Ananda in the Himalayas

Rishikesh, India

Features

  • Adults Only
  • All Inclusive
  • Detox
  • Outdoors
  • Retreat
  • Wellness

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Bootcamp
  • Cycling
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Meditation
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Sightseeing
  • Yoga

Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, the resort is surrounded by Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley.

One of the best luxury ayurvedic retreats in India, Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.

The Spa

An expansive spa spread across 25000 sq. ft. with 24 treatment rooms, a state of the art gymnasium, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and luxurious hydrotherapy facilities.

The spa features more than 80 body and beauty experiences that integrate the 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. A team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists, Yoga and Fitness experts all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle

Spa Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Gym
  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Hot tub
  • Aroma steam room
  • Sauna
  • Treatment Suites With Private Steam Rooms
  • Relaxation Areas
  • Yoga Pavilion

Spa Products

  • Ananda Spa

To Stay

70 spacious rooms overlook the Maharaja’s Palace & Hills or Ganges Valley.

There are 4 suites with private gardens, the historical Viceregal Suite and 3 Luxury Villas with private pools.

To Eat

Menus are provided in consultation with the in house Ayurvedic doctor, to align the specific imbalances of the various body types.

Ayurvedic cuisine is served in the main restaurant and consists of 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 no added salts or artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives


Facilities and Activities

  • Mini golf course on resort
  • Display kitchen for demonstrations and culinary lessons on Ayurvedic/healthy cuisine
  • Safari to Rajaji National Park
  • Treks, nature trails and white-water rafting
  • Excursions to Rishikesh to experience the Ganga Aarti (evening prayer ceremony)

For the Kids

Children under 14 years are not allowed at Ananda in the Himalayas to maintain the tranquility of this destination spa.

For teens, a special Active Teens programme is available which includes escorted treks, river rafting and customised yoga sessions.


Getting There

Ananda In The Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India

+91 124 4516650

35 minute scenic drive from Dehradun Airport.

45 minute flight from Delhi International Airport to Dehradun airport.

Private helicopters from Delhi to Ananda are available.

Lisa BrownBy Lisa Brown

Set in a breathtaking national park, at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, just 40 minutes from the yoga world capital of Rishikesh (some serious ‘omm’ going on here – it’s where The Beatles first met the Maharishi) the Ananda is an award-winning luxury wellness retreat focussing on Ayurveda and Yoga while integrating international wellness therapies. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, surrounded by Sal forests, it 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 harmonise energy.

A world class wellbeing retreat offering traditional Indian wellness programs, often cited as one of the best in Asia – based on the Hindu Vedanta philosophy that peace, happiness and wellbeing comes from within and works together as one.

The Spa

The 24,000 square foot spa boasts 24 treatment rooms with specialised areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health. Facilities include a temperature controlled outdoor lap pool, state of the art gym, hydrotherapy pools and a sauna.

There are an extensive team of qualified nutritionists, western & Ayurvedic physicians and spa therapists specialising in ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments.

The Treatment

Each Ayurvedic treatment begins with a cleansing foot ritual and a melodic prayer. These were some of the most holistic and spiritual treatments I’ve ever experienced. During one of my favourites, Pizhichil (also known as The Kings Treatment) lukewarm herbal oils were poured continuously over my body for 45 minutes – a totally indulgent, rejuvenating experience which strengthens immunity, lubricates the joints and increases flexibility.

Suffering periodically from a prolapsed disc for a number of years, the treatment definitely seemed to ease the pain – this may be due to the benefits of the heat and relaxation of muscles around the spine – either way it was a winner!

Other Treatments

Mukhlepa – For centuries Mukhlepa has been used as a beauty ritual for Indian women. Traditional herbs are used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and hydrate. A specialised dosha specific herbal lepa or mask is applied to the face ‘to bring out the beauty within’.

Kati Vasti – This aims to ease pain in the spinal area by placing a small circle of paste made from black gram or wheat flour strategically on the spinal area. Warmed oil is then poured into this circle to soothe muscular tissue, alleviate pain and lubricate spinal discs and nerves.

The Programme

Ananda’s Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Package is designed with the aim of restoring vitality by eliminating toxins through traditional Panchakarma treatments, and by enhancing the body’s immunity through a combination of Ayurvedic treatments. The programme includes stimulating and purifying therapies, daily yoga and meditation and a Dosha-specific Ayurvedic diet to help reduce stress, improve health, address ailments and delay the ageing process.

My programme begins with a lifestyle consultation focusing on physical, mental and emotional health to help determine my dominant Dosha. The three Doshas (dynamic living forces) are Kapha, Pitta and Vata and most people have one dominant Dosha. The Ayurvedic physician then prepared a bespoke diet, treatment and exercise plan.

Heavy and slow Kapha was my dominant Dosha, so I was prescribed a fresh light diet of fruits and vegetables combined with Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, meditation and a light exercise regime. Treatments and diets are geared to balance the three forces to achieve optimum wellbeing.

The next five days consisted of early morning yoga and meditation sessions (for the first time in my life I actually mastered the art of meditation – the practitioners are excellent), daily Ayurvedic treatments with a focus on osteo-health, dips in the pool and wonderful walks and hikes through forests to various temples – as well as trips to the Ganges river and markets of Rishikesh.

Though my prescribed diet plan was light, it was filling and delicious! Breakfast was fresh fruit juice, a lightly spiced tincture and cereal with almond milk, while dinners consisted of some of the best vegetable thalis I’ve ever tasted.

