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Ananda-In the Himalayas is a luxury destination spa resort located in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of Indias ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Ananda is a retreat dedicated to restoring balance and harmonising energy, through a holistic approach, incorporating the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, along with contemporary spa technology. At the heart of the wellness focus, is the integration of Yoga and Ayurveda philosophies along with purifying whole body therapies, while incorporating the five elements of Nature, thus creating harmony between the mind, body and spirit. Set amongst 100 acres of virgin forest and opened in September 2000, Ananda-In the Himalayas is built around a Maharajas palace estate and located 260 kilometres north of New Delhi. The resort features a restored Viceroys Palace, world-class Spa, 75 deluxe rooms and suites and 3 villas. Two of these villas are 2 bedroom villas and one is a single bedroom villa, with breathtaking views of the Ganges River and the mountainside. With the highest standards of service, luxurious accommodations, innovative dining and breathtaking mountain views, Ananda is an internationally recognised oasis offering an enriching experience designed to restore, renew and revitalise. Guests can immerse themselves in a complete rejuvenation experience in the 24,000 square foot spa, with an extensive selection of therapies in the 24 treatment rooms. The Spa also features luxurious hydrotherapy facilities, a Beauty Institute, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, fully equipped gymnasium. Dining facilities include: The Restaurant (Ananda Rejuvenation Cuisine); The Pavilion; The Winter Garden; The Palace Lounge; The Hill Theatre and The Poolside. Ananda is also ideal for exclusive management retreats and conferences. The expansive Viceregal Hall provides extensive meeting facilities for up to 150 guests. In addition, the Viceroys Palace has rooftop boardrooms and terraces with panoramic views to cater to high powered meetings. An amphitheatre, yoga pavilions in natural surroundings and landscaped gardens complete the palatial Ananda experience Ananda offers several outdoor adventure options including trekking, white water rafting, nature walks, visiting the wild elephants of Rajaji National Park, and elephant photo safaris at nearby Chilla National Park. Anandas six-hole, par-three course incorporates an independent driving range, perfect for private lessons. Small but perfectly formed, with golf turf imported from the United States for the greens and tees, the golf course on its Himalayan axle is nonetheless challenging.


Fact Sheet

Ananda ­ Address in the Himalayas The Palace Estate Narendra Nagar Dist. Tehri-Garhwal Uttaranchal ­ 249175 India Tel: 91 - 1378- 227500 Fax: 91 - 1378- 227550 E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] Website: Corporate Marketing and Sales C ­ 26, Qutub Institutional Area New Delhi - 110 016 India Tel: 91-11-2656-8888 Fax: 91-11-2656-9999 E-mail: [email protected]



Located close to the holy town of Rishikesh in the precincts of the Palace Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal in the small town of Narendra Nagar. Ananda is situated 260kms north of New Delhi in the state of Uttaranchal. & Management IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India

Owning Company

Designer & Architect

Chhada, Siembieda & Associates



Air A 60-minute flight from New Delhi to Dehradun Jolly Grant airport followed by a one-hour drive. Ananda has a private helipad that is available for chartered flights from New Delhi. A four-hour journey from New Delhi to Haridwar railway station followed by a one-hour drive. The driving time between New Delhi and Narendra Nagar is approximately seven hours.



Road Accommodation

75 deluxe rooms and suites with private balconies, offer magnificent views of the Ganges river and valley of Rishikesh or the Maharajas Palace. The suites have their own private garden. The Viceregal Suite, located in the Palace has a wrap around terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi. 3 villas two of which are 2 bedroom villas and one a single bedroom villa, with breathtaking views of the Ganges River and the mountainside. These villas are with private pools approximately 40 sq. metres (10 X 4) with a deck area around it with lounge beds. Each villa also has a living room, a pantry for the butler, a dressing room and a huge bathroom with a bathtub next to a glass window overlooking the private pool and a private sauna room.

