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Best Wellness Retreats in India for a Post-COVID Vacation


Wellness is synonymous with India. The country focuses on holistic well-being of body, mind and soul. The search for wellness in India is centuries old and has evolved to suit the needs of the modern day. People from all walks of life choose vacations in India as the ultimate secret of rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. In the current scenario, post-COVID vacations means getting away from cities and breathe in the pure bliss of nature. And this is where, wellness vacations come into play. Wellness retreats are calling with ancient healing techniques amid nature’s bliss. India abounds in wellness retreats, whether it’s a simple ashram experience or luxury getaway, here are our handpicked options.


Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas
The palace turned wellness oasis, Ananda in the Himalayas is among one of the best wellness retreats in India. The resort offers daily yoga programme, special diets, and other therapies that heal the body, mind and soul. Besides the healing daily schedule, the luxurious suites overlook tranquil vistas of the lush green hills and valleys. A short drive from the holy towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, the resort offers respite from chaotic lifestyle. The perfect post-COVID vacation awaits in the pictorial retreat.


Yoga at Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Nestled in the Himalayas, the Wildflower Hall offers a holiday of many unforgetable experiences. Enjoying yawning views across the soaring peaks of India’s dramatic Himalayas, the resort offers a truly relaxation time. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander in chief of the British army, Wildflower Hall is now among the 5-star hotel in not just Shimla but also India. Exuding the ambience of a grand stately home, the  hotel is ideal to recuperate in the bliss of the mountains. Welcoming lounge, lavish rooms, delectable meals, and a lot of facilities tempt with a vacation to remember.


With legendary Ayurvedic guru Dr Robert Svoboda facilitating occasional three-day wellness programmes alongside The Oberoi Sukhvilas’ already well-stocked spa and yoga menu, this is a holistic retreat that certainly knows how to tailor an exclusive experience.

Dodge the crowds thronging around Haridwar’s holy Har Ki Pauri ghat and sink into The Haveli Hari Ganga’s private bathing area instead. It’s said that a dip in the Ganges rinses away negative karma. Morning yoga is instructed in a serene studio adjacent to the holy currents, with a havan, or fire blessing, to follow.

A swimming pool in Rishikesh is worth its weight in crystal malas, and Dewa Retreat’s is flanked by the exceedingly popular Pure Soul café, offering precious raw cacao-based and maca-laced delicacies. Perched above the Ganges, views from the rooms’ private balconies are spectacular, and if the in-house yoga classes aren’t up to scratch, there are plenty more to choose from in the surrounding ashrams.

Early risers can stretch out in Raas Jodhpur’s rooftop Baradari restaurant for a sunrise sequence overlooking Rajasthan’s iconic 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort. Follow with an invigorating Prana Vitality massage treatment in the hotel’s supremely indulgent Ila Spa.

The Leela Palace’s five-day Sojourn into Self programme offers a heady tasting menu of holistic treatments served up at its in-house ESPA—the largest in India. Add in a Vedic astrology reading, daily yoga and blessings at the local Shiva temple, and this is ascetism of a highly decadent order.

Sun salutations facing the sparkling Lake Pichola as dawn lights the horizon is a spiritual experience worth photographing. Chase a morning class with a dip in the infinity pool gazing out the distant throb and pulse of Udaipur.

An elegant 18th-century palace near Udaipur, Raas Devigarh serves up an imaginative menu of guided yoga and meditation practices compellingly seasoned with incense, essential oils, sound healing and cranial holds.

With soaring views across Maharashtra’s rugged mountains, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa’s 70 forested acres are worlds away from the hustle of Pune. The yoga pavilion and meditation cave make good use of the hotel’s scenic location, with bicycles and hiking trails inviting a full immersion in the surrounding nature.


Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
Sink into Goa time on Benaulim Beach in the quieter south, where the on-demand yoga menu stretches to whatever appeals, from a gentle session tailored to beginners to a challenging set for more experienced practitioners.


Swaswara CGH Earth
Draw away from the opulence of SwaSwara for a moment to meditate in its private hilltop meditation perch. With sprawling views across the aptly named Om Beach, this is where an open-eyed meditation practice comes into its own.

Panchakarma—an intense revitalising Ayurvedic cleanse—is especially popular at the luxury beachside Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort. With rigorous daily massage treatments, delicious dosha (body type)-specific Indian fare and morning yoga and pranayama (breathwork) by the sea, it’s easy to see why.

