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Ananda in the Himalayas

The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Tehri -Garhwal, Uttarakhand - 249175, India

Overview

Nestled in the serene foothills of Himalayas amidst virgin Sal forests, Ananda in the Himalayas is built around the erstwhile royal palace of Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal offering breathtaking views of the mystical Himalayas, holy river Ganga and the religious town of Rishikesh. Rated as no. 1 Destination Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Ananda is a tranquil retreat featuring world class spa facilities, restored Viceroy’s palace and 78 deluxe rooms, suites and villas. The destinations spa is devoted to reinstate a sense of rejuvenation and invigorates energy through Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. The treatments offered here are scrutinized by the consummate team of therapists and nutritionists having good knowledge of Ayurveda, western and oriental treatments. Luxury coupled with rejuvenation what else one can expect while at Ananda.

Accommodation

Ananda in the Himalayas comprises of 78 rooms and suites, each of which is an abode of tranquility characterized by the panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, surrounding greenery and wide range of modern comforts. The accommodation alternatives have been categorized as deluxe rooms, deluxe suites, Ananda suite, viceregal suite and villas. Each room is Wi-Fi enabled and services like green tea and aromatic baths ensures refreshing stay. Mentioned below is the list of options available in terms of accommodation at Ananda.

Deluxe Rooms

These rooms are the epitome of understated luxury and offers enchanting views of the palace and valley. Featured with walk-in closets, luxurious en-suite bathrooms and large private balconies, the 70 rooms in this category offer cozy comfortable stay to the guests.

Deluxe Suites

Offering choice between valley facing and palace facing balconies, the 3 deluxe suites features elegantly appointed bedrooms, attached sitting rooms and spacious en-suite bathrooms overlooking gardens.

Ananda Suite

Featured with luxurious en-suite bathrooms, large size bedroom and private sitting and dining areas, the 3 bay Ananda Suite set on the ground floor whisks you into the whole new world of luxury and seclusion. The attached garden offers perfect setting for unhurried breakfast and intimate candle-lit dinners.

Viceregal Suite

Especially designed for the global connoisseurs and dignitaries, Viceregal Suite situated in the confines of the Maharaja Palace features a large size bedroom with antique four poster bed, separate sitting and dining area, attached dressing room and en-suite bathroom. Adding to the aforementioned suite features is the private terrace and rooftop Jacuzzi that will induce regal charm of raj era in your stay.

Villas

Offering a feel of ‘home away from home’, the 2 two bedroom villas and 1 one bedroom villa named after the two towering mountain peaks- Shivalik and Himalaya- are tastefully appointed with a separate living room, dressing room, large sauna set bathroom and a butler pantry. Adding charm to your stay are the large private pools enveloped by the sun deck area set with cozy lounge beds.

Dining

Dining arranged at Ananda is based on the concept of three body energies- Vata, Pittha and Kapha- as stated in the ancient texts of Ayurveda. The food is not only prepared by considering taste but suitability to the body type. All the cuisnes are prepared with fresh and natural products and are kept low in fat and calories. The food menus have been meticulously crafted by the expert chefs in consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor to harmonize the imbalance in different body types.

The Restaurant

Characterized by the productive use of Yantric art, the Restaurant serves a delectable assortment of Indian. Asian and Western cuisines prepared with organic vegetables and herbs. The a la carte menu served here gets changed in the time span of 4 months in accordance with the seasonal change. Guests with specific dietary requirements are too treated by our expert chefs.

Tree Top Deck

Tree Top Deck is a charming alfresco dining outlet perched on treetops where surrounding natural views of Himalayan Mountains and Sal forests accompany your delicious meals. During night, the restaurant transforms into a romantic dining venue where soft musical tones treat your aural senses.

The Pavilion

Set in the restaurant building, the Pavilion is the perfect venue for both intimate meals and rejoicing gatherings with family and friends. The fully stocked bar housed within this restaurant features choicest brands of wines and liquors to accompany your delectable cuisines.

Tea Lounge

Situated in the premises of viceregal palace, Tea Lounge offers a relaxed and romantic setting for an afternoon tea and light snacks. The historic appeal of this elegant lounge is well apparent in the large portraits of erstwhile maharaja and various political dignitaries which tell the account of their visit during the reign of maharaja.

