Dharamshala is a city in Northern India, in beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India, is surrounded by the breath-taking Himalayas. Dharamsala is said to vibrate with the pure spiritual energy and abundance of the Himalayas. Word Dharamshala is a compound of dharma and shālā, so an approximate translation into English would be ‘spiritual dwelling’ or, more loosely ‘sanctuary’.
Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India and is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is placed at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level. The city is surrounded by a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major strong holds for the Tibetan refugees and the seat of the 14th dalai lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism. The town due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama has made the town a popular tourist destination, both for the Indians and the foreign tourists.
Dharamshala and Yoga
Yoga enthusiasts will have an abundance of schools and styles to choose from, including opportunities to take part in yoga teacher training programs. Popular yoga styles in Dharamshala include Hatha, Ashthanga, Vinayasa, Iyengar and Sivananda. Most yoga schools in and around Dharamshala are situated in a peaceful setting surrounded by nature. Having many yoga schools and ashrams, there is yoga for everyone in Dharamshala, from drop-in classes and week-long courses to more intense and long-term courses for students wanting to delve deeper into their practice and studies.
What to explore?
Trekking & Camping
Dalai Lama Temple Complex
Mysore, previously known as Mysuru, is the third largest and second most populated city of Karnataka. Situated right at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore was once the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. The rich cultural environment of Mysore has earned it the moniker of Cultural Capital of Karnataka. Mysore Dussera is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur for ten days and people from every corner of the globe visit this city during the festival. Mysore is also famed for its exceptional quality of Mysore Silk and a unique tradition of painting known as Mysore Painting. This city offers quite a few mouth-watering delicacies like the Mysore Pak and Mysore Masala Dosa.
Mysore and Yoga
It's one of the most popular yoga destinations in India, and over the years has achieved world-wide recognition as a center for yoga. Those who want to become yoga teachers usually study in either Rishikesh or Mysore. Apart from being an excellent place for yoga, Mysore is also a lovely city with stately palaces and temples. The main style of yoga in Mysore is Ashthanga, also known as Ashthanga Vinayasa Yoga or Mysore Yoga. In fact, Mysore is known as the Ashthanga yoga capital of India. The style was developed by Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who founded the Ashthanga Yoga Research Institute (now known as the K Pattabhi Jois Ashthanga Yoga Institute), in Mysore in 1948. He was a disciple of Sri T Krishnamacharya, who's regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century.
What to explore?
Mysore Palace and the Jaganmohana Palace.
Karanji Lake & Park,
Rishikesh: Rishikesh, located on the foothills of mighty Himalayas in Uttarakhand, is one of the most pilgrimage centres of India. This City is the gateway to “Chardham - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.” The name of the city is taken from ‘Hrishikesh’, which is one more name of Lord Vishnu. The sacred river Ganga flows through this city. Rishikesh is bounded on 3 sides by Himalayan ranges. It is also said that when Raibhya Rishi did self-mortification, God appeared by the name of "Rishikesh" and hence this region is known as by this name.
Rishikesh city is forever well-known for its Yoga centres in the worldwide. It is known as Tapo Bhumi, meaning the place for yoga and meditation of the Gods. Rishikesh is a peaceful temple town where the Ganges River flows clear and full of spiritual energy.
Rishikesh offers very conducive, serene and peaceful environment for the practice of yoga. It is also known as the World Capital of Yoga. Many yoga gurus and saints have spent their life in Rishikesh and have established ashrams to promote yoga in and around the world. Yoga and Meditation practice on the banks of the river Ganges in the city has helped many people for searching the meaning in the life and brining happiness and harmony to their life. The flow of the river filled with abundant spiritual energy provides the tranquillity and inner peace to the practitioner.
“The Beatles” also spent quite a lot of time in the city and got connected to their spiritual inner self, writing several songs at a local ashram.
What to explore?
Rafting in Ganges River
Rajaji National Park
Kunjapuri Devi Temple Trek
Tribal Tour in Rishikesh (Village Tour)
Neer Garh Waterfall (Neer Gaddu Waterfall)
Jhilmil Gufa (Jhilmil Cave)
Mussoorie hill station