Ananda’s founder, the Oberoi-trained visionary Ashok Khanna, has gathered a stellar cast of ayurvedic doctors, mistresses and masters of yoga, skilled therapists, international wellness experts, nutritionists, and spa cuisine chefs to support his healing, life-sparking mission. All in a sublime setting overlooking the sacred river Ganga as it wends down from the Himalayas, the Abode of the Gods. Ananda’s luxury and understated up-to-dateness provide a serene and welcoming background for an all-too-rare revitalization of spirit and body.
Ananda offers a variety of rooms, suites, and villas, all elegantly designed in the old Colonial Hill Station tradition, but with a full range of modern amenities barely imaginable back in the days of the British Raj. The suitably regal Palace Suite in the retreat’s centerpiece, the newly renovated Viceregal Palace, former home of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, is quietly spectacular, but your Micato India specialist will help you decide between valley-view rooms and suites, one of the three villas (each with its own pool), or wonderfully restful garden-view rooms.
Almost needless to say, Ananda’s cuisine stresses healthy, sparkling-fresh ingredients, combined by the retreat’s creative chefs into meals that meet its commitment to individualized nutritional needs, both in terms of physical well-being and nurturance, but also with the very human and healthy desire to be delighted by one’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So, in short, Ananda’s cuisine is both resolutely healthy and sensuously superb.
In addition to its 24-hours-a-day restfulness and enveloping, loving hospitality, Ananda offers a host of lifestyle and wellness activities. We can take nature walks, meditate, practice yoga under expert tutelage, attend cooking classes, lectures, and workshops, and join in fitness programmes. (And we might want to take a little time to pay a visit to nearby Rishikesh, one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and yoga centres, where Lord Rama came to do penance on the banks of the Holy Ganga.)