By the Pool

Enveloped by terrific views of Sal forest and Himalayan Mountains, the outdoor pool offers a relaxing atmosphere to chill out in perfect nonchalance. The sun deck beds lined on either sides of the pool offers a perfect setting for sun basking while sipping up a glass of fresh juice.

Health & Recreation

There is no dearth of recreational activities at Ananda in the Himalayas. Partake in complimentary lectures delivered by the senior disciples of Swami Parthsarathay twice a day, reconnect with your inner self through yoga classes, enhance your culinary skills at the cooking classes, play a round of golf at the six-course golf course and travel back in time while playing on a 100 year old pool table while staying at Ananda. Besides indoor recreation, guests can set out on a trekking tour, jungle safari, feel adrenaline rush through white water rafting and pay reverence to the holy river Ganges by participating in Ganga aarti. The state of the art gymnasium housed in this destination spa allows guests to stay in touch with their daily fitness routine. 

Spa & Wellness

No wonders Ananda in the Himalayas featured on the preferred list of the guests who visit India to benefit from the age old science of Ayurveda. Once the residence of maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, today, Ananda is famous as a tranquil Himalayan retreat which leads its guests to the path of attaining internal harmony, mental peace and healthy lifestyle. The spa treatments offered here are grounded on the principles of Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and modern spa treatments. A stay at Ananda is a refreshing journey from the mundane lifestyle to the path of knowing oneself. The spa products that are used for the massages and treatments have been designed with an exotic blend of herbal oils, gels, clays, mud’s and vegetable oils, each of which posses medicinal qualities. The list of therapies and treatments offered in this spa includes:

Ayurvedic and Wellness Consultation (30 minutes)

The 30 minute consultation program with the expert therapists helps you understand the body doshas that determine body type and existing imbalances. The Ayurvedic doctor then prepares the entire wellness program and diet regime in accordance to your body type to provide internal balance and mental rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Recommendation (30 minutes)

The 30 minute consultation program is all about evaluating the benefits of the recommended diet, exercise and Ayurvedic treatment to a guest. After that the Ayurvedic doctor offers tips and advice you to follow the same lifestyle after going back home so that you can attain the state of vitality and exuberance.

Ayurvedic Therapies:

Abhyanga (55 minutes)

To improve eye sight, physical discrepancy and sleep patterns, the 55 minute Abhyanga massage is the best option available here. Also known as the anti-ageing therapy, this full body massage is performed by two expert therapists with an exotic blend of herbs and sesame oil.

Pizhichil (75 minutes)

For immunity strengthen, joint lubrication, detoxification and enhancing suppleness, the 75 minute Pizhichil therapy performed with warm herbal oils is the best practice to opt for.

Choornaswedana (55 minutes)

Also known as ‘the bundle massage’, Choornaswedana is a full body massage performed with specific oils catering to your body doshas followed by the application of herbal poultice to eliminate toxins from the body. This massage therapy helps in improving blood circulation, relieving muscular pain and detoxification of the body.

Shirodhara (55 minutes)

In this massage, a copper vessel filled with warm herbal oil is placed on forehead followed by continuous pouring of oil from head to entire body to revitalize mind, body and soul. This massage therapy helps in anti-ageing, memory strengthening and eliminating neurological disorder.

Takradhara (55 minutes)

For those who suffer from insomnia, depression and stress related problems, the 55 minute Takradhara therapy performed by pouring cool herbal buttermilk on the forehead is the right remedy available here.

Udwarthana (45 minutes)

The 45 minute Udwarthana is the best Ayurvedic practice which target obesity problems and helps in eliminating toxins from the body.

Mukh Lepa (55 minutes)

It is an ancient Indian beauty ritual for women which involve application of herbal mask for enhancing skin texture and bring out face glow. The herbal mask is prepared in accordance to your body dosha.

Tan Lepa (55 minutes)

It is an oil based massage done with herbal medicated oil followed by application of herbal mask to the entire body. This Ayurvedic therapy aims at detoxification and body replenishing with essential minerals.

