Yoga in Himalayas, India

Today, an increased number of people are taking to learning yoga and practising it as part of their regular regime to seek mental and physical calmness. With so many gravitating toward the idea of yoga, there is an equal rise in the number of yoga retreats all over India.

These yoga retreats are sought after spiritual breaks for many to get away from the mundane for some solace. Particularly, yoga in Himalayas is a popular choice for domestic and international travellers owing to its ideal setting amidst nature, thus allowing one to connect with their inner self, find happiness, and feel empowered.

Celebrities have visited this destination by the likes of popular bands, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, to learn yoga and transcendental meditation. The ideal time to visit the Himalayas for yoga would be in the summer, owing to its pleasant weather, making the entire yoga experience comfortable.

Tibetan flags and a view of the Himalayas

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Yoga Centres & Ashrams in Himalayas

The Himalayas themselves have many destinations where one can learn yoga or train to be a teacher. Rishikesh, also known as the “Yoga capital of the world” at the foothills of the Himalayas and the Nubra Valley, is another.

The unhurried lifestyle in these cities and towns encourages travellers to engage in yoga at the various institutions situated in the mountain ranges.

In Rishikesh, various yoga celebrations from March to June are attended by plenty of enthusiasts.

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Spiritual places to visit in Himalayas

The Himalayas are the perfect place to immerse yourself in spiritual rejuvenation. It is a source of powerful energies and spiritual healing. A sacred Himalayan pilgrimage lets you experience exquisite beauty and spiritual power. There are several places where you can engage in temple prayers, spiritual treks, meditations, or healing if that is your idea of peace. Here are some places and events for anyone seeking spiritual solace:

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Abode of Lord Shiva and is the remotest of the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit, the others being Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

Ladakh Monastery Trek

A spiritual journey that takes one to the many monasteries of the Ladakh region steeped in history, brilliant architecture and learns about Buddhist spirituality and culture.

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Satopanth Lake

A eulogised lake amongst saints for its abundant spiritual energy attracts travellers from all over for its sanctifying water and rituals.

Adi Kailash

Adi Kailash is considered the most sacred mountain range in the world amongst Hindus due to Hindu mythology and is highly worshiped for its religious importance.

Other attractions in Himalayas

The mountain ranges of the Himalayas are home to splendid valleys, wilderness, lakes, waterfalls, forests, and a spectacular climate. The mountains attract mountaineers from all over the world for the challenges and thrill it poses. Likewise, one can enjoy other adventure sports such as trekking, boating, or skiing.

For those seeking refuge in nature, camping is a popular activity in the Himalayas. There are plenty of valleys such as Nubra, Zanskar, Kasol, Triun, etc., that are all famous for their treks, camps, monasteries, temples, culture, or food.

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Valley of Flowers

Famous for its alpine blooms at its colorful best, it is one of the most popular trek routes in the Himalayas located in Uttarakhand.

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Spiti Valley

This region of tranquility located in Himachal Pradesh is home to old Buddhist monasteries which add a mystical feel to the area.

Zanskar Valley

A perfect location in Ladakh for trekking or river rafting in the back drop of snowcapped mountains.

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The Bir Billing is among the best paragliding spots in the world giving you a chance to fly over the Himalayas.