Chic yoga retreats can be good but you just can’t compare the extraordinary rush of practicing your moves along the banks of the Ganges. There is a remarkable feeling of elation and a unique sense of accomplishment when you experience yoga traditions at places where it is intensely rooted. Of course, you don’t have to take overnight flights to India each time the yoga bug bites. There are several places such as the rugged Rockies that let you practice yoga closer home. Here is a list of the 10 places that ought to make it to your yoga trips bucket list. Namaste and climb aboard we say!
1. Rishikesh, India
There is something surreal about practicing yoga in its land of origin, on the banks of the holy Ganges River. Known as the birth land of yogic traditions, there is an unmistaken spirituality in the air of Rishikesh, nestled on the Himalayan foothills along the Ganges. This northern Indian town is filled with temples, yoga centers and ashrams that offer reverence to several Indian deities. Plus, there are a wide array of yoga workshops and trainings. The Phool Chatti Ashram has a week long program with vegetarian meals stay and an inspiringly serene atmosphere. Then there’s the luxurious wellness spa resort- Ananda in the Himalayas. It is known for its Ayurveda spa treatments, wellness programs and yoga/meditation sessions. You can also take a trip to the utterly tranquil Dharmasala.