Tarpana (30 minutes)

This Ayurvedic treatment is performed by placing freshly made besan powder dough around the eyes followed by pouring medicated ghee in the eyes. Tarpana aims at improving eyesight and relieving eye strain.

Gandusa (30 minutes)

The 30 minute Ayurvedic treatment helps in deep cleansing, detoxification and eliminating bad voice, stammering, tooth disorder, breathing problems and improves suppleness of face muscles.

Kavala (30 minutes)

The 30 minute treatment involves gargling of herbal medicated oil in the mouth and helps in improving voice and eliminating throat & mouth disorder.

Kati Vasti (30 minutes)

The 30 minute Ayurvedic treatment is the best practice to relive back pain and eliminate spinal disorders. The procedure goes like a small ring of paste created with wheat flour is placed on the spinal area followed by gentle pouring of warm herbal oil within the circular periphery.

Ananda Rasayana:

Sneha Vasti (30 minutes)

The 30 minute oil based treatment helps in the treatment of Vata (air and space) related disorders such as constipation, neurological disorder, flatulence, rheumatism and lower back pain.

Kashya Vasti (55 minutes)

The 55 minute treatment helps in restoration of body tissues and eliminating toxins from the body.

Nasyam (30 minutes)

The 30 minute program includes continuous massage of neck, nose and shoulders and helps in treating migraines, headaches, chest congestion and chronic colds.

Talapodhichil (45 minutes)

The 45 minute treatment involves application of herbal pack on the head and helps in eliminating problems like insomnia, stress and migraines.

Urovasthi (30 minutes)

In this 30 minute treatment, a circular reservoir made of gram flour is created on the chest area followed by gentle pouring warm medicated oil in it. Urovasthi helps in relaxing muscular tissue and harmonizing mind, body and soul.

Yoga:

Yoga Consultation (30 minutes)

The 30 minute program involves deep consultation with yoga therapists. They listen to your goals and design a customized yoga and meditation program that will lead you to the attaining a balanced lifestyle.

Hatha Yoga (60 minutes)

The 60 minute program makes guests understand the relationship between connected muscle groups and body parts.

Gatyatmak Yoga (60 minutes)

The entire 60 minute session comprises of two dynamic postures such as Surya Namaskara and Chandra Namaskara and aims at bringing vibrancy and vivacity to mind, body and soul.

Kriya Yoga (60 minute)

Kriya Yoga involves various Hatha yoga techniques such as Asana, Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas along with yogic Shatkiryas.

Advanced Pranayama with Bandhas (45 minutes)

It is an advanced form of Pranayama which helps in attaining good breathing and state of vitality.

Pranayama (30 minutes)

The 30 minutes program involves various Pranayama techniques which helps in removing blockage that create hurdles between breathing patterns.

Meditation:

Yoga Nidra (45 minutes)

It is a process where a practitioner is on the periphery between restiveness and sleep. This process helps in relieving the anxiety and psychic tensions of conscious mind.

Chakra Shuddhi (45 minutes)

In this process, the 7 body chakras which are subtle energy centers in the body are cleansed through the physic mantras.

Antar Mouna (45 minutes)

This meditation technique helps in relieving mental stress and emotional turbulence and leads one through the process of attaining mental harmony.

Ajapa Japa (45 minutes)

This meditation process involves continuous chanting of a mantra along with breathing movement.

Chidaksha Dharana (45 minutes)

This meditation process helps in restraining psychic and pranic proportions and creating deeper consciousness of gross sensorial plane.

Hridyakasha Dharana (45 minutes)

This meditation technique helps in attaining emotional stability through exploration of subtle feelings in your inner self.

Trataka (30 minutes)

This meditation technique helps in increasing memory power and developing deep concentration and self control.

Shuddhi Kriyas:

Kunjal Kriya (30 minutes)

Kunjal Kriya is a perfect remedial for cold, cough, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders.

Jal Neti (30 minutes)

Performed by cleansing nasal passage through warm salt water, Jal Neti aims at improving eye-sight and eliminating allergies and sinus problems.

Massages:

Ananda Touch (30 minutes)

The signature massage technique helps in releasing body tension, relieving body pain, improving deep breathing and soothing mind.

