Yoga, a form of physical, mental, and spiritual practices originated in ancient India and gained popularity all over the world with time. It is practiced and preached all over India and for years, people searching for serenity and mental peace has visited the ashrams and retreat centers of India.
The International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21st June since 2015, after its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.
The date was suggested by the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in his UN address. The reason behind selecting 21st June was it being the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and also because the day has a special significance in many parts of the world.
7 best places for practicing Yoga in the nature
Known for its serene beauty, we cannot forget to mention the ‘Queen of Chotanagpur’ in the list. Netarhat, a small hill station located in the Latehar district is stuffed with natural beauty. It is covered with dense forests of Sal, Mahua, Kendu, Eucalyptus, Pine, and Pears trees. It was once the favorite destination of the British officers who visited the place quite often to relax during summers.
Located at a height of 4.490 ft, Parasnath is the highest peak in the state. It is a perfect blend of scenic and spirituality. Shikharji, located in Parasnath is one of the holiest sites of the Jain community. It is said that out of the 24 Thirthankaras of Jains, 20 received nirvana on Parshvnatha Hills.
Meghahatuburu derives its name from the word ‘Meghata’ which means ‘Clouds’ thus citing it as a ‘Hill of Clouds’, as it remains covered under layers of clouds most time of the year. It is also often addressed to as ‘Cherrapunji of Jharkhand’. The calm and pleasant weather makes it one of the best places to practice Yoga.
Ranchi the capital city is known for its waterfalls and hills. It was considered to be a hill station and was the summer capital of the undivided Bihar. As of now, due to industrialization, the weather no more remains cool and pleasant during summers but gets hot and humid. However, during the months of winter, the temperature drops drastically to the freezing point in some parts of the city. In the year 2019, PM Modi led the International Yoga day celebration at Ranchi.
Ghatshila is a small town located in the banks of river Subarnarekha surrounded by forest. The silence of the area makes it perfect for healing, especially the sal forest of Phuldungri hills. Aranyak, a very famous Bengali literature written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, a great Indian Bengali writer, was inspired by the forest embedded hills of Phuldungri. The word ‘Aranyak’ means ‘Of the forest’ in Bengali and the novel showcase how a man having an urban lifestyle fell in love with nature.
Hazaribagh, the land of thousand gardens is also known as a health resort. Situated at a height of 200 ft, the entire district of Hazaribagh is overloaded with lush green surroundings and also flora and fauna. From wildlife to historic value, to scenic beauty, the place has it all.
Rajmahal located in the bank of river Ganga was once the capital of Bengal Subah under Mughal governor, Man Singh I. Located in the Sahenganj district, the place is surrounded by Rajmahal hills. It is known for its plant fossils and has been declared as one of the Geoturism sites by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), for their protection, maintenance, promotion, and enhancement.