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Ananda in the Himalayas

The Path to Ananda

In the foothills of the Himalayas, 260 kms north of Delhi, since time immemorial the river Ganges has been slowly breaking into the great Indian plain at Rishikesh. In these environs is the 100 acre palace and estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, housing the luxury destination spa, Ananda-In the Himalayas. Dedicated to providing guests with a total immersion experience, Ananda is situated at the source of the ancient practices of yoga, meditation and ayurveda. The personalized therapy and activities programs integrate the elements, the senses, the rhythms, nourishment, aesthetics, time and space to meet individual needs. Whether your health goal is stress management, deep relaxation, anti-aging, beauty, detoxification or cleansing, Ananda helps you rediscover tranquility and attain the luxury of true wellness in the mystical embrace of the Himalayan mountains. Ananda, brings alive a spiritual vision, the uplifting wisdom of the ages and the pure bliss of being.

Rejuvenation at Ananda


Experience your multi-faceted beauty: inner, outer and spiritual. Understand your unique body constitution and get pampered with luxurious treatments formulated by Aveda - a world renowned company. Discover the secrets of nutrition & beauty, learn self-care rituals and incorporate ageless techniques and philosophies to refresh and rejuvenate.

Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

Ananda is located in the region that gave birth to Ayurveda, a scientific process of identifying and correcting the imbalance in the main bio energies (3 Doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) of the body to achieve health and harmony. For centuries most of the herbs used in Ayurvedic therapies have been sourced from this region.

At Ananda, the Ayurvedic physician prescribes personalized Ayurvedic Therapy Programs, after a detailed consultation. These holistic healing programs performed by expert therapists, constitute specific daily routines, regulated nutritious diet, and wellness activities, that include stimulating and purifying therapies, daily yoga, meditation to help reduce stress, improve health, and address common ailments or simply delay the aging process.

Since the human body operates in cycles that occur in multiples of 7, the programs are devised accordingly. Choose from:

.   7-days-SANTAVANAM (calming) Program for detoxifying, distressing and revitalizing
.   14-days-RASAYANAM (rejuvenation) Program for deep therapeutic effect and relief from specific
      medical and health conditions
.   21-days Ananda Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Rasayanam Program for all-encompassing healing

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Ananda helps you to enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being using three branches of the ancient Indian science of Yoga: Hatha, Kriya and Raja. The experience is enhanced by the environment in which it takes place.

Cross Training

Limber up with free-weights and personalized coaching by experts. For body tone, Thai or Deep Tissue massage therapies concentrate on special areas. The Ayurvedic physician has advice on internal toning through cleansing-purification and the Western physician provides balance to the entire cross training. The Fitness Centre has a 16-station life-fitness gym for cardio, strength training and aerobics, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated lap pool.

Visiting Masters Sessions

Select teachers, therapists, healers, Ayurvedic doctors and guides share their knowledge with those who choose to explore the deeper realms of holistic well-being.

Ananda Spa

The uniqueness of the Ananda Spa approach is Swastha Jeevan Sandhya (healthy lifestyle approach with assistance). Each guest receives a private consultation from a Lifestyle Assistant, offering professional guidance and individual attention with options from an innovative Spa menu of treatments and services, that integrate ancient and contemporary therapies from various disciplines to suit individual requirements.

The spa, spread over 21,000-sq. ft., merges India's ancient streams of yoga and ayurveda with western restorative & beauty therapies to create over 80 different signature therapies and activity programs to orient you to a new lifestyle. An intrinsic element of the Spa treatment is the natural Himalayan spring water.


21 luxurious therapy rooms, 4 relaxation rooms, 4 consultation rooms for Ayurvedic and western consultation, five yoga venues, oriental therapy rooms, western and hydrotherapy areas


The well appointed rooms are built on the mountain ridge and offer guests breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, forested foothills, and the ashram town of Rishikesh. Located along the tranquil mountain ridge, The Valley View rooms overlook the calming contours of the Ganges. The Garden Rooms, Deluxe Suites and the Rafael Suite have their own private gardens. The Palace Suite has an extensive terrace overlooking the music pavilion and the sculpture garden.


Dining is a holistic experience on the Treetop Deck, the Hillside Theatre, the Palace Tea Lounge, the Pavillion, and the Winter Garden. Sumptuous delicacies from India, Asia and Europe share the table with ambrosial yogic, signature macrobiotic spa cuisine, crafted from organic herbs and vegetables. Each meal is a gastronomic delight, each venue a pleasure for the senses. What's more, unlike most Indian spas, meat is not forbidden ... but you are offered a healthier option of river fish and white meat.

Activities & Adventure

Feel one with nature as you raft down the rapids of river Ganga, trek the Himalayan terrain, go on nature walks or ride elephant safaris into Rajaji and Chilla National Park. Behold mythology living in the temples that dot the region. Explore and discover spiritual traditions by the Ganges.

Getting There

By Air

Ananda is a forty five minute flight from Delhi followed by an hour's drive. Chartered flights are available from New Delhi and Agra to Anand's private helipad.

By Train

Ananda is a 4 hour journey from Delhi to Haridwar followed by a one-hour's drive.