Wellness tourism or health tourism is becoming a new trend in the tourism industry. This tourism aims to improve health and well-being through physical, psychological or spiritual activity. One destination that is rich in health heritage is India.
The country is known for its legacy of health trends throughout the centuries, such as Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and many others. So if you are visiting India, you are planning a trip to India and are interested in health tourism, here are recommendations for destinations you can visit.
Close to Delhi, the country’s capital, Rishikesh could be an ideal starting destination in India. This ancient city on the banks of the Ganges River is also famous as the Yoga Capital of the World. This place is full of reputed yoga schools and some of the most trusted yogis and yoga teachers in the world have studied the principles of yoga in Rishikesh.
The lush and tropical state of Kerala is also famous for Ayurveda and related practices. Tourists from all over the world usually stay for long stays in this state as well as staycations to heal the body and soul. It is also home to some of the world’s most famous Ayurvedic retreats.
Apart from Ayurveda, Kerala is also synonymous with Kalari which is one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world and requires years of practice. Kalari practitioners are known for their extraordinary control, strength, and agility not only of their bodies but also of their minds.
If you are interested in Ashtanga Yoga, head to Mysuru. Ashyanga Yoga was born in Mysuru, known for allowing its practitioners to focus on individual sessions performed independently and even in groups. There are many yoga schools here if you also want to get a yoga teaching certificate.
4. Bodh Gaya, Igatpuri, Ladakh, Dharamsala
Another health trend inherited from India is Vipassana. A form of mindfulness meditation, and has its roots in Buddhist teachings. One of the favorite places to practice or learn Vipassana is Bodh Gaya. Some famous vipassana centers are in Igatpuri, Ladakh, Dharamsala, and many others.
Source : Tempo