Personalised Programme With Extensions

Vana , India
Healing Holidays Exclusive

Vana is no regular destination spa, and its approach to wellness is equally as bespoke. Its location amongst the ancient Sal forest lends itself perfectly to healing the body, mind and soul. It is holistically centred, and you can expect a journey that is both sensitive and sensory, and the palpable love which you will feel from the staff will help you on your journey. The schedule is not pre-determined, it is made bespoke to your individual body makeup following an in-depth consultation. A personal programme that will nourish you inside out to help you achieve your goal. Enjoy Ayurveda, Tibetan healing and Chinese medicine alongside top-notch advise from nutritionists and doctors. Everything at Vana works in perfect harmony, and you will return feeling cleansed inside and out. 

To make your stay at Vana even more memorable we have designed a few extensions to your journey, that allows you to enjoy the many historical and cultural sites in India. 


Sharing from £2599.00£2599.00 pp
Singles from £3699.00£3699.00 pp
Standard Inclusions
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation as specified
  • 7 nights accommodation at Vana in a Garden or Forest Room
  • 7 nights personalised programme at Vana
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified 
  • Activities as specified
12 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun to Delhi, transferring on arrival to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast at Maidens Hotel.

Day 10
Enjoy a full day tour of Delhi - India’s capital and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines the ancient with the modern.

In fascinating Old Delhi visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, before taking a rickshaw ride through the winding lanes of the colourful Chandni Chowk market. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated before the focus switches to New Delhi. Sights will include the iconic India Gate; Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret; the spectacular Humayun’s Tomb, and the Presidential Palace.

Day 11
Today is a free day with a driver and vehicle at your disposal to explore the city and to snap up some wonderful bargains or to simply relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Day 12
Transfer to Delhi airport for your overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 13
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow


Price

  • Sharing from £2,599 pp
  • Singles from £3,699 pp
12 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9  
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun to Mumbai, transferring on arrival to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel.

Day 10
Enjoy a full day tour of Mumbai – a multicultural city of dreams, with the added glamour of the Bollywood movie world.

Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most popular seaside promenade, before visiting the Kamla Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens, which are situated on the slopes of the Malabar hills and offer views of the famous Chowpatty beach.

Continue to the Jain temple, to Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and to the Dhobi Ghat, the enormous outdoor laundry. The day concludes with a drive past the Flora Fountain, the colourful Crawford Market and the Victoria Terminus train station.

Day 11

Rise before dawn to experience a unique tour of the city as it wakes. Starting with the newspaper vendor distribution network, the wholesale fruit and vegetable markets are then followed by a visit to the Sassoon docks to see the first of the day’s catch being unloaded. Finally glimpse daily lives - bread-boys carrying fresh bread, milkmen riding past with milk canisters, and sellers at the flower market.

After returning to the hotel for breakfast travel by ferry to the Elephanta Caves.

Situated an hour’s boat ride away from the city, Elephanta Island is a 7th century cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and his followers, where the rock statues are ingrained with mythological stories.

Day 12
Transfer to Mumbai airport for your overnight flight to London Heathrow

Day 13
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £2,899 pp
  • Singles from £4,190 pp
14 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun to Delhi, transferring on arrival to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast at Maidens Hotel.

Day 10
Enjoy a full day tour of Delhi - India’s capital and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines the ancient with the modern.

In fascinating Old Delhi visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, before taking a rickshaw ride through the winding lanes of the colourful Chandni Chowk market. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated before the focus switches to New Delhi. Sights will include the iconic India Gate; Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret; the spectacular Humayun’s Tomb, and the Presidential Palace.

Day 11
Depart Delhi and drive to Agra where you will spend one night at the Trident Agra. Visit the Agra Fort originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jahangir, and grandson, Shah Jahan, later made valuable additions to it. The evening is free for you to spend at leisure.

Day 12
Visit the historic Taj Mahal as dawn breaks over this breathtaking monument. After your visit, travel back to the hotel for breakfast and head to Jaipur after. During your drive, you will visit a Mughal legacy, which is an abandoned city glowing red under the sun - Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Once you arrive in Jaipur check in and you have the evening free to spend at leisure.

Day 13

After an early breakfast visit the hilltop fortress at Amber in a jeep.  Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal (Only Drive past). It is really an elaborate façade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. Afternoon visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. Afterwards visit Jaipur's Jantar Mantar, the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India.

Day 14
Fly from Jaipur to Delhi to connect with your overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 15
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £2,994 pp
  • Singles from £4,190 pp


12 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9 
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun via Delhi to Udaipur, transferring on arrival to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast at Fateh Prakash Palace.

