‘God is Grate’ reads the bumper of a truck driving downhill from a long spiral road somewhere between Shimla and Manali. Misspelling aside, nowhere else is one reminded as often of the presence of a higher presence than in Himachal—a state that has justifiably earned itself the appellation ‘Devbhumi’ (Land of the Gods). My own journey, a road trip through these mystical mountains, is in search of retreats and spiritual sanctuaries that assist in healing—physical, mental, emotional. For thousands of years, the Himalayas have been making yogis out of ordinary men. Perhaps this is why healing in these mountains begins from the moment one inhales their air. Here, in the birthplace of Lord Shiva, one begins to experience its holistic richness in unimaginable ways.
Where to Heal in Himachal (Condé Nast Traveller)