Wellness India

Eco Wellness In A UNESCO World Heritage Setting

 

….Wellbeing in tune with nature’s life forces….

Ecological Wellness can be found in the heart of the majestic Sahyadris mountain range in the Western Ghats of Maharastra: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering holistic rejuvenation of mind, body and soul according to ancient Ayurvedic principles.

Dharana at Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa  is an eco-wellness retreat, three hours south east of Mumbai or just over two hours from Pune. It sweeps over 3,000 acres of its own fertile valley, scattered with ecologically-designed luxurious villas, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Guests are encouraged to take short excursions, hikes and nature walks through the rice fields, bamboo plantations, lush fields and organic garden which all nurture a thriving flora and fauna eco system.

At the heart of the retreat is a philosophy of ‘Dharana’ (pronounced Dah-na) – a way of life that promotes health and wellbeing in line with the life forces of nature.  Dharana is the sacred sense of stability achieved when one aligns the inner core to the outer environment, the starting point for any form of healing.

The Dharana way of life aims to help achieve long-term internal and external wellbeing through tailor-made programmes, helping guests to choose lifestyle options that balance energies and focused on achieving calmness and contentedness.

Shillim’s extensive range of wellness programmes are all designed to help guests establish healthy habits for life. Dharana wellness experts integrate the essential philosophical, spiritual and artistic wisdom of past civilizations with contemporary, life-enhancing practices and modern diagnostics.

Dharana Life Science Programs offer a comprehensive, bespoke healing regime with deliberate attention to key issues including conflict resolution, stress management, anti-aging, weight management which focusing on fitness through wellness activities and cognitive stimulation, mindfulness through meditation and nourishment through sustainability. A consultation is offered to every guest by resident Dr. Arun Pillai, who curates a bespoke programme dependent on guest’s needs – ranging from three to 27-day schedules. The itinerary encompasses Dharana traditions including Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reiki, Pranic Healing, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chakra Cleansing, Shamanism, Meditation, Naturopathy, Hydro Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Fire Healing, Music, Dance and Body Work.

Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness says, “We focus on the five core elements (earth, fire, water, air and sky) to design the Dharana programme.  The programme starts with a full body composition analysis to determine the prakruti (nature/issues) and identify the doshas (the three energies that define every person’s makeup) of our guests. We aim to make Dharana as a way of life and not just a programme so that all our guests can sustain a healthy lifestyle and lead the ideal wellness path within and outside the retreat” 

Nourishment through Sustainability: The holistic approach of the Dharana programme is folded into every aspect of the retreat, especially at the wellness restaurant – The Green Table – which takes inspiration from a planetary diet, incorporating the five elements of Ayurveda (Water, Air, Fire, Ether and Wind), with special emphasis on organic ingredients.  The menu is a 100% forest-to-table concept with all ingredients sourced from the Shillim forest and farm. The Chef’s commitment in using organic, locally-sourced and sustainably-grown ingredients of the highest quality is apparent in every dish served from the Ayurveda Thali to the à la carte selection. Healthy offerings at The Green Table can be complimented with an aromatic treat at the Tea Room, emphasizing the medicinal properties of different ingredients and illustrating the ancient Asian culture of healing.

Getting there from the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.25 hour road transfer, or indirect flight to Pune, approximately 12.5 hours with a stop-over in Delhi or Abu Dhabi followed by a 2.5 hour road transfer.

https://www.shillim.in/

 

 

 

 

Age-defying cosmetic acupuncture points to Atmantan Wellness Retreat

Atmantan Garden

This October, the Atmantan updates its regular visitor practitioner and events schedule, hosting a series of renowned healers and doctors to share their rich life research and wisdom. Such insights seek to supplement the guests’ pursuit of transformative and educational wellness experiences during their stay.

Dr Liana Levechina is an internationally recognized expert practitioner of facial rejuvenation and acupuncture body modulation. Bringing cosmetic acupuncture to India for the first time, Dr Liana will tell of her revolutionary age reversal treatment – an inspired and distinctive methodology. Her expertise  spans the world of sound-health including medicine, Chinese herbology, facial reconstructive surgery, crania-sacral, yoga and nutrition therapy and mindfulness.  She effectively combines her wealth of knowledge to provide habitual, effective techniques to achieve long lasting, physical and emotional wellness.

Atmantan  is set in the hills of Pune in India above the Mulshi Lake. Atmantan’s carefully-curated, evidence-based retreats and packages are backed by extensive research and tailored to each guest’s requirements, supported by comprehensive facilities across spa, fitness, accommodation, dining and the surrounding nature.

www.atmantan.com

 

India Tourism Highlights

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Curries and spices, lively festivals, glittering saris and magnificent architecture give India its iconic identity. Located in South Asia, India is a massive country bursting with the kind of colour, flavour, and history that is impossible to replicate.

Rajasthan, in Northwest India, is known for the sweeping sands of the Thar Desert and views of the Aravallis Mountains. The capital of Rajasthan is Jaipur otherwise known as the “Pink City.” Here you can find very distinct Indian architecture including many forts, temples, and the remarkable City Palace.

Agra, home to the world renowned Taj Mahal, is one of the most-visited cities in all of India. Also located here is the Agra Fort. It is possible to tour the fort and the inside of its beautiful palace.

