6 days from £2265pp plus international flights.
Ananda in the Himalayas is the perfect place to spend time concentrating on health and well being. The imposing palace is in 100 acres of grounds surrounded by sal forest high above the Ganges River valley. It's a sanctuary that feels far away from the pressures of 21st century life, where you are free to submit to the various therapies and let them enhance your physical, mental and spiritual self.
Ananda has won many prestigious awards as a spa destination, testament to the quality of its programmes, therapists, doctors and chefs, all of whom collaborate to provide an immersive experience, the benefits of which will last long after you've departed and are back home.
There are several programmes to choose from, each designed with specific aims, all outlined below along with the minimum stay required for each. Longer courses are available. Some programmes allow you time to take part in other activities at Ananda such as group yoga, meditation and fitness classes, while others are more intense with several sessions a day. The minimum age for these programmes is 18.
Detox: let your digestive system have a well earned rest through a strictly controlled diet, combined with aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, Ayurveda treatments, yoga, meditation and gentle exercise. The result is improved circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems which helps your liver better filter toxins from the body and increases your stamina, immune system and energy levels. There are 4 stages to the process and it requires a minimum of 7 nights stay.
Weight Management: the link between self image and weight is at the core of this treatment, hence meditation plays a vital role, alongside detox therapies, exercise, yoga and diet. The exercise element is aimed at burning calories and is tailored by your fitness trainer, while the diet is designed to balance metabolic power. The 4 phases of the programme aid your digestion of nutrients, help tone your body, induce weight loss and build strength, stamina and flexibility. Minimum stay is 14 nights.
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation: eliminate harmful toxins and boost your body's immunity, through a combination of yoga and diet. Ayurvedic principles underline the treatment, as you first cleanse and then re-energise your body and mind. The benefits are boosted immunity, an improved metabolism, enhanced vitality and visibly refreshed skin. The minimum package is 7 nights, with more intense 14 and 21 night programmes available.
Yogic Detox: Hat-ha yoga forms the basis of this treatment which incorporates different purifying techniques to achieve and natural and effective detox. Yogic postures, Astana, are deployed along with yogic breathing techniques, meditation and diet, and coupled with detox practises. The aim is to cleanse both mind and body, release tension and improve energy levels. This programme can help combat sinusitis, tonsillitis, asthma, hay fever and dust allergies. A 7 night stay is required.
Stress Management: stress is an enemy of mental and physical health, and this course combines a blend of Ayurveda, yoga, Tibetan and international elements to promote tranquillity. Deep relaxation, massages, meditation, reiki and exercise are part of the 3 stage process, which identifies the basic causes of stress then uses selected therapies to cleanse the mind and help you deal effectively with stress now and in the future. Benefits include improved sleep, relief from headaches and strengthened immunity. A minimum stay of 5 nights is needed.
Dhyana: this programme is designed to help you achieve self-realisation by gaining greater control over your physical and mental faculties. Dhyana is a form of meditation, which over the centuries has incorporated Buddhist, Hindu and Jainist principles. By using Dhyana you are able to gain mental harmony and access the potential of the 'higher mind'. overcome negative thoughts and achieve a sense of calm. Dhyana is used in conjunction with yoga, reflexology, shiatsu and back massage, among other techniques in this 7 night treatment,
Active: taking into account your fitness level and health goals, this programme uses a holistic approach to fitness, developing a personalised routine with indoor and outdoor sessions such as circuit training, aqua fitness, white water rafting and guided treks. Other elements including spa therapies, yoga and nutrition combine to form a comprehensive 4 stage programme that is aimed at achieving a sustainable approach to fitness that you can continue at home. The minimum stay is 5 nights.
