Modern life can be stressful and taking some time out to rejuvenate is often just what you need. While many can find peace on mini-vacations at the beach or in the mountains, a spiritual retreat is a great way to completely recalibrate. India is known for its many ashrams and spiritual retreats. As the birthplace of yoga and other ancient practices, many come to India looking for spiritual insight. Here is a list of some great ashrams in India.
One of the most controversial people in his time, Rajneesh, known popularly as Osho, is still revered by many. The Osho Ashram in Pune offers people a spiritual retreat in a luxury setting especially providing therapy after trauma. Though Osho himself believed in free sex, the ashram no longer promotes that. Entry is available for everyone as long as you get a test done for HIV. There are many courses available for 7 to 30 days. While in Pune make sure you visit the Aga Khan Palace, the Sinhagad Fort and the Karla Caves. There is a lot to see and do, hiring tour guide in India on the Odigos app is recommended to get make the most of your time.
This is a philosophy that has grown and spread across the world. Vipassana means to see things as they are and is an ancient form of meditation from India. Regular courses are for 10 days but are not for those seeking an easy holiday. There is a complete ban on all verbal and nonverbal communication and the day (beginning at 4:30 am) is spent in meditation and introspection. Though this is a difficult course it has been said to be transformative. There are several centres for practice around the world.
A short while away from the union territory of Puducherry is a little township of Auroville. Founded by a French woman known as the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, this place was meant to be free of politics, nationality and religion. Workshops are available for visitors and there are several options for accommodation at different rates depending on the amenities provided. While you’re there make sure to visit Puducherry’s beautiful French Quarter and walk around the beach.