India: The Guest is God

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The holy temples of Haridwar, where recuperating patients can participate in ceremonies on the banks of the Ganges while listening to the soothing melodies of ancient Hindu devotional songs, is only a short drive away.

In addition, the area offers fine dining and exclusive shopping. According to Singh, many visitors also learn the ancient art of meditation and yoga practices during their stay.

Another popular recuperation destination is the Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre on Divar, a palm-dotted tropical island about five miles from Panaji, Goa’s capital city.

The center has 60 luxurious rooms patterned after early Goan architecture and the serenity that surrounds it is conducive to healthy recovery.

Devaaya is operated by the Alcon Victor Group, which also oversees the nearby Super Specialty Hospital (Apollo Victor), recognized as having pioneered modern health delivery in Goa.

Apollo Victor Hospital and Devaaya have long promoted medical tourism to both domestic and international patients.

“We [Asian Pacific Adventures],” says Singh, “customize pre- and post-tours for clients who want to either have an R&R, or wish to see the beauty of India while awaiting follow-up visits or between post-op treatments. The marvel of traveling to India for medical treatment is that the possibilities of pre- and post-tour options are endless. The scenery is gorgeous and the traveler’s varied interests can easily be accommodated.”