A Wellness Retreat: Time Out at Ananda in the Himalayas

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pace of modern life? Craving some time out to rest and recharge? We’ve found the perfect destination for you. Ananda is a destination spa set in the Himalayan foothills of North India that has not only huge spiritual significance but is the height of luxury too. Get ready to have your chakras well and truly balanced.

How to get to Ananda

One of the wonderful things about Ananda is its secluded location, but that does mean you need to plan your travel carefully. Fortunately, it’s relatively straightforward to fly to Dehradun, the capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is served by Jolly Grant Airport, which operates flights into 16 cities within India, destinations in Asia and further afield. It’s a short 45-minute flight from Dehli with several airlines operating flights daily. From the airport, it’s a 40-minute scenic car journey to Ananda. The resort is happy to arrange a car to come and pick you up, so let them know if you’d like them to organize transfers.

What makes Ananda unique?

Ananda is not just a destination spa, it’s the destination spa. In 2020 it was voted the number one destination spa in the world in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. It’s not just that the facilities are superb and the food outstanding, Ananda has a lot more that makes it special.

For starters, there’s the location. There are hundreds of spas in beautiful destinations in Europe, but not like this. Ananda makes its home in the former Palace Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, overlooking Rishikesh and the Ganges river, and you can imagine from that just how stunning it is. There are over 100 acres of gardens surrounding Ananda, and further out you’re surrounded by beautiful natural forests. You really do feel the restorative connection with nature.

You may also not be aware that the Himalayan foothills are the birthplace of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. This makes Ananda a hugely important location for many people and means the spa attracts visitors from all over the world, all seeking relaxation, connection, and spiritual rejuvenation.

The facilities at Ananda

The good news is that you don’t need to worry about planning out your activities, you can rely on the expertise of the team at Ananda for that. When you book you choose between a range of comprehensive wellness packages depending on what you want to focus on. These include detox and cleansing, mental health and spiritual balance, and rejuvenation and immunity. Within each area of focus, there are then options for how you’d like to address these, meaning you ultimately end up with a carefully thought-out program of treatments.

In the spa

You could spend a month at Ananda and still not tire of the spa offerings. The mix of treatments is impressive, from relaxing activities like full body therapeutic massages through to more energizing personalized fitness programs. Ananda will tailor your package to make sure you get the most out of your time there.

The food at Ananda

The dining experience, as you’d expect from one of the best destination spas in the world, is second to none. Not only is the quality and choice superb, but a huge amount of thought and effort goes into the dining and Ananda. All ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and the focus is on low-fat, low-sugar and plenty of fresh, nutrient-rich foods. Meals can also be custom-made to take into account your body type or dosha, helping you to achieve that balance you’re craving.

Experiences around Ananda

It would be a waste to visit Ananda and not head outside the resort to enjoy some of the local attractions. Hiking has to be top of the list as the scenery is spectacular, but you can also enjoy activities like white water rafting or a safari in the Rajaji National Park. Don’t miss the Ganga Aarti – a ritual on the banks of the Ganges where offerings are made to the river.

Whatever you need help with, be it hormonal balancing, management of a chronic illness, or mental well-being, Ananda promises to offer you a personal and powerful program of activities and treatments in a truly stunning location. Definitely one for the bucket list.

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