Reflexology (55 minutes)

The 55 minute therapy helps in restoration and maintenance of body’s natural equilibrium.

Swedish massage (55-85 minutes)

The massage therapy helps in improving blood circulation, removing body toxins and connects you with inner self.

Aromatherapy Massage (85 minutes)

Performed with essential oils and lymphatic drainage, the pressure point massage helps in promoting physical, mental and spiritual well being.

Deep Tissue Massage (55-85 minutes)

The massage therapy is recommended to those people who are tensed with muscular aching.

Ananda Fusion (55-85 minutes)

This signature Ananda therapy is a blend of Thai massages, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Tibetan massage techniques.

Traditional Thai Massage (85-115 minutes)

Also known as passive yoga, Traditional Thai Massage is done with rhythmic kneading of pressure points and assisted yoga stretches.

Earth Stone Massage (75 minutes)

In this massage, hot basalt stones are used for soothing body and releasing muscular tension.  This is followed by cold marble stone massage which helps in detoxification, restoring internal balance and strengthening connection between mind and body.

Indian Head Massage (55 minutes)

This ancient Indian massage helps in releasing muscular tension, eliminating body toxins, enables positive energy flow throughout the body and brings you in a state of tranquility.

Aroma Hot Oil Treatment (45 minutes)

Performed with the exotic blend of Geranium, Lavender and Rosemary oil, this particular oil treatment helps in hair nourishment and scalp hydration.

Tibetan Ku Nye Massage (75 minutes)

This massage therapy aims at restoration of nervous system and enabling free flow of energy in the body.

Tibetan Ritual (115 minutes)

In this massage, the five elements of your body are balanced with a massage done with the brew of 5 essential oils followed by Tibetan techniques of cupping, kneading and acupressure.

Kundalini Back Massage (85 minutes)

This massage therapy is performed with essential oils and combination of ancient massage techniques and chakra healing method.

Manipura Massage (85 minutes)

This treatment aims at harmonizing the solar plexus or naval chakra, a symbol of fire and sun energy in our body through lymphatic drainage, Marma massage, reflexology and application of Himalayan herb poultices.

Couples Connect (115 minutes)

This 115 minutes program aims at instigating connection between mind, body and soul with a massage by using three exquisite oils- Rose, Jasmine and Orange Blossom.

Nurturing Expectant Mothers Experience (55-85 minutes)

This massage technique offers deep relaxation and wellbeing by kneading Marma and meridian points through Warm Himalayan and herbal poultices.

Exfoliation and Wrap Experience:

Ancient Indian Body Mask (55 minutes)

It is done by applying clay mask prepared with herbs and spices on the body. This therapy helps you feel revived and rejuvenated.

Aroma Cocoon (85 minutes)

These 85 minutes program begins with a lymphatic drainage massage and concludes with application of warm moisturizing cream providing ultimate relaxation.

Energizing Earth Wrap (85 minutes)

Done with energizing elements stored in the bosom of mother earth, this 85 minutes technique aims at revitalizing and detoxifying you.

Grounding Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

This scrub is done by merging natural sea salt with essential oils of vetiver, rose and sandalwood to provide mental stillness and vital skin.

Invigorating Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

It is done by blending essential oils of eucalyptus, orange and peppermint with natural sea salt to provide both physical and mental vitality.

Detoxifying Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

This particular treatment is good for deep cleansing and reducing cellulite.

Spice Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

This scrub treatment helps in relieving muscular aching, joint pains and provides deep relaxation.

Wild Rose Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

This scrub is performed by fusing rose oil with natural sea salt and helps in creating equilibrium mind, body and soul.

Mogra Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

This scrub treatment helps in enhancing radiance of dry, oily and sensitive skin.

Lemon Grass and Ginger Salt Scrub (45 minutes)

The 45 minute scrub treatments helps in deep cleansing, soul nourishment and creating mental balance.

Nurturing Expectant Mothers Scrub (45 minutes)

It is a exotic scrub prepared with rose water, honey and rosehip seeds and helps in skin exfoliation and restoring internal balance.

Hydrotherapy:

Hydro Aromatic Bath (25 minutes)

A mixture of spice essential oils is infused to the bath to provide serenity, rejuvenation and detoxification.

