The 15 Most Popular Yoga Destinations in India

Through meditation and various body poses, the ancient Indian science of Yoga seeks to make practitioners disciplined and ultimately lead them to moksha or eternal salvation. In recent times, it has become so popular that its practice is bringing lots of tourists to India. There are hordes of places in the country where vacations can be planned to practice and learn about this science. The following is a list of the top 15 Yoga destinations in the country:

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Without a doubt, Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand is the biggest Yogic centre in the entire world. It is the foremost destination that travellers come to during their vacation trips in India for a wholesome relaxing and divine experience. Visitors can come here directly by train from New Delhi or take trains first to Haridwar, followed by a short bus journey.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Many Yoga sites here are located by the Arabian Sea, while some are nestled deep in pristine palm forests, providing a perfect setting to indulge in meditative activities. So while visitors are enjoying their beach holidays, they can also consider taking classes in these places for a really good time.

Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore is known for a distinct type of this discipline that developed here. In this form, the duration of the sessions and the difficulty level of the asanas depend on the expertise of students. People can plan their tours to the city easily as it has good transport connectivity with other places in India.

Pune, Maharashtra

Many notable practitioners have their teaching centres here and hence, Pune too is known for its Yogic culture. The best thing about the city is that besides yogic ashrams, there are many other attractions to visit for tourists. Its places of interest include medieval forts, museums, hills, temples and public parks.

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Those who want to learn about the Buddhist influence on Yoga and its influence on the religion can plan their vacations in Dharamshala. Peace is the dominating philosophy associated with the science here and the backdrop of high mountains makes it even better.

Goa

Goa is famous worldwide for its beaches, which make romantic and family trips here highly sought-after. While travellers are enjoying their time together in the state, they may turn to any of the resorts that provide lessons in Yogic practices. Dabolim Goa International Airport has seasonal flights from and to many international cities apart from the regular services to Indian cities.

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

A popular Yoga destination in Tamil Nadu is Coonoor, which is located in the Western Ghats, thus providing sheer tranquillity for its practise. Holidays in Coonoor may also be utilised to see its natural beauty, trekking through the hills or visiting the nearby hill station of Ooty.

Narendranagar, Uttarakhand

Another such famous destination in Uttarakhand is Narendranagar. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and so the climate here is cool, but not extremely cold and perfect for indulging in this activity. As it is near to the holy twin-towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, pilgrimage tours to these places may be modified to include Narendranagar, as well.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

A great destination to visit during vacations in South India to purify the body, mind and soul, is Chennai. Post touring the capital city of Tamil Nadu or after playing some beach volleyball, a relaxing meditative session at the Yoga ashrams or resorts here sounds like a remarkable plan.

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Bengaluru, the IT hub of India, is a raging urban centre with loads of attractions to visit. The presence of institutes of famous Yoga preachers and spiritual leaders makes it a good place to learn about and practise it.

Munger, Bihar

Trips can be taken to Munger to learn in detail about the Bihar style of the Yogic science, along with practising it with experienced gurus. Various institutes here educate visitors about monastic life and advanced stages of the practice.

Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is also the place where the first organised Yoga centre in the world was set up. Loads of international tourists come here during holidays and head to any of such centres and practise it.

Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Haridwar holds roughly the same importance as Rishikesh when it comes to this culture. The Ganga River flows through here and its banks become the perfect spots to indulge in this meditative and spiritually cleansing activity.

Kashmir

The Kashmir region is surely famous for its natural beauty and ski resorts, but another thing that it is known for is a type of Yoga with its roots in Shaivism. There are numerous institutes in the region, where travellers may enrol during their tours in the state to learn in detail about it.

New Delhi

Being the capital of India, New Delhi has also become an important destination from the perspective of this science. There are numerous institutes here that provide lessons and practise in this discipline. The Indian Government too has established various centres for the practise, research and promotion of this art.

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A Tour to The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple In Rishikesh

Rishikesh is an important city of Uttarakhand and is known for its cultural and traditional significance. Surrounded by many other prominent religious sites, this place is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas. It is home to several revered shrines like Sivananda Ashram and Swargashram, which have a unique historical aura about them. Visitors flock from faraway places to take part in the Ganga Aarti, which is performed in the evening at the popular Triveni Ghat over here. Lush green cover and mountainous environs make this place a famous tourist destination. Rishikesh packages are availed by a large number of travellers and devotees, who wish to visit the tranquil locations of the city.

