‘Ayur’ in Sanskrit means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. The two words together mean "the knowledge of life" and that is exactly what Ayurveda represents.
Ayurveda is the science of healthy living and believes in natural healing. Combining traditional healing methods with aromatic oil massages and a natural diet, Ayurveda has risen vastly in popularity as an alternative medical practice. Having its roots firmly and deeply in India, Ayurveda is believed to have been in existence for over 5000 years. This age-old science is wrapped up in an attractive package in several Ayurvedic destinations in India making the stay in the wonderful locations vastly enjoyable, in addition to being therapeutic. Travel to some of these Ayurvedic havens for a rejuvenating experience as well as an enlightening cultural experience.
Kerala: Situated in southern India, Kerala, also fondly called "God’s own Country", is synonymous with Ayurveda. The reason being the long list of Ayurvedic centers across the state that offer Ayurvedic medicines, therapies, and massages. These centers specialize in formulations and combine more than 1200 varieties of medicinal herbs for their medical treatments. The healing process includes balancing the mind, body, and spirit with traditional therapies, vital oil massages and the obligatory diet. Kovalam in Kerala holds the distinction of having the world’s first Ayurvedic resort.
Goa: Goa is a beach lover’s paradise. Combine a visit to the beaches with the Ayurvedic treatments in the attractive retreats of Goa and enjoy a tryst with paradise! The packages involve full-fledged body treatments using authentic age-old remedies. To encourage Ayurvedic practice, there are several Ayurvedic restaurants in Goa offering dietary food!
Uttarakhand: People visit this northern state of India as much for the one-of-a-kind Ayurvedic experience as for the sight of the mighty Himalayas. This experience is offered by Ayurvedic resorts set on the scenic mountain peaks. The terrific scenery of the vast green lands and the snow-clad mountains of Uttarakhand gives a head start to the journey of rejuvenation. The Ayurvedic treatments here are meted out by professionally trained personnel and includes massages and specialized diet programs. The entire process of cleansing, healing, relaxing and rejuvenating will have you rearing to go leaving behind all your stress and aches.
Delhi: India’s capital houses several luxurious Ayurvedic spas. The Ayurvedic centers of Delhi follow some of the best healing practices and take the healing practice a notch higher with their Ayurvedic scrubs and wraps. Make sure to add an Ayurvedic center on the list of places to visit in Delhi.
Rajasthan: This northern and colorful state of India is a vibrant tourist attraction. Home to the city of lakes, Udaipur, the pink city Jaipur and the blue city, Jodhpur, Rajasthan is also popular for its Ayurvedic retreats. The holistic Ayurvedic treatments by friendly and trained therapists is an experience cherished by tourists.
Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam is a city in Andhra Pradesh, another southern state in India.The place is renowned for its Ayurvedic centers. Specializing in removing toxins from the body, the full body oil massages also nourish hair, stimulate blood flow, cure insomnia and completely stimulate the central nervous system. A week of this treatment makes you feel that you might just have taken on a new lease of life.
Set in natural environments these Ayurvedic havens of India set you on the road to healing where the magic of this ageless medicinal system that is Ayurveda, begins.
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Article by Kanchana Rao
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