NOW Traveller Diaries

As travellers, we are conscious about how our presence impacts the places that we visit.
We choose to have a more positive impact as we move through the world and interact with people and nature by respecting local cultures, supporting local communities and caring for the environment.

We prefer ‘homes away from home’ that promote authentic local experiences, create joy around being healthy and provide a high standard of comfort, nurturing and wellbeing in a sustainable way.

India, The Ananda in the Himalayas Experiencing Sustainable Travel

High up in the Himalayas, the Ananda is a property located in mountains that for centuries have been popular with Hindu pilgrims flocking to view the birthplace of Yoga.

The property is pretty large and hilly, with a small golf course and beautiful path between the lobby area and the part of the property guests will likely be spending most of their time. For those that might find that trek a bit arduous, electric golf carts are on site with chauffeurs ready to ferry people between these two parts of the property. Kind of wish we got to drive them ourselves, then again I can see how that might detract from maintaining a sense of wellness seeing how some people drive.

It’s single restaurant is supplied from farms located around the mountains base with a menu carefully dedicated to health and wellness. They even have nutritionists on site who can prepare dedicated menu’s best suited to a guests current nutritional needs.

The properties spa is manned by staff educated by the property from the local community, giving them skills they can take well beyond the property in the future. Their beautiful spa is the centerpiece of the property, with a variety of programs that seek to remedy a number of modern ailments, from detoxes to immunity enhancement to spiritual growth, it really is a place of rejuvenation. Each month they also bring a different Master with a different focus, while I was there, Master Cameron was present with a specialization in Craniosacral therapy.

As part of the experience they also offer a variety of activities at different times of day, early in the morning they do Yoga for both beginners and those with more experience, later in the day there are talks held with the visiting Master, giving guests a chance to learn about what the visiting Masters offer within the spa. I listened in on Master Cameron’s explanation of Craniosacral therapy and even googled more about it afterwards, it was definitely an interesting experience. Guests also have the opportunity to learn of the teachings of Vedanta, one of the six most prominent schools of Hindu philosophy from discussions held and organized by the hotel each morning.

The thing I was probably most surprised by is one of the hotel staff, a veteran of the Indian military plays the bagpipes every sunset. If your by your hotel room you might not hear him, but make the journey to either the lobby of sunset point around 5 or 6 pm to see him. I thought it added a lot of character to the property and was a pleasant surprise.

If you're looking for a place to escape from the world to heal and rejuvenate yourself in sustainable luxury, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful hotel in the Himalayas. I definitely would like to go again someday myself.

The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri - Garhwal, Uttarakhand

About the Traveller

Tyler Johannes Kirk

Tyler Johannes Kirk Marketing Manager, itmustbeNOW.com

Tyler is a founding member of itmustbeNOW.com.

He helped launch itmustbeNOW.com in 2017 while working on other social enterprise projects and marketing jobs to gain a wider experience in the business world for a few years. He holds the position of Marketing Manager since September 2019. He believes that most of his “Y” generation and Gen Z are super sceptical and wise to the green spin also known as ‘greenwash’, and prefer their own peers, forums and platforms to be informed about issues and differing perspectives. He considers the lack of social media technology regulation a huge concern and finds marketing and communications a huge challenge with massive content available at our fingertips, yet many people are misinformed by information, disconnected and disengaged.

Living Positively at India, The Ananda in the Himalayas

Laugh

The prince of the property wandering about his domain brought more than a few smiles to my face during my stay.

Learn

I took part in a discussion on Vedanta philosophy with a local Guru about how we might all best use our time.

Look

The beautiful sunset point on the property can be enjoyed to the sound of Bagpipes.

Love

Afternoon tea is held every day at the main building in the late afternoon, it’s a great time to relax. I recommend the Hibiscus tea, it’s lovely.

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