 

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

 

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Among these religious places, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a prominent one, which receives thousands of visitors and devotees each year. Located on a hilly area over Swargashram, this site offers splendid views of the hills. It lies in the vicinity to the Nar-Narayan ranges and is considered a revered shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place is a natural heaven for people who come here for the purpose of sightseeing as it is situated amidst three beautiful valleys and at the meeting point of rivers, Pankaja and Madhumati. Located at a high altitude, this shrine welcomes a large number of visitors round the year.

 

Even the route going towards the temple is delightful as people get to behold steep roads leading to the hills, flowing rivers by one side and mountainous terrain on the other. These streets are quite narrow and proper knowledge coupled with careful driving is required while passing these areas. People, who are not habitual of driving on high altitudes, must park their vehicles at taxi stand of Ram Jhula and hire a cab for the rest of the journey. The temple is at a feasible driving distance from there and people can also walk to reach here. Despite the minor difficulties, the whole journey is quite enjoyable.

History and Architecture

A spiritual aura can be found within and around this pilgrimage, which provides visitors with engrossing mythological stories and legendary folklore. There is an interesting old story behind construction and development of the location. According to the Puranas, it is the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison, which was obtained after Samudra Manthan. The poison was so toxic that it turned his throat into blue colour. Thus, the shrine has derived its name from Lord Shiva, who was popularly named as Neelkanth, which means blue throat.

The scene of Samudra Manthan is depicted on the top of the temple in an explicit manner. The exteriors of the complex are brightly colored and ignoring them is just not possible. The interiors are equally amazing with a huge statue of Goddess Parvati, positioned at the entrance. The arena around the sacred lingam is made of shining marbles and intricately done statues of Dwarpals or the guards. The complex around the place also features a Peepal tree, on which devotees tie threads for their wish fulfillment. On a Rishikesh tour,a visit to this and other sacred shrines of the city are a must.

 

Healthy and Spiritual Holiday Trip to Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a beautiful Indian city, which lies in the hilly state of Uttarakhand. It is situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and is regarded as a gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. As the venerated Ganga River flows through the heart of this city, it holds a sacred status amongst Hindus. Several small and big temples lie along the ghats of this holy river and lend a religious aura to the overall ambience of the region. This place has been long associated with the Hindu mythology as it is supposedly the site where Lord Rama did penance in order to atone for the sin of killing the demon king Ravana. In the past few years, it has earned a considerable amount of fame for the umpteen of opportunities for rafting and adventure sports. Not only this, but the presence of yoga and spiritual ashrams in the region make it a favourite haunt of those looking for a divine and serene experience. Every year, thousands of international travellers come to this place for spending some moments of repose in the peaceful ashrams located here. By opting for a Rishikesh package, tourists can explore their spiritual side while getting acquainted with the ancient Indian science of yoga.

Yoga Centres

There are many yoga centres in Rishikesh that aim at preserving and promoting this centuries-old art and science. Sprawling across large areas amidst the tranquil environs of this salubrious region, these ashrams provide proper training in this ancient and healthy technique. Some of these are even counted amongst the top yoga centres across the world. Training provided here ranges from beginner to expert teaching courses. The best thing about learning this science of holistic healing in these peaceful centres is that people get a chance to gain the benefit of good health in healthy surroundings. Not only learning, but they also provide accommodation facilities, which are far more affordable than resorts and hotels in the region.

Spiritual Ashrams

While the yoga centres in Rishikesh are dedicated towards teaching this health-benefiting technique, its spiritual ashrams have a completely different approach. It is widely believed that anyone who meditates in the sacred surroundings of this place is bound to achieve salvation. There are many such centres in the region that portray meditation as a medium to attain the same. Headed by popular spiritual leaders and revered personalities, these ashrams earn a considerable amount of global recognition. The popularity of such establishments can be understood by the fact that The Beatles – the iconic English rock band – visited one of these in the 1960s. Many other international personalities have not only been to these ashrams but also spoke about the positive effects they had on their lives.

 

Usually every Rishikesh tour package is inclusive of trips to the yoga and spiritual centres of the city. Coming to these peaceful establishments is the best way to have a healthy and spiritual holiday experience in the pristine lap of nature.

 

Sightseeing and Adventure Sporting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a place where a stay, according to popular beliefs expressed in several spiritual books, means a way to reach out to god. Over years, not much has changed about spiritualism associated to it. In fact, things have been further simplified as travellers who desperately want to explore this part of the world can easily plan out their journey by self. They can also search for deals on travel portals to get a suitable Rishikesh package.

