Ananda, Himalayas

At a glance

Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley.

Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.

Accommodation

Ananda’s 78 rooms, suites and villas are designed with classic elegance in the colonial hill architectural style and blend seamlessly with the lush surrounding landscapes. The 70 elegant rooms feature panoramic views of the valley or of the Palace. With a serene and natural feel, each room is a haven in itself with luxurious beds, perfectly appointed bathrooms with bathtubs overlooking landscaped gardens or the valley, and private balconies with picture perfect views. 4 Suites facing either the Valley or the Maharaja’s palace have secluded private gardens. The historic Viceregal Suite with its own private terrace offers spectacular views of surrounding valleys. Each of the 3 private luxury villas has 40 sq. meters private villa pools which are surrounded by Sal trees and a deck area with comfortable lounge beds.

Spa

The expansive spa spread across 25000 sq. ft. with its 24 treatment rooms, state of the art gymnasium, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and luxurious hydrotherapy facilities is the centre of attention at Ananda. The spa featuring more than 80 body and beauty experiences integrates traditional Indian wellness practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with the best of international wellness experiences. The personalized therapy and activities program are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and active fitness.  A team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists, Yoga and Fitness experts all gently guide towards a better lifestyle.

Facilities

Every Ananda room, suite or villa is well appointed with Wi-fi internet access, LCD TV and DVD player, Coffee & Tea making facility, and fresh cotton Kurta Pyjamas which can be worn on the premises or for traveling to Rishikesh for the Ganga Aarati.

Ananda’s wellness cuisine incorporates key principles from Ayurveda, which takes into consideration not just taste, but suitability to body type. Our cuisine is fresh natural foods low in fat and calories with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and the avoidance of added or artificial salts, colors, flavors, or preservatives. Ananda’s wellness cuisine concept is reemphasized by the show kitchen at Ananda where our chefs instruct in how to make these dishes at home so that one may continue that ‘way of life’. Special care menus are provided in consultation with the in house Ayurvedic doctor, to align the specific imbalances of the various body types.

Activities

Enjoy gentle strolls along picturesque hill trails from Ananda, or experience the thrilling guided mountain treks with views of snow-capped Himalayan Mountains.

Experience the thrill of white water on the Ganges river with rapids ranging from Class 1 to class 4+ and multiple suitable for first timers as well as rafting veterans.

The Ganga Aarti is a devotional ritual on the banks of the river Ganges at Rishikesh, where prayers and offerings are made to the holy river.

Experience a wild life safari in Rajaji National Park spread across 820 sq. km. around Ananda, home to more than 500 elephants, and a bird watchers paradise.

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