There are plenty of places to flop in the verdant 12 acres of Marari Beach’s sumptuous resort: in a hammock beneath the palm trees; on a sun-lounger gazing out at the Arabian Sea; and, of course, on a yoga mat, the waves harmonising with your ujjayi breath.

Perched atop a dramatic cliff above Kovalam Beach, days at Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra slide by with hypnotic serenity. Punctuate them with yoga: an invigorating session at sunrise gazing out at the Arabian Sea, and a soothing restorative class as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.


Somatheeram is a Heritage Ayurvedic resort in Kerala, just 15 km from Trivandrum Airport, and 8 km from Kovalam. It is a perfect getaway amid captivating and comfortable surroundings, homely and attentive service. Perched on the top of a hill, overlooking the cerulean spread of the Arabian Sea, the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort sprawls over 15 acres of lush greenery. Offering a unique blend of tropical beauty combined with contemporary facilities, the resort is a rejuvenating heaven far from the mad city bustle. Pamper yourself with superb Ayurvedic facilities, yoga classes and meditation programmes.



Best Romantic Experiences in India


India beckons travellers with incredible experiences, and for the couples there is a lot on offer. From the icon of love-Taj to romantic houseboat tours on backwaters, India presents some loving romantic experiences that makes your vacation one that you shall never forget. Be it boat rides, stay at royal suites or special dinner dates, India offers some memorable romantic experiences.

When thinking of an unforgettable time, here are some of the best experiences in India.

Taj Mahal in its eternal beauty

Couple in Taj Mahal

Houseboat Cruise on Kerala Backwaters

Houseboat ride on Kerala backwaters

Houseboat cruise on backwaters

Couple Ayurveda Massage

Ayurveda massage

Shikara ride on Lake Pichola

Couple Ayurveda massage

Royal stay at Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan

Royal stay at heritage hotels of Rajasthan

Luxury Train Tour

Relaxing at Beach Resort

Yatch ride on the high seas

Toy Train Ride to the hills

Stay amid lush tea estates

Pray at Ancient Churches of Goa

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Wildlife safaris & stay in luxury resorts

Repeating wedding vows

Wedding at Umaid Bhavan Palace

Rajasthan Tourism: Exotic Architecture, Incredible Sights, Royal Pleasures and More


Tucked in the north-western part of India, Rajasthan, symbolizes the country’s opulence and grandeur from the bygone days. An integral part of India's famous Golden Triangle Tour circuit, Rajasthan beckons with its incredible charms. The land of Maharajas boasts a rich history, cultural heritage, kaleidoscopic festivals, folk music, traditional art & crafts, delectable cuisine, religious sites, magnificent forts and beautiful havelis. The state’s representative melodic tune, ‘Padharo mhare des’, beckons the spirit of a traveler to blend with its magnificence and charm.

Amer Fort

Rajasthan tours is considered to be the essence of exploring India. Without exploring its amazing places, things to do and experiences, any India tour remains incomplete. When planning a Rajasthan trip itinerary, here is all that you need to know.

Places to Visit in Rajasthan


Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur, Bhangarh Fort, Anupgarh Fort, Bala Quila, Badnore Fort, Barmer Fort, Bhatner Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Dev Giri Fort, Gagron Fort, Hill Fort Kesroli, Gugor Fort, Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer, Jaigarh Fort, Jalore Fort, Jhalawar Fort, Juna Fort, Junagarh Fort, Khejarla Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Lohagarh Fort, Taragarh Fort, Neemrana Fort


Rambagh Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, City Palace Udaipur, Alwar City Palace, Garh Palace, Bhamashah ki Haveli, Bhanwar Vilas Palace, City Palace Karauli, City Palace Jaipur, City Palace Dholpur, Jal Mahal, Juna Mahal, Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Maan Mahal, Moti Mahal


Lake Pichola

Anand Sagar Lake, Anasagar Lake, Balsamand Lake, Diablab Lake, Doodh Talai Lake, Gadisar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Kaylana Lake, Gaib Sagar Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Lake Jait Sagar, Lake Foy Sagar, Pichola Lake, Sambhar Lake, Pushkar Lake, Udaisagar Lake, Nakki Lake, Man Sagar Lake

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks

Jeep safari in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park, Desert National Sanctuary, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Sanctuary, National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

