Vanaprastha Resorts: Luxury in the Lap of Nature

Nature has its own alluring way of soulful healing. The peaceful concussion surrounding the ambush and serenity is all one needs to keep away from the daily buzz. Whereas luxurious hotels provide the utmost concrete amenities, relaxing in the lap of nature is a luxury in itself, and lately has been a much chosen option by travel-mongers across the globe. Vanprastha Resorts is situated in Dunagiri mountains, Uttarakhand, at the lotus feet of Mahavtar Babaji’s Cave and is placed right at the foothills of the Himalayas. “The resort is just 1.5 kilometers away from the place where Babaji initiated Lahiri Mahasaya in the year 1861 & is known as the birthplace of ‘Kriya Yoga’ in an introverted gentle village called Ratkhal. This nest of utter, gentle calmness is where life takes a restful pause to meditate, relax, rejuvenate and go within to rediscover yourself”, says Alok Misra, CEO, Vanaprastha Resorts.

Vanaprastha Resorts is an advocate for a simple lifestyle, away from all sorts of digital distractions, and thus promotes ‘retiring to the forest’ as a motto. Vanprastha Resorts in Ratkhal village is located in the interior region amidst the forest with difficult accessibility to nearby resources. The USP of the resort is its location/ meditation hall, pure and simple vegetarian (‘Satvik’) food, the ingredients of which are sourced from the local villages. The resort strictly prohibits smoking and alcohol consumption inside the premises.

Fresh air, natural light, fertile soil, love and laughter, are the essentials of well-being that are too often lost in the chaos of modern living and that are a luxury to rediscover & treasure

Mountain Biking & Walking in The Nature
Vanaprastha has two blocks. Vedic Block has four cottages named after the four Vedas Rigveda, Yajurveda, Atharveda & Samveda, whereas Ashtanga Yoga Block has eight cottages named Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana & Samadhi. The cottages showcase well-defined amenities, designed to ensure a luxury stay at the resort. The property features a meditation hall, with a capacity of accommodating 40 people for meditation, chanting & healing prayers. The open terrace is another highlight that charms with a panoramic valley view. Vanaprastha also arranges a guided tour for its travelers to nearby attractions like Mahavtar Babaji‘s cave, Dunagiri temple, Pandukholi, and Lineri Falls. The resort also engages in adventure and fun activities like bird watching, star gazing, mountain biking, village tour, nature walking, and trekking. Vanaprastha Resorts is an ideal destination for life/health coaching sessions, yoga retreats, and corporates to rejuvenate their team. To add to the amenities, the resort is also coming up with an Ayurvedic spa therapy for its visitors.

Hosting Yoga/Corporate Retreats
Vanprastha Resorts is an Eco Yoga resort. Yoga tourism or ecotourism is arguably the fastest-growing sector of tourism, the largest service industry in the world. The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21st June, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly, where it was first proposed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech on 27 September 2014. He stated that Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition and embodies the unity of mind & body, thought & action, restraint & fulfillment, harmony between man & nature, and a holistic approach to health & well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. Changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, Yoga can help in well-being.

Yoga has been adopted globally as a holistic measure of overall well-being. Besides the Indians, foreign tourists too have a definite keenness towards Yoga/meditation. “We have witnessed a greater number of Indians travelling to domestic destinations than ever before. India’s demographic dividend of a younger population, compared to developed countries, is leading to greater expenditure on leisure services. We empower people to be sensitive, and responsible towards nature and wildlife, and in turn, to themselves. We create a space for people to experience the natural environment, and reconnect with nature and self, and celebrate the simple joys in life”, says Sunaina Misra, COO, Vanaprastha Resorts.

Vanaprastha Resorts has hosted more than 150 guests from different parts of the world, including Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia, Qatar, Singapore, Germany, and the US, just in a span of six months. The revisits, reviews and continuous bookings, stand as proof of good services and overall content. Betting on the success, Vanaprastha looks forward to serving its guests and being a better host. It further plans to host more corporate retreats and Yoga retreats to satiate the growing demands.