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Facilities & Activities at Ananda

Ananda in the Himalayas is the ideal destination for Board Meetings and Executive Retreats - groups of upto 20 people. An impressive board room with a majestic 15 feet high ceiling and a fireplace and the Adhyatma Dham Pavillion with majestic mountain views create inspiring venues for high powered meetings.

Vedanta Classes
Vedanta literally means the culmination of knowledge. It is a scientific presentation of the Eternal Principles of life and living, enabling one to attain the rare combination of material prosperity and mental peace. The knowledge helps achieve physical dynamism, mental equilibrium and intellectual clarity and directs one to the goal of ultimate liberation - Spiritual Enlightenment. Complimentary lectures are conducted twice daily by senior disciples of Swami Parthasarthy, internationally acclaimed exponent of Vedanta.

Yoga
The Yoga practices followed at Ananda are completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha Yoga. A disciplined science encompassing all aspects of life in different ways and levels, Yoga assists in balancing mind, body and spirit, restoring perfect health in the most natural and effective manner. Join our complimentary yoga sessions held twice daily and rediscover the balance in your life.

Billiards
The billiard room housed in the vice regal palace is a enthusiast’s dream. Housing a 100 year old pool table, used by the erstwhile maharja, and decorated with artifacts that echo the past, this room is the perfect hideaway for a rainy afternoon, or a quiet evening.

Golf
An idyllic but challenging nine-hole golf course set in scenic surroundings. Practice your swing with a private coach, or just saunter along and enjoy the privacy of a course designed to suit every mood.

Cooking Classes
The chef at Ananda shares his secrets to good health and great cuisine. Join these entertaining and value added sessions in our show kitchen held once every week and cook your way to better health.

Cultural Programmes
Weekends evenings at the amphitheatre are a visual delight of sound and colour, where talented young performers from the nearby children’s’ home come to entertain and enchant. Share these evenings, which are devoted not just to culture, but also to promoting children who need a future.

External Activities

Nature Walks & Treks
Kunjapuri Temple Trek
14km north of Ananda-In the Himalayas, Kunjapuri soars 1645 metres high to commemorate Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva idols. Awaken one’s spirituality with snowcapped Himalayan Mountains’ vistas and sacred surroundings at sunrise or sunset. Guided by the spa staff, the 3-4 hour trek experience is a sound balance to a fulfilling Ananda Yoga programme.

Trek to Laxman Jhula
Distance: 9 Kms
Time: 3 hrs (down hill only)
This is a downhill trek passing through verdant Sal forests. If the guests wish, they can spend the evening in the town of Rishikesh and watch the evening Aarti performed every evening on the banks of the river Ganga.The return to Ananda by car.

Charges for the trek: Rs.6000 (Inclusive of Taxes)

Nature Walk
Contemplate and receive nurturing. The morning starts with a fresh juice served in the Spa lounge. This is followed by stroll along the trail with a guide enjoying the beauty and tranquility of nature. At a certain point guests have the opportunity to be guided to a deep meditative experience. The walk ends with a ginger/lemon tea and a relaxed soak in the pool, spa or sauna.

White Water Rafting
Of all the rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Ganga is perhaps the most beautiful. It originates from Gaumukh in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas and is a superb river for inflatable rafts. Rafting on its waters is an unusual experience and one to cherish. To ride these rapids and to come to terms with their strength and wildness is to grow in spirit and to nurture the very stuff that dreams are made of.

FAQs

* Does one need to know swimming to go rafting?
Not necessary. The life jackets, equipment, and safety briefing by the experienced crew are more than adequate. However, should you be apprehensive of the big rapids, you can disembark onshore and guides will have you walk to the next point where you can climb aboard the raft again.
* What are the age limits and health requirements for rafting?
Minimum age 14 years. However, there is no upper age limit as long as you are in reasonably good health. You will be required to sign a liability release prior to the trip. Guardians must sign on behalf of their children.
* What is proper rafting attire?
A Life jacket and helmet are sufficient for rafting. During warm weather (Mar/Apr/Oct/ Nov), gear should consist of sneakers (strap up sandals/running shoes are adequate. Please do not go bare-foot), light clothes (preferably T-shirt and shorts), swimsuit, suntan lotion and other personal requisites. A fresh change of clothes and shoes should be handed over to the staff prior to the trip, who will set up a changing tent at the end of the expedition.
* Is rafting safe? What can one expect on the trip?
The rapids of the Ganges are ideal for the first-time rafter, where you can expect to get completely soaked and have a lot of fun as well! The rapids are thrilling, yet safe. The guides are completely in command and will instruct you on basic paddling techniques and safety procedures. In certain sections where the current of the river is gentler, you may be encouraged to body surf. Refreshment centres have been set up en-route at ‘Diving Rock’, where the more adventurous can also take a plunge into the river.

TIMINGS
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Departure from Ananda 09.00 hrs 12.00 hrs
Rafting Camp Timings 10.00 hrs – 12.00 hrs 13.00 hrs – 15.00 hrs

CAR RENTAL CHARGES
Duration 5 hours
Distance 80 kms (both ways)
Total Cost (incl of taxes) Rs 2100.00
Extra Miles Rs 35.00 per km
Extra Hours Rs 425.00 per hour

RAFTING CHARGES
Duration 2 hours in water
Rafting Stretch 12 kms

Minimum Total Cost (incl. of taxes)
1 to 2 Persons Rs 3150.00
5 to 9 Persons Rs 1260.00 per person
10 + Persons Rs 1050.00 per person

A Day at Ananda

To fully experience the benefits of the lifestyle promoted by Ananda you are encouraged to participate in our daily activities programme.

6.00 am nature walk/trek
7.15 am ananda yoga
9.00 am full moon stretches/synergy yoga
9.30 am golfing skills
10.30 am vedanta – pathway to knowledge
12.15 pm aqua yoga – (seasonal)
2.45 pm gym activities
3.30 pm spa orientation/quiet time
4.00 pm fitness class
5.00 pm ananda sadhana – guided meditation
5.15 pm ananda rejuvenation cuisine demo*/ayurveda lecture*
6.15 pm vedanta – pathway to knowledge
7.00 pm weekly cultural entertainment at the ampitheatre

a weekly activity schedule is available in the rooms
* these activities are held three times a week, alternatively

 
 
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