Owing to the presence of five major lakes, Udaipur is endearingly referred to as the City of Lakes and its majestic palaces are fine examples of superlative architectural skills. The historic town with its meandering lanes offers a wide variety of historic and cultural experiences to the visitor with its exquisite havelis, temples, ghats and gardens.

This evening join a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola, which is fringed with hills, palaces, havelis and temples, and offers spectacular views of the city.

Day 10  
Enjoy a full day tour of Udaipur, noticing the many heritage mansions that line the city boulevards, the art shops and boutiques that lead to the old bathing ghats that fringe the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit the 17th century Jagdish Temple and then the City Palace, part of which has been converted into a museum housing the world’s largest collection of crystals, to see the gorgeous peacock mosaics, striking blue and white ceramics and Dutch inlaid tile work, glass and porcelain figures and miniature paintings. As the sun begins to set visit the Sahelion Ki Bari, (the Garden for the Maids of Honour), an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks.

Day 11
Today is a free day to wander the enchanting streets of Udaipur, to pick up a fabulous bargain or two, or to simply relax and take advantage of the hotel’s facilities.

Day 12

Fly from Udaipur to Delhi to connect with your overnight flight to London Heathrow

Day 13
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £2,999 pp
  • Singles from £4,300 pp


12 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun via Delhi to Varanasi, transferring on arrival to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast at Brijrama Palace.

The ‘eternal city’, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, and the Ganges, which flows through the city, is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. For the Hindus the city has always been considered a particularly auspicious place to die, ensuring an instant routing to Heaven.

This evening watch the illuminated Aarti ceremony that is performed at Dasahwamedh Ghat. The presiding priests stand on a wooden platform in the water and, to the chant of Sanskrit mantras and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood and milk, before many flamed aarti lamps are raised high above the waters.

Day 10

Enjoy a full day tour of Varanasi, starting with an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, floating past ghats as worshippers begin to appear on the banks.

The living flock to pray in the belief that bathing in the sacred waters will result in the remission of their sins, while the ashes of the dead are scattered in the waters to break the cycle of reincarnation and let the soul rise to enlightenment.

Continue with a visit to the city's principle shrine, the Vishwanath temple, which is dedicated to Shiva, before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

In the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, and which is as holy to the Buddhists as Varanasi is to the Hindus. Explore the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and view the museum with its interesting collection of Buddhist art and sculpture.

Day 11

Today is a free day to simply relax, or to absorb more of Varanasi’s extraordinary atmosphere and sights.

Day 12
Fly from Varanasi to Delhi to connect with your onward flight to London Heathrow

Day 13
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £3,199 pp
  • Singles from £4,599 pp
16 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun to Mumbai, transferring on arrival to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast at Trident Nariman Point Hotel.

Day 10  
Enjoy a full day tour of Mumbai – a multicultural city of dreams, with the added glamour of the Bollywood movie world.

Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most popular seaside promenade, before visiting the Kamla Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens, which are situated on the slopes of the Malabar hills and offer views of the famous Chowpatty beach.

Continue to the Jain temple, to Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and to the Dhobi Ghat, the enormous outdoor laundry. The day concludes with a drive past the Flora Fountain, the colourful Crawford Market and the Victoria Terminus train station.

Day 11
Fly from Mumbai to Kochi and transfer to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast at Brunton Boatyard Hotel.

Set on a cluster of islands and a peninsula, Cochin (now, Kochi) is a blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village, which played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region.

This evening enjoy a sunset cruise in Cochin Harbour, viewing the unique cantilevered Chinese fishing nets and the beautiful coastline from the motorboat.

Day 12
Enjoy a half day tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel-coloured interior and carved wooden panels.

In the evening witness a Kathakali dance show, the classical dance drama of Kerala which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology.

Day 13
Transfer to Alleppey to board a houseboat for an overnight stay on full board basis. Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise the backwaters of Kerala through the narrow canals past Keralan villages, rich green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees. Lunch and dinner will be served on board, with the sounds of nature lulling guests to sleep.

Day 14
After a memorable cruise disembark the houseboat and transfer to the charming coastal town of Marari to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 15  
Enjoy the hotel’s beautiful beachside location - relax with a book, swim in the warm waters or take a stroll to the neighbouring village.

Day 16
Fly from Kochi to Mumbai to connect with your onward international overnight flight to London Heathrow

Day 17
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £3,474 pp
  • Singles from £5,099 pp
15 Nights

Day 1
Depart on your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

Days 2-8
On arrival in Delhi, connect with your onward to Dehradun. On arrival in Dehradun, you will be transferred to Vana where you will spend the next seven nights on full board following their personalised programme.

