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Reema Bhalla Feb 27 2014

Which are the best detox destinations in the Himalayas?

Kanika Nevatia Feb 27 2014
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In the hustle bustle of your daily busy life I’m sure you dream of vacationing at some of the best detox destinations in the Himalayas where you can let go of all that stress and indulge in some soul searching. A break that is dedicated to you and just you. Here’s a list of some famous spas and yoga or wellness retreats situated amidst the mighty Himalayas.


Ananda - In the Himalayas, Rishikesh

Voted as the best spa all over the world Ananda Spa, keeps true to its name by providing as much as happiness or ‘anand’ possible to anyone who chooses to spend some time at the resort. Located in the beautiful city of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand you will see peacocks dancing all around the resort and a glimpse of the illustrious Ganga river. The Ananda Detox programme includes stimulating and purifying dosha specific ayurvedic therapies, massages, meditation, yoga and special diets to help one detox, reduce stress and improve health under the guidance of their qualified ayurvedic doctors and therapists. There are also many other wellness retreat activities that one can participate in.


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Packages: Range from 2 to 21 nights
Cost: INR 18000 onwards per night
Address: Ananda In The Himalayas, The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar,Tehri - Garhwal, Uttaranchal.
Contact: +91-124-4516650


Dharamkot Yoga Centre, Dharamshala

Operating under the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Dharamshala the Dharamkot Yoga Centre should surely be your choice out of the various detox destinations in the Himalayas if what you are looking for is true rejuvenation of your body and mind. The 5 day package offered by the retreat is one that takes care of all your needs including food, accommodation, yoga classes and required therapies. After 5 continuous days of the classes and therapies you are sure to feel like a new person all together. Though it isn’t a very posh spa or retreat the grounded approach adopted is just remarkable.


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Cost: Rooms - INR 250 to INR 700 onwards per night, 5 day package - INR 3000 onwards
Address: Village Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: info@hiyogacentre.com


Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla

Located in the illustrious Wildflower Hall Resort in Shimla the Wildflower Hall Spa is where people from all over the globe flock to attain some rejuvenation and detox their systems. Owned by the Oberoi groups of hotels this spa boasts of an elaborate menu with massage therapies, body revitalisation, skin therapies and a host of ayurvedic therapies on offer. Here you get to enjoy the grandeur of private spa pavilions and spa suites surrounded by breathtaking views of the Himalayas in Shimla. You can also unwind in the heated pool or the outdoor whirlpool and take the pampering to another level at this wellness retreat.


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Cost: INR 16000 onwards per night
Address: Wildflower Hall, Mashobra, Chharabra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: +91-177-2648585


Basunti Retreat, Kangra

Located along the banks of the river Beas in Kangra the Basunti Retreat is a hidden gem which is among the most peaceful detox destinations in the Himalayas. Set amidst sprawling orange, mango and papaya trees, Basunti’s heavenly accommodation options provide comfort combined with spectacular views. The retreat has its own open air, thatch-roofed shala that is ideally designed for yoga, meditation, tai chi and other holistic activities. Regular yoga sessions are taught at the retreat by various renowned yoga teachers ensuring that you attain complete peace within. You could also let out the artist in you and paint a few canvases or capture the scenery that surrounds behind the lens.


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Cost: INR 10500 onwards per night
Address: Village Khatiar, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: info@basunti.com


Himalaya Hatha Yoga Ashram Retreat, Rishikesh

Located in the beautiful town of Rishikesh along the Ganges the Himalaya Hatha Yoga Ashram Retreat is the place to go for a detox if you want to rejuvenate while having a little bit of fun as well. There will surely be many yoga sessions and massages coming your way but at the same time you are also in for a host of other activities such as white water rafting and trekking. You get to not only cleanse your body and soul but at the same time the adventures keep you on your toes and bring you back to reality. Opportunities are also provided for participants to benefit from quiet relaxation amidst the ashram flower gardens and surrounding forests. Bathing in the pristine river by the nearby shores is also a popular retreat activity. The perfect place to re-discover yourself, this wellness retreat is a must try.


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Packages: 5 to 7 days
Cost: INR 30000 onwards for entire package
Address: Along the Ganges, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal (pick up is arranged from Rishikesh and Delhi to retreat sight)
Contact: +91-120-4347136


Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Parwanoo

Located in the picturesque hill station of Parwanoo the Moksha Himalaya Spa is one of the best detox destinations in the Himalayas. Redefining relaxation and rejuvenation in a contemporary and heritage environment, the spa embraces the philosophy of ‘release’ and ‘rebirth’ to reach an experience of perfect peace. The spa experiences focus on the seven energy centers that enable a renewed sense of well being in any human. The perfect place to relax with your partner the spa provides a large variety of special services for couples such as couple deluxe suites with sunken bathtubs and couple treatment suites with jacuzzis. The aim of the spa is that you return home as fresh as never before.


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Cost: INR 17500 onwards per night (includes a basic spa regime)
Address: Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort,Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: +91-9815067032, +91-8679032340


The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg

The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa located in India’s own little paradise Gulmarg is definitely the place to go to attain all that tranquility that you’ve been searching for here and there. Soak in the stunning views from your treatment room and indulge in Provencal inspired rituals while you enjoy the warmth of your private steam chamber, embarking on a journey of sensorial delights and pamper yourself with treatments that incorporate the best of the west and the east. Before the treatment, you are greeted with a welcome ritual, followed by an experience that takes you on a true olfactory journey. The spa or wellness retreat believes in a holistic rejuvenation approach taking care of each one of your senses.


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Cost: INR 17600 onwards per night
Address: The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg
Contact: +91-1954-254666


Now that you know all the best detox destinations in the Himalayas, it probably time you started making plans to ditch the city life for a few days and take out some time to pamper yourself and discover the true inner being in you. Also if you’re willing to go beyond the Himalayas here’s a list of some of the best detox destinations in India.
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