Amidst the mystical beauty of the Himalayas, living at Ananda is a soul stirring and enchanting experience. A blend of elegance and serenity, Ananda’s guest rooms, suites and villas are an abode of spirituality, solace and opulence. A haven for those seeking bliss, a peaceful retreat for the tired and weary, a refreshing break for those escaping the daily city chaos, Ananda is where living is an extension of the self. The vast expanse of the palatial estate becomes a personal space where tranquility surrounds the spirit. Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, overlooking the stunning landscape of the Rishikesh valley, there is no choice but to feel inspired. With the clean crisp mountain air and the symphony of silence, the sense of being is heightened, enveloped in luxury and wellness. In ancient India, holistic living was a way of life. People inherently understood the balance of nature, the ways of the Universe and how the elements affected not just their physical health, but their mental well-being. Ananda, one of the best luxury wellness retreats in India, integrating traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.
Each individual is unique. So are the programmes and experiences at Ananda. A journey of wellness guided by a team of Ayurvedic, Yogic and International heal experts, bringing signature wellness programs that are tailor made for individual healing goals.
The traditional science of Ayurvedic Panchakarma offers the most natural and complete cleanse. It is the ideal method of detoxifying and rejuvenating the body and mind and healing from within. The first stage is Purvakarma or pre-purification measures. Before purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body with prescribed methods to encourage it to let go of the toxins. The program starts with improving digestion both at the cellular and gastrointestinal level through digestive juice stimulants (dipana), and digestants (pachana). This is followed by Snehapana or consumption of medicated ghee for three to seven days in different doses depending on strength and nature of an individual. In the shorter 14-night program, Sadhyo-snehapana includes 1 or 2 days with fixed dosage of medicated ghee. Next is Snehana which is the application of oil to the entire body with a massage technique that helps toxins move towards the gastrointestinal tract. Alongside this is Svedana or therapeutic sweathng and is given every day following the Snehana. The second stage consists of cleansing Panchakarma processes which includes Vamana -emesis, Virechana – purgation, Basthi – oil and decoction enema and finally Nasya – elimination of toxins through the nasal passage.The third stage is Paschatkarma which focusses on special diets to rest and rejuvenate the cleansed system, along with natural herbal remedies to replenish the digestive enzymes and immune system. Lifestyle changes are prescribed following return from Ananda. Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic procedure and requires proper guidance from a highly trained and skillful Ayurvedic practioner. At Ananda, Panchakarma is performed under the supervision of expert Ayurvedic Doctors and customized for each guest with their specific constitution in mind. While the sessions are a broad guideline of inclusions, Ananda’s Panchakarma programme is customized for each individual based on age group, healing conditions, constitution, gender and other factors like digestion, existing toxin levels etc. Hence it is imporant to share a detailed medical history prior to the inception of the programme. Based on this assessment and with a detailed consultation on arrival, a customized program is created by Ananda’s Ayurvedic experts.
Ananda’s Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Program is designed to suit every individual’s personal needs. The program aims at improving vitality of the body through Panchakarma treatments along with complementing Ayurvedic treatments, controlled diet and yoga. The program results in improved immunity and energy, better metabolism and healthy, glowing refreshed skin. Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights.
The Weight Management Program is a safe and effective way to lose weight. Ananda is the perfect haven to gain control over the body through Ayurvedic and Western treatments, detox therapies, exercise, yoga, diet and meditation. This program aims to improve metabolism and leaves with a toned body and renewed vigor. Available for 14 or 21 nights.
Ananda’s signature Detox Program rests the digestive system through controlled eating of whole organic foods, improves the circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems, filters toxins from the body and finally nourishes it with essential nutrients. The program includes personalized experiences of Aromatherapy, Hydrotherapy, Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments, Yoga, Meditation and a Dosha (body type) specific diet. Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights.
Ananda’s Yogic Detox Program uses Asana (Posture) and Pranayama (Yogic breathing) to activate the organs and prepare them for the process of cleansing. Traditional Hatha Yogic cleansing techniques (Shatkriya) are used to detox in a natural and effective way. Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights.
The Yoga Program helps cultivate the ancient discipline of yogic practices to recharge the body by enhancing clarity of thought. Every aspect of mind, body and soul achieves a heightened sense of balance. Available for 5 , 7 or 14 nights.
Dhyana Self-Realization Program
A process of self-realization, the practice of meditation is one of the key tools to help harmonize the mind and tap into the potential of higher consciousness. Ananda’s Dhyana Program guides each guest through Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses from the mind), Dharana (focusing of the mental awareness) and towards experience of Dhyana (continued meditative awareness). Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights.
The Ananda Renew Program cleanses the body from within and revives mind and body through holistic anti-ageing processes and beauty remedies. This program also provides relief from muscle stiffness, rheumatism and arthritis. Available for 7, 14 or 21 nights
The Ananda Stress Management Program focuses on a healthy lifestyle which aims at minimizing stress, creating positive changes and promoting synergy in life with the help of the grounding Aromatherapy, Tibetian Ku Nye massages, Reiki and other comprehensive healing experiences that results in the balance of mind, body and soul. Available for 5 or 7 nights
The Ananda Active Program integrates the best of indoor fitness workouts along with outdoor activities such as personal fitness training, guided outdoor treks, yoga, aqua fitness and therapeutic spa experiences to enhance muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. In partnership with Sumaya, a pioneer in the fitness industry, the program provides a fitness experience that is individualized, consultative and follows a goal orientated fitness approach. Available for 5 or 7 nights.