Nestled in a forest of skinny Sal trees on the outskirts of one of northern India's most colourful towns, this high-style haven is a retreat like no other.

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Guests are encouraged to wear organic linen 'pyjamas' for the duration of their stay, and 'flute therapy' (a kind of music therapy focused on the rhythm of your breath) is on the daily programme. Mini-bars crammed with herb-infused water shout living at its most pure - but that's not to say Vana isn't luxurious.

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It has all the hallmarks of a world-class hotel but with an emphasis firmly on wellness. Instead of champagne and choccies, it's puffed lotus seeds and rhododendron tea, and there's a friendly 'Namaste' at every turn. And while it might be portion control at meal times, every dish is mouthwatering. A roster of holistic treatments, with everything from cupping to Ku Nye (a type of Tibetan healing) is on offer. And for in between, there's sunrise yoga, sunset meditation, running trails and a pool with views of the Himalayas.

WOW FACTOR Room 74 has views, on three sides, of the forest - don't be surprised to see monkeys crashing through the canopy.

GO A double room costs from £300 per person per night, all inclusive www.vanaretreats.com and includes transfers and all treatments. Return flights to Delhi on Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com start at £628. Jet Airways www.jetairways.com flies from Delhi to Dehradun from £100 return

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