Meditation is defined as a sustained and uninterrupted
concentration leading to a highly focused mind. Meditation begins with
concentration, which makes the mind steady. When prolonged concentration
leads to the continuous flow of the mind towards one object, this becomes
meditation. To maintain and deepen meditation, the mind must have
something on which to focus.
India is a land of inherent spirituality and people have been traveling here to find solace in its ancient wisdom, since time immemorial. India is the birthplace of the concept of Yoga practices that are becoming increasingly relevant and popular in the context of today's spiritual aridity. Developed by the ancient sage, Patanjali in his search for the ultimate unification of the mind, body and spirit with the divine being, or God, Yoga and Meditation are a combination of a series of exercises and mind focusing techniques.
Some of the most popular Yoga and Meditation destinations in India include the picturesque and peaceful state of Kerala, the spiritual land of Buddha- Bihar, Uttaranchal.
Apart from its beautiful backwaters, Kerala is also famous as a yoga and meditation hub of India. There are so many exotic places in Kerala, with many yoga and meditation centers, Ayurvedic Healing Centers and practice of alternate therapies. It also offers you a wide range of therapeutic Ayurvedic and herbal oil massages from experienced professionals. These massages and naturopathic regimes will leave you truly refreshing and feeling energized. A stay at Kareeleyam for a magical Sanjeevanam yoga is an extremely popular and rejuvenating tourist preference. In fact, it would be very correct to say that a trip to Kerala is incomplete without taking the yoga and meditation sessions.
Uttaranchal -The Yoga Capital of India
A visit to the northern part of India, on the other hand, involves visiting some of the most holy Indian pilgrimage sites like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath, Kedarnath, etc. Rishikesh is widely considered the Yoga capital of India. Tourists and travelers attend the International Yoga Week that is organized here, in hordes every year. Numerous travelers searching quietude and inner peace also stop to practice Yoga and meditation in this serene town nestled in the lap of the Himalayas.
Another favorite destination for those seeking a yoga and meditation tour is the state of Bihar. Bihar was the home state of the Lord Gautam Buddha, who himself followed yoga and not only this, he had also developed a meditation method called Vipassana. One can visit numerous places associated with Lord Gautam Buddha in his different stages of his life, such as Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Gaya, Nalanda, etc. The renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger in Bihar offers meditation and yoga sessions for tourists.
Auroville- "The International Township of Harmony"
Auroville is everything it is called - "The International Township of Harmony", and more. In French 'ville' means city and Auro+Ville means "Aurobinda Nagari".
Auroville or City of Dawn was materialized by the disciples of Shri Aurobinda and endowed with the blessings of Shri Ma. Based on the concept of the Mother, it has an entirely independent multi-racial community, which works and lives in self-fashioned, wildly original homes. It consists of 50 settlements spread across 20-sq-kms. A large modern architectural marvel - the "Matri Mandir" - houses a meditation room that holds the largest glass crystal in the world.