Pinch me. Please. Pinch me. I was thinking as my driver kept driving round and round the windy roads, higher into the Himalayan foothills. Graceful Sal forests surrounded me and I could see the peaceful Ganga in the distance. Entering the golden gates, I felt like I arrived in heaven. I felt like an angel. Seriously… the guests at the hotel were wearing all white. The Royal Palace was built around 1800, popularly known as the Viceregal Palace. It has played host to some of India’s most renowned heads of state, during the Maharaja’s reign. Ananda means full bliss. Every part of the experience stays true to its name.
Location: Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Last Visit: April 2016
Website: Ananda in the Himalayas
The food is made for YOU, your individual well-being and body type (or dosha)! Each dosha (Vita, Pitta, and Kapha) has guidelines for food groups and ingredients which prompts individual health. You’ll learn to communicate with your body by feeding yourself healthy gourmet ayurvedic cuisine.
Each month, Ananda invites a “Visiting Master” that guests can work with during their stay. These masters are teachers, therapists, healers, Ayurvedic doctors and guides that come from around the world to share their talents and experiences in the art of well-being.
Your spa experience will be unique to any other! The spa itself is over 25,000 sq ft and has 24 treatment rooms which offer guests more than 80 body and beauty experiences each integrating traditional Indian wellness practices of Ayurveda and Yoga.
The signature, all-inclusive wellness packages focuses on individual health goals. Each program uses a holistic approach to ensure goals can be achieved in a healthy and safe manner, whether you’re looking to detox, manage stress, renew, lose weight or improve your yoga practice.
Enhance your wellbeing retreat by reconnecting the nature and wildlife in Rajaji National Park, the home of 500 elephants, 250 panthers, and 12 tigers, amongst many other beautiful species. There’s nothing for liberating humbling than watching animals roam their native land.
After your rejuvenating stay, if time permits experience the city’s authentic culture by visiting the banks of the holy river Ganga at sundown for a spiritual experience that will make your heart smile and feed your soul with the harmony of the community.