Plan Your Own 'Eat, Pray, Love' Getaway: Best Spiritual Retreats

Inspired by the film and book, we sought out some top sacred and spiritual spots (11 Photos)

AnneLise Sorensen on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:57PM

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Plan Your Own 'Eat, Pray, Love' Getaway: Best Spiritual Retreats

Courtesy of Ananda in the Himalayas

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Holistic in the Himalayas

The destination: The Himalayas, India
The experience: In Hindu tradition, the Himalayas are as much a spiritual haven as a natural one. A venture into these holy peaks is more than just a mountain trek--it’s a yatra, or pilgrimage. Morning mists swirl around the sumptuous Ananda Spa, once the residence of a Maharaja, which continually tops the “best destination spa” lists in glossy travel magazines. Ayurvedic forms the core of Ananda’s astoundingly varied program, which includes yoga, meditation, reiki, and reflexology, plus all sorts of pampering, like honey facials.
Memorable moment: The Shirodhara, where oil and buttermilk are gently poured over your forehead, or “third eye.” Bring on the bliss.
Cost: Rooms start at $335; wellness packages vary

-- AnneLise Sorensen

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