Renew: this course is a safe, non-invasive way to tap into youthful beauty, through the practice of yoga and the use of time-honoured beauty and healing techniques alongside 21st century anti-ageing methods. Ayurveda is used to boost blood circulation, tone muscles and ease joints which helps improve sleep, one-to-one yoga sessions alleviate joint stiffness and enhance mental clarity, and you learn how to focus and calm your mind. The result is a rejuvenated body and mind. This programme can help combat muscle pain, rheumatism, arthritis and sports injuries, as well as improving immunity and flexibility. A 7 night stay is required.
Yoga: this introduction to yoga lets you gain an understanding into the different techniques of Hat-ha, Raja and Kriya yogas. You are taken through the elements of yogic practice, from Astana (posture), to Pranayama (breathing techniques), Shatkriya (cleansing) and meditation, as you learn about the holistic approach of yogic philosophy. The programme is tailored to your needs, and includes selected spa treatments to compliment the yoga techniques. Overall it helps build your stress immunity, improves sleep and thought processes and increases concentration and willpower. This is a 5 night programme.
You are met by a staff member from Ananda when you arrive at Dehradun airport in the foothills of the Himalayas. From here it's a scenic drive of around 40 minutes to the hotel. Your destination is truly impressive, located in the grounds of a Maharah's palace with panoramic views over the Ganges River valley. Breathing the fresh mountain air you already begin to feel the health-bestowing properties of this special location. Your large room has an en-suite bathroom, a sitting area and a private balcony with views of the palace or lush gardens. Settle in and look forward to the days ahead and all the benefits they will bring.
This morning your are waken with a delivery of hot tea and fresh fruit to kick start your day, as will be the case throughout your programme. Following a healthy breakfast you meet your wellness coordinator for an initial consultation and an introduction to your chosen programme. Your treatment then gets underway. Most courses are a combination of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and exercise plus a special diet, all tailored to your requirements and with specific goals in mind. Throughout your treatment you have consultations as needed and your progress is monitored by an Ayurvedic doctor, with therapies amended as needed. Enjoy the different aspects of your treatment and before long you will start to feel the benefits. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Each day you take part in specially tailored activities as part of your selected course of treatment. Some programmes are comprehensive and take up most of your day, while others allow you time to take part in group yoga, fitness, and breathing and meditation class, and Vedanta (Hindu philosophy) lectures. Whichever programme you are following there are breaks for meals, with breakfast, lunch and dinner all included, nourishing meals based on the customised diet created for you. You also have time to appreciate the tranquil setting as you rest on the terrace, swim in the pool and stroll in the gardens where peacocks roam. On completion of the programme you receive a detailed debrief and lifestyle consultation, to enable you to continue the feel the benefits of your treatment in your everyday life. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Your programme has run its course and you are feeling revitalised and ready to take the health lessons and techniques you have learned over the past few days back home, to put them into practice in your day-to-day life. At the appropriate time you are driven back to the airport in Dehradun where the holiday ends.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2265 (ex. international flights)
2020 prices based on 2 sharing includes domestic flights but excludes international flights:
25 Jan - 30 Apr, 16 Sep - 22 Dec 2020 from £3440
Twin share accommodation in a deluxe palace pr garden view room (other rooms are available for a supplement), breakfast, lunch and dinner spa meals for the duration of the programme, morning wake up tea and fresh fruit during the programme, daily use of the hydrotherapy facilities, steam room, sauna, chill plunge pool, hydrotherapy foot bath and heated lap pool, individual Ayurvedic health consultation, fitness consulation and tests as required, progess checks with Ayurvedic doctor, detailed debrief and lifestyle consultation, access to daily group yoga, meditation and fitness classes, daily Vedanta lectures and weekly cooking demonstrations, wellness lectures, cultutral performances, and trek to Kunjapuri mountain top and temple
International flights and taxes, visas, optional actiities and excursions, tips, personal expenditure
This holiday starts and ends at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. There are daily flights between here and Delhi, which we can book for you. We can also book the international flights. Return flights from London to Delhi start from around £400, depending on season and availability
Departure dates: These holidays are tailormade and can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability. They operate year round.
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Time: GMT +5 hours
Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.