Ananda In The Himalayas, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
A retreat high in Himalayas, promising nothing but the best, that is
Ananda Spa for you. There was once a time when there were no spas and
to rejuvenate, people headed to ashrams. Today the concept has
transformed completely. It would not be wrong to say that spas are the
modern day ashrams, but yet not ashrams entirely. The luxuries have
been multiplied, but the spiritual connection is missing. Ananda spa
in the laps of nature, located in the land of gods, Uttaranchal, is
your answer to that perfect blending of a health rejuvenation with
spiritual touch. What makes Ananda spa special is perhaps its location
in the holy land of Rishikesh. Also lingering in the back drop of this
world class spa is the royalty as this was once the palace of the
Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal.
Spread over 21,000 sq.ft, nestled in Himalayas at 1000 metres above the sea level, Ananda spa is the numero uno choice in south East Asia, and it has every reason to be. An envious location to begin with. The name might make one think of Ananda as just a spa but this is not true. Ananda spa offers a comple health revitalising range, be it the spa treatments, yoga or meditation. No matter which treatment you choose, be rest assured to get a world class service.
The importance Ananda Spa lays on the well being of its guests can be realised by this quote" Energise your body, stimulate your mind, calm your soul." This world renowned spa attracts guests from round the globe and has made quite a name for itself in international circle.
The list of awards and honours the spa has received is even longer then one can think of. The latest being 'Best Overseas Spa Retreat' by Conde Nast Traveller, 2005 reader's spa awards. It was also named in the top 25 spas in the world by the same. It was awarded as the 'Best Pampering Spa' by Harper's Abroad in 2002. There are many more, and the spa regularly receives accolades from leading journals like Sunday Times, London, Travel and Leisure, Gourmet, Conde Nast traveller etc. The spa is also a member of reputed organisations like British International Spa association and International Spa Association.
Ayurveda At Ananda
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science which has impressed the west as
well, is an intrisic part of the wellness programme here. It is so
well imbibed and practiced here to suit every individual's need that
you can't remain unimpressed by its healing and rejuvenating powers.
The qualified doctors and therapists here decide and give the treatment which suits you best. The use of ayurveda in its purest form is evident here as you experience your therapies lying on wooden bed and oils while the powders and traditional rituals of ayurveda fill the air around you. Right from you ayurvedic meal to the treatments to balance Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) the holistic experience is sure to take you to another level of self being.
The more popular treatments here at Ananda are Panchakarma, Abhyanga, Udwarthana, Choornaswedan, Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Sirodhara Takradahara, Tarpana, Gandusa, Kaval, Vamana, Virechana, Sneha Vasti, Kashaya Vasti and Nasya.
There are specific Ayurveda packages for you to choose from starting from 2 days three nights to going upoto 14 days or at times even mored depending upon individual's need.
Yoga At Ananda
An ancient Indian science, yoga encompasses the postures, breathing
and meditation to help you attain a blissful health. Complimenting the
fitness regime of Yoga are stretches of Himalayan terrain, Sal trees
in the backdrop and River Ganga flowing nearby. All this enhances the
effect of mental peacefulness while performing yogic activities. The
expert gurus, instructors guide each guest with individual attention.
A primary individual session will first introduce you to the science, its therapeutic, physiological, psychological and philosophical aspect and guide you to how it will ensure a life full of perfect health. There are many yoga sessions to choose from depending upon your need. Beginners Yoga session, Intermediate, Advance, Personalised, you can choose either of these sessions. Besides Rishikesh is also famous for its riverside ashrams where yoga is practiced regularly. A trip to these is also organised.
Also, there are a range of interesting activities, they are as varied but the aim is same. The idea is to take you to a healthy life. The 'Nature Walks', 'Fitness Eneregiser' and 'Cross Training'' are some of them.
Spa At Ananda
The spa experience at Ananda is one of its kind, the treatment at
spa is such that each guest feels like he is getting individual
treatment. The spa people ensure that each of their guests get
treatment that will benefit them the most.
Be it the body wrap or detoxifying treatment, at each step you are guided and effort is to achieve personal goals of the clients.
Another interesting thing about spa experience at Ananda is that it comes with a special spa cuisine. Food that is delectable yet so healthy. No heavy gravy yet very fulfilling. The freshest of vegetables cooked with utmost care to retain maximum nutrition, such is the cuisine.
Staying At Ananda
The spa has 75 deluxe rooms and suites with private terrace gardens. The best thing about the rooms is that they stand overlooking the majestic Himalayas and Ganga flowing close by. Some rooms stand facing the palace while the vicegral suite has a wrap around terrace and a juccuzzi. The rooms are all well furnished with luxuries like sunken bath tubs, private bars etc.
Food At Ananda
Ananda spa apart from offering its every own spa cuisine also has 6 restaurants each of them serving uniquely. 'The Restaurant' serves finest Ayurvedic, Asian and Western cuisine. 'Tree Tops' is a restaurant set in natural surroundings of Himalayas. 'The Pavilion' is the pool side restaurant serving drinks and light snacks. 'Palace Tea Lounge', is located in the Vicegral Palace and serves tea and soft beverages. 'The Poolside' set on a Himalayan ridge is a perfect place to relax with some fresh juices and healthy snacks. 'Hill Theatre' hasn't got a theatre but it offers view of Himalayas and the Palace. When the weather is pleasant, dinner shows are organised here. 'Winter Garden', is a beautiful restaurant set in the Vicregal palace overlooking the valley. Service here is based on the seasonal conditions.
Lastly, Activities At Ananda
Though Ananda is essentially a spa yet it comes with all the
facilities of five star hotel. From swimming pool to golf, squash and
outdoor trips - it is all there for you to enjoy. Then there are also
trips organised to Rishikesh, outdoor watersports like white water
rafting, kaykaying etc.
One can even conduct business meeting and conferences here as the spa has board rooms also.
Tha spa has so much to offer that it will be difficult for you to enjoy all that it offers in one visit. But it is the treatment that will keep attracting you here again and again.
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