APR 2017

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[ 58 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 spa hopping by Marina Kay I ndia captivated my senses before it took over my mind. Noisy, crowded and chaotic, the subcontinent overwhelmed with its intoxicating aromas, zigzagging rickshaws and browsing cows, all amid a riot of color— from bright orange marigolds to a dazzling array of saris, glittering under the blazing sun. And yet, among the bustle, life ran steadily, rooted in the 5,000-year-old philosophy of Ayurveda. Translated from Sanskrit to "life science," this holistic system of healing aims to balance the body's fi ve elements—ether, air, fi re, earth and water—by prescribing herbs and spices, breathing exercises, meditation, massage and yoga for optimal physical, mental and spiritual health. Many of India's spas incorporate Ayurvedic wisdom into their services and treatments. To learn more, I traveled the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist trail in the country's arid northwest that traces a route between New Delhi, the capital, and major cities in the imperial state of Rajasthan. It was within historic palaces, converted into posh hotels and luxe spa havens, that I experienced exemplary hospitality. All the Raj G L O B E T R O T T I N G INDIA India's modern spa properties are tapping into the ancient practice of Ayurveda. TOP: COURTESY UMAID BHAWAN PALACE; BOTTOM: COURTESY TAJ LAKE PALACE Taj Lake Palace Spa Boat

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