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Equilibrium between your mind and body is the ultimate goal of life and through this wellness retreat you take a leap forward in order to make your existence ecstatic. This is done through an age old practice called Yoga, which today has gained prominence for providing sheer wellness. This particular practice helps in eradicating even life-threatening diseases, let alone getting a toned body. Yoga consists of practices such as breathing (pranayam), meditation (dhyan), postures (aasan) along with healthy lifestyle; all these factors together lead to a magical influence in the body and mind of an individual. This retreat is your chance to gift yourself a new you, a better and healthier human. Vana Malsi Estate is established in the middle of 21 acres of area that's blessed with the beauty of nature, especially litchi and mango orchards. Here, two elements that are mostly world apart, luxury and nature, seems to be blended beautifully with each other.
The retreats are designed exclusively according to a guest's needs, preferences, body type, previous experiences of wellness and goals, along with many other factors. Thus, every guest gets a personalized itinerary. However, it is possible to bring about changes in the decided retreat; this can be done at the time of booking or even after arrival or during your retreat too. A mélange of treatments and activities are available to make your experience easier and enjoyable.
The retreat consists of daily guided yoga and meditation, along with several amenities and nature's mystique. During the span of six days you would not be bound to the premises of the resort, you will be taken outside the Vana too; the authorities are working on introducing such activities for the same.
Each of the consultations, treatments and private sessions has a particular value in wellness weights. Two wellness weights are included in your retreat but if you wish to take more than that, they can be taken à la carte, for example:
While crafting a wellness itinerary for you, the wellness consultants work within the inclusions of your retreat. But, they may suggest you to take additional or higher value treatment, if they feel it would be beneficial for you.
With about fifteen years of experience in the field of Ayurveda, Dr. Avilochan Singh is a fourth gen ayurvedacharya who also happens to be team leader of practitioners. Integrity and authenticity of Ayurvedic guidelines is what he aims at and this is what helps him craft effective retreats for the guests in Vana.
The head of Vana's Yoga Department, Dr. Dhanraj Shetty has earned a bachelor's degree (Ayurvedic medicines), MD, master's degree (Yogic science) and PG certificate (Panchkarma). Dr. Shetty believes that Yoga is an essential component for fulfilling needs and reaching goals of an individual. He masters in usage of pure natural methods for healing and makes sure that the guests get maximum benefit from his practices.
Dr. Jitendra has been serving in Vana nearly since its establishment and has twenty years of experience. He is a specialist in moxibustion, acupuncture and cupping. Prior coming to the Vana, Dr. Jitendra has worked in Canada, Europe and Sri Lanka. Other than this, he has researched on Himalayan medicine and usage of acupuncture along with other medicines.
A Men-Tsee-Khang College (Dharamshala) graduate, Dr. Sonam specializes in Tibetan medicines. She is the name behind establishment of sowa rigpa in Vana. Tibetan culture and Buddhist philosophy is something that she has always been passionate about and this is why she is selflessly committed to this practice. She has partaken in publishing books and research activities for Men-Tsee-Khang.
Vana Malsi Estates offers a blend of nature and modernity with just the right amount. There are 66 rooms and 16 suites, all lying in the middle of sal forests, orchard and gardens. All the rooms and suites are provided with balconies and terrace that overlooks an exotic vista of the wilderness. Even the interiors are inspired from nature, like the bamboo flooring, organic linen and FSC certified wood; everything in earth tones. The Bodhi Suite along with other rooms enables the guest to meditate in peace in the meditation/treatment room. The Forest Suites stand by its name; it makes you feel like you are a part of the forest while curling inside the blankets and Vala Suite lets you savor a 180 degree view of the wilderness and mighty hills.
Food in Vana is something that’s healthy and delicious at the same time. The dishes jotted in the menu are only done after putting the understanding of essentials for a healthy human body. So this dining experience would be something that not only treats your taste-buds but also your whole body. And there is a brilliant rhythm between flavors, ingredient, aroma and everything wholesome.
There are two restaurants in Vana, namely Salana and A?ayu. Salana offers an expansive variety of cuisines, all of which are created keeping note of principles of wellness. A?ayu specializes in Indian cuisine and was crafted with ayurvedic principles and gastronomical techniques. Also, you do not have to worry if you are not a vegetarian as you have options between vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian dishes. Also, you would not be prescribed a strict diet in Vana unless it is absolutely necessary, but you can always consult the dieticians who are always happy to help.
Only seasonal, organic and fresh produces are mainly used for cooking and this also means that Vana does not appreciated usage of refined grained, sugars or oils or air-freight food. All the pulses, grains, lentils of the kitchen are organic, even the cheese, soya milk and tofu are locally sourced.
Vana is located in Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun which is easily connected to different parts of India and beyond via air, road and railways. Also, the big plus is the climate of the area that's pleasant almost all around the year. Cherry on the top is the landscape. Amid flourishingly green valley is where you can find Vana.
2 PM (check-in) and 12 PM (Check-out)
Transport to and fro Airport is available. Personal airport transfers can be availed from Dehradun Airport.
It is advised to inform the Vana staff your flight and train details in advance if you want to avail transfers. The transfers are arranged from Vana to Dehradun. Even if you will be visiting somewhere en route Vana let the reservation team know about it too. This information helps the team reserve your spot accordingly, which is subject to availability. If you have personal arrangements of transfers then too it is advised to inform the staff about your arrival time.
Dehradun stays pleasant almost all around the year. The temperature in summers goes up maximum 38 degrees celsius, with minimum being 20 degrees celsius. Maximum temperature in winters stays around 22 degrees celsius, with minimum being 5 degrees celsius. Dehradun in monsoon season receives average to high rainfall. Here is a description of seasons in Dehradun and the months.
Closest popular city from the retreat is New Delhi, at a distance of 258 km. It takes about 6 hours to cover this distance, depending on the traffic. However, it is not advisable to come via self-drive as roads are uneven in some areas. Also, there would be twists and turns and if you feel pukish in such condition avoid visiting by road.
For those not wanting to self-drive, Vana arranges vehicle with driver but service satisfaction for the same cannot be guaranteed by Vana.
Nearest airport from the retreat is Jolly Grant Airport. This airport is connected to Delhi via daily flights and Mumbai and Bengaluru via hopping flights, through services of Jet Airways, Spice Jet and Air India. Private jets are also landed in this airport; you can ask Vana for assistance for the same. Vana can provide info regarding the private jet logistics and books the spot by getting in contact with private jet companies of India and ground handlers. Just ten minutes drive away from the Vana is a helipad for which you can also opt for. Assistance for the same is unavailable as of now. You can let Vana staff know if you want to avail transfer services from Dehradun Railway Station or airport.
Dehradun Railway Station is connected to various cities of India like Allahabad, Delhi, Varanasi, Haridwar etc. You can let Vana staff know if you want to avail transfer services from Dehradun Railway Station or airport.