Culture & History
The Beatles may have put Rishikesh on the map in 1968, but the area known as 'Valley of the Saints' has been one of the holiest Hindu places since ancient times. For a unique spiritual experience, guests can participate in the Ganga Aarati ceremony. Performed at sundown, sacred chants are followed by a fire ceremony and finally the Aarati dance, performed by a guru. The scent of incense mingles with the gurgle of the Ganges as the sun sets, creating a magical ambience.
Spa & Wellness
The sprawling spa, spanning 25,000ft2 and boasting 24 treatment rooms, is the beating heart of Ananda in the Himalayas. State-of-the-art gym amenities complement an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and impressive hydrotherapy facilities. Around 80 body and beauty experiences are available, integrating ancient Indian wellness practices with contemporary, international wellness expertise. Health goals are identified to create custom-made programmes under the guidance of qualified nutritionists, western and Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists and yoga and fitness experts.
Dining & Gourmet
Overlooking the valley of Rishikesh, Ananda's signature restaurant provides a feast for all the senses. Featuring Indian, Oriental and Western cuisine, the innovative à la carte menu changes with the seasons, following Ayurvedic principles in consultation with the in-house doctor. Nestled in a grove of ancient Sal trees, the outdoor Tree Top Deck and Pavilion offers light snacks and drinks, including fine wines. Elsewhere, The Viceregal Palace, adorned with portraits of dignitaries, is a regal spot for Afternoon Tea.
The breathtaking scenery and fairytale locale make Ananda in the Himalayas the perfect place to share with your special someone. Three- and five-night Couple's Connect packages are designed to promote relaxation and reconnection with partners in a tranquil, romantic setting. For the ultimate in luxury indulgence, couples can enjoy private spa experiences in their own exclusive spa suite. A special candlelit dinner at the scenic Tree Top restaurant is included in the packages, set, as the name suggests, amid soaring treetops.
Towards the east of Dehradun-Roorkee highway is the 820km2 Rajaji National Park, comprising the Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries. The park is home to over 500 elephants, 250 panthers, tigers, Spotted Deer, sambhar, wild boar, barking deer, bears and a colourful array of bird species. Chilla, the region open to tourists, has a huge reservoir for water birds and is a haven for quails, hornbills, hawks, falcons, vultures and numerous other birds of prey.
Excursions available include walks or treks offering magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, white-water rafting on the Ganges, safaris in Rajaji National Park and temple and monastery tours around Rishikesh and Dehradun.