National Geographic India Editor in Chief Visits Ananda in the Himalayas

Editor-In-Chief of National Geographic Traveller India, Niloufer Venkatraman, recently packed her bag (extremely lightly) and headed to review a getaway at IHHR managed Ananda in the Himalayas. The Spa, part of C&C’s Shanti Hospitality Group, is well known for celebrity guests and award-winning healing treatments, is amongst the most highly-regarded in the world.

You can read the full review from Niloufer over on National Geographic here, or take a look below:

Here’s a snapshot from her visit…

Sal forests sweep down the hillside all the way to the River Ganga far below. On its banks, 17 kilometres downhill from the balcony of my valley-facing room at Ananda in the Himalayas, I can see the spiritual centre of Rishikesh. Splendidly located in a 100-acre forest on the edge of the Tehri-Garhwal mountains in Narendranagar, Uttarakhand, the property is secluded and verdant.

I’m due for a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor in a few minutes. I’m not ill, but at Ananda, where I am on a short getaway, that session is mandatory. With my check-in that morning I was handed a sheet listing the week’s health-enhancing activities.

The first thrill of this trip started before I left home. My reservation confirmation slip suggested I travel light, as white kurta-pyjamas are provided for the duration of a guest’s stay. It took away the stress out of packing and planning. Frivolous as it may sound, for me it was great not to have to bother with what to wear to dinner, to sleep, or anywhere else for three days. Additionally, I won’t have to unpack or do laundry when I return…

Ananda in Tatler Spa Guide 2