Facilities in all accommodation types include

Panoramic view terrace Sunken bathtub with picture window view Separate shower Walk-in closet Two line telephones Private bar In-room safe Tea and coffee maker Temperature AC and Heat control LCD Television


Dining The Restaurant Tree Tops The Restaurant features the finest of Ayurvedic, Asian and Western cuisine based on the values of traditional cooking. An outer deck of The Restaurant set within the natural environs of the Himalayas. A casual and cosy setting for drinks and light snacks, located adjacent to The Restaurant and pool. Located in the Viceregal Palace and serves high tea and soft beverages. Set on the ridge of the Himalayan mountain hills, a perfect place to relax with healthy snacks and fresh juices. In pleasant weather, dinner shows are scheduled here. The Hill Theatre offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and the Palace. Located in Viceregal Palace and overlooks the valley. This venue is set for service according to seasonal conditions.

The Pavilion

Palace Tea Lounge

The Poolside

Hill Theatre

Winter Garden

Spa Area 24,000 Sq. feet area


Ananda offers a unique blend of therapeutic treatments based on traditional Indian practices of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation. The spa also offers the latest European and Thai treatments to purify the body and soothe the senses. Separate beauty treatment salon Kama Suite for a couple with Jacuzzi, sauna and massage Hydrotherapy facilities: steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, Kneipe foot bath, cold plunge, showers, locker and changing rooms Outdoor heated lap pool and Jacuzzi Gym: 16 station life fitness gym with cardio, strength training and aerobics facility

Spa Facilities 24 treatment rooms 2 relaxation rooms 4 consultation rooms

Spa Boutique

Showcases a fine collection of silk, wide variety of music, books, Ananda wears, art objects, herbal teas and other organic food, skincare and cosmetics.


Yoga & Meditation

Yoga and meditation at Ananda helps to achieve a state of passive alertness that transcends the every day level of thought and distraction. A majestic open-air marbled floor shelter with gold leaf ceiling fresco, surrounded by a still and peaceful water pool at the south end of expansive palace lawn. The intimate setting is an excellent location to view the sunset and is ideal for individual instruction or private meditation. The Hall is ideal for more active forms of yoga. A tranquil hillside garden is tucked just outside the valleys ridge ­ a perfect refuge for Himalayan tea after an invigorating yoga session or peaceful meditation. Renowned spiritual figure, Ma Anandamayi was respected for her propagation of universal love and brother/sisterhood. The Maharaja of Garhwal, a highly spiritual person, invited her to bless his Palace. The Maharajah made a very special abode for Ma Anandamayi, overlooking the Ganges valley, where she worked to set up her Ashram. Outside her abode, parishioners regularly congregated to receive her presence, discourses on spirituality and ,,darshan.

Yoga Pavilion

Viceregal Hall

Ma Anandamayi Abode

Winter Garden

Adjacent to the Ma Anandamayi Abode, this outdoors area overlooks a dense grove of sal trees. The tranquillity of the spiritual leaders former presence enhances the yoga session. Terraced Hill Theatre offers a view of the foothills and Palace

Hill Amphitheatre

Fitness Centre Outdoor recreational activities

Ananda Fitness Centre provides a world-class high-energy balance to the tranquillity of encompassing spa experience. An exhilarating extension to the spa at Ananda, we offer an array of outdoor adventures and thrilling explorations into the Himalayas, Ganges and surrounding National parks. Trekking White water rafting Kayaking Angling Visit to Rajaji and Chilla National Park Morning energisers - nature walks and jogging Fitness orientation ­ one-to-one training, stretch and tone, abdominal workout Swimming Golf



Other Facilities Billiards Room

Ananda houses one of the oldest billiard tables (100 years old) in India. The charming room includes a spectators gallery and fireplace. The library houses the Maharajas superb collection of literary & historical books on the Imperial era and is being augmented by contemporary topics, including Ayurveda, wellness, lifestyle, natural history, yoga, meditation and more.

