Need a Break? Here Are the 11 Most Relaxing Cities in the World

Looking to recharge and renew with some rest and relaxation far away from home? These 11 cities are where you need to be:

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Rishikesh, India

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this peaceful place is a home to many of India’s most well respected yogis and gurus. Often referred to as ‘The World Capital of Yoga’ Rishikesh is also home to the ashram where The Beatles learned the art of Transcendental Meditation. Only six hours from Delhi by car, the cooling waters of the Ganges and fresh mountain air make Rishikesh a beautiful place to soothe your soul.

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Vancouver, Canada

With its temperate climate, numerous beaches, and general laid back lifestyle of even its most important business people, Vancouver is well known as the bustling City of Toronto’s chilled out little brother. Beautiful mountain views and the solitude of Stanley Park provide ample opportunity to become one with nature without having to leave the city. Be sure to visit the Vancouver Aquarium to have the rescued sea mammals relax you even further as they hypnotically swim back and forth.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

Hidden away just outside of some of the major tourist cities of this beautiful country is the city of Kaikoura. Here you can hike the breathtaking clifftop Kaikoura Peninsula pathway and visit the local seal colony lazing in the sun and providing plenty of relaxation inspiration. This part of the country is known for its whale and dolphin sightings, which you can peacefully observe as you stroll the ocean-side path.

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