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Weekend breaks are the most eagerly awaited by most of us. Going for a movie in a multiplex, shopping in a mall, dining out with family and friends are some of the things we love to do over the weekend.
Ever tried out a non-conventional route that will tremendously re-energise and rejuvenate you? Spas, Ayurvedic resorts and yoga retreats are dotting the health skyline and you should be taking full advantage of their services.
Why should you consider healing resorts and health spas? Because they offer holistic healing and can de-stress you like no amount of wining, dining and dancing can do! You get to escape from the mundane and everyday routine and into resorts situated on the outskirts of your city amidst lush green forests. You are guaranteed a peaceful and quiet break from the city madness.
The ‘Spa’ Concept – Re energising the Body
The word ‘Spa’ finds linkage with ‘water treatment’ and gets its name from a town called ‘Spa’ in Belgium. Years ago, travellers used to go to hot or cold springs, in the hope to cure ailments. In contemporary times, the concept of Spa therapy has become very popular, not only to treat illnesses but to overcome the daily back-breaking stress schedules and hectic lives. So, where can you find a good spa?
If you live in Delhi, you’re lucky as we’ve scouted around and found well-developed and most frequented venues of salubrious living that will refresh your body down to every pore.
Types of Spas
Day Spa: This offers spa services on a day-use basis. Some of the spas also offer salon packages customised to their patrons’ needs. It’s important to ensure that the peace and quietness of the day spa is in no way disrupted by the busy salon.
Destination Spa: The sole aim of a destination spa is to provide rejuvenation through a blend of spa treatments and exercise. The stay at a destination spa is a minimum of 2 nights. Cuisine plays a very crucial role here and is considered part of the therapy.
Resort/Hotel Spa: This is located in a hotel or a resort. Whatever the venue, they offer spa services, healthy cuisines and fitness classes. This kind of spa is suitable for business travellers and families looking for health and rejuvenation away from their hectic schedules.
Let us discover some of the best spas/resorts near Delhi that are a passport to rejuvenation and healing.
1. Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh
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Located in the Himalayan foothills close to Haridwar and Rishikesh and overlooking the Ganga, is Ananda, a blissful retreat that redefines lifestyles through the wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga.
The Spa and Wellness centre is spread over a massive area of 24,000 square feet where spa therapists provide personalised therapies to customers to help de-stress and detoxify their bodies. Plus Ananda has a 16 station Life Fitness Gymnasium, 6-hole Golf Course, and other activities that include safaris at Rajaji National Park, White water rafting, Nature Walks and Birdwatching. Ananda is considered as one of the best spas in the world and is recognised by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Body massage, specialised diets, Ayurvedic and Wellness Consultation
How to get there:
By Car: 5-8 hours from New Delhi
By Train: 4-hour journey from Delhi – Haridwar followed by one-hour’s drive to Ananda
By Air: Board a flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, and take a car from there to Ananda, which is about 40 min drive away.
By Helicopter: The beauty of Ananda is that it has its own helipad. This is a great boost for private choppers, which can land right inside the spa premises.
Address: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri – Garhwal, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand 249175
Phone: 01378 227 500
2. Wildflower Hall, Shimla
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Panoramic view of the Himalayas greets you as you step in Wildflower Hall of the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, which is situated in 23 acres of a cedar forest. At Wildflower Hall, guests have an extensive choice of nature walks, exclusive Ayurvedic treatments, massage, yoga, rafting, or rejuvenating with an exclusive spa therapy. Their open air whirlpool gives a fantastic view of the Greater Himalayas and their indoor pool is temperature controlled.
How to get there:
By Car: 8 hours and 45 minutes from New Delhi
By Train: Approximately 5 hours from Delhi to Kalka
By Air: Four-hour drive from Chandigarh Airport
Address: Wildflower Hall, Chharabra, Shimla Kufri Highway, Shimla – 171 012, Himachal Pradesh
Phone: +91 177 2648585, +91 177 6948585
3. The Terraces, Kanatal
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Staying in a little hamlet equipped with the luxuries of daily living is a pleasure in itself. That is what The Terraces in Kanatal in Uttaranchal state promises and delivers. At an altitude of over 8,500 ft, the resort gives a wonderful view of Garhwal Himalayas and the green forests. This is a place where nature is untouched and unspoilt.
A boutique resort in the Himalayas, The Terrace has a dedicated in-house Spa that offers body pampering treatments such as an hour long deep tissue massage and 30-minute body scrub to revitalise the skin. There is a unisex Jacuzzi, separate steam and sauna for males and females, fitness centre, aromatic oil therapies and many more. Apart from this, there is Yoga and Meditation to give a personal and spiritual experience.
How to get there:
By Road: 6 hours from Delhi
By Train: Dehradun-Shatabdi and Mussoorie Express are few of the suggested trains from Delhi
By Air: There are daily flights operating from Delhi to Dehradun
Address: Kanatal, Chamba Mussoorie Highway, District: Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Phone: 91 1376 283170-71
4. Aalia, Haridwar
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Rashmi Chawla, New Delhi: “Quiet and Serene” (Source: Trip Advisor)
Amit Yadav, Gurgaon: “An excellent resort” (Source: Trip Advisor)
A luxury hotel located on the banks of the Ganges, Aalia is in the lap of foliage and reserve forests, which takes you closer to nature. The natural surroundings at this place are topped with the adventure of white water rafting in nearby Rishikesh and jungle safaris. A pampering and blissful massage at the spa at 15%-25% discount is not to be missed.
How to get there:
By Road: Approx 4.5 hours away from Delhi
By Train: Haridwar is the nearest railhead to the place (20-minute drive away) Dehradun-Shatabdi and Mussoorie Express are few of the suggested trains from Delhi
By Air: 40-minute flight distance from Delhi via Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. Chopper services can be availed from Delhi.
Address: Chila Range, Shyampur Noamabad, Near Rajaji National Park, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249408
Phone: 073510 08801
5. Kairali Ayurvedic Treatment Centre
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Traveller 1439: “Authentic therapists and treatments” (Source: Trip Advisor)
If you are in the Capital city, don’t miss out on Kairali Ayurvedic Treatment Centre, which is great for offering an Ayurvedic experience that is holistic, complete with rejuvenation packages and beauty massages. Calm interiors and natural lights further add to the healing. Not to be missed are the royal makeover packages consisting of abhyangam, shirodhara and netra dhara. The best part is that most of the therapies are budget-friendly.
Address: D-120, Andheria Modh, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: +91- 9555156156
Take a break this weekend from malls and multiplexes and head to one of these resorts/spas, and let us know how it helped de-stress and rejuvenate you.
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