very happy small little world with its own measures. This array of activities here encourages the visitors with a cultural syncretism which is not easy to find elsewhere.
This multiversity place which is located in Koregaon Park in Pune indulges in a lot of activities like Osho Dynamic Mediation where the meditation is fast, intense and through ingrained patterns in the Bollywood. There are also livings in programmes, courses for personal growth, daily meditation schedule, basho spas which are unique and amazing in their own ways. Osho Guest house is probably where you should accommodate yourself when you start with your mediation programme. There are meditation resort activities that include things like pool party and dj. You can also check out the living in programme about Osho when you are in the meditation centre.
5. Ananda – In the Himalayas
Ananda is located in the Himalayas and is one of those places which overlook the town of Rishikesh. Ananda in itself means extreme happiness and that is exactly something which you are going to find here. This meditation retreat is definitely one of its kinds and has been proving the same to its visitors time and again. Ananda is indeed the place where you simply need to be at if you are looking for a luxury escape amidst natural wonders combining it with some good meditation. Indeed, a lovely place for yoga and meditation this place is surely going to serve you in ways more than one.
If you are a beginner and you are not familiar with the nuances of meditation, then you can always learn this art from the professionals who are present here. Learn to meditate and get in search of the divine truths that lie inside you in the curdle of a five star accommodation which is again something at its very best. The luxury spa here is something which rejuvenates you complete and bring some life-changing moments in your life by simply enlighten your mind and making you a better person.
It is said that this is the perfect place for everyone who is in search of the perfect abode and trying to clean themselves for sometime from the dust of city-life. If you are interested then you can also go ahead for personalised yoga and meditation packages which are indeed inspired by some traditional and modern techniques, each being amazing in their own very way. This place has such good vibes that it is literally going to enrich the inner you and make you a better person and indeed make you feel good about yourself.
The enhancement of mental and physical well-being here is a technique from wherein the concern is raised from consciousness to super-consciousness. The lovely sal forests all around and the Ganges river valley add more and more charm into this place. This is indeed regarded to be as the best luxury ayurvedic retreat in India which focuses on traditional Ayurveda and Yoga apart from providing international and world class wellness retreats with fitness and healthy organic food to ensure that you make your tummy satisfied and much happier from within just like your soul.
This lovely wellness retreat centre in Garhwal can be easily reached from Rishikesh. An award winning luxury spa resort that Ananda is, it is located on a 100 Acre Maharaja’s Palace estate which is sheer beauty in its own.
Suggested Tour : 9 Days – Relaxing Yoga Tour in Himalayas
6. Dhamma Bodhi, Bodh Gaya
Dhamma Bodhi is located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar and this place is very much famous worldwide because Gautam Buddha had first attained enlightenment here in Bodh Gaya. Visiting Dhamma Bodhi is also going to make your time interesting if you have a fascination for history as well. At Dhamma Bodhi, Vipassana meditation is widely taught and is surely going to love the way the entire structure of this place seems.
With positive vibes and lovely kind –hearted people all around, you are surely going to find your purpose when you come here. Time and again there are several courses on meditation which always ensure that people who visit this place return back with a lot of happiness and memories in their life. Forget all the concerns that have been bothering you and without giving any second thought make your way to this lovely place which has so much to offer with limited resources that it indeed makes for a place which you would not like going back from.
The courses here are purely run on donation basis and no charges are made to even cover the cost of food and accommodation. Residential meditation courses are held here throughout the year and you can stay in the in house hostel and receive all the facilities that they provide you with. The ten day course generally start on 1st and 16th of every month.
Suggested Tour : 14 Days – India Nepal Buddhist Tour