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Head for a tranquil getaway to Rishikesh & Haridwar with your yoga mat

Wander in Rishikesh and Haridwar and spend days in various ashrams to rejuvenate yourself.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 04, 2014, 09.35 AM IST
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STRETCHING HAPPINESS: Take your friends and family for a Yoga and Meditation week-long vacation to Rishikesh and Haridwar.
STRETCHING HAPPINESS: Take your friends and family for a Yoga and Meditation week-long vacation to Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Want to go hip this holiday season? Snub the usual sightseeing tours of your holiday destination, bid goodbye to 'touristy pictures' and get on the path of freshness, rejuvenation and fitness. It's time to kick-start the very essence of a great holiday.

Do so by venturing onto an exclusive wellness tour. We'll tell you how this works. Pick your area of interest such as yoga, meditation, Tai-chi, Ayurveda and more. Then you'll chalk out a list of destinations that offer exclusive insights and voila, you've hit the jackpot.

Beginning to suit the palate of 'advanced travellers', this route ensures that tourists who tend to visit the same destination again can now enjoy a totally different experience.

The benefits of a wellness trail are many and you also get to meet like-minded people, detox and indulge in the local flavours of the destination. Marry wellness with your vacation. Doesn't it sound like a plan already

YOGA AND MEDITATION TRAILS

REGION: North India

Escape from the mundane city life and soak in the bliss of yoga in Rishikesh and Haridwar. The beautiful outdoors paired with yoga and meditation will lend itself to an amazing experience.

This season, introduce your family and friends to the benefits of living a healthy life. Most tourists also add in day or two at the capital for sightseeing and shopping.

Here is a suggested itinerary for you:

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Day 2: Visit Raj Ghat (the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi), Shanti Vana (the cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru) and Jama Masjid. Drive past Red Fort and historic monuments.

Day 3: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh. Overnight stay at ashram.

Day 4 - 6: Rishikesh. Stay at ashram for Yoga classes.

Day 7: Visit the Rishikesh Valley, enjoy white water rafting.

Day 8: Hit the road to Haridwar.

Day 9: Meditate in the beautiful wellness retreats of Haridwar.

Day 10: On to Delhi and then back to your own city.

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