There are no pre-determined programmes at Vana; your schedule will be custom-made for you, following your in-depth consultation with one of the doctors, where you will list your goals for your stay – de-stress, detox, weight loss or maybe some natural healing.

Day 9
Depart Vana and fly from Dehradun to Delhi, transferring on arrival to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast at Maidens Hotel.

Day 10
Enjoy a full day tour of Delhi - India’s capital and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines the ancient with the modern.

In fascinating Old Delhi visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, before taking a rickshaw ride through the winding lanes of the colourful Chandni Chowk market. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, before the focus switches to New Delhi. Sights will include the iconic India Gate; Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret; and the Presidential Palace.

Day 11
Fly from Delhi to Chandigarh and transfer by road up to the hill station settlement of Shimla to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast at Wildflower Hall.

Called the "Queen of Hill Stations" by the British and immortalized in Channel 4’s Indian Summers, Shimla is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, at a height of 7,238 feet, and is stunningly surrounded by pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests.

Day 12  
This morning a tour of Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj, awaits.

There will first be the opportunity to explore the Viceregal Lodge, an Elizabethan-style mansion with exquisite gardens built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin, and where the partition of India was planned. A visit will then be made to a Hindu temple containing shrines to the many and various Hindu gods, before a stroll is taken along the pedestrianised Mall, home to the Gaiety Theatre and Christ Church.  

Day 13 
Today is free to stroll this charming town, or to enjoy the hotel’s wonderful facilities - perhaps take their legendary high tea or have a delightful guided walk in the grounds with the ever-present backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

Day 14
Return by road down to Chandigarh and fly to Delhi, transferring on arrival to stay overnight on bed & breakfast at JW Marriott Hotel.

Day 15
Transfer to Delhi airport for your international overnight flight to London Heathrow

Day 16
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

Price

  • Sharing from £3,499 pp
  • Singles from £5,199 pp
Reviews

Healing holidays were able to match me to Vana as a result of careful listening to my needs. Often hard to articulate, even though a seasoned destination spa healing holidays customer, this time my holiday needs where different.

I wasn't "on my knees" physically and emotionally exhausted in the same way I have been pre Kamalya in December. However I was searching for a place to prevent this, develop my early belief in meditation key to thriving in my busy corporate job, and to secure a deeper connection with my self-confidence and focus for the future. I knew that the Ayurvedic diet suited me for improved energy but also didn't want to trade off pure Ayurvedic ways in India with a lack of comfort and luxury.

On arrival to Vana, I felt truly handpicked to be part of the experience. The assault on the senses from travelling via Delhi was quickly left at the main entrance of Vana.

The entrance to Vana, you later come to realise, is so far from from the areas that you spend your days, it was designed to scoop up all the unwanted emotions, thoughts and feelings as you arrive, and gently let them evaporate away into the Himalayas as part of the Vana service!

During my 9 nights I've never experienced such incredible, discrete-elegance, perfection and deeply authentic guest-centric care, compassion and hospitality.

You immediately find the slowest gear you didn't think you possess, and are encouraged to flow with the melody of Vana. Strictly no phones, careful volume control and placement of your conversations mean that you and your fellow guests forget about invasion of each other's space, technology, cross fertilisation of life's junk on each other.

The purity of the Spanish designed estate, puts Vana into its own league. It feels like you are the first to use everything, like no one else has been before you, anywhere.

Surrounded by perfect green trees, immaculate gardens you have no option but to be mindful throughout your days. I would encourage you to do the Eco trail walk into the Himalayas, not only to experience the landscape like no other but for the deep connection and spiritual influence it may have on you. It's a time to lock down all that you have practiced and promised during your days at the Vana Estate.

Pre-thinking your Ayurvedic consultation will give you more than you could hope for. At the very least you will be in peace of mind that the final agenda is truly personalised, with the perfect food, treatments and the way you spend your days is worked to respond every little niggle in your head about your health and wellbeing. Be ready to have repeat treatments and try new experiences. The blend of the Tibetan, Ayurvedic and more well known spa treatments will deeply rebalance you. Some more luxury, some more functional, but each with rituals and carefully mastered traditions by the amazing (handpicked) practitioners, who all show compassion and care.

I've made connections with myself that are sustainable, I've connected with 5 people around the world who shared the space with me at Vana. This is helpful to reaffirm what you learnt and practiced weeks later. I have left fear and anxiety behind and breath better than I've ever done.

A true investment in your long term wellness. I'm back next year and have achieved more in my 7 weeks post-Vana than for the last 3 years in my life, thanks to letting go to unwanted energy and maintaining habits from Vana that I now couldn't live without. 

Vana is a life experience, part of your life's journey. 

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