Kerala is a tropical southwestern state. It is a popular destination for eco-tourism, white sand beaches, and temple festivals. The hub of Kerala is Kochi, known for its thriving fishing industry and colonial architecture. Thekkady, within Kerala, is a tiger preserve where you can also admire various flora and fauna.

Delhi, located in Northern India, is the country’s capital city. It is considered one of the oldest cities in the world and his home to several districts, each with their own identity. The Red Fort is one of the city’s top sites. Here you can walk through its Lahore Gate, into the bazaar, through the jewel palace, and into the former residence of the sultan. Delhi is also home to many museums and religious structures.

Mumbai is India’s largest city complete with a vibrant, bustling atmosphere. The city is known for its fashion, grand colonial architecture, Bollywood productions, and premier restaurants and nightlife.

For a relaxing Ayurvedic based experience – Tibetan Healing- Dehradun

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DEHRADUN, INDIA

The Vana Malsi Estate is a wellness retreat on a 21-acre estate in Dehradun, India. Surrounded by the nature of the forest and hills of Mussoorie, yet close to the town of Dehradun, Vana offers a relaxing urban forest sanctuary.

With the approval of the Dali Lama himself, offers Ayurvedic treatments. Their unique “Tibetan Healing” treatments by therapists trained at the Dalai Lama’s revered institute. Vana offers a bespoke retreat itinerary for each guest aimed at achieving a greater wellbeing.

 

India Essential Facts

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time Zone: India Time Zone
Weather/Climate: New Delhi experiences drastic seasons. In the winter temperatures average around 5°C, while in the summer temperatures can reach 45°C. The ideal time to visit is from October through March.
Language Spoken: Hindi (main) as well as English, Urdu and Punjabi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Dialing Code: +91

India’s colourful culture

 

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2016-01-15 10.09.31A forty-five minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport amid tuk tuks, old fashioned Morris cars, trailers and cows lead you to the centre of Delhi. The narrow streets, merchants and street vendors, museums and monuments of the old city contrast starkly with the five star hotels, impressive embassy buildings, golf course and malls of New Delhi.

Tourist Attractions outside Delhi

Delhi and this cultural regional heart of India offer history, colour and amazing sites to provide the full meaning of a medical tourism destination. From Delhi, it is a four hour journey to Agra and well worth the journey to stand in front of the majestic Taj Mahal, so tranquil and peaceful with that distinctive wow factor. This “architecture of romance” stands in pure white marble, attracting around 20-30,000 visitors daily, from sunrise to sunset, except Fridays.

The journey from Delhi to Agra can be done in a day or for those who wish to stay longer, an overnight stay is recommended. (If budgets are not restricted, opt for the Oberoi where a stay comes with a butler service and rooms views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. There are many hotels in Agra of all standards and transport is plentiful around the city.

It’s just a short flight to Udaipur from Delhi. Rajasthan’s Udaipur is much quieter and calmer and famous for its mountain backdrops and lakes. Most of the big hotels are located in the new part of the city while the old city houses the City Palace complex, the Jagdish Temple, meandering streets and busy markets.

Built in yellow sandstone and white marble the City Palace complex was built in 1539 high up to avoid attack. Its three gates symbolize liberty while the original horse stables have been converted to small shops. Leave time to explore as there is much to see with the museums and the palace gates. It was around this area and on crowded buses that saw Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggi Smith and Richard Gere filming scenes for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

A boat trip around the Picholet Lake is a must, especially at sunset with a stop to explore the Island Garden, Jag Mandir, set in the middle of the lake with manicured gardens, restaurant and views from every corner.

Jaipur is a short 35-minute hop by plane from Udaipur, otherwise known as the Pink City, painted by instruction from its founder, Maharaja Jai Singh in honour of the visiting Prince of Wales, (King Edward V11). It was the first planned city in Asia, designed on a grid system, and portrays a modern, more advanced India, with wider streets, jewellery shops and beautiful architecture styled in palaces and museums. Said to be the second wealthiest city, its history is defined by past Mughals.

Be prepared to be immersed in history. A drive past the Wind Palace shows where the Royal ladies were hidden from public view. Around the city, snake charmers seek attention by performing this age-old tradition, while monkeys jump from palace rooftops. Talking of heights, rely on an elephant to carry you to the top of Amber Fort. It’s safe, fairly comfortable and, in the absence of fog, offers terrific views. This amazing site is outside the main city in Amer (Amber), the ancient capital until 1727. Three Kings contributed to the building of the fort which is structured on 3 levels, while inside are two palaces with glass mosaics, carved screens and mirror work motifs.

Tourist Attractions in Delhi

Back in Delhi, the same gifted Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan who brought us the Taj Mahal, also built the Jama Mosque of Delhi and Delhi’s capital, Shahjahanabad, with its magnificent Red Fort. Other places of note to visit include Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. A rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk defines everyday life of India with merchants draping richly coloured silks to captive buyers, street food offerings and the trailers laden with misbalanced goods manually pushed between the crowds. You will need to hold on tight and keep alert to tuk tuks creeping alongside.

Other attractions:

Lodi Gardens
Lotus Temple
Garden of Five Senses