Less than two hours away from Delhi’s international airport is an oasis of health and luxury. Called Naad Wellness – referring to the primordial sound or ‘naad’ that echoes through the universe and resonates with our spiritual awakening – it is a place for those looking for rest, rejuvenation and healing.
What strikes you most on arriving at this health resort is the quiet sense of luxury that pervades the property. It has all the features of a five-star hotel – from a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, to landscaped lawns.
But it also adopts and offers health and wellness traditions from around the world – from Ayurvedic treatments, to a Turkish Hammam, and Swedish and Balinese massages – to modern medical facilities like a fully equipped dental studio and colon hydrotherapy.
We take you on a tour of the property.
The package price (starting from Rs 49,000 for a three-day retreat for a single person in a premium room, and going up to Rs 12.6 lakhs for a couple in a deluxe suite for 28 days) include a doctor’s consultation, dental consultation, yoga classes, two therapies a day (depending on what the doctor advises), and access to all facilities including tennis, miniature golf, badminton, pool, gym and so on.
The cuisine here is strictly vegetarian (and largely vegan) and is customised to your body composition, and the rooms have no televisions. But once you get over the initial withdrawal symptoms from giving up caffeine, sugar and the babble of a TV screen, you realise how light and healthy you feel.
Try the Hammam Therapy experience, with state-of-the-art Turkish baths. Your therapist will first give your body a gentle scrub to stimulate your circulation and to slough away dead cells. Then, you’ll be led to the Hararet or steam room, followed by a warm dip in the jacuzzi. Hammam therapy revitalises and rehydrates the skin, improves metabolism while releasing tension from the body.
Depending on what your needs are and whether you have any physical ailments or conditions, your doctor may recommend Ayurvedic therapies such as Abhyanga, Udwarthanam, Padabhyanga, or Shirodhara (in photo above), among others. During Shirodhara, oil, milk or buttermilk is poured continuously over the forehead while simultaneously massaging the head to reduce stress and tension. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, and improves memory and sleep.
You can also try aerial yoga in the open air guided by a yoga instructor, with landscaped lawns all around to soothe your senses. Other therapies on offer include the Balinese massage, in which your therapist stretches your body in ways you would have never thought possible! No doubt, you come out of the therapy room feeling energised and rejuvenated.
The resort has a Zen-inspired reflexology track where you can walk over smooth pebbles, arranged to form the symbol of yin yang. The pebbles act as stimulants and massage the feet gently, thereby releasing stress and increasing focus.
A unique feature of the resort is the Himalayan Salt Cave, where you can sit and breathe in pink salt vapour, which is known to heal respiratory problems and skin conditions like eczema. The rooms – separate for men and women – allow you to sit back and relax.
The ‘Healing Series’ package includes a three-day workshop (the next one is from 29th March to 3rd April) with acclaimed spiritual teacher and healer Ashtar Tashi. From a career in fashion, she set out on a metaphysical journey about 15 years ago, and now helps people find their true calling with guided spirituality. Over three days, she conducts sessions on chakra healing, crystal therapy, art therapy, meditation, karmic reading and more. So you go home refreshed in both body and soul.
The rooms, while well-equipped and modern, do not have televisions to encourage a ‘digital detox’. The wardrobe is refreshed daily with plain white regulation kurta-pyjamas that all guests wear during their stay.
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First published in eShe’s March 2019 issue