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Ananda in the Himalayas: Encountering yourself in India

Welcome to Ananda in the Himalayas! This wonderful place invites you to a unique experience of well-being. It all begins in the foothills of the world’s highest mountain range, in the region where yoga was born: the Himalayas. In this oasis of tranquility, you’ll discover age-old Indian healing practices, among the spa’s many services. A retreat that goes far beyond well-being, delving deep into body and mind. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a rediscovery of yourself, a sanctuary for your vitality.

Ananda Palace in the Himalayas
A majestic Maharadja palace (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

The Himalayan foothills near Rishikesh, an epicenter of well-being

When you choose to stay at Ananda, in the foothills of the Himalayas near the city of Rishikesh, you’re opting for an extraordinary experience. Indeed, this region offers a unique combination of majestic mountains, breathtaking natural landscapes and soothing spirituality. Green hills, winding rivers and breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks… all create the ideal backdrop for meditation, reflection and well-being. What’s more, the proximity of the Ganges, considered sacred in India, adds a spiritual dimension to your stay. It’s the ideal place for those seeking a total reconnection with nature, tranquility and the cultural richness of India.

Ananda in the Himalayas: a fusion of Indian tradition and refinement

A palace where harmony reigns supreme

We’re standing on a majestic hill overlooking the Rishikesh valley, where the sacred waters of the Ganges gently meander. This is where the Maharaja’s palace stands proudly. Carefully restored to accommodate the Ananda in the Himalayas, it is now an incomparable spa destination. The palace’s exterior exudes the grandeur and splendor of ancient India. To imagine, the facades adorned with exquisite architectural details and the lush gardens seem straight out of a dream. The view, too, is breathtaking, offering an awe-inspiring panorama of the majestic Himalayan mountains.

A calm environment that invites you to reconnect with yourself (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

The natural environment surrounding the resort is an extension of well-being. As evidenced by the well-kept gardens, the winding paths through the forest and the silence broken only by the soothing murmur of nature. In short, Ananda in the Himalayas is much more than a renowned spa destination: it’s a total immersion in the historical opulence, cultural refinement and natural serenity of India.

Charming rooms and suites in traditional Indian style

The 78 rooms and suites are a tribute to the elegance of traditional Indian classical style. Each is carefully furnished with artistic touches, sumptuous fabrics and subtle ornaments, creating an environment where past and present blend harmoniously.

Suites include the Garden Suite, the Ananda Suite and the Vice-Royal Suite. Each has its own private garden or terrace. Inside, modern comforts blend perfectly with the peaceful atmosphere of traditional Indian style. To give you an example, the Suite Vice-Royale offers a spacious living and dining area, a luxurious bedroom with a period four-poster bed, and a large, elegant bathroom. What’s more, a private terrace and rooftop gazebo offer panoramic views of the gardens and the Ganges Valley. You’re immediately transported to the royal era of India!

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A room in the palace (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

As for the magnificent Ananda Villas, they’re the perfect escape for dreamers! Comprising two spacious two-bedroom villas (1,800 m²) and a one-bedroom villa (1,200 m²), each of these residences is elegantly appointed. They include a living room, dressing room and luxurious bathroom with private sauna. What’s more, they offer a breathtaking view of their own 40-square-meter private pool.

And let’s not forget the cotton outfits (kurta), available in every room. These allow wearers to immerse themselves instantly in the soothing, timeless atmosphere of this kingdom of well-being.

Ananda Spa: a dream spa in the Himalayas

Discover a dedicated treatment area spanning over 600 m², specially designed to uplift your spirit, regenerate your body and soothe your soul. With an impressive range of over 80 different services, the spa is an invitation to escape and transform. Each of the 24 dedicated rooms is a haven of tranquility. Expert practitioners will guide you through a journey of deep relaxation, rejuvenation and revitalization.

Exceptional treatments at Ananda in the Himalayas
Exceptional treatments (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

The range of treatments is as varied as the Himalayan peaks! From the ancient wisdom of Japanese reiki to personalized Ayurvedic consultations, from luxurious facials to cutting-edge physiotherapy and osteopathy… as well as a wide range of therapeutic and wellness massages. In the end, each option represents an open door to healing and relaxation. Finally, you can also enjoy a range of enriching experiences, including yoga and meditation sessions for inner harmony, emotional healing programs, active fitness, or inspiring discussions on Vedanta.

In addition to these exceptional treatments, Ananda spa is equipped with a soothing steam bath and an infrared sauna, for added relaxation. And to crown your wellness experience, don’t miss the turquoise pool, located next to the spa building. Bathing is a great way to prolong the benefits of your treatments, while refreshing yourself at the same time.

