Headlining Hotel: Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa In Uttarakhandby | March 27, 2019
Under CEO Puneet Chhatwal, the Indian Hotels Company (that runs Taj hotels) is playing forward. Last year, the hospitality group reported profits for the first time in six years. Another win for the group was when it won the publicised bid for the Taj Mahal Hotel on Mansingh Road in Delhi and claimed the property for another 33 years, defeating rival ITC group.
After losing its top spot in India to Marriott due to the billion-dollar Marriott-Starwood merger in 2016, the group is actively signing hotels to reign supreme in its homeland. Just in the past few months, IHCL has opened Taj Aravali Resort & Spa in Udaipur, Taj Theog Resort & Spa in Shimla, and more recently, Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa in Uttarakhand.
Hattrick In Uttarakhand
Adventurers may love the rapids, but spiritual tourism is still the highlight of Rishikesh—yoga retreats, meditation centres, and ashrams offer the priceless experience of mindfulness. The ‘Yoga Capital Of The World’ has been on the world map ever since The Beatles arrived at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in 1968 for a retreat. None of the four artists completed the three-month course at the ashram, but they went back with 48 songs and much publicity for the small, holy city. Uttarakhand has banked on their visit to attract travellers from the world over, and it has been successful in capitalising the wellness market.
No surprise then that Taj’s third property in Uttarakhand launched just a few weeks after The Roseate Ganges opened doors to a 16-villa resort on the foothills of the Himalayas.
An ode to the Garhwal region, Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa sits along the banks of the River Ganges about 35 kilometres off Rishikesh. Spread over 12.5 acres of terraced gardens and surrounded by the holy river on three sides, the resort promises panoramic views of the Himalayas from each of the 79 rooms. Four of its five Junior Suites open up to the views of the Ganges, the mighty river breathing life into the scenery with its unwavering presence right outside your window.
The wood-and-stone architecture takes cues from local architecture and blends into the environment without disrupting the views of the mountains and the valleys. Clean spaces, white walls, and wooden furnishings lend itself well into the ‘rustic meets contemporary’ decor. Taj has kept nature as its focal point, so the experiences include a Ganga Aarti on the private beach and adventure sports such as rappelling, rock climbing, and rafting. The signature Jiva Spa, covering 20,000 square feet, features ancient programmes and holistic healing; the al fresco yoga pavilion is a major attraction, too. For gourmands, there is an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant serving Himalayan cuisine, and an open-air pizza bar.
How To Get There: Fly into Dehradun and drive down to the resort, which is about two hours from the city (52 kilometres). If you’re driving down from Delhi, it’ll take you about seven hours (280 kilometres) to reach.
Price Per Night: INR 19,000 upwards
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