Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal’s former palace, Ananda Spa is inarguably the most luxurious, authentic Ayurvedic wellness destination in India. Managed by IHHR and part of C&C’s Shanti Hospitality group, the spa hovers above the sacred town of Rishikesh, the birthplace and self-proclaimed “capital of yoga,” which was made famous in the West when the Beattles made a pilgrimage there to do Transcendantal Meditation with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ’60s. (The now-abandoned ashram where they stayed is a small hike up into the mountains, a bit closer to the headwaters of the Ganga, which meanders through Rishikesh below.)
Recently reviewed by Goop magazine, Ananda was once again hailed as so much more than just a yoga retreat, with the magazine saying “Whether you travel to India just for Ananda — or append a detox to either end of a longer trip through the country—it is one of those experiences that will stay with you. Sure, you will emerge lighter, inestimably more relaxed, and perhaps with a bit of a yoga and meditation addiction—but you will also leave with a toolkit for taking better care of yourself back home. And that’s a pretty great investment.
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