Five nights at The Ananda and I literally felt like I was floating on air – clear eyes, skin and head with a new lease of life. The setting of the retreat is breathtaking – peacocks and monkeys roam around freely – and the air is the cleanest you’ll breathe.

If you’re looking for a complete wellbeing overhaul, rejuvenation and stress management in an idyllic spiritual setting then Ananda is the place for you.

Other Programmes

With unique focus on the traditional Indian sciences of yoga and Ayurveda the personalised therapy and activities programmes are designed to meet individual needs and health goals.

Programmes are designed to help with stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight and inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.

To Stay

Most accommodation is situated in an annexe building down a hill from the main house and recently renovated rooms are super comfortable and spacious with all the luxuries you need – super comfy beds, balconies, tubs and mini bars with healthy treats. Opt for a valley room for a distant view of the Ganges.

To Eat

Menus are provided in consultation with the in house Ayurvedic doctor, to align the specific imbalances of the various body types.

Ananda’s wonderful Ayurvedic cuisine is served in the main restaurant and consists of 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 no added salts or artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Breakfasts consisted of cereals, almond yoghurt and fresh fruits with Ayurvedic tinctures – infused with cardamon, cumin and various other spices. In the evenings we dined on mildly spiced, but completely delicious, vegetarian curries.

À la carte menus and a selection of wines are available for those not on a specific programme.

Don’t Miss

The three hour uphill hike to the beautiful Kunjapuri Temple – which takes place twice a week – where you can have a Hindu blessing and take in the breathtaking mountain views.

An excursion to Rishikesh for the Ganga Aarti (evening prayer ceremony) is a truly incredible experience.

Stress Management

Ananda Stress Management Programme focuses primarily on assisting you to experience and implement various mind and body techniques based on the concepts and philosophies of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Ayurveda, for creating positive changes, reducing and managing stress and enhancing synergy in your life through a balanced approach.

Package Duration: Available for 5 or 7 nights.

From $710 USD per person per night

Offer expires: 12th December 2018


Weight Management

Ananda’s weight management program provides a scientific methodology with guidelines for managing weight on a sustained basis. The pillars of Ananda’s weight management program are Detox therapies, Exercise, Yoga, Diet and meditation.

A key problem with weight management is in the mind. Most people who are overweight have a poor self-image. This is why Ananda’s weight loss program is one of the few in the world where meditation is such a key component. Meditation helps to balance the mental and physical aspects of weight management. Our weight management program applies a supportive, non-aggressive approach that yields the desired results; this is what makes this program one of the best weight loss retreat in India. Based on the best of both Western and Ayurvedic Treatments, the program is a safe and effective way in which to lose those extra inches.

The Spa provides the ideal atmosphere and complete privacy in which you can learn how to gain control and balance in your lives, which are is a basic ingredient for healthy weight management.

Package Duration: Available for 14 or 21 nightsPackage Duration: Available for 14 or 21 nights

From $290 USD per person per night

Offer expires: 12th December 2018


Detox

Toxins constantly build up in thee body due to pollution and other environmental factors leading to lack of energy, weight gain etc.

Detoxification is all about resting the digestive system through controlled eating of whole foods, improving the circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems, stimulating the liver to filter toxins from the body, moving the bowels, cleansing the colon and finally nourishing the body with essential nutrients.

The ultimate goal is to detoxify both mind and body of harmful toxins and negative thoughts in a controlled and safe manner.

The Ananda Detox programme has been carefully designed to include stimulating and purifying dosha specific ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and Dosha-Specific Ayurvedic diet to help to detox, reduce stress and improve overall health.

The healing process involves herbal medication, massage, and periodic liberation of toxins through two Sneha Vastis (enemas with medicated oils).

Package Duration: Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights.

From $570 USD per person per night

Offer expires: 12th December 2018


Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

Ananda’s Ayurvedic rejuvenation package is a program designed with the aim of restoring vitality of the body by eliminating toxins through some traditional Panchakarma treatments and by enhancing the body’s immunity through a combination of Ayurvedic treatments, body type based diet and Yoga. In this package we work on the proper activity pattern and food habits to lead a healthy life based on the principles of Ayurveda.

This programme includes stimulating and purifying therapies, daily Yoga and Meditation and Dosha-specific Ayurvedic diet to help reduce stress, improve health and address common ailments or simply delay the aging process.

Package Duration: Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights

From $340 Per Night (Excluding Accommodation)

Offer expires: 12th December 2018


Yogic Detox

The yogic detox retreat program at Ananda uses the different Hatha yogic cleansing techniques (Shatkriya) to detox in a natural and effective way it is one of the only yogic cleansing retreats of its kind in India.

Shatkriyas like Ayurveda are also used to balance the three doshas in the body. In Yogic detoxification, aspects of asana (Hatha yogic postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), meditation and Yogic/Ayurvedic diet are incorporated along with Shatkriya to give profound experiences of vitalization and harmony.

Package Duration: Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights

From $510 per person per night

Offer expires: 12th December 2018


Yoga

The Ananda Yoga Holiday package helps rediscover oneself rough the ancient and tradional discipline of Yoga, which encompasses all aspects of life in order to balance e mind, body and spirit.

Ananda Yoga nurtures and enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities in a simple, effective and practical manner through the time proven approaches of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga and Kriya yoga. Come enjoy the healing powers of Yoga at one of the most traditional yoga retreats in India.

Package Duration: Available for 5 , 7 or 14 nights

From $510 per person per night

Offer expires: 12th December 2018



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