Varied and inspiring holistic care programs

Attentive staff at Ananda in the Himalayas
Caring staff (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Born in 2001, Ananda in the Himalayas is a spa resort rooted in the oldest Indian tradition. Founder Ashok Khanna has designed the entire hotel and its surroundings around the concept of holistic well-being for mind, body and soul. That’s why our team of experts in Ayurvedic medicine, together with our chef, yogis and nutritionists, have concocted a wide range of programs tailored to each individual’s specific needs.

Yoga at sunrise (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Program – Holistic detox

Ananda offers a complete detoxification program that revitalizes the digestive system through a controlled diet, stimulates circulation in the blood and lymphatic systems, eliminates toxins from the body and nourishes it with essential nutrients. After an assessment of your Ayurvedic constitution (doshas), a personalized detoxification program will be drawn up. It combines Western and Eastern techniques, including Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, pranayama, aromatherapy, salt scrubs, mud wraps, and may include the practice of Shatkriya, a colon detox combining the absorption of warm Himalayan salt water with specific yoga postures.

Program – Yogic Detox

The Yogic Detox program combines Asana and Pranayama to prepare the organs for the cleansing process, using traditional Hatha Yogic cleansing techniques (Shatkriya) for natural, effective detoxification. Daily yoga sessions incorporate postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayamas) to prepare the organs for salt detoxification.

Gentle care (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Programs – Activ Fitness & Weight Management

Activ Fitness is a program focused on physical fitness and body toning. It includes abdominal strengthening exercises, yoga, aquafitness, nature walks and therapeutic massage sessions. As for Weight Management, it combines Ayurvedic and Western techniques to stimulate the metabolism and promote weight loss, integrating detox, yoga and meditation practices, as well as an adapted Ayurvedic diet.

A swimming pool surrounded by nature (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Program – Stress Management

Stress management programs focus on the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. They aim to reduce stress, bring about positive change and promote overall harmony in your life. The 7- and 14-night programs incorporate a variety of asanas, pranayama, ayurvedic therapies, aromatherapy, Reiki and other holistic healing experiences. All this leads to a complete balance of body, mind and soul, which will help you reduce stress.

Programs – Ayurvedic Rejuvenation & Panchakarma

The first is designed to meet individual needs. It combines Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, a nutritious diet, immunity-boosting rasayanas and yoga. These ancient remedies, rich in immuno-stimulant, anti-aging, nervous system nutritive and cellular anti-stress benefits, aim to improve immunity, energy, metabolism and skin health. Finally, Panchakarma represents the most natural and complete approach to purification, rejuvenation and deep healing of body and mind. This program is spread over 21 nights and follows a three-step process (always according to your Ayurvedic profile).

Ananda in the Himalayas, at the source of Yoga

What better place to deepen your knowledge of yoga than in the birthplace of the discipline? Ananda offers its visitors yoga sessions tailored to their experience and needs.

Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas
A magnificent natural setting (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Different types of yoga and meditation techniques are taught here:

  • Hatha yoga: individual sessions devoted entirely to improving postures.
  • Gatyatmak Yoga: a dynamic, rhythmic Hatha Yoga sequence based on the sun salutation and moon salutation.
  • Pranayama: the yoga of breathing, particularly useful for regaining inner calm.
  • Advanced pranayama and bandhas: yoga of the breath and contraction of energy locks to stimulate the circulation of energy in the body.
  • Yoga Nidra: meditative yoga leading to a state of deep relaxation.
  • Meditation: several meditation techniques are available to visitors (candle meditation, heart meditation, visualization, spontaneous mantra, chakra cleansing).
What better place to practice yoga? (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Ayurvedic delights from Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda’s holistic approach is also reflected in the special attention paid to food. The main restaurant has been carefully designed. It is divided between an indoor area and a terrace that rises above the Sal forest, offering panoramic views over the estate.

Healthy cooking at Ananda in the Himalayas
Delicious Ayurvedic menus (Photo: Ananda in the Himalayas)

Here, you choose your menu according to your “dosha”. In other words, its typical profile in Ayurvedic medicine: Vata, Pitta or Kapha. The recipes, based on fresh, whole, seasonal ingredients, combine a gastronomic and healthy approach. In keeping with Ayurvedic tradition, the dishes offer a perfect balance of sweet, bitter, salty, acidic and astringent flavors. And of course, all the while combining the micronutrients and macronutrients essential for optimal health.

And to start each day in the best possible way, every morning begins with a signature drink chosen the day before and a bowl of fresh fruit.

Read our article: We tested Ananda in the Himalayas for you.


One of the world’s best wellness retreats

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Take advantage of our expertise in medical wellness stays and contact us for a personalized quote for Ananda in the Himalayas .

Rates : From around 800 euros per day. Enjoy exclusive Luxe Wellness Club benefits: a room upgrade subject to availability, a 55-minute Ananda fusion treatment and a Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh for every 7-day stay.

Call us for the USA on +1 (646) 980 6652to discuss your stay, or +44 20 4577 3258 from the UK.

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