Stimulating Jet Blitz (20 minutes)

This high pressure shower jet is highly recommended for dealing with obesity and reducing cellulite.

Jet Lag Hydro Massage (25 minutes)

This underwater lymphatic massage is done for detoxification, relieving muscular tension and relaxing stiff joints. This massage treatment also encompasses a soothing scalp massage.

Ganges Blitz (55 minutes)

This spring water jet treatment begins with a salt scrub and ends with a high-pressured water jet massage leaving you completely rejuvenated.

Facial Experiences:

Rose Quartz Glow (75 minutes)

Rose Quartz Glow is a beauty treatment which cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates your face by using essential oils of Aloe Vera, Rose and Sandalwood dust.

Amethyst Rejuvenation (75 minute)

This particular beauty treatment purifies and restores glow to dry skin by using a combination of Amethyst crystal wands and essential oils of rose and vetiver. 

Tibetan Ku Nye Facial (75 minutes)

This particular facial involves ancient Tibetan oil and Organic sea buckthorn which helps in improving blood circulation and anti-ageing process. The therapy concludes with a lavender and honey face mask.

Vishuddha Harmonizing Facial (55 minutes)

This particular facial involves ancient Marma massage and light strokes and helps in removing blockages from face, encourages flow of energy on face and restores skin radiance. 

Ananda Royal Facial (85 minutes)

This facial begins with a soothing back massage followed by herbal facial and concludes with a foot massage. It aims at detoxifying and softening your skin.

Himalayan Honey and Rose Facial (55 minutes)

The face mask applied in this facial is prepared by blending pure honey, cucumber and essential oils of rose and sandalwood and helps hydrating dry skin.

Mountain Dew Skin Freshener (70 minutes)

It is a deep cleansing facial performed by using essential oils of basil and juniper and helps in eliminating toxins and congestion.

The Himalayan Express (25 minutes)

It is a gentle face massage performed with special creams and oils and helps in deep cleansing, moisturizing and enhancing skin texture.

Healing Experiences:

Reflexology with Crystal Energy (75 minutes)

The therapy involves stimulation of pressure points that allows unhindered flow of energy into body chakras. Hold the yellow citrine in your hands while the rose quartz kneads your pressure points to create internal balance. 

Crystal therapy (75 minutes)

In order to stimulate the mind and relax the body, the 7 body chakras are targeted in the crystal therapy.

Reiki Healing with Crystals (75 minutes)

For proper awakening of mind, body and soul and providing deep cleansing experience, the crystals are gently placed on the body.

Reiki Healing (55 minutes)

This hands-on healing technique eliminates body stress, promotes deep relaxation and helps in harmonizing mind, body and soul.

Chakradhara (75 minutes)

In order to restore natural energy flow in the body, the Marma points are anoint with the warm herbal oils in Chakradhara therapy.

Hopi Ear Candling (45 minutes)

For eliminating problems like congestion, sinus, migraine and tinnitus, the reflex points of face are kneaded with American Indian herbs and cotton tubes infused with honey, beeswax and therapeutic herbs are inserted within the ear canal to clear blockages.

Manicure and Pedicure:

Honey and Rose Manicure (55 minutes)

In order to make your hands look clean and shining, the 55 minute manicure involves wonderful wrap of honey, rose and sunflower for skin hydration and exfoliation followed by deep hand massage.

Express Manicure (45 minutes)

The 45 minute treatment includes nail shaping, dead skin removing and buffing along with soothing hand massage and optional nail polish.

Peppermint, Orange, Eucalyptus Pedicure (75 minutes)

This pedicure treatment aims at cleaning your feet and makes them look refreshing.

Express Pedicure (45 minutes)

The pedicure treatment begins with a sea salt scrub and followed by cuticle work, calluses removal, foot massage and optional nail polishing.

Eyebrow Threading (20 minutes)

Groom your eyebrows with the Indian eyebrow threading technique that lasts for 20 minutes.

Facilities

  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry/Valet Services
  • Health Club
  • Massage Services
  • Sauna
  • Steam Bath
  • Doctor on call
  • Travel Desk
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Conference facilities
  • Elevators
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Wheel chair access
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Swimming Pool
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
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