“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”
– Claude Monet, French artist and founder of French Impressionist Painting.
Someone wise once said simply, ‘Nature Heals’. Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which, in turn, impacts our bodies. What we are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only just our mood, but how our nervous, endocrine and immune systems work. In one study cited in the book Healing Gardens, researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed.
Nature Heals at Niraamaya Retreats
Since Niraamaya is in the business of healing and wellness, at Niraamaya Retreats, bonding with nature is at the core of its wellness philosophy and its approach to hospitality. All of Niraamaya Retreats properties are swaddled by nature, set amidst pristine destinations, untrammeled by haphazard development. Nature plays a big role in the retreats’ wellness programmes.
The neophyte or Niraamaya Retreats’ most recent opening is a gateway to the natural wonder of India’s biggest, and most picturesque, lake. Practically every villa opens to the view of the blue-green hued backwaters. Step out of your four-poster bed in the morning, throw open the curtains and step out on the porch, and what you have is a view that’s worth a million bucks. Little fishing boats bobbing on the calm waters, either making their way to the canal-fringed villages after a night of fishing, or away from them for a day-long trip. Large wood-and-cane pleasure boats or Kettuvallams that take travellers and tourists on pleasure rides, lazily making their way over azure waters. Canoes carrying goods and people along the lake lifeline.
When guests step out of their villa/suites, a tropical paradise awaits them. They walk into an open landscaped ground from where the view of the backwaters is equally fetching. The crescent-shaped waterbody, close to the tharavadu that houses the reception area and restaurants, is a healing expanse of blue. The experiences of the destination—from canoe and Kettuvalam cruises to bonding with artisans, toddy tappers, coir makers and coconut tree climbers—are opportunities to re-establish bonds with natural surroundings.
Equally restorative are the primeval hills of Kohima, a getaway to a world of unexplored beauty. Located on the eastern frontiers of the Himalayan mountain range, the retreat overlooks verdant pine forests and spectacular vistas. The fog-draped mountains of Kohima are a pleasure to traverse in any season. Japfu Peak, which stands at a height of 3,082 metres, provides a broad, expansive view of the entire Dzukou valley. It is dotted with lush green pastoral villages and thick vegetation, set to the backdrop of the mighty Himalayan ranges. Dzükou Valley, also known as Nagaland’s Valley of Flowers, is covered with several varieties of white lilies and rhododendrons, especially in this season of spring. The Valley is a visual treat of emerald green hills, luscious forests, serpentine streams and blooming flowers.