By Liana Lozada
Prince William and Kate Middleton have embarked on a historic tour through Bhutan and India, two nations rooted in Ayurvedic practices, holistic healing, and wellness traditions. The Royal’s week-long journey includes stops at iconic landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, and various diplomatic gatherings. They will also travel to lesser-known spiritual centers and communities, bringing the eye’s of the world to these hidden enclaves and populations. For those looking to craft an Asian escape or revel around the Royal’s trip, we’ve put together a quick spa-centric travel guide.
Bhutan is nestled between India and China and remains primarily untainted by commercial pursuits. Bhutan made Spafinder Wellness 365s Top 10 Surprising Spa & Wellness Destinations in 2014, thanks to its stringent preservation attempts and cheerful disposition. Its pristine landscape lures spiritual seekers, adventurers, and naturalists, and more recently, spa lovers. COMO Shambhala Retreat at Uma Paro took home Spafinder’s Wellness Travel Award for Best in Bhutan, Country Awards in 2015: Greenery engulfs its 29-villas, where yoga and meditation sessions, Himalayan hikes, and camping excursions take place. During the Royal’s Bhutan visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make the six-hour pilgrimage to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery which dates to 1692: It is reportedly the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan.
The Royal couple’s Indian stops include capital city, New Delhi – where they will attend a Bollywood dinner and visit Gandhi Smriti – before moving on to the stunning Kaziranga National Park. For a holistic but haute hotel stay, consider the Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund NCR, found thirty minutes outside the city center in Faridabad. This seven acre, eco-friendly hotel is contemporary but conscious, celebrating Jiva rituals within its world-class spa. Meanwhile, Six Senses Spa Greater Noida lies one hour outside of New Delhi, harbored inside the Jaypee Green Golf and Spa Resort. Here, a 90,000 square foot wellness complex presents an array of captivating and lauded treatments and therapies.
For more Indian travel ideas, visit our India spa guide.
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