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A city nestled within the Himalayan foothills on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, where locals gather at dusk for the nightly river worship ceremony, set to a tinkling soundtrack of temple bells – it’s hard to fathom a place more conducive to spiritual healing. India is the birthplace of yoga, and Rishikesh’s pedigree in the ancient art is well known, thanks, in part, to a certain Liverpudlian quartet, who visited an ashram here in the 60s.
Ease into this yoga heartland with a class (or lengthier stay) at Parmarth Niketan, one of India’s top yoga centres offering Pranayama and Vedic healing for all abilities. For total rejuvenation, try Phool Chatti ashram. Standing strong after 120 years of practice, this centre draws on Hindu traditions in a programme of yoga and holistic renewal.