The Library

Conference Facilities Board Room I Suitable for small groups of 10-16. Once the guesthouse dining room, this 15-foot ceiling room with fireplace, enjoys a ground floor location adjacent to the grand staircase and reception hall. Also suitable for small groups of 10-16. Glassed on four sides, this intimate setting commands impressive view of the Himalayas. The Palaces recreation hall is the largest meeting room at the spa with high ceilings and wooden floors. Ideal for meetings, presentation, exhibitions or small functions for up to 140 people. All necessary equipment and infrastructure for executive meetings and conferences are made available. These include Data projector, Slide projector (35 mm), Flip charts, VCR / TV / computers, Cordless mikes / wire mikes, Sound system, OHP and white board

Board Room II

Viceregal Hall



Rediscover happiness and self-contentment at Ananda. Ananda Spa is dedicated to restoring balance and harmonising energies through a holistic approach blending the healing principles of the East and West with a specific focus on Ayurveda along with contemporary spa technology. The Ananda Spa is dedicated to providing guests with a total immersion in discovering a well-being oriented lifestyle and a holistic therapy approach. At the heart of the wellness focus is the integration of yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic philosophies along with purifying whole body therapies incorporating the five elements of nature thus creating harmony between the mind, body and spirit. On arrival guests will begin their spa experience at Ananda by receiving a consultation with one of the spa experts. This will allow Ananda to assist in creating a personalised therapy and activity programme designed to meet guests individual needs and expectations to achieve their health goals along with guidance in the areas of: nutrition, exercise, stress management, detoxification, deep relaxation and anti-ageing.


The journey from the palace to the spa snakes through woods and manicured lawns. The reception of the spa is an airy atrium hall, where natural breeze flows through ancient pines and wild flowers. The spa consists of three levels including a state-of-the-art gymnasium overlooking the gardens of the Palace and the valley of Rishikesh. The gymnasium has its own training master and a hall for aerobics. Separate wet spas for men and women offer the following facilities:


A Finnish sauna overlooking the valley and the forest Turkish steam bath Chilled plunge pool A footbath area, with natural rounded Ganga pebbles of different grades, in which, the water temperatures change from one segment to the other segment of the footbath A built in hydro-massage system A walkway leads to the therapy rooms offering treatments like ayurvedic massages, detoxification, hydro body exfoliating / scrub rub, water jet, cellular massage, Swedish and Thai massage. The massage rooms are equipped with private aromatic baths, and rest rooms. Each of these rooms has individual showers. A unique feature of the spa is the large Couples' Suite, with its double Jacuzzi, steam, resting areas and treatments where guests can have a private facial or body wrap. One of the highlights of Ananda is the Beauty Institute, offering a variety of beauty treatments including facials, skin care, body wraps and aromatherapy. The spa complex also houses a boutique where arts, crafts and accessories specially designed and developed for the resort are available. Adjoining the spa complex is an outdoor heated swimming pool and another Jacuzzi.


Ayurveda is the traditional, ancient and scientific Indian system of holistic medicine and has been handed down through the centuries by physicians who greatly value health and fitness of the human body. With deep insight into the structure of the universe and life, these scholarly sages have formulated norms for preserving health and curing diseases. Ayurveda is a system of complete health care, theory and practice for eliminative and palliative therapy for the healthy and the sick, so that mankind can enjoy life in full spirit. True to its name, Ayurveda is your means to vibrant good health, particularly in today's fast paced world. Ananda Ayurvedic therapies promote positive health in many ways: Revitalises the nervous system Relieves fatigue Promotes sound sleep Improves the complexion Retards the aging process Nourishes the whole body Enhances immunity Pacifies and relaxes the mind Protects from stress and strain Ananda approaches Ayurveda by practicing treatments based on the six factors of Ayurveda that are suitable to the Himalayan conditions. They customise the Ayurvedic treatments by the use of less oil and slow synchronised massages to make the body soft and disintegrate the morbid doshas, which are eliminated more easily from the subtle channels of circulation. Expertly trained and experienced therapists, under the supervision of a highly qualified physician, perform Ananda Ayurvedic therapies. An individual Ananda Ayurvedic therapy programme will be prescribed to the guest after a detailed consultation with the physician. Specific daily routines, a regulating and nutritious diet, and wellness activities will be prescribed for the individual creating a holistic approach to the entire programme. The physicians also plan an aftercare programme for the guest that helps them to get full benefits of the Ayurvedic treatments received at Ananda.



To follow Ayurvedic dietary principles one has to consider individual body types; personality; response to factors like stress, weather and factor in the time of year and life, while suggesting specific food and activity options. Each individual is categorized into body types ­ Vatta, Pitta and Kapha depending on activity level, medical condition and lifestyle. The Ananda menu places emphasis on the importance of a balanced diet. Ayurvedic food can be divided into six fundamental categories according to taste: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, with each taste containing nutritional factors that the body needs for proper functioning. The diet should include all six tastes, macronutrients like protein, fat and carbohydrates in each meal. Since each type of food has a unique affect on digestion, metabolism and the formation of tissues, diets in which only certain food groups, nutrients and tastes are prominent can lead to significant imbalance. It can also lead to cravings for certain food or a sense of feeling hungry, fatigued or tired after finishing a large meal. A balanced diet should have all three macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and fats and all the six tastes. A healthy individual who is moderately to highly active, needs to consume a diet that is based on 55 to 60 percent carbohydrates, 20 to 25 percent protein and the remaining 15-20 percent derived from fats. 6 X nutrition could be a key that can unlock the door to lifelong weight management. This is a system whereby the total caloric intake for a day is broken down into 6 meals as opposed to 3 meals. The same number of calories spread over 6 meals can induce weight loss without a proportional increase in activity. The body is only capable of absorbing 21000 calories at one time; the excess is diverted to fat and is used as energy later. Regular intake of food throughout the day, keeps some food in digestion constantly, which evens out the flow of insulin and therefore preventing a peak and corresponding valley - the feeling of hunger.


What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots, "Ayus" and "Ved," meaning life and knowledge respectively. Ayus represents all aspects of life from birth until death. Its an ancient healing system of India and has been practiced more than 5000 years. Aim of Ayurveda The aim of Ayurveda is not only the healing of illness, but also the prevention of illness and preservation of life. Ayurveda is a "holistic" system of medicine, which means that it treats the person as a whole, not as a group of individual parts. Ayurveda aimed at treating the body, mind, and soul. Ayurveda belief Ayurvedic theory of creation discusses factors that are interlinked, including: The body The mind The soul or the consciousness The panchamahabhutas (the five elements) These factors are complimentary to each other, and are equally important in every person. The basic Ayurvedic belief is that every thing is in the universe, including us, is composed of five elements called panchabhutas and tridosha or bio energetic forces that govern our health and determine our prakrati, or physical constitution.


Panchamahabhutas (five elements) The universe consists of five elements ­ Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Human body composed of a combination of them. Tridosha The three principle bio-energies ­ Vata, Pitta, and Kapha known as Tridosha, exist in all matter and are composed of different combination of five elements. Ether and Air elements in Vata Fire and water element in Pitta Water and Earth elements in Kapha Doshas Vata Pitta Kapha Characteristics Light, dry, cold, minute, mobile, rough, penetrating Hot, penetrating, oily, liquid, sour, sharp, pungent Heavy, cold, soft, oily, sweet, static, slimy

Individual Constitution Most individual have a predominant dosha, which determines body type. According to dosha, there are seven types of body constitution (Prakrti). These are ­ Vata Vata - Pitta Vata ­ Pitta - Kapha Pitta Vata - Kapha Kapha Kapha - Pitta

Ayurveda approach In Ayurveda, every person must be treated individually. The skill of Ayurveda practitioner lies in assessing each individuals constitution, diagnosing the cause of any imbalance, identifying the constitutional type and where the imbalance of dosha lie, and deciding upon the best possible treatment. Diagnosis in Ayurveda In Ayurveda, the diagnosis and treatments of disease is always individual. Indian medicine names, three main causes of disease that relate to whether we ,,overuse, disuse, or misuse of faculties; whether we make ,,errors in judgement and whether we are influenced by changes in the seasons. Ayurveda also closely traces the stages of disease and recommends a wide range of methods to assess people of all levels of health, based on their individual constitution and, prescribes remedies that are tailored for them. The Ananda Spa may refer clients to the nearby Himalayan Institute Hospitals Ayurvedic Department when clinical procedures are recommended. Treatment in Ayurveda The heart of Ayurveda is the many and varied forms of treatment for mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda is holistic in every sense: prevention is as important as cure, and we must be aware of the right time to undertake treatment-a time that is right for the individual. The techniques of Ayurveda are powerful, spanning the entire range of therapies.





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