Taking It All in The Spirit: 6 Most Established Spiritual Retreats in India

India is a land of diversity. As diverse are the people so is their religion, their faith, their taste and their lifestyle. More you visit this land of diversity more you began to fall in love with the place. People over here come from various parts of the world in order to attain the spiritual peace some even come here to find God. Ask a believer, and he will tell you that India is more than just a country marked by physical boundaries it is a place with doorways to God. However, the diversity over here doesn’t limit itself to people, it is spread amongst God people worship as well. Being in India, you will Hindu temples as well as Buddhist monasteries each of which offers you a spiritual blessing. Today we discuss 6 places in India with a strong spiritual influence which may differ by religion but offer the same outcome, a way to connect with God.

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ParmarthNiketan, Rishikesh

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Located in the city of Rishikesh, this center of spirituality is praised not only be the local visitors but is also to a great deal appreciated by the foreigners. With the majestic Himalayas in the background as well as the Ganga on the sides visitors do practice yoga and meditation for hours which not only offers them a way to connect to God but also helps them cleanse their inner self. After yoga, the visitors can return back to their normal routines lifestyle and can even use the luxuries they prefer such as the western style of living in fully furnished rooms, etc. One can stay at this place for 10-15 days upon pre-booking however, use of items such drugs alcohol etc. is strictly prohibited.

Root Institute, Bodhgaya

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Bodhgaya is famous all over the world as it is here that Lord Buddha did attain his enlightenment. Root Institute located in Bodhgaya does offer its visitors a way to attain peace as well as to develop compassion for others. This place is governed by three Buddhist monks who offer courses to people on how to make peace with life. One can enroll in the courses which last from one to ten days; however, it is also open for anyone to stay in case someone’s not willing to join any course. There is no technological equipment such as mobile or internet allowed, and there is a separate area of stay for both men and women.

Isha Yoga Center, Velliangiri Mountains

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One of the most well-established yoga center of country Isha Yoga Center does consist of 140+ centers spread all across the country. This place aims at having individuals realize the ultimate potential of the human body. One of the prime attractions of Coimbatore is that it does offer yoga courses for children and families can stay on the premises in their well-maintained living area. The yoga courses are distributed within four broad dimensions of Energy, Action, Devotion and Knowledge. Millions of visitors come to this place in order to realize their self-potential as well as to return as to return home with some new found spiritual strength.

Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamshala

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What a great way to have a spiritual retreat, then to attain it in the laps of Himalayas. Dharamshala one of the popular tourist destinations in India does offer its visitors a chance to discover their inner self. Tushita Meditation Centre located in the Himachal is a Buddhist center where the devotees are taught about the ultimate goal of life. 10 days’ course of Buddhism inculcates the sense of harmony and peace as well as allows the people are visiting to discover their true potential. The ‘Silent Retreat’ a course which focuses on meditation prohibits the visitor to connect with the outside world and only talk as well as discover himself.

Art of Living Centre, Bangalore

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Spread in over 65 acres of land, this art of living center is one of the must visit destinations of Bangalore. It focuses primarily on attaining peace of mind and harmony. People are taught how to manage stress better as well as are made to cross the points of human inhibition. Apart from Yoga and hour, long meditation people can participate in activities such as cooking and serving which allows them to live without any expectations or profit. A typical day here starts with meditation and yoga followed by breakfast and afterward service which of course can be anything which the visitor chooses.

Transcendental Meditation, Delhi

This is one meditation center which doesn’t focus on any religion, any God or any belief. It follows the simple principle of keeping your mind relaxed but at the same time utterly conscious.  People over here are not bound to do anything instead just sit and meditate in order to attain pure consciousness. The center has proved to be effective in increasing memory power, attention as well as improved sleep in its students.

So, in case you are also feeling a need to attain peace or are having an urge to discover your true self-join one of these centers for a perfect spiritual retreat.


Rohit Agarwal

Travel Blogger

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