Kairali’s Sanskriti Vedic Retreat, Rishikesh
I woke up by sudden halt of my taxi at 5 am to the slight nip in the air, chirping of the birds, could hear the ripples of pious Ganga with clean and fresh air to breathe. It was an overnight journey from Delhi to Rishikesh which is situated on the foothills of mighty Himalayas. Normally it doesn’t take that long; we started only at midnight with the jam at UP toll tax wasting atleast half an hour of our time.
I am here with some of my colleagues to de-stress and detox at Kairali’s Sanskriti Vedic Retreat
This menu in itself works wonder for people coming from cities and living on high salt, oil or pesticides laden vegetation. Instead of sugar, honey or jaggery is used, and bare minimum oil is used that is necessary for the cooking. Pricing is very competitive and meal for two will cost less than Rs500.
Let me forewarn you what to expect. I am made to wear a small cloth around my pelvic area with nothing underneath for a full body massage. I try my best to hide my assets and lie down on my stomach. Two men who are the therapists coolly loosen that cloth from behind leaving it all exposed and casually started massaging me. For the few minutes I am embarrassed and want to jump out but few minutes later I remember a saying, ‘when massage is inevitable, enjoy it’! Obviously saying has been tweaked slightly to suit my condition
Here are the massages that I experienced in the two days of my stay.
Pada Abgyangam (Foot massage; Rs1000): I started with foot massage to get over the overnight travel. Unlike other spas where one foot is finished before moving on to the other, here both feet were simultaneously addressed. This is a short duration massage but very relaxing.
Sirodhara (Head Massage; 3250): This one massage that you would neither have experienced in any non-ayurvedic spa, nor should you miss it here. A steady stream of hot sudhbalatalam oil is poured over the head that ensures relaxation and has properties to cure many ailments including stimulating the third eye and crown chakras, and awakens intuition and inner wisdom besides relieving stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Abhyangam (Deep Tissue Massage; 2550) with Potli: Kairkare proprietary oil is used in four hand deep tissue massage apart using a hot bundle filled with sand and oil stress relief, relief of pain in the joints and muscle spasms.
My visit to Rishikesh was almost after a decade and I realized that it is not only the Yoga capital of India but there are many good eating out options (vegetarian) in the city too. I did try Little Buddha Cafe which is like a shack in Goa offering beautiful scenic view of the river. The menu caters to most nationalitities; however food ranges from average to good without being great. My next visit will soon be with my family when I would like to come for a little longer duration when I would try few more massages, restaurants, visit the old city, try rafting, trekking, and to completely detox and get away from hustle-bustle of the city.