Set in the foothills of the majestic Himalaya mountain range, above the holy city of Rishikesh and overlooking the sacred Ganges River, sits Ananda, one of the world’s greatest spas – certainly the setting is incomparable.
The 75 rooms and suites are set within the estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garwal’s and have views towards the Palace, the river or Rishikesh, a town renowned for its yoga and meditation schools.
The spa delivers treatments from the ancient Ayurvedic method but in a contemporary Western spa environment. The aim of such treatments is to balance the mind with the body. Clinical treatments for weight loss as well as therapeutic detoxification, de-stressing and cleansing treatments are all under the guidance of qualified doctors and nutritionists who will create a personalised course of treatment for you including your diet during your stay. Apart from spa cuisine, the restaurants provide a variety of pan-Indian dishes, Oriental and western food.
We can offer a range of 5 to 21 night packages which includes all spa treatments and meals. The packages are designed for certain needs such as detox, stress management, rejuvenation, fitness or yoga. The hotel also has superb rates for single travellers wanting some time alone for a spa detox.
Although the spa is the principal attraction, the setting is perfect for outdoor pursuits too. White water rafting, game fishing, wildlife excursions, cultural visits and of course trekking of various levels are all possible.
Ananda In The Himalayas offers 70 rooms and 5 suites set within the estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garwal’s and afford fabulous views towards the Palace, the river or Rishikesh. Suites feature spacious sitting and dining areas, bedrooms with period four poster beds and are beautifully appointed throughout with antique fittings and furniture. Some boast their own private terrace and roof top jacuzzis overlooking the landscaped gardens below.
Children are welcome at Ananda but there are no specific facilities.
Facilities at Ananda In the Himalayas include a heated swimming pool, yoga, 2 restaurants serving pan-Indian dishes, Oriental and western food, gym, bar, billiards room and library. The award winning spa features 24 treatment rooms with specialized areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European approaches to holistic health and healing, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments.
Complimentary activities at the hotel include yoga, walking and use of the swimming pool. Activities at an additional cost include use of the spa, fishing, guided trekking, golf, game drives, cultural excursions, and white water rafting.
When to travel
Rishikesh climate is continental type, but the weather is pleasant as Rishikesh located at the foothills providing cool breeze. Summers (March to June) have an average temperature of 35°C. Winters during November to February give a pleasant weather with a temperature range of 19°C to 33°C. Monsoons offer average rainfalls during July to September.
Basant Panchami, the spring festival, is celebrated here with much gaiety and enjoyment during February-March. Holi is an important religious festival with much colours and illuminations, celebrated during same period. Rafting season is from mid September to April. Rishikesh can be visited all through the year, but avoid the May month when the temperature reaches maximum.
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Location and directions
Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance.
How to get there
9-hour direct flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Dehradun. Ananda is a 1-hour transfer from the airport. Alternatively, its a 6-hour drive from Delhi.