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    Pushpa Nair

    Tel: 91 11 2689 9999

    Mobile: + 91 98106 09406




Fact Sheet

Spa Description

Yoga & Fitness

Rejuvenation Cuisine

Design Philosophy

Bio Profiles

    Info on Ayurvedic Medicine


    Ananda-In The Himalayas is a luxury destination spa resort located in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of India‟s 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 Maharaja‟s palace estate and

    located 260 kilometres north of New Delhi. The resort features a restored Viceroy‟s Palace, world-class Spa, 75 deluxe rooms and suites and 3 brand

    new villas two of these villas are 2 bedrooms and one is a single bedroom villa, with breathtaking views of the Ganges River and mountainside.

    With the highest standards of service, luxurious accommodations, innovative dining and breathtaking mountain views, Ananda is becoming 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 21,000 square foot spa, with an extensive selection of therapies in the 21 treatment rooms, 4 consultation rooms. The Spa also features luxurious hydrotherapy facilities, a Beauty Institute, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, fully equipped gymnasium and squash court.

    Dining facilities include: The Restaurant (Ananda Rejuvenation Cuisine); The Pavilion; The Winter Garden; The Palace Lounge; The Hill Theatre and The Poolside.

    Ananda is ideal for conference and management retreats and provides extensive meeting facilities for up to 150 guests. In the Viceroy‟s Palace, there are also rooftop boardrooms and terraces with panoramic views, an amphitheatre, temple and landscaped gardens.

    Ananda Adventure includes trekking, white water rafting, nature walks, visiting the wild elephants of Rajaji National Park, and elephant photo safaris at nearby Chilla National Park. With golf turf imported from the United States for the greens and tees, the six-hole, par-three course incorporates an independent driving range, perfect for private lessons. Small but perfectly formed, the golf course on its Himalayan axle is nonetheless challenging.

    Fact Sheet

Spa Address The Palace Estate

    Narendra Nagar

    Dist. Tehri-Garhwal

    Uttaranchal 249175


    Tel: 91 - 1378- 227500

    Fax: 91 - 1378- 227550



    Corporate Marketing and C 26, Qutub Institutional Area Sales New Delhi - 110 016


    Tel: 91-11-2656-8888

    Fax: 91-11-2656-9999


    Mumbai Sales 701 B Poonam Chambers

    Dr. Annie Besant Road


    Mumbai 400 018


    Tel: 91-22-2497 3408

    Fax: 91-22-2497 5391


Location 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.

    Owning & Management IHHR Hospitality, New Delhi, India Company

    Designer & Architect Chhada, Siembieda & Associates


Air A short 45-minute flight from New Delhi to

    Dehradun‟s Jolly Grant airport followed by a one-

    hour drive. (Please note Dehradun airport is

    currently closed for a year for up gradation

    and renovation)

Helicopter Ananda has a private helipad that is available for

    chartered flights from New Delhi.

Train A four-hour journey from New Delhi to Haridwar

    railway station followed by a one-hour drive.

Road The driving time between New Delhi and Narendra

    Nagar is approximately five and a half hours.


     75 deluxe rooms and suites with private balcony,

    offers magnificent view 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 brand new villas two of these villas are 2

    bedrooms and one is a single bedroom villa, with

    breathtaking views of the Ganges River and


Facilities 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

    ? Television


The Restaurant The Restaurant features the finest of Ayurvedic,

    Asian and Western cuisine based on the basic

    values of traditional cooking.

Tree Tops An outer deck of The Restaurant set within the

    natural environs of the Himalayas.

    The Pavilion A casual and cosy setting for drinks and light

    snacks, located adjacent to The Restaurant and


Palace Tea Lounge Located in the Viceregal Palace serves high tea

    and soft beverages.

The Poolside Set on the ridge of the Himalayan mountain hills

    makes a perfect place to relax with healthy snacks

    and fresh juices.

Hill Theatre In pleasant weather, dinner shows are

    occasionally scheduled here. The Hill Theatre

    offers a view of the Himalayas and the Palace.

    Winter Garden Located in Viceregal Palace overlooks the valley.

    This venue is set for service according to seasonal



21,000 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. (For

    further details on the treatments please view


    Facilities ? Separate beauty treatment salon

     ? Kama Suite for a couple with jacuzzi, sauna and

    21 treatment rooms massage

     ? Hydrotherapy facilities: steam, sauna, Jacuzzi,

    4 relaxation rooms Kneipe foot bath, cold plunge, showers, locker

     and changing rooms 4 consultation rooms ? Outdoor heated lap pool and Jacuzzi

     ? Gym: 16 station life fitness gym with cardio,

     strength training and aerobics facility

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


    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.

Ma Anandamayi Abode 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 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 excellent

    location to view the sunset and is ideal for

    individual instruction or private meditation.

Viceregal Hall The Hall is ideal for more active forms of yoga. A

    tranquil hillside garden is tucked just outside the

    valley‟s ridge a perfect refuge for Himalayan tea

    after an invigorating yoga session or peaceful


Board Room II Glassed on four sides, this intimate indoor setting

    commands impressive view of the mountains.

    Winter Garden Adjacent to the Ma Anandamayi Abode, this

    outdoors area overlooks a dense grove of sal

    trees. The tranquility of the spiritual leader‟s

    former presence enhances the yoga session.

Hill Theatre Terraced Hill Theatre offers a view of the foothills

    and Palace.

    Fitness Centre Ananda Fitness Centre provides a world-class

    high-energy balance to the tranquility of

    encompassing spa experience.

    Services ? Morning energisers - nature walks and jogging

    ? Fitness orientation one-to-one training,

    stretch and tone, abdominal workout

    ? Swimming

    ? Squash

    ? Golf

Outdoor recreational activities

    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

Other Facilities

Billiards Room Ananda houses one of the oldest billiard tables in

    India. The charming room includes a spectator‟s

    gallery and fireplace.

The Library The library houses the Maharaja‟s superb

    collection of literary & historical books on the

    Imperial era. It is currently being augmented by

    contemporary topics, including ayurveda,

    wellness, lifestyle, natural history, yoga,

    meditation and more.

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.

    Board Room II Also suitable for small groups of 10-16. Glassed

    on four sides, this intimate setting commands

    impressive view of the Himalayas.

Viceregal Hall The Palace‟s recreation hall is the largest meeting

    room at the spa wit high ceilings and wooden

    floors. Ideal for meetings, presentation,

    exhibitions or small functions for up to 140


    Equipment ? Data projector

    ? slide projector (35 mm)

    ? flip charts

    ? VCR / TV / computers

    ? cordless mikes / wire mikes

    ? sound system

    ? OHP and white board


    No.1 of the top 25 spas in CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, 2005 & 2006 the world

    Destination Spa of the Year BASA AWARDS 2006 Best Overseas spa retreat CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, 2005

    Best Overseas Lifestyle Condé Nast Traveller 2003 Destination Spa (First


    Best Pampering Spa Harpers Abroad 2002

Best Spas in the World Tatler 2003

    Condé Nast Traveller 2002 & 2003

    Homes & Gardens 2001

    Tatler Travel Guide 2002

    Sunday Times, London 2001

    Spa Management Journal 2000

    Asiafit 2000

    East 2000

    Hot List Condé Nast Traveller 2001

    Travel & Leisure 2001

    Gourmet 2000

    Most sublime centre of the Condé Nast Traveller 2000 year // to renew body &


    Yoga Retreats Of The World Harpers & Queen 2001

Association 5 Waves certification BISA (British International

    Spa Association) 2001

    International Spa Association (ISPA)


    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, were natural breeze

    flow 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

    ? Jacuzzi with spectacular view

    ? 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.

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