Allison Reiber DiLiegro

Ananda

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  • Where:Uttarakhand, India
  • Why:Some serious spa time.
  • When:December 2018
  • Who:Solo
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The old palace, built in 1910. Inside is the lobby, tea salon, billiards room and the plush Viceregal Suite.

A morning view of the Ganges River Valley from a valley view room.

Poolside, wearing Ananda’s signature (and insanely comfortable) kurta pajamas.

Wild peacocks can be spotted strutting around the property.

The view of the valley from the top of the palace. The terrace below belongs to the Viceregal Suite.

Play a game of pool on an antique billiards table.

A private class in the yoga pavilion.

The heated pool is the perfect place to hang between spa treatments.

A look inside the Ananda Suite.

Breakfast on the sunny terrace (just watch out for monkeys).

The tea salon inside the old palace building. Portraits of Maharajas hang in the palace.

A peek into the billiards room.

Highs & Lows

  • The award-winning wellness programs in Ayurvedic rejuvenation, yoga, meditation, detox and more. All programs begin with a consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor, who customizes your program and diet plan to suit your goals.

  • Watching the sunrise from the balconies off the valley view rooms.

  • Private guided meditation sessions in the technique of your choice.

  • The social atmosphere. It’s common for people to gather for lunch, or you’re free to keep to yourself.

  • Sitting in on talks about Indian Vedanta philosophy with a visiting expert from the ashram.

  • The drive to the top is winding, but it’s so worth the climb.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Lush and leafy spa retreat.

  • Vibe

    Totally blissed out.

  • Location

    In the foothills of the Himalayas, 30 minutes from Rishikesh.

  • Rooms

    70

  • Music

    Live sitar music and monkey calls.

  • Year Opened

    2001

  • Designed By

    Chandu Chhada.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, and lots of it! There’s a gym, pool, yoga classes, personal training sessions, guided hikes and more.

  • Restaurant

    Yes

  • Bar

    No, but you can order drinks at dinner.

  • Minibar

    Yes, no booze though.

  • Children

    Sorry, kids. The property is 16+.

  • Price

    The nightly rate is pricey, but it includes spa treatments, meals, private meditation sessions and more, so you don’t need to give it a thought during your stay.

This ancient ritual is held each night on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. The ceremony praises the river with fire, flowers and song. It’s truly magical.

Ganga Aarti Ganges

Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

This ancient ritual is held each night on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. The ceremony praises the river with fire, flowers and song. It’s truly magical.

This 3-4 hour hike takes you through the wilderness to a Hindu pilgrimage site. Step inside the temple for a blessing, then take in the view of the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.

Hike to Kunjapuri Temple

kunjapuri temple moun, Maun, Uttarakhand, India

This 3-4 hour hike takes you through the wilderness to a Hindu pilgrimage site. Step inside the temple for a blessing, then take in the view of the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.

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Ananda In The Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India

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