Museums: Ahar Archaeological Museum, Ajmer Government Museum, Albert Hall Museum, Alwar Government Museum, Amer Archaeological Museum, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Government Museum Jaisalmer, Dolls Museum, Prachina Museum, Fateh Prakash Palace MuseumThings to Do in Rajasthan

Attend the Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Fair

Go for a Thar Desert Safari

Thar Desert Safari

Visit Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy folk music and dance

Rajasthani Folk Music

Enjoy local Rajasthani Cuisine

Rajasthani cuisine

The royal heritage and the geographic features of Rajasthan have influenced the cuisine of the region. Traditional food items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia are appreciated by foodies across the globe. Popular dishes of Rajasthan also include Kabuli Pulao, Laal Maas, Mohan Mass, Panchkuta/Ker Sangri, Pittod Ki Sabji, Besan Gatta Sabji, Ker-Dakh Sabji, Lacha Pakori, Govind Gatte, Bajra Roti, Lahsun Ki Chatni, Mogor Ki Sabji, and Haldi Ki Sabji. Some of the must-try sweets are Balushahi, Ghevar, Alwar Ka Mawa, and Gujia.

Shopping at local bazaars in Rajasthan

Shopping in Rajasthan

Shopping in Rajasthan is one of the much loved activities for travellers in the city. The bright bustling markets tempt with handmade items that preserve their heritage and clebrated their skilled craftsmanship. The most popular bargains are Jewelry and gemstones, Paintings, Carpets, Pottery, Puppets and stuffed toys, Fabric, Metalwork, Spices, Jodhpuri juttis, Sweets

Watch a puppet show

How to Reach Rajasthan

By Air: There are seven airports in Rajasthan, which connect the state to major Indian cities and foreign countries. There are direct flights from destinations all over India.

By Rail: Rajasthan is well-connected by rail. Luxury trains in India cover Rajasthan in their journeys. Superfast trains like Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express run through the state.    

By Road: There about 20 national highways passing through the state. A four-lane highway, NH-8 connects from Delhi.

Best National Parks for Bird Watching in India


India is a bird watching haven. The lush jungles are home to all species of the animal kingdom including birds of colourful shades. The vast country is a habitat to birds including migratory ones flying in from far parts of the world.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park)

Binsar National Park

Kaziranga National Park


Must-Try Experiences in Jaipur


We are nothing without our past, and in India it is the same. The golden yesteryears are a source of some incredible tourism moments in the country. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the royal Rajputana is one among the must-visit places in India. A point on the Golden Triangle circuit, the "Pink City" is a city that has preserved its past.

To learn more about the glorious history, culture, traditions and hospitality, here is a list of the must-try experiences in Jaipur.

City Palace Tour

City Palace in Jaipur

The City Palace is still the dwelling of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons.

Early Morning Visit to the Amer Fort

Amer Fort

The Amber Fort is located 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa MahalHawa Mahal (Palace of winds): Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks, the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city.

Heritage Walking tour of Jaipur

A walk through the colourful and vibrant bazaars of the Pink city of Jaipur. The walk starts at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) , which is one of Jaipur’s most famous and photographed landmarks, and ends at the Tripolia Gate, one of the entry points to the Jaipur City Palace.  On this fascinating walk  mingle and talk with the locals whilst sampling some of the regions culinary delights, like Pakoras, Aloo Tikki, Samosa and local sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops, Jewellers and Silversmiths, Gold painters and Bangle making experts.

Cooking Class at Ikaki Niwas Homestay

A journey to India can never be complete without a culinary experience with a local family. This is an opportunity to learn about the secret home recipes and the culture of Rajasthan, while cooking and eating either Lunch or Dinner at the Ikaki Niwas Homestay.  The hostesses Mrs. Devika Rathore and Ms. Chandrika Rathore deliver the cooking sessions , where you learn about spices and participate in the preparation of the meal and then sit down to lunch or dinner with your hosts, learning about Indian lifestyle, as well as cuisines.

Jantar Mantar- UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jantar Mantar

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience Jaipur  from a Hot Air Ballon on this unforgettable 1 hour  Balloon flight.  You will drift slowly over the historical forts and hidden palaces nestled amongst the countryside on Jaipur's outskirts, watch the sun rise and enjoy a unique view of traditional Rajasthani life. Don't forget to exchange smiles & waves with the friendly villagers below!

Evening at Chokhi Dhani

Jaipur cultural programs

Taste Rajasthani Delicacy in Jaipur

Rajasthani food inJaipur

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal