Luxury Lifestyle magazine Review Ananda Spa in the Himalayas

Renowned as one of the best spas in the world, Ananda in the Himalayas – which is managed by IHHR and part of C&C Alpha’s Shanti Hospitality Group – offers much more than a luxurious escape. Travel writer Nilufer Atik takes a look at what makes this former royal palace in India so unique and reports back in a review for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine…

It is famed for housing some of the highest peaks in nature and considered one of the most divine places in the world. But the Himalayas, which is situated in the northern border of India and spreads across six Asian countries, has more than Mount Everest and Buddhist monks among its list of attributes. Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the region sits possibly the most spectacular well-being resort ever created.

Set amongst 100 acres of virgin forest overlooking the river Ganges, Ananda in the Himalayas is South Asia’s first ever luxury destination spa, with the emphasis firmly placed on the ancient practice of Ayurveda – one of the world’s oldest holistic whole-body healing systems. Near the bustling towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar and just 260 kilometres away from Delhi, this palatial complex was once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, originally built in 1910–11 and brought back to life in 2000 as a premier rejuvenation hideaway.

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