Goa is a coastal region located in the western part of India famous as one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Bounded by Arabian Sea on one side and land on the other sides, this region boasts 30 and more beaches.
This relatively small state is situated on the western coast of India, between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka and is better known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil. Tourism is said to be the backbone of Goa's economy. The beaches in the far South and the farthest North are the best. North Goa usually tends to be Anjuna/Vagator area (decent, crowded beaches) and Candolim/Baga (very crowded beaches), and Ashwem/Arambol (fun clean, pretty beaches).
Goa and Yoga
Travellers from all over the globe flock to Goa for it’s chilled out vibes and calming environs, which makes for the perfect platform for yoga enthusiasts. Having calm and clean beaches with its lush green cover and its relaxed pace of life, Goa is a peaceful and soothing location to practice yoga and participate in a retreat. State is a home to several yoga retreats andholiday centres that offers beginner to advanced level programs.
What to explore?
Ancient Churches & Forts,
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,
Kerala: Named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveller, is known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters and a network of canals. Inland of Kerala is Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife.
Kerala is especially famous for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The unique features of the state have earned the name for Kerala as one of the ten paradises of the world and 50 must see destinations of a life time. The beautiful beaches and its exceptional environmental features of Kerala, makes it as a true paradise for nature lovers.
Speciality of Kerala tourism is the mesmerizing beauty of the tourist spots in Kerala. Ayurveda & Yoga tourism has been one of the most attractive things for tourists.
Ayurveda and Yoga in Kerala!!
Kerala state is famous for the wellness tourism in India. It is known as land of Ayurveda. The ancient techniques, practices and principles of Ayurveda wisdom can be experienced in its true sense in Kerala. The study and practice of Yoga is another rewarding experience in the scenic destination of Kerala.
The state provides conducing learning experience for the study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda on the shoreline of the serene and gorgeous beaches. Many tourists visit Kerala to study the techniques of yoga coupled with teachings of Ayurveda in its panoramic and picturesque locations.
What to explore?
Famous Temples viz. Sabarimala, Guruvayur
Tea and Coffee gardens
Backwaters and houseboats
Serene and gorgeous beaches
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