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In the spotlight: Ananda in the Himalayas

Head north from the hectic street life of Delhi and you’ll travel through towns, villages and farms, climbing steadily up on to the great Indian plain alongside the impressive Ganges. Here, in the foothills of the Himalayas where the air is fresh and nature is king, lies the historic Palace and Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, also known as the Viceregal Palace, a grand residence now home to the renowned destination spa that is Ananda in the Himalayas.

Ananda Viceregal exterior

The historic property sits in 100 acres of rich grounds, surrounded by monkey-filled shala trees with views down over the Ganges. Ananda, which means bliss and contentment in Sanskrit, is a sanctuary where those seeking peace and quiet go to realign their body, mind and spirit.

Ayervedic Ananda

India’s first destination spa uses ancient Ayervedic principles as the foundation for its programmes. Ayerveda is based on the belief that the universe is made of five key elements: earth, air, fire, water and ether. These elements combine to create three main forces, or doshas. At Ananda, determining your dosha is crucial when it comes to planning your programme, treatments and even diet for your stay, which is why you receive a full personal consultation upon arrival.

Ananda in the Himalayas spa

Open to all but proving to be especially popular with solo travellers (notably women), couples and female groups, people tend to flock to Ananda for three main reasons: seeking help for specific health issues, after guidance on the best programme for them, or simply looking to enjoy the spa and numerous other outdoor activities on the doorstep of this mountain retreat. A quick look at Ananda’s three most popular programmes – Ayervedic Rejuvenation, Weight Management and Detox – pin points just why so many choose to escape here.

Holistic happiness

Ananda spa

For others, however, the pleasure of spending time at Ananda is as simple as enjoying the subtle luxury of the accommodation and the holistic approach towards every aspect of the service provided, from personalised menus to the numerous daily yoga sessions, meditation classes and spa treatments. It gives people the chance to take a breather, truly relax and make the most of their surroundings.

Ananda in the Himalayas Yoga

Exploring the foothills

Those keen to get outside will not be disappointed. Hike up from Ananda and you’ll soon find yourself at one unforgettable vantage point from which you will be able to see a huge stretch of the mighty Himalayas thanks to its central location within the range. There’s also rafting, trekking and golf or, of course, you could just relax by the pool. Cooking classes, cultural activities and day trips such as a safari at the Rajaji National Park can also be organised.

Ananda in the Himalayas Rafting

Unforgettable accommodation

Ananda offers a variety of guest rooms and suites, each effortlessly chic, decorated in neutral tones with natural materials where possible.

Ananda Villa Pool

Villa pool

Dotted around the grounds you’ll also find Ananda Villas, available as either one or two bedrooms, with the added luxury of having their own private pools and decks. For something extra special, a night in the Viceregal Suite is called for.

Viceregal Suite Ananda in the Himalayas

The Viceregal Suite

Located inside the Viceregal Palace, the spacious suite is ornately decked in antique furniture, with an enormous four-poster bed. It also has its own roof terrace with Jacuzzi and stunning views over the valley. It promises an unforgettable night’s stay in a truly elegant and historic haven.

What’s new? 

The spa recently added to its impressive treatment menu, with the creation of a new set of signature Tibetan Experiences, designed to restore harmony within the body. Working with its Tibetan therapists, a Tibetan Lama and UK skincare company ILA, Ananda is now able to offer three new treatments based on traditional Tibetan philosophy. The healing facial, scintillating massage and reflexology ritual use essential oils to fine tune the body, addressing complaints both inside and out.

Make Ananda your own

Ananda in the Himalayas

The true beauty of Ananda lies not only in its deep rooted Ayervedic principles, extensive treatment menu or first rate service, but that it provides the perfect platform for you to make your stay your own. You can take what you want from the therapies and classes available, and shape your own experience so it meets your needs. And your Ananda experience doesn’t end when you leave the estate; it lasts as long as you want it to, with therapists happy to give long distance advice and guidance on maintaining good health and wellbeing.

Ananda in the Himalayas

But you don’t have to take our word for it: the stats don’t lie, and the sheer number of returning guests is proof enough that once you’ve sampled the clean living and hospitality of Ananda you won’t be able to resist its appeal, and you may well just find yourself going back, again and again…

For more information on Ananda in the Himalayas call +91 124 4516650 or visit Ananda’s website.

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