A Wellness Journey Begins at Ananda in the Himalayas (Hidden Doorways)
To call Ananda in the Himalayas a spa feels inadequate. It’s true, Ananda is an award-winning destination spa in the foothills of the Himalayas. Treatments are divine, but the goal here is grander. Ananda aims to holistically heal the mind, body and soul through Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta, an ancient Indian philosophy of life. Ananda sets you on a journey to wellbeing and you follow the path.
This December, my journey to wellbeing was off to a bumpy start. I had booked a car to Ananda from eastern Punjab. As the five-hour drive rocked its way into eight, I thought: you can’t get to the promised land without a little pain, right? (In fact, you can. Smarter travelers will fly from Delhi to Dehradun and make the 45-minute drive.)
People have been traveling to the Himalayas to heal the mind, body and soul for centuries. Rishikesh, just down the hill from Ananda, is the birthplace of Yoga. The sacred Ganges river runs through town. Rishikesh is the starting point to the Char Dham, a route of four famous pilgrimage centers: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Believers say that meditating here leads to salvation. (continued…)