Interesting Vacation Tour

In Rishikesh, tourists get to see and admire ashrams, temples, flowing river and plenty of other things. In fact, each visit is totally a different experience to get away with and cherish until another trip made. With so much in offer on a vacation tour, travellers simply wonder, what to say other than simply calling it a paradise that is to be visited time again and again. This unique tourist spot has something or other for every visitor, which means even the most sombre mood will feel delighted by numerous panoramic views around. The bountiful greenery and emphatic sounds of flowing stream along with serene mountain views make for a unique mix that is hard to come by at one place.

This city is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and hence, often termed as the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the popular holiday destinations for travellers coming down to the Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. To be more precise about the location, it is 43 km south-west of Dehradun and surrounded by districts Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar. The best thing about this city is that it can be visited all throughout the year. However, those fond of rafting should plan their tour from mid-September to April.

Activities on Offer

This region, also called as the world capital of yoga, boasts of a number of yoga centres like Himalayan Yoga Gurukul and Rishikesh Yog Peeth. According to the Hindu mythology, all those who meditate with pure heart stand a chance to attain moksha (salvation). As a matter of fact, the holy Chardham Yatra gets its onset point from this city itself. Still more, it can be called as an ideal place to study and practice Ayurveda, meditation and spa therapies. Adventure aficionados will find this place even more exciting as there is so much to enjoy and feel passionate about. Outdoor sports like camp, river rafting, rock climbing and cliff jump are major activities to indulge in for visitors.

Some great places to visit in this amazing city are Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula across the river Ganges, Bharat Mandir, Rishikund and Geeta Bhawan. Neelkanth Mahadev is yet another place of interest where a large gathering of devotees is a common sight throughout the year. A visit to Vashishta Gufa, Tera Manzil Temple, Kaudiyala, Lakshman Temple and Kunjapuri Devi Temple must also be in the list while scheduling a trip. While there is more to explore and be excited about, Rishikesh can indeed be called as one of the most popular holiday destinations in India.

 

Jim Corbett Tour- Paying homage to Tiger Conservationist

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

I have been to the Jim Corbett National Park a number of times and have thoroughly enjoyed the thrill and excitement of the wildlife sojourn (though a guided and protected one). Every new tour has taught important lessons such as respecting the laws of nature, understanding how nature works, knowing how to trace the footprints of the jungle fauna and what all to do if caught in a difficult situation. While the trips have taught many lessons, the life of Jim Corbett has been equally informative. There had been many hunters before him and even after him but hardly do we come across the names of these people. The fame which was gained Mr. Corbett and immortalized by the naming of this park after him does not have any precedent. I also vividly remember having a lesson in my school days which was actually an excerpt from the book ‘Man Eaters of Kumaon’. The lesson did mention how he hunted a man-eating tiger from the Kumaon region but, at the same time, outlined the reasons why tigers turn man-hunters. The lesson changed the perception about the tigers and made us think deep about their protection and giving them their due space in natural habitats.

Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett

Let us get back to the man-Jim Corbett. As per Wikipedia, he was born to a British couple in Nainital in India during the colonial rule of British in India. He was a Colonel in the Army and was often called in to protect the people from the scourge of man-eating tigers in Kumaon and Garhwal regions. These are now in the Uttarakhand in India. Though highly revered for this people protection zeal by hunting down the man-eaters, he was equally vociferous about the protection of tigers from being hunted. This might sound paradoxical but he had a deep understanding of what is driving the tigers to attack humans and it is the humans who are largely to blame for this problem. At the same time, it was also quite well dawned on to him that once the tiger tastes the blood of man, he is drawn to attack the people again and again and the only way to protect the people is to hunt the tiger down.

He aired his views about the need for protection of Indian wild life and setting up of exclusive zones where the humans shall not set up their habitations. He used in influence in the creation of this exclusive zone which is now called by the name of Jim Corbett National Park. His efforts towards conservation of the tigers in particular and the wildlife in general had different manifestations. One of these was the ability to spread awareness about tigers and their declining numbers. He wrote books, used education as a medium and even nudged the governments to take concerted actions in this regard. During the later part of his life, he retired to live in Kenya where is died of a heart attack in 1955. In 1957, the Government of India named the park in Kumaon region as ‘Jim Corbett National Park’.

In the light of this background of the great hunter, or/and conservationist, taking a trip to Jim Corbett is like going on a pilgrimage to pay him the homage and see the fruits of a thriving national park which was created with much persuation in 1930s. There is no doubt that his efforts to create awareness about protection of wildlife have led the government to establish a number of Tiger Reserves and begin Project Tiger. No wonder that this park is world famous around the world for being a trendsetter in its own right.

Jim Corbett Tour Packages to Experience Thrill and Adventure

Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Sprawled across 520 square kilometres, Corbett National Park is the land of fierce animals and majestic birds. It is one of the renowned national park in India, which was established in 1986 to protect endangered Bengal tigers. Located in Uttrakhand at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by natural bounties, owing to which this park is an ideal habitat for wildlife to flourish. There are dense sal and deciduous forests, hilly ridges, grassy meadows and the peacefully flowing Ramganga River, which together contribute to form a picturesque view. Travellers can have a close encounter with wildlife from mid-November to mid-June in this wildlife reserve. Jim Corbett tour packages are one of the sought-after deals, preferred by both who are looking for adventurous trip as well as families.

Flora and Fauna

Rightly known as a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, the Corbett National Park has diverse species of fauna that travellers can explore. The major animals in this park are tiger, wild boar, elephant, sambar, chital, gharial, nilgai, king cobra, hedgehog, muntjac, flying fox, Indian pangolin and common musk shrew. These animals freely roam around in this massive topographical area. The park also has four species of deer that are Sambar, Hog, Chital and barking deer. There are also  nearly 600 species of birds like cormorants, ducks snipe egrets, darter, herons, harrier, spotted eagle, woodpecker and thrushes.

Among the reptiles, the fish-eating gharial and crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the banks of the river. Moreover, there are also lakes and rivers that are flourish with sporting fishes, such as Goonch (Bagarius bagarius), Indian trout (Barilius bola), Rohu (Labeo rohita), Golden mahaseer and malee. This natural habitat is not just famous for its fauna but also for its different species of shrubs, bamboo, trees and grass. There are also over 70 species of plant varieties that add to the greenery of this place. Journey to this natural reserve indeed contributes in making Indian tour packages all the more exciting and interesting.

Wildlife Jeep Safaris

The best way to explore each and every corner of the Jim Corbett Park is to avail Jeep safaris. There are around 30 Jeeps, which leave every morning and afternoon with passengers in different directions of the forests. The most famous is the Bijrani Jeep Safari, which gives an opportunity to view gigantic elephants. Adding to this adventure is the elephant ride that is filled with fun and thrill. In order to view wild bear in their natural habitat, tourists can avail Jhirna Jeep Safari. If lucky, travellers can also spot animals like deer and tigers in the nearby area. Even during rainy season, this part of the zoo remains opened. Open bus safaris are famous among children as well adults. It lets visitors enjoy the glimpse of wild animals and also provides a panoramic view of the valley. Drive to this region of the forest awaits sightings of wild elephants, hog deer, chital, and numerous raptors and grassland bird species.

For an extraordinary vacation, trip to the Jim Corbett National Park is a perfect choice. Visit to this reserve offers an insight to the wildlife and their unscathed existence.

Visit the Famous Tapkeshwar Temple Courtesy Uttarakhand Holiday Packages

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, which is located in the northern part of India. This city is located on lower ranges of the Himalayas in the Doon Valley and is surrounded by the Ganga River in the east and Yamuna River in the west. Many famous tourist destinations are located in the city that include the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Mindrolling Monastery, Tiger Falls, Forest Research Institute, Malsi Deer Park and Ram Rai Gurudwara. Another prominent attraction of this place is the Tapkeshwar Temple, which witnesses a large influx of tourists and pilgrims every year. To visit this temple, you can avail from various Uttarakhand holiday packages available of different travel portals.

Tapkeshwar Temple

This cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Garhi Cantonment area of this city. It is also known by the name of Guchhu Pani and is accessible only by a trek of approximately 1 km. According to folklores, Lord Shiva poured milk at this site to feed Ashwathama, who was the son of Dronacharya. This is also the site where Guru Drona, the royal guru of Pandavas and Kaurvas, meditated to gain enlightenment.

This temple is situated on the banks of a seasonal rivulet, which enters this cave and its water drops on the idol of Shiva Linga from the ceiling. This river then vanishes into the cave and emerges a little ahead as a stream. It is because of this splendid phenomenon that the temple is referred to as Tapkeshwar. There are cool sulphur springs located near the cave of this temple that are an ideal spot for pilgrims to freshen up. A huge number of devotees gather at this temple every year at Maha Shivratri to witness the holy matrimony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. If you want to be a part of this auspicious festival, you can plan a trip here during your India holidays for a truly enjoyable time.