Founders Story
Ashok Khanna

Founders' Story

By Ashok Khanna
Ananda, Founder & Managing Director

Two decades ago, given rising stress levels and the impetus on health and rejuvenation in the world, I embarked on a mission to find a spiritual, serene and pollution free location to create a destination spa and wellness retreat. When I came upon the Palace Estate of the Maharaja at Narendra Nagar, Tehri-Garhwal, overlooking Rishikesh and the Ganges river, I knew at once that this was the chosen place. Yoga and Ayurveda have their origins in these Himalayan foothills, and with inspiration from these ancient wellbeing and spiritual practices, Ananda in the Himalayas was born. 

It has been an amazing journey over the past 20 years, throughout which we have tried to maintain our ethos of authentic traditional wellness and discerning, caring service at the highest standards. Ananda was ranked the No. 1 Destination Spa in the World by CondĂ© Nast Traveler Readers’ Travel Awards 2020 with a record 6 million readers voting for their favourite travel destinations. My team and I feel privileged and humbled with this, and for every award and accolade we have received over these past two decades, knowing well that we have many more milestones to achieve. 

This year will see us intensifying our wellness programmes, with a renewed focus on Ayurveda, comprehensive Panchakarma procedures and newly introduced Oriental therapies & TCM. The Ayurvedic and lifestyle consultation processes at Ananda have been augmented with comprehensive assessment and diagnostic tools. We have also introduced enhanced physiotherapy services to offer targeted solutions for pain related issues that are increasingly chronic across the world. 

We now have a robust benefit programme for our repeat visitors and Ananda Yogis who consider Ananda an intrinsic part of their personal wellness journey. There will also be a renewed focus on implementing sustainability practices to reduce carbon footprint and being socially responsible for local communities.
I thank you deeply for being part of our vision and the Ananda journey. I hope to see you soon again, continuing on your wellness journey and living the Ananda way of life.


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Ananda is located on a hill overlooking the ancient spiritual city of Rishikesh.
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