9 Top Meditation Retreats
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Ananda in the Himalayas
The location: This 100-acre estate in the foothills of the Himalayas, formerly home to the Maharajah of Tehri-Garhwal, is set at 3,000 feet and has sweeping views over the Ganges River and the nearby temple villages of Rishikesh and Haridwar. The facilities include a 21,000-square-foot spa, several meditation and yoga pavilions set among gardens, and the former maharajah's palace—which now houses an elegant tea lounge and an antique billiards room.
The practice: One-on-one guided meditation sessions tailored to each guests's individual needs. Sessions can incorporate Buddhist teachings or yogic breathing techniques, can be conducted indoors or out, and can last from an hour to an entire morning or afternoon at a stretch.
The accommodations: 78 posh rooms, suites, and villas with huge windows for taking in the mountain views (and, unusually for retreat destinations, minibars and televisions).
Be mindful: A not-especially-spiritual crowd frequents Ananda. Although serious peace-seekers will find what they want here, they'll also be rubbing shoulders with jet-setting comfort hounds.
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