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Thomas Cook India recommends relaxing travel destinations to rejuvenate and revitalize

With Indians being quintessential workaholics, over the last few years, Thomas Cook India has observed a marked growth in demand for relaxing domestic and international travel destinations.

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A recent report by a leading health insurance company revealed that stress levels seem to be high in India compared to other countries, with about 89% of the population revealing that they are suffering from stress. With an increase in fast paced and hectic lifestyles, there is an increasing need to bring the focus back to health and well-being, and travel has steadily emerged as one of the best ways to recharge and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. In fact, according to a 2013 study, travel to a relaxing destination has been proven to be excellent for one’s mental well-being, managing stress and negative emotions. It even helps reduce the body’s cortisol levels, leaving one happier, calmer, and more content.

With Indians being quintessential workaholics, over the last few years, Thomas Cook India has observed a marked growth in demand for relaxing domestic and international travel destinations. As a prelude to World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, following is a list of some of the top holiday destinations that offer peace, serenity, and rejuvenation, in the most beautiful and relaxing setting.

Destinations to relax within India!

Kerala – India

The magnificent backwaters of Kerala, along with its luxurious spread of palm-lined beaches, network of canals, and vibrant plantations, have earned it a spot among the most relaxing holiday destinations in India. Known as “God’s own country”, this South Indian state is also famous for its rich cultural performances in music and dance, as well as its renowned ayurvedic treatments. While the unspoiled natural grandeur of the place (with must visits including Varkala, Munnar, Alleppey and Wayanad amongst others) transports one to a rejuvenating haven, its misty hills, waterfalls, lakes, and lush green forests fill the senses up with a healing fervour.

Uttarakhand – India

Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, is renowned for its deep spiritual roots and healing properties, which have made it a hub for ashrams and resorts, teaching yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and spirituality. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, along the convergence of the holy rivers Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh also hosts the International Yoga Festival in the first week of March, every year, which is attended by Yoga enthusiasts from all over the world. Travellers can also extend their trip by heading to Valley of Flowers, Lansdowne, Dehradun or Mussoorie or even Jim Corbett, which are in close proximity, to enjoy an extended holiday.

Enjoy Quick International Relaxing breaks!

Bali – Indonesia

Having been voted as one of the best “spa destinations in the world”, Bali is amongst the most popular and relaxing destinations. It has a plethora of high-end resorts, beautiful beaches, delectable regional

delicacies, local handicrafts markets, and a rich culture of art, dance, and music. Travellers from all over the world flock to the beautiful Nusa Dua to soak up the sun, or take advantage of its plethora of outdoor spas, many of which are located in the middle of luxurious tropical gardens. In addition, its jungle spas, right in the lap of nature, also create a truly therapeutic experience for travellers, leaving them both refreshed and energized.

Greece

With over 2000 islands and numerous secluded coves, bound by striking blue waters, it is no surprise why Greece is amongst the most relaxing destinations in the world. While Athens and Santorini are popular choices, the tropical reverie of Corfu, as well as Serifos and Paros, make for excellent spots to soak in the sun. However, the boundless sandy beaches of Greece, whether white or black in colour, or dotted with red volcanic pebbles, are not all it has to offer. The famous thermal springs of Greece, particularly in Loutraki, Kaiafas, Killini, Pozar, Kythnos, and Ikaria, are known to be rich in mineral elements, which have an incredibly healing and rejuvenating effect on the body. As a result, tourists from all over the world travel every year to the Hellenic Republic, to rejuvenate and relax in its mineral springs.


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