Celebrating the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world, International Yoga Day focuses on the importance of physical and breathing exercises and healthy living. Yoga asanas and pranayams are the best ways to connect the body, mind and soul. This International Yoga Day, head to these Yoga retreats in Maharashtra and have a healthy holiday.
1. Atmantan Wellness Resort, Pune
Located in the beautiful hill station of Mulshi in Pune, Atmantan Wellness Resort is said to be one of the top-rated luxury resorts in India. Their ‘Journey through Yoga’ programme is ideal for anyone who wants to restart their yoga practice or advance it. Starting at ₹17,000 per night, the resort offers a 5, 7 and 10 nights stay in luxury villas, giving you the perfect view of Mulshi Lake & the lush green valley of the Sahyadri Hills.
2. Dharana at Shillim, Maharashtra
Dharana Retreat in Pune’s Shillim Valley is a luxury healing paradise for those looking to escape the city’s chaos. Dharana practices different forms of meditation, including mindfulness and Yoga Nidra. The Resilience Retreat & Dharana Yogic Life are the two retreats that focus on the holistic healing of the mind and body. Depending on the accommodation, the price of the retreats varies between ₹20,000 and ₹50,000 per night.
3. Ekant Yoga, Ahmednagar
Touted as one of the best yoga institutes in India, Ekant Yoga in Ahmednagar focuses on physical and mental cleansing as well as cultivating inner and physical strength. The 14-day program includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Karma that are suitable for, both, beginners and seasoned practitioners. Accommodations at the retreat range from ₹32,614 to ₹74,474 depending on the package you choose with vegetarian and vegan meal options.
4. Govardhan Eco Village, Hamrapur
Located at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain ranges, Govardhan Eco Village is the ideal choice for people looking to unwind and reconnect with themselves. Designed for holistic and transformational experiences, this eco-village combines Ayurveda and yoga to help you rejuvenate and rediscover yourself. Its weekday and weekend packages start at ₹3,000 and go up to ₹9,000 per cottage, per day.
4. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Pune
Nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, Hilton Shillim Estate is a wellness escape that focuses on mindfulness and Ayurvedic rejuvenation of the soul. The retreat focuses on creating goal-oriented programmes, including personalised Dharana wellness schedules with meditation and various spa treatments. Accommodations at the retreat include many villas ranging from ₹11,000 to ₹154,000 per night.
6. Kaivalyadhama Ashram, Lonavla
For those who enjoy an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, Kaivalyadhama Ashram is the perfect relaxed, spiritual getaway. Opened in 1924 as a yogic research centre, the ashram offers several different programmes including relaxation yoga, Ayurveda as well as naturopathy. Open all year round, the tariffs in the ashram range anywhere between ₹8,000- ₹50,000 per week, which includes pure vegetarian and organic meals.
7. Nirvana Naturopathy & Retreat, Nasik
An award-winning Naturopathy and Wellness Centre in India, Nirvana Naturopathy & Retreat in Nasik is a beautiful resort that is surrounded by hills and lush greenery that helps you truly take in nature as you unwind and relax. Their 7-day Yoga and Detoxification package is for those who want to achieve optimum health of the body and mind. The tariff at the resort varies greatly on the package and accommodation that you choose, ranging from ₹12,000 to ₹21,000 per person.
8. Osho Meditation Resort, Pune
Regarded as one of the world’s largest centres for personal growth and meditation, the Osho Meditation Resort is the perfect combination of an ashram and a luxury getaway for many travellers. The Osho programme and art of self-discovery also help de-stress. The average cost of living at the ashram ranges between ₹15,000 to ₹20,000 which includes meal coupons that can be redeemed.
9. Rhythm Lonavla, Lonavla
Focusing on the authentic, ancient Indian practices of yoga, Rhythm Lonavla makes for one of the perfect relaxation and wellness retreats, which has customised programmes aimed towards the wellness of your mind, body and soul. The overall pricing of the programmes ranges from ₹22,000 to ₹59,000.
10. Viveda Wellness, Nasik
An all-inclusive, adults-only paradise, Viveda Wellness Village is a luxurious staycation that offers holistic therapies and relaxing wellness treatments that help revitalize your body and soul. Infused with Indian values of hospitality, this wellness centre helps you practice healthy living along with the ancient knowledge of wellness and health. Accommodations at the wellness centre start from ₹14,000 onwards with all-inclusive vegetarian meals as well as